Web Science Doctoral Summer School 2011 - Venue
MapsGoogle map: Most of the locations mentioned on this page, as well as some suggestions for pubs and other things, can be found on this map.
Campus Map: there is also a map of the NUI Galway campus available here. A hardcopy of this will be handed out to you as part of your welcome pack during registration.
Venue: The National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway
Galway, traditionally known as the "City of the Tribes / Cathair na dTreabh" is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city in the west of Ireland, situated along the banks of the river Corrib against the breathtaking background of the Galway Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. A popular tourist destination, with a population of over 70.000, Galway is one of the exponents of Irish culture, famous for its Arts Festival, musical events, the Galway races, or the Galway International Oyster Festival.
Beautifully situated along the Corrib river, the NUI Galway 260 acre campus is an ideal location for conferences, summer schools and events. Picturesque grounds, state of the art meeting facilities, excellent accommodtion, a choice of restaurants and first class recreational amenities add to the attractiveness of NUI Galway as a conference destination.
See NUI Galway's conference promotion video (WMV) for more information.
Affordable student accomodation will be provided in the Corrib Village at special Summer School rates. Additionally, NUI Galway has special rates agreed with selected Hotels close to the venue, such as for instance the Westwood Hotel.
Getting to your hotel and to the Conference
Depending on the number of students, the school will be held either on campus or at the premises of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), both within easy walking distance of Corrib Village and the Westwood Hotel. Getting there and away:
- AerArann flies directly to Galway airport from Dublin and several UK destinations.
- Shannon Airport is the next bigger airport, offering direct flights from the US for New York, Boston, Chicago, for example.
- Flights to Dublin Airport require you to travel onwards either with AerArann (see above), bus, or train.
- Buses between Dublin or Shannon and Galway operate by CityLink, GoBus, or Bus Eirrann. Bus ride takes about 1:45 from Shannon and about 2:45 from Dublin.
- Travelling by train from Dublin to Galway is not recommended unless you want to stop over in Dublin city, since reaching Dublin Heuston Station from Dublin Airport is not necessarily convenient, although the train is faster than the bus in general, if you are already in the city.
- As for local transport, a reliable Taxi company is Big-O-Taxis, telephone number: +353 (0) 91 585858