YRM 2016 takes place from Monday 1st August to Thursday 4th August 2016 in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews.

The conference will be opened by Professor Thomas Neukirch on Monday morning. Prior to this you should collect your conference pack and name badge from the Physics Foyer.

Please ensure that you wear your name badge throughout the conference, especially during tea/coffee breaks and over the lunch period.

If your question isn’t answered below then please email us on info@yrm2016.co.uk. If you have a question while at the conference then ask one of the organisers. We’ll be milling around all the time in YRM 2016 t-shirts.


Q: How long is my talk?

Contributed talks should last a maximum of 20 minutes and will be followed by up to five minutes worth of questions. Session chairs will make you aware of how much time you have remaining, and will interrupt you once your time is up so that there’s time to move rooms in between talks.

Q: How long are the plenary/keynote talks?

Plenary and keynote talks will last for a maximum of 50 minutes and will be followed by up to five minutes worth of questions.

Q: What facilities are available in the lecture theatres?

Each of the lecture theatres is equipped with whiteboards, a computer and an overhead projector. If you are using slides then it would be easiest to store them on a USB stick. You should check with your session chair that everything works before your talk.

Q: When is the poster competition and how does it work?

The poster competition takes place on the evening of Monday 1st August during the conference welcome and wine reception. Find one of the organisers during the day with your poster and we’ll arrange for it to be displayed in time.

Food and Drink

Q: Are refreshments provided?

Lunch is provided each day (including Thursday) in the Physics Foyer. Tea and coffee will be served twice daily on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and once on Thursday, again in the Physics Foyer. Unfortunately, dinner is not provided except for the conference dinner on Wednesday evening.

Q: When and where is the conference dinner?

The conference dinner takes place at 7pm on Wednesday evening in Lower/Upper College Hall. This venue is located in St Salvator’s Quadrangle on North Street. Guides will be available to lead you from the halls of residence and the School of Physics and Astronomy to the venue.

Q: Where can I get dinner on the other evenings?

St Andrews is inundated with both chain and independent restaurants. Have a wander through town and you’ll find somewhere to suit your needs in a matter of no time. If you want suggestions then feel free to ask one of the YRM organisers.

Q: Is breakfast provided?

If you are staying in university halls of residence then breakfast is included in your room price. Check with staff at your accommodation to find out the times and location of breakfast.


Q: What rooms are on offer?

We have reserved a selection of rooms in university halls of residence at a discounted rate. Once you have registered for the conference you will be sent a promotional code allowing you to access these rooms to book. More detailed information is available on our Accommodation page.

Q: Where is the conference accommodation?

Agnes Blackadder Hall is located on the North Haugh campus, and McIntosh Hall is located on Abbotsford Crescent. Both of these venues are a five minute walk from the conference venue. All of the important conference locations are shown on a map on this page.

Q: How do I check-in and check-out of my accommodation?

Both Agnes Blackadder Hall and McIntosh Hall have a team of porters who will aid you with checking in and checking out. Just turn up to your accommodation in order to check-in. To check-out, head back to the porters in your accommodation and return your key. You must vacate your room by the time stated in your accommodation confirmation email.

Q: Is there anywhere for me to leave my luggage after checking out?

A room will be available in the School of Physics and Astronomy for you to leave your luggage on Thursday. To access this room you should talk to one of the YRM team or the porters at the venue.

Travel and Practicalities

Q: Will I have internet access?

Yes! Wi-Fi access is available at the main conference venue and in university accommodation via Eduroam. You should set up your connection at your home institution before travelling to St Andrews.

Q: Why I can’t find St Andrews train station?

St Andrews doesn’t have its own train station. Instead we are served by the nearby station at Leuchars which is situated on the East Coast Main Line between London and Aberdeen. Travel between Leuchars and St Andrews is achieved by the regular 99/99A/99B/99C/99D bus service or taxi.

Q: Is car parking available?

Free car parking is available at Agnes Blackadder Hall and Petheram Bridge, which is located near the conference venue. Pay and Display parking is available throughout the rest of the town. You are unlikely to need to drive around St Andrews as it’s often faster to walk!

Q: Are bike racks available?

Bike racks are available at the conference venue, both halls of residence, and throughout town.