International Quantum Cascade Lasers School and Workshop

Sunday 4 - Friday 9 September 2016
Cambridge, UK

Venue & Travel


Selwyn College, Grange Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DQ, UK

A constituent college of the University of Cambridge, Selwyn takes its name from George Augustus Selwyn, who was the first Bishop of New Zealand
(1841-68) and later Bishop of Lichfield (1868-78), and in whose memory the College was founded.

Established in the Victorian period, the distinctive red-brick Victorian Old Court is Tudor Gothic in style, much of it designed by architect Sir Arthur Blomfield.  The Court comprises seven staircases (on which members of the College live and teach), as well as the Tower and Gateway, Master’s Lodge, Chapel, and Dining Hall.  The beautiful College grounds have been developed into their present landscape of extensive lawns, mature trees, richly planted flowering borders and beds, and collections of shrubs from around the world.  And Cripps Court offers well appointed single en-suite bedrooms for guests, all refurbished in the past couple of years.

The conference presentations were held in West Road Concert Hall, neighbouring Selwyn College.  West Road Concert Hall was built in 1978 by  Sir Leslie Martin, and is the largest conference facility within the University of Cambridge in the centre of one of the most historic and beautiful of England’s cities.

Directions to Selwyn College

By Car
The easiest way to approach the College by road from the north, south or east is from Junction 12 of the M11.  Leave the M11 at junction 12 and head into Cambridge along the A603 (Barton Road).  Pass Wolfson College on the left.  About 1.5 miles from the M11 you will reach the pedestrian crossing traffic lights.  Turn left into Grange Road directly after this pedestrian crossing opposite the Hat and Feathers public house.  Continue down Grange Road, and after about 500m Selwyn College is on the right, just after the junction with Sidgwick Avenue.

If approaching from the East or West using the A14, by far the best option is to carry on to join the M11 southbound at junction 14, proceed south to junction 12, and then follow the instructions above.

Unfortunately there is no on-site parking at the College, only limited free car parking on nearby side streets surrounding the College.

By Rail
Cambridge Rail Station is well served by trains from London King’s Cross, London Liverpool Street, Stansted Airport, Norwich, Peterborough and Birmingham.  East Coast mainline services can be accessed by changing at Peterborough.  From London, the fastest journey times are from King’s Cross, with a frequent non-stop service during the day.  There is an extensive taxi rank at the station, the fare should cost approx. £10 from the station to the College.  Regular buses run from the railway station to the city centre, the Citi 1, 3 and 7 buses connect the rail station to the centre of town, and the Uni 4 bus then goes nearest to Selwyn.  The rail station is a 35 minute walk from the College.

By Bus
Take a Citi 4 or Uni 4 bus from Emmanuel Street stop 4 destined for “Madingley” or “Cambourne” to reach West Road and Grange Road with stops close to the College.  Nationwide buses general arrive at the bus stands along Parkside, the street which runs along the North edge of Parkers Piece (see /bus-station/).

By Air
Stansted Airport is very convenient for Cambridge, being connected by both direct bus and rail links (journey time about 45 minutes).  Heathrow Airport is further away, with a regular direct bus link (journey time 2.5 hours).  To travel by train from Heathrow to Cambridge there are two options: (1) a long tube journey on the Piccadilly Line from Heathrow to Kings Cross Station, and then by train to Cambridge; (2) the Heathrow Express from Heathrow to Paddington Station, followed by a short tube journey to King’s Cross Station and then the train to Cambridge.