Local Information

General Information

Conference Venue

The conference will take place at the Western Gateway Building, University College Cork (see Maps section). 

Registration and information desk

The registration and information desk will be located in the main atrium of the Western Gateway Building. We recommend picking up your registration material as soon as you arrive at the venue. Conference registration will be open between 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm on Monday 27th August during the welcome reception and between 8.30am and 6pm daily.

Registration is required for all participants and exhibitors. Registered participants and exhibitors will receive a badge giving them access to the conference venue, which must be worn visibly at all times. 

Presentation upload

Presentations can be uploaded in room G09, opposite the registration desk in the main atrium. A member of the conference organising team will be available to facilitate presentation upload throughout the conference. However, it is recommended that talks be uploaded at least a day before the presentation is scheduled, and a minimum of one session prior to the start of the scheduled talk. Upload of talks for the first day of the conference will be given priority at the welcome reception and during the registration period of the following morning. Talks should be saved using Microsoft Powerpoint in Office version 2010 (file extension .pptx) or 2003 (file extension .ppt). Please try to keep the size of your presentations below 10MB. Please save the name of the presentation as follows: 

<session number>_<surname>_IUFRO2012 (e.g. 7_WILSON_IUFRO2012). 


The preferred poster size is A0. Posters should be displayed in the main atrium for the duration of the conference, and attached to the correct numbered poster board (see poster section at the end of this document) using the Velcro attachments provided. Please remove posters by 1pm on Friday. 

Student prizes

Student prizes for best presentation and best poster will be selected by a team of judges from the conference organising and scientific committees using the criteria outlined below. Prizes will be awarded during the closing of the conference. 

Best Presentation Award

  • The scientific excellence, creativity, innovation and the content in addressing a research question.
  • The quality of the presentation (i.e. clarity, layout and design, etc.).
  • The presentation itself (i.e. how well the speaker was able to deliver a stimulating talk, abidance by allocated time and effectiveness in communicating the concept to the audience, etc.).

Best Poster Award

  • Creativity, straightforward and balanced, combining science and art.
  • The contents where text and figures should be presented in a manner that viewers with little previous knowledge will understand the scientific subject.
  • The message of the poster should be readily visible and understandable.
  • Effectiveness in communicating the concept during poster session. 

Refreshments and Lunch

Coffee and tea will be served during morning and afternoon breaks in the atrium. Lunch will be served during the lunch breaks. These refreshments are included in the conference fee. 

Social Events

Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception will take place in the Atrium of the Western Gateway Building, University College Cork, on Monday from 6.30pm until 8.00pm. 

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will take place on Wednesday 29th August at Vertigo, located on the top floor of the County Hall on Carrigrohane Road (see Maps section). This is a ten minute walk from the Western Gateway Building. A drinks reception at 7pm will be followed by dinner at 7.30pm and a traditional Irish band and Ceilí. This is included in the conference fee. 

Public Transportation


Iarnród Éireann: www.irishrail.ie  Railway station, Cork city, approximately 2 km from UCC.


City Bus: Approximate bus fare to University from Railway station is €2. Bus No. 5 (marked Rossa Avenue) get off at College Road. From City centre, Bus No. 8 (marked Bishopstown) get off at Gaol Cross.

Bus Éireann: www.buseireann.ie. Bus Station, Cork city approximately 1.5 km from UCC.

AirCoach: www.aircoach.ie (Dublin airport - Dublin - Cork). Patrick’s Quay (behind Metropole Hotel), approximately 1.5 km from UCC.

CityLink: www.citylink.ie (Galway - Cork city/Cork Airport, Limerick-Cork city/Cork Airport). Patrick’s Quay (behind Metropole Hotel), approximately 1.5 km from UCC.

Eurolines: operated by Bus Éireann offers a direct bus daily from London to Cork - look for the ‘Tralee-London’ route.

Parking at UCC

There is limited public parking available on campus (see Maps section). UCC is well served by public transport. 

Cork Airport

Aiport code ORK - is the only airport in Cork, 8 km from the city centre and is serviced by taxis as well as regular bus service. Information on airlines and routes that fly into Cork can be viewed on the airport website: www.corkairport.com.

Bus Éireann provides a regular Air Coach service to and from Parnell Place Bus Station in the city centre throughout the week. Cost approximately €6 each way (www.buseireann.ie). 

Citylink also provides buses departing from Cork Airport every 30 mins, connecting with over 30 city hotels, guest houses and city-centre locations. Cost is approximately €6 each way. (www.citylink.ie). 


Approximate taxi fare to University from Railway Station: €10.

Approximate taxi fare to University from Airport: €15 

ABC Taxis, Pouladuff Road, 021 4961961

Premier Taxis, Douglas Street, 021 4847600

Shandon Taxis, 42 MacCurtain Street, 021 4502255 & 021 4505522 

Emergency Numbers

Emergency Police, Fire, Ambulance: 112 or 999

These numbers are free of charge but should only be used in cases of genuine emergency. On answer, state which service you require, wait to be connected to that service, then clearly state the location at which assistance is required. 

ATMs and Bank Branches

The nearest ATM and bank branch to the conference venue is the Allied Irish Bank (AIB) which is located across the road from the Western Gateway building at the traffic lights.

IUFRO 2012 Conference

School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences,University College Cork,Ireland.