ENCALS meeting 2020 Edinburgh, Scotland

17 June 2020

Edinburgh by night

The ENCALS meeting 2020 will be hosted in Edinburgh, Scotland, from Wednesday 17th to Friday 19th of June 2020.

Local organizers are Prof. Sharon Abrahams and Prof. Siddharthan Chandran on behalf of the Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research.




Registration is open. Please register for this meeting via the registration form: https://edin.ac/36sPU1E

For any questions regarding registration, please contact the local organiser Mrs Judi Clarke on encals2020@ed.ac.uk.


EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION before 5pm on Friday 20th March:

• Established researchers, including post-docs: £220
• Postgraduate students: £120
• Industry: £600

• Each ENCALS centre is entitled to one free registration for a PhD student. Please e-mail name, centre affiliation and dietary requirements of this PhD student to info@encals.eu


LATE REGISTRATION after 5pm on Friday 20th March:

• Established researchers, including post-docs: £290
• Postgraduate students: £140
• Industry: £800

Registration closes at 5pm on Friday 22nd May. On-site registration will not be possible.


Registration includes:
• Participation at all ENCALS lectures and poster sessions;
• Programme booklet;
• ENCALS gala dinner and ceilidh, “A Night at the Museum” at the National Museum of Scotland on Thursday 18th June;
• Lunch on Thursday and Friday;
• Coffee and tea during the breaks.

Companion tickets for “A Night at the Museum” are available on the online registration form (£60).


Abstract submission


To submit your abstract, please login with your ENCALS user account. As soon as you are logged in, click in the top right corner of the screen and choose ‘my abstracts’ to create an abstract.

The deadline for abstract submission is 5pm on Friday 20th March.

All abstracts will be reviewed by the programme committee and notifications of acceptance as oral or poster presentation will be e-mailed as soon as possible.

PLEASE NOTE: registration is arranged by the University of Edinburgh. Don’t forget to register via the registration form when you submit an abstract.  



Poster award for PhD students


All posters with a PhD student as first & presenting author will be reviewed by members of the award committee for the PhD poster award. Therefore, all PhD students presenting a poster are requested to attend the PhD poster award session at the last day of the conference.




Scientific meeting

The ENCALS meeting 2020 will be held in the University of Edinburgh’s McEwan Hall, an iconic 19th Century landmark in the centre of Edinburgh that has recently been refurbished.

The McEwan Hall, Edinburgh

Venue information

Location: McEwan Hall, Teviot Pl, Edinburgh EH8 9AG.

Accessibility: The McEwan Hall is fully wheelchair accessible. There is a hearing loop. There will be a quiet room / speaker preparation room available throughout the meeting.

Baby room: There will be a nursing/feeding and baby-changing room available for delegates who are travelling with a companion and a baby. We will provide bottle warmers and a small amount of baby toys/books. There is an adjoining bathroom with sink. Please note that there will not be childminders/babysitters present and that children must not be left unsupervised. Please contact the organisers if you wish to discuss making use of this facility.

WiFi and device charging: There will be free WiFi available. Please note that the McEwan Hall is a historic building and that charging points are limited. There will be a charging station at the registration desk (devices left at the owner’s risk) but we advise delegates to bring a battery pack if possible to charge laptops and phones during the day.

Gala Dinner & Ceilidh: A Night at the Museum

Location: National Museum of Scotland, Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF. It is a 5-minute walk from the McEwan Hall.

The National Museum is fully wheelchair accessible.

The ceilidh is Scottish country dancing with a live band, so bring your dancing shoes!




We recommend the University-owned Salisbury Green Hotel & Bistro at Pollock Halls (Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Rd, EH16 5AY, ~20-min walk to McEwan Hall); alternatively the KM Central and serviced apartments at Richmond Place (Richmond Place EH8 9ST, ~7-min walk to McEwan Hall) provide convenient, central overnight accommodation.

If delegates and guests visit www.book.accom.ed.ac.uk, and quote promotion code: EVENT, they will receive 15% off accommodation at Salisbury Green Hotel at Pollock Halls.

Payment is taken at the time of booking. No accommodation is on hold and all bookings are subject to availability.

There are of course many other excellent accommodation options available in central Edinburgh and within walking distance of the ENCALS venues. If searching by district, look for Old Town, Southside or Newington. There are no areas to avoid in the city centre.



By air

Edinburgh International Airport is approximately 10 miles east of the city centre. For transport links, see www.edinburghairport.com/transport-links/travel-into-edinburgh.

By rail

Edinburgh Waverley station is a 10-minute walk to McEwan Hall and a 30-minute walk to Pollock Halls. There are also frequent buses from North Bridge (adjacent to the station) to Nicolson Street (for McEwan Hall or Richmond Place) or down Dalkeith Road (for Pollock Halls). For more information, visit www.travelinescotland.com.




Scottish weather is notoriously unpredictable, even in June. The daytime temperature is likely to be 15–22°C (perhaps hotter, perhaps colder) and there may well be rain. However, sunset will not be until 22:00!


Tourist information


As the capital of Scotland and a cultural hub, there are a great many tourist attractions in central Edinburgh. Please see www.visitscotland.com for more information, and chat to the volunteers at the conference about what to see and do.


Satellite and side meetings

  • The Allied Health Practitioners Forum on Thursday 18th of June


We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh in June!


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