CHoPS is coming to Edinburgh!

The City

CHoPS 2024 will be held in Edinburgh, which is a city known for both its history and beauty and often referred to as the “Athens of the North”. Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital and is a bustling city with a population of approximately 500,000.

The city centre is overlooked by Edinburgh Castle which sits on top of an extinct volcano and is home to Scotland’s Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny. On one side it is flanked by the medieval Old Town while opposite is the elegant Georgian New Town. In the medieval old town the main street is the famous Royal Mile which links Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace. The new Scottish Parliament Building can be found opposite Holyrood Palace.

The city is overlooked by Calton Hill in the New Town and the imposing peak of Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park.

Edinburgh Castle Calton Hill

The contrasting Old and New Towns form Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage Site which covers over 1.76 square miles and in which over 75% of all the buildings are listed buildings.

Edinburgh has 112 parks in the city, as well as more trees per head of population than any other city in the UK. Rainfall in Edinburgh is well below the Scottish average and perhaps surprisingly, less annually than in Rome, Frankfurt and New York. But don’t forget your raincoat, just in case!

“This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas.
A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.”
- Alexander McCall Smith, Scottish author

Transport Connections

Travelling to Edinburgh is easily achieved by road, rail or air.

Edinburgh is served by an international airport which is only 12 km or approximately 30 minutes from the city centre using the various and frequent public transport options available. Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s busiest airport with 33 airlines flying 188 routes to 130 destinations.

Edinburgh’s two rail stations, Waverley and Haymarket, are serviced by the East Coast and West Coast mainlines allowing frequent connections to major UK cities such as Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham and London.

Within the city, Edinburgh’s local bus services consists of approximately 70 routes in and around the city, with contactless payments accepted on all buses. Single fares cost £2.00 while day tickets offering unlimited journeys are capped at £4.80.

The Conference Venue

The Conference venue is the impressive, multi-purpose Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) which is located in the centre of Edinburgh city and within walking distance of both of Edinburgh’s train stations (it is just over 5 minutes’ walk from Haymarket Station).

Since its doors first opened in 1995, the EICC has hosted numerous prestigious events and guests such as Her Majesty the Queen, Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama. In 2013 it welcomed its One Millionth delegate and recently just passed the Two Million delegates mark.

The venue has won numerous awards throughout its history and is ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

Partnership for Change

Carbon mitigation will play a significant role in the City of Edinburgh Council’s efforts to become a zero carbon city by 2030.

In support of this, the EICC have partnered with RSPB Scotland, part of the RSPB, the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, on a unique and innovative scheme to restore Scotland’s most underappreciated but valuable biomes – Peatlands. The project aims to restore 250,000ha (2,500 sq.km) of land in the Flow Country area over the next 25 years.

Scotland boasts Europe’s largest blanket bog which is home to countless species of plants and animals. Peatlands are also a vital ally in the fight against climate change as they are the world’s largest terrestrial carbon store, and their restoration has been shown to be more effective at capturing carbon than tree planting initiatives.

For every delegate attending the conference a donation equivalent to £1 per delegate per day will be made to support Peatland Restoration in the north of Scotland.

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