Useful Info

FAQs, Getting There and more

When & Where:

10:00 – 15:45 (Registration opens 09:30)

Wednesday 7th February 2018

Bolton School Boys’ Division, Bolton, Lancs, UK


Bolton School Boys' Division

Travel Disruption

You can check any travel disruption to roads here.



Arriving and Parking:

If you are not traveling by car / minibus, please come in via the main reception through the centre archway on Chorley New Road..

Car / Minibus – Please come to the Dobson Road entrance of Bolton School Boys Division. Enter through the gates, where you will be directed to parking and registration.

Train – Trains to and from a wide range of destinations are available from Bolton Station, which is around a 45 minute walk from the school. Alternatively, the 575 bus to Wigan runs from the Bolton Interchange, stopping at Bolton School on Chorley New Road.



Is Lunch Provided?

Yes, a complimentary hot lunch is provided to all delegates. Delegates may not bring their own lunch.  Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements. Halal and vegetarian options will be available.



Is there a dress code?

Please come wearing comfortable, smart-casual clothes.  YSJournal team members will be wearing conference T shirts and will help with any enquiries.



Who is coming to the conference?

We have 200 tickets booked for students aged 14-18 and their teachers, speakers, exhibitors and some invited guests.



How much does the conference cost?

It is completely free to attend the conference if you attend a state school. We ask you to provide a small returnable deposit in the form of a cheque, credit card or via PayPal, which is returned if you attend.  Independent school and guest tickets are £10 each.  We’re sorry about this, but it helps to keep our conferences free for others.



Must students be accompanied by a teacher?

Yes if you’re aged 14-16, according to your own school’s policy on staff-student ratio. If you’re aged 17 and 18 (or 16 if in the sixth form) you may attend unaccompanied, unless your school’s policy dictates otherwise.



I’m not a student or teacher: can I still attend?

Yes, we’d be delighted to welcome scientists, science communicators and other interested adults – please apply for an Independent School ticket.  If numbers are tight the priority must go to the students.



What is the timing of the conference?

The main conference runs from 10:00 till 15:45. Registration begins at 9.30. If you are presenting a poster you need to arrive at 9.00 to set up.   We recommend all delegates arrive as soon as possible after 09.30 to avoid a last-minute registration bottleneck.



Where is the conference?

The venue is at Bolton School, Boys’ Division, Bolton, BL1 4PA



Is there accommodation is available if I need to stay overnight?

Unfortunately we can’t provide accommodation but there are plenty of places to stay in Bolton. For ease of access to the conference, Bolton town centre, Lostock, and Middlebrook are the best areas to consider.



Can I park at the conference?

Yes, please come to the Dobson Road entrance of the school, where you will be directed to on-site parking.



How do I book a stand at the exhibition?

We are keen to hear from universities, institutions, STEM-related companies and others who would like to engage with students by having a stand at our conference. Please contact Rebecca ([email protected]) to find out more.



How do I go about sponsoring the conference?

As a student-run organization we operate on very limited funds.  If you can help us keep the conference free of charge by offering us some sponsorship – in return for publicity on the day or in a subsequent journal issue – please contact Christina ([email protected]). Even modest donations are very welcome!



Is there any information for the press?

Please contact Rebecca ([email protected]) for more details, interviews, pictures, and if you would like to attend the conference.



How do I submit a poster presentation?

Information regarding submissions of poster presentations can be found here.


Poster presentations

If a member of your group has submitted a poster they should arrive at 9.00 to set up in the exhibition rooms where they will be adjudicated.  They should also have a ticket.



How do I make my workshop choices?

This year we aren’t asking for a pre-selection of workshops. There are a number of workshops on offer this year which you can read about here.  You can sign up for these on arrival on a first-come-first-served basis.