Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline (EXTENDED):
    22 January 2016
  • Early registration deadline:
    3 March 2016
  • Accommodation deadline:
    21 March 2016
  • Registration deadline:
    24 March 2016

Local information

There is a wide selection of restaurants within walking distance of The Cutler's Hall. Download a list of restaurants here (2015).

Top 10 visitor attractions in Sheffield as recommended by Visit Sheffield. 

  1. Millennium Gallery Sheffield's landmark art gallery home to permanent exhibitions in the Ruskin, Metalwork and Craft & Design galleries, as well as touring National exhibitions.
  2. Winter Garden The largest urban glass house in Europe One of Sheffield's most iconic buildings, the Winter Garden houses over 2000 species of plants from all around the world.
  3. The Kelham Museum Showcasing Sheffield's industrial story from early industrialisation to modern times, with Europe's largest working 12,000hp steam engine
  4. Tropical Butterfly House Meet amazing animals from around the world during inspiring close-up encounters; including cheeky Meerkats, Lemurs, Owls, Wallabies, Snakes, birds of prey, & many other creatures!
  5. Botanical Gardens Originally designed by Robert Marnock in 1836, the garden covers 19 acres with 15 different areas, including plants from all over the world.
  6. New Door Market Opened in November 2013 Sheffield’s brand spanking new Moor Market is a foodie haven with over 196 stalls of artisan produce. 
  7. The Peak District 1/3 Sheffield lies in the Peak District boundary where quaint villages, traditional pubs & stunning wide open spaces for a range of outdoor pursuits await.
  8. Chatsworth House Known as the 'Palace of the Peak' the lavish home of the Devonshire family and one of Britain's grandest country houses is just a stone's throw from Sheffield.
  9. The Crucible The largest theatre complex outside of London, comprising three theatres- the Crucible, the Lyceum and the Crucible Studio, offering both in-house productions and touring shows.
  10. Sheffield City Hall Hosts some the most famous names in entertainment from pop to philharmonic concerts, comedy club to contemporary dance.

  The Winter Garden    Peak District
  The Kelham Museum   The Crucible (credit Andy Brown) 

Useful local information 

  • Money - Britain's currency is the pound sterling (£). Credit cards - especially Visa and Mastercard - are widely accepted in restaurants, bars, cafés and shops. American Express and Diners Club cards are less commonly accepted. There are plenty of cash machines (also known as cashpoints or ATMs) available in and around Sheffield.

  • VAT - Value-added tax (VAT) is a 20% sales tax levied on most goods and services except basic food items, books and children's clothing. Restaurants must, by law, include VAT in their menu prices. If you are travelling for leisure or business purposes, you may be eligible for a VAT refund. The VAT refund scheme is called the Retail Export Scheme or Tax-Free Shopping.

  • Electricity - UK appliances are fitted with three-pin plugs that can be connected to the UK mains supply through wall sockets. Unlike the sockets in many other countries, these have a switch to turn the power supply on and off - make sure you've turned it on if you're trying to charge your appliance. UK power sockets deliver an average voltage of 230v, although in practice this can be slightly higher. To charge devices that are compatible with this voltage, simply buy the appropriate adapter from the airport or from high street shops. If your device runs on a lower voltage, however, then you will also need a converter to stop it from over-heating. Even if your country uses lower voltages, remember to check whether your device is dual-voltage (look for the 110-240v notation) before buying a converter.

  • Telephone - If you're visiting England from abroad, don't forget that the UK dialling code is +44 (which replaces the 0) and to check your own country's code before you travel.

  • Health services - The National Health Service (NHS) is the main healthcare provider in the UK. NHS treatment is free for UK residents. Overseas nationals are not eligible for free NHS treatment except if they need emergency treatment while in the UK. You are strongly advised to take out travel insurance to cover any medical expenses. If you come from a country that holds a UK healthcare agreement, you are entitled to free or reduced-cost medical treatment if needed immediately for a condition that started after your arrival in the UK. If you're visiting from Europe, you need to carry a valid EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) in case you need immediate and necessary medical treatment in an NHS hospital. Without this you can be charged for treatment. Travel insurance is still advisable as it offers greater flexibility over where and how you're treated, and can cover expenses not paid for by the NHS. Find out more on the NHS website

  • Emergencies - Visitors should be aware of their personal safety. Call 999 for the emergency services (police, fire and ambulance) which is a free call from any phone. You can also call 112 for non-life threatening assistance and to report crimes. To report non-urgent crime, call the police on 101 from within the UK.