Galway is a small city of about 80,000 inhabitants, located on the west coast of Ireland on the River Corrib, 200km directly west of Dublin. Although the city is small it is well known for its lively arts and culture scene, for its urban seaside location and for the spectacular natural beauty of its wider hinterland. Galway has been designated a European Capital of Culture for 2020.

The main university campus is located on the west side of the city and stretches for 2km northwards along the river bank. The conference venue is a 15 minute walk from the city centre, which is largely pedestrianised and offers dining, social and cultural experiences to suit all interests and tastes.

Galway is well connected to Dublin Airport by coach services that run every 30 minutes and take about 2 hours 30 minutes. Dublin Airport is the main arrival point for international visitors to Ireland and has daily direct flights to many locations worldwide.

For more detailed information about transport and opportunities for visitors and to get a sense of the city and region, have a look at the website of the Galway Convention Bureau which provides support to international events hosted in Galway.