Methods in Molecular Simulation

Queen’s University Belfast 

17th - 26th of July 2011


Belfast has two airports with flights to most cities in the UK as well as some European cities. Belfast International Airport at Aldergrove is about 18 miles from the city centre. Belfast City Airport is much closer to Queen's.  Translink has direct buses from the two airports to Europa Bus Centre: service 600 runs from City Airport and the one-way ticket costs £2; service 300 runs from Belfast International and costs £7. A taxi from the City Airport to the Queen's area should cost around £12. Taking a taxi directly from Belfast International to the University is expensive and might cost more than £25.

If you are coming from continental Europe a third, and sometimes cheaper, alternative is flying to Dublin Airport. There are buses running form Dublin Airport to Belfast every 45-60 minutes, depending on day and time. The standard option is Translink (Service 200, Gold Line Express), which operates almost 24 hr a day. The journey takes approximately 2.5 h and your stop in Belfast is Europa Bus Centre (see google-map or Belfast-QUB.pdf).

Upon arrival at Europa Bus Centre you need to get to the University area, or more precisely to Elms Village (see details bellow). You can either use public transport, take a taxi or walk. For the bus: walk through the Great Northern Mall to Great Victoria Street, cross the road and walk to the bus stop (still on Great Victoria St., right in front of the bus centre). The 8b Metro bus will take you to Elms Village. Your final stop is marked on this map: google-map or QUB-Area.pdf. For taxis: normally, there are black taxis parked in front of Europa Bus Centre, on Great Victoria St., and the fare to Elms should be around £6. Alternatively, there are several taxi companies in Belfast that can pick you up from wherever you are. Two options are:

Value Cabs: -- 028 9080 9080

FonaCab:  -- 028 9033 3333

You are going to:

Queen’s Elms Village

78 Malone Road


Tel: (028) 9097 4403

If you prefer to walk, the route should be clear from Belfast-QUB.pdf and QUB-Area.pdf. Walking at a normal pace getting to Elms should take 20-25 min. 

More information about traveling to Belfast and Queen's University can be found here


How to get to Belfast

The Atomistic Simulation Centre and the School of Mathematics and Physics of Queen’s University welcome all the delegates of the CCP5 Summer School on Molecular Simulations

Local contact:

Dr. Mario G. Del Pópolo

School of Mathematics and Physics


Tel: 0044 (0)28 9097 5327

Queen’s: lecture theaters and computer labs

The University campus is located at 10-15 minute walk from the residence hall. Most lectures will take place at the Peter Froggatt Centre, while practical sessions and research seminars will take place at the Elmwood Learning and Teaching Centre (ELTC). These buildings are located at 5 min. walk from the main University entrance, and are labeled “2” and “29 respectively, in the following campus map  QUB-campus.pdf. You are advised to make a print-out of this map as it will help you identifying all  the buildings to be used during the summer school.

Accommodation - Queen’s Elms Village

Elms Village is the main students’ residence hall of Queen’s.  It is located in a quiet residential area, at 800 m from the University campus and at 20 minute walk from Belfast city centre.  See the following maps: google-map or QUB-Area.pdf.

Elms offers a restaurant, a launderette (at a cost), broadband internet access,  24 hour site security, 24 hour reception cover, cleaning service and ATM cash machine. There are also several pubs, bars and restaurants nearby. Breakfast and dinner will be served in Elms but lunch will take place in the halls around the lecture theaters.

Registration will take place in the reception desk of Elms during the afternoon of Sunday the 17th. That evening we will have a welcome reception in Elms’ restaurant that will give you the opportunity to meet other students.


Accommodation is already covered by the school’s fee and involves single rooms with en-suite bathroom. If you need to stay in Belfast for a few extra nights, either before of after the school,  you can still use Elms but you need to let us know before the 1st of June. Please send an email to Dr. Mario Del Popolo (e-mail: specifying clearly the number of extra nights and the dates for your reservation. The cost of a single room will be £24.60/night and it will be charged to your final fee.   

Alternatively, you can use one of the following Bed and Breakfasts, but in this case you need to make your own arrangements:

Bienvenue Guesthouse. 8 Sans Souci Park, Malone Road, Belfast BT9 5BZ Map. Tel : +44 (0)28 9066 8003

Botanic Lodge. 87 Botanic Avenue BT7 1JN Map. Tel: +44 (0)28 9032 7682

Windermere Guest House. 60 Wellington Park BT9 6DP MapTel: +44 (0)28 9066 2693


Tourism in Belfast and Northern Ireland

Poster session and conference dinner

The date and venue of the conference dinner will be specified later. The poster session has been scheduled for Wednesday the 20th at 18:30 and will take place in the (IRCEP) Physics building, which is reference “L” in the following map, QUB-campus.pdf. The dimensions of the poster boards  are: 110 cm x 120 cm.

If your are planning to travel around Norther Ireland before or after the summer school, the following web-site should be useful:

Discover Northern Ireland

For a list of places to visit in Belfast have a look at:

Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau

and here is a map of Belfast (you can have the pdf version)



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