4th Annual CCP-SAS Project Workshop
June 19-21, 2017
Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Information for Participants


There is no registration fee for this meeting, but places are limited and prior registration is necessary.


If you are not a UK or EU citizen you may require a visa to enter the UK. You can check here (links to external website).

Travelling to Cardiff

Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, is well connected by air, rail and road:


Cardiff (Rhoose) Airport (IATA: CWL, ICAO: EGFF) is 15 miles/35 minutes by road from the meeting venue and is served by an Express Bus (T9) to/from Cardiff City Centre up to every 30 minutes. Alternatively you can take a taxi, or a connecting bus to Rhoose Cardiff International Airport (RIA) railway station where a local stopping service to Cardiff Central Station takes 30 minutes to 1 hour.

There are direct, though not necessarily daily, flights between Cardiff and major European hubs such as Amsterdam Schipol (AMS), Munich (MUC), and Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG).


Cardiff Central Station (CDF) is a 1 mile/20 minutes walk from the meeting venue, through the city centre. Alternatively, you can change trains at Cardiff Central on to a local service serving Cathays Station (CYS), located just across the road from the meeting venue. Trains to Cathays are every 10-15 minutes and the journey time is 6 minutes.

Cardiff Central sits on the famous Great Western mainline between London and Wales. The journey time to/from London Paddington Station (PAD) is just over 2 hours, or just over 90 minutes from Reading Station (RDG). Reading and Paddington offer direct connections to London Heathrow Airport (LHR).

If travelling from the north or southwest of the UK it will be necessary to change trains at Birmingham New Street or Bristol Parkway/Bristol Temple Meads, respectively.


Cardiff is served by the M4 motorway. Exit at junctions J29, J30 or J32.

It is necessary to pay a toll charge (£6.70/car; cash/card) to cross either of the Severn Bridges into Wales from England if you wish to avoid a lengthy detour! If travelling from the north of the UK, leave the M5 motorway no later than Gloucester in order to avoid the toll.

As an illustration, the journey from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to the venue by road is 140 miles and would take 2.5 hours in normal traffic. However, the section of the M4 between the M4/M5 interchange (J20) and Cardiff can get extremely busy at rush hour, and traffic often backs up where the motorway drops from 3 lanes to 2 lanes at the Brynglas Tunnels between J25A and J26. The meeting will unfortunately also coincide with the commencement of full overnight closures (8pm-6am) of the tunnels for maintenance (but there will be diversions in operation!).

Please note: there will not be any vehicle parking at the venue!


There is a massive range of accommodation available in and around the city centre. The following suggestions are based purely on the personal opinion of the organisers and word-of-mouth:

NOTE: Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation.


Morning and afternoon refreshments, along with a light lunch, will be provided to all registered participants on Monday 19th June.


Delegates are encouraged to consider presenting posters on work using or related to CCP-SAS on Monday 19th June. Titles and abstracts should be supplied during the registration process.

Poster boards will be A0 size and Portrait orientation. Posters should be hung with Velcro.


Delegates intending to participate in the Tutorial sessions on Wednesday 21st June should bring their own laptop computers. These should be reasonably modern (eg, Windows 7 or 10, Mac OSX).

The organisers may be able to loan a small number of Windows laptops for the SASSIE Tutorials if necessary, but it is imperative that they are advised of the need for this before Friday 16th June (email the Meeting Contact, Prof. Stephen Perkins).

Delegates participating in the SASSIE Tutorials will need to install some software on their laptops beforehand. A zip archive of the necessary packages for Windows machines, including installation instructions, may be downloaded here. Mac OS and Linux users should read these instructions. NB: these links may not work properly in the Microsoft Edge browser.

Local Organisers

Dr Alison Paul, Cardiff University

Dr Steve King, ISIS Pulsed Neutron & Muon Source