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Sheona Southern, Managing Director, Marketing Manchester

As UK cities go, few have experienced as much interest as Manchester in recent years. Whether it is being praised for its ambitious cultural developments; examined as the leader of an increasingly loud conversation about the ‘Northern Powerhouse’; or lauded as a must-visit tourist destination by the likes of Lonely Planet, there’s never been a better time to visit. So I am thrilled that Manchester will host ESOF this summer, during the city’s designation as European City of Science. As one of the UK’s leading conference destinations we promise to put on a great show, with a warm welcome and the world-class facilities you’d expect at such a prestigious event.

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Woman at ESOF 2014

Earlybird tickets

There is still time to secure discounted tickets for ESOF 2016. Book your place before 1 May and you can take advantage of reduced rates on the full conference pass as well as a complimentary yearlong, digital and print subscription to Nature magazine.

Day rates and exhibition-only passes are available alongside the full conference passes, as well as discounts for early career researchers and EuroScience members.

So there really is an ESOF pass to suit everyone!

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Innside, Manchester

Book your accommodation

Working with local suppliers we have managed to bring you the best rates possible, not only for the conference, but also on accommodation for your stay in Manchester.

When you book your place at ESOF through our online registration system, you can also book your accommodation at the special rates that have been secured for delegates of ESOF. There are a range of hotels to suit all budgets and needs.

We recommend booking soon to avoid disappointment, the rooms are filling fast!

Manchester skyline at night

Visiting Manchester

While you may have been planning to come to Manchester only for ESOF, don't neglect to step into the bustling city to see the many things it has to offer. 

Along with Manchester's scientific pedigree, you can also take in the city sights and enjoy the fantastic sporting scene through visits to the Manchester United and Manchester City grounds, as well as fitting in a bit of retail therapy at the Arndale and Trafford Centre shopping precincts. 

With Manchester's fantastic transport links, everything is within striking distance; either a short walk or bus/tram ride away.

It may not always be sunny in Manchester but the city's residents will give you the warmest of welcomes, so why not make a holiday of ESOF and stay on a little longer to enjoy what Manchester has to offer?

For more information see Visit Manchester's website.

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Bluedot festival, Jodrell Bank

bluedot festival

The iconic observatory Jodrell Bank, renowned for its radio telescopes and set in the beautiful Cheshire countryside, will launch ESOF and the Science in the City Festival with a bang with the first ever bluedot festival. 

Held in the shadow of the Lovell Telescope, the festival takes place on the opening weekend of ESOF and brings together a mix of artists, speakers and scientists.

Headline acts include Jean-Michel Jarre, Underworld, Caribou and Everything Everything. There will also be a special recording of BBC Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox.

Exclusively for ESOF delegates, we have managed to secure a number of complimentary tickets. A ballot for the tickets will take place on 15 May for all registrations that have been completed before 1 May.

You can find out more about the festival on the bluedot website.

Photo: Jodrell Bank

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