Many-core Reconfigurable Supercomputing Conference (MRSC)

1st, 2nd and 3rd April 2008

The Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland
 

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The conference will take place in the Institute for Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) which is a part of the Queen's University of Belfast. The ECIT Building is located on the Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP) which is within the Titanic Quarter in the city of Belfast. The Quarter is located on the site of the old shipyard and derives its name from the fact that the famous ship SS Titanic,operated by the White Star line, was built there. In fact the ECIT building sits alongside the Thompson Graving Dock in which the SS Titanic was finished before its fateful inaugural voyage.

Airports in Belfast

It is worth noting that the George Best Belfast City Airport is very close by, athough the majority of the services offered there are to UK (domestic) destinations. Belfast International Airport, which is about twenty miles to the northwest of the city, offers services to European and North American destinations in addition to many other UK domestic destinations.

Dublin Airport

Some visitors may wish to use Dublin Airport, which is by far the largest airport on the island of Ireland. It is located about 100 miles south of Belfast and is linked to Belfast by regular bus services,which run 24 hours per day (Euros 18 for a return trip approximately), and also by a regular train service from Dublin city centre.
 
The direct bus services to Belfast stop outside the terminal building at Dublin Airport, going to Belfast. On reaching Belfast, you arrive at Glengall Street, Belfast and this is a short walk from all of the conference hotels.
 
Two bus companies operate the route, Aircoach, a private company, and Translink, the public authority transport company in Northern Ireland. Actually Translink operate the route in partnership with Bus Éireann, the public authority transport operator in the Republic of Ireland. So some vehicles operating the route carry the Translink logo while others have the Bus Éireann logo. Use Google Maps to find the directions from Glengall Street, Belfast, to your hotel. In fact, Aircoach stops outside Jurys Inn Hotel!

Information about Belfast

The Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau website offers you all the information, which you may need during your time in Belfast, for activities outside of the conference. You can use this site, for example, to find visitor information on a range of topics such as events, transport, tours, museums, restaurants, pubs and clubs.

Maps, such as the following, corresponding to these directions can be generated at Google Maps UK by entering the post code for the ECIT Building which is BT3 9DT into the search box. In the maps below, the location of ECIT is shown by the large green arrow.

Road map to ECIT     Satellite map of ECIT

Reaching ECIT by car

The following sections provide directions for reaching ECIT by car from the principal points of arrival in the Belfast area.

Driving to ECIT from south of the city of Belfast

Continue from the M1 (Motorway) onto the Westlink. Follow the signs to the M3 (City Centre/Belfast City Airport/A2). From the M3 take the Queen’s Island turn off. At the cross roads with traffic lights go straight ahead. You are now on the Queen’s Road. Continue past the Coach Park of the Odyssey Arena and ECIT is exactly 1 mile from the Coach Park and on the left just past the the CitiCorp (White Star House) building. Turn into the opening for the Science Park and ECIT is on the right.

Driving from Belfast International Airport / Northwest of the city of Belfast

From Belfast International Airport follow the signs to the M2 Motorway. After passing through the village of Templepatrick you will join the M2. Continue towards Belfast and get into the lane marked
 

M3 (Belfast (E) Belfast City Airport)

This will now take you over the Lagan Bridge. Once on the Lagan Bridge (M3) take the Queen’s Island turn off. At the cross roads with traffic lights go straight ahead. You are now on the Queen’s Road. Continue past the Coach Park of the Odyssey Arena and ECIT is exactly 1 mile from the Coach Park and on the left just past the the CitiCorp (White Star House) building. Turn into the opening for the Science Park and ECIT is on the right.

Driving from from Belfast City Airport

From the Airport, take the Underpass towards Belfast City Centre. You are now on the Sydenham Bypass. (The Sydenham Bypass (A2) is also the main route into Belfast from the Ards Peninsula and North Down) Exit the Sydenham Bypass at the Dee Street junction (from the right lane) and at the mini roundabout (approximately 25 metres from the junction) turn left. You are now on the Sydenham Road. Continue down the Sydenham Road until you reach the cross roads with traffic lights and turn right at the lights. You are now on Queen’s Road. Continue past the Coach Park of the Odyssey Arena and ECIT is exactly 1 mile from the Coach Park and on the left just past the the CitiCorp (White Star House) building. Turn into the opening for the Science Park and ECIT is on the right.


 
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