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2020 Visitor Information
12th International Materials Education Symposium

COVID-19 Important Information!

The health and safety of all attendees is of paramount importance. Following recommendations from Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and local public health authorities we have made the hard decision to cancel the 2020 Materials Education Symposia. This includes both the International and North American events.

We will be scheduling mini online events for 2020 and look forward to continuing the series in 2021.

For anyone that had registered for IMES 2020 or NAMES 2020, you will be contacted shortly with next steps.

If you would like any additional information, please contact

See also: Visa information »

Symposium venue information

The Symposium will be held at Clare College in the University of Cambridge. Accommodation and parking are available on site.

Clare College travel


Clare College
Queen's Road

The Gillespie Conference Centre and accommodation are at Clare's Memorial Court, which is accessed off Queen's Road.

Directions >

From the rail station: Cambridge rail station is about 1.5 miles from the College—a 10-minute taxi-ride, although it may take longer at peak periods (ask for "Memorial Court, Clare College"). For bus connections, take a bus to the city centre.

From the bus station: Cambridge bus station is about a 15-minute walk, or 5-minute taxi-ride (ask for "Memorial Court, Clare College") in clear traffic from Clare College.

Driving: Follow the driving instructions at the link provided above. Nearby parking is available to Symposium attendees on a first-come, first-served basis at £10.00 +VAT per day. Contact us to arrange parking. CB3 9AD

On arrival, report to the Porters' Lodge at the Memorial Court.

Punting Clare College Clare College


Clare College
Queen's Road

Single room price = £102.00 per night, per room (including VAT)
Twin room price = £153.96 per night, per room (including VAT)

Rate includes:

  • En suite bathroom
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Good working area with Internet access
  • Buffet Breakfast

You can book these rooms when you register.

  • Check-in is available from 3pm.
  • You need to check-in at the Porters' Lodge at Memorial Court.
  • Onsite parking is available at £10.00 +VAT per day. Contact us for booking.

Please note: rooms are comfortable and modern, but this is a conference venue used as student housing during University term, not hotel accommodation. Contact us if you are interested in a twin room.

Map of Clare College

Alternative Accommodation

Alternative nearby College accommodation is available, please visit Cambridge Rooms for availability and more information. Many hotels are also available in the area, please check with a hotel booking comparison site.

Breakfast Clare College Gillespie Bedroom

Dinner Venues

Presenters' Dinner

Magdalene College
Magdalene St.

Drinks reception: 6:45pm
Sit-down: 7:15pm

Maps and directions »

Symposium Dinner

Corpus Christi College
Trumpington St

Drinks reception: 6:45pm
Sit-down: 7:15pm

Maps and directions on the Corpus Christi College website »

Corpus Christi College Symposium Dinner Symposium Dinner


While you are in Cambridge, why not take the time to explore some of the beauty of this ancient university town. Local websites provide many walks and guided tours, or just head out and start exploring.

Useful links:

punts Kings College Looking down the river, along the Backs
Bridges over the river Cam The Senate House Mathematical Bridge