INFORMATION 2016

The Excellence in Pediatrics Conference is EIP's annual flagship event providing best practice updates and a truly global outreach. Continuous professional development is a top priority for the Excellence in Pediatrics Institute and is placed at the heart of our annual conference's ethos. Now in its 8th year, the Excellence in Pediatrics Conference is a dynamic, innovative, and highly engaging conference that informs its delegates of the latest scientific developments and most importantly helps them to improve the standard of care they deliver on the Monday morning after the conference.

Official Language 

The official language of the Conference is English.

Badges & Conference Material

Name Badges and Conference Material will be provided on-site to all registered delegates at the Conference Registration Desks, from 08 December to 10 December 2016. Badges are to be worn at all times, for reasons of security and identification. You will not be permitted to enter any room without your badge.

Certificate of Attendance

All registered delegates are entitled to a Certificate of Attendance. Certificates can be collected from the Conference Secretariat from the afternoon of 9 December. The certificates will be provided on site upon completion of a Conference feedback form.

Speakers’ Ready Room

The Speakers’ Ready Room will be operating throughout the duration of the Conference in the Charter Room, located on the First Floor of the venue. Speakers are kindly requested to hand in their presentation (USB-key, CD ROM, DVD) at least two (2) hours before their scheduled presentation time. If your presentation is scheduled early in the morning, you are kindly requested to hand in your presentation at the Speakers’ Ready Room the day before. All versions of MS PowerPoint are accepted, including Mac. If you are using embedded video clips in your presentation, please remember to submit video files separately. The following audiovisual equipment will be available for all presenters: PC, Data video projector (PowerPoint presentations), Laser Pointer, Microphones.

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Lunches, Coffee and Social Events

Offering a break from intensive learning during the program Sessions, the coffee and lunch breaks also provide an excellent opportunity for meeting and networking with faculty members and peers from all over the world.

 

THE VENUE

Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, London: The ideal location at the heart of London. Situated in the heart of Westminster, with exquisite views of Westminster Abbey, this Grade II listed venue offers an elegant and tranquil setting for conferences and events. Nineteen spacious and diverse rooms make Church House Conference Centre one of London’s most versatile conference and events venues. Located off Parliament Square, Church House Conference Centre is within easy walking distance of both Westminster and St James’s Park underground stations, and Victoria, Waterloo and Charing Cross mainline train stations.

Church House Conference Centre address: Dean’s Yard, Westminster, SW1P 3NZ
Visit the venue’s websitewww.churchhouseconf.co.uk

The History of the building

The original Church House was founded in 1887 and built to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. In 1931 plans were prepared to erect a new Church House in its place that was more in keeping with the needs of the time. However, it was considered that it would not be appropriate to proceed due to the world recession and plans were put in abeyance until 1937. The current building was designed by the renowned architect, Sir Herbert Baker, and the foundation stone was laid by Her Majesty, Queen Mary on 26 June 1937. It took until 1940 to complete and was officially opened by His Majesty, King George Vl, on 10 June 1940.

The building suffered a direct hit in the early part of WWII but due to its exceptional construction only minimal damage was done. The Prime Minister of the day, Winston Churchill, was so impressed by this that the building was refurbished for use by the two Houses of Parliament for the remainder of the war. Many historic speeches and events took place within the building during this time, in particular the announcement, by Churchill from the stage of the Hoare Memorial Hall, of the sinking of the battleship Bismarck. In 1945 the first meetings of the United Nations Preparatory Commission and Security Council were held in the Hoare Memorial Hall. The building was granted Grade II listed status in 1988 with the present Conference Centre opening officially on 19 November 1990.

In 2006 the Conference Centre underwent a major refurbishment with the reconfiguration of the large Assembly Hall to a more flexible event space seating up to 664 for a conference or 372 for a seated dinner

THE HALLS 

ASSEMBLY HALL - GRADE II LISTED
Main Hall. The Grade II listed Assembly Hall was built in 1939, to the design of world renowned architect Sir Herbert Baker. It is flooded by natural light during the day from the 15 arched windows on the gallery level. The polished, English oak panelling and heraldic emblems sit beneath a 30 foot glass dome surrounded by 32 gilded angels. Location: First Floor, natural light, air-conditioned, wheelchair access

 

HOARE MEMORIAL HALL - EXHIBITION AREA
Exhibition - Coffee / Lunch Breaks. The peace and beauty of oak-panelling combine with a weight of history to form the stately Hoare Memorial Hall. The Hoare Memorial Hall also played host to the House of Commons during 1940-1945. Location: First Floor, natural light, air-conditioned, wheelchair access

 

HARVEY GOODWIN SUITE
Parallel Hall: Elegant and spacious, the Harvey Goodwin Suite is ideal for conferences, meetings, buffets, dinner dances and formal dining. Location: Ground Floor, natural light, air conditioned, wheelchair access

 

BISHOP PARTRIDGE HALL
Parallel Hall: Overlooking the cloistered and peaceful Dean’s Yard is the Bishop Partridge Hall. Three sets of oak framed French doors lead onto a balcony running almost the length of the room, revealing spectacular views across Dean’s Yard to Westminster Abbey. Location: First Floor, natural light, air-conditioned, wheelchair access

CONVOCATION HALL
Parallel Hall. The Convocation Hall housed the House of Lords at times during the Second World War. The formal atmosphere combines grace with a classical charm. Location: First Floor, natural light, air-conditioned, wheelchair access

COUNCIL ROOM
Parallel Hall. The Council Room overlooks the delightful Dean’s Yard. Location: Ground Floor, natural light, air conditioned, wheelchair access

ABBEY ROOM
Speakers Ready Room. The Abbey Room overlooks the delightful Dean’s Yard. Location: Ground Floor, natural light, air conditioned, wheelchair access

DIRECTIONS TO THE VENUE

Underground

Nearest underground stations: St James's Park and Westminster (District, Circle and Jubilee lines)

From St James's Park: Leave the station via the Broadway Exit (straight ahead) and head down Tothill Street. When you reach the end of the street, you will see Westminster Abbey. Cross over the road going towards the Abbey. On your right you will see a small archway with a security cabin and a gate. Go through the archway into Dean's Yard and head towards the large building facing you at the end of the yard - this is Church House

From Westminster: Leave the station via exit 4, turn right and walk to the first set of traffic lights on your left. Cross the road going towards the Houses of Parliament. Go straight ahead past the Houses of Parliament until you reach the next set of pedestrian lights. Turn right and walk past Westminster Abbey. At the end of the Abbey you will see a small archway to your left with security cabins on either side. Go through the archway into Dean's Yard, Church House is the large building facing you at the end of the yard.

 

From Victoria: Use the exit leading to the mainline station and leave the station by the front entrance. Follow the directions from Victoria Station (below).

Mainline

From Victoria: Leave the station by the front entrance; cross the first road on the right (Vauxhall Bridge Road) and walk straight down Victoria Street for approximately 15 minutes until you reach Westminster Abbey. Standing in front of the Abbey, you will see a small archway with a security cabin to the right. Go through the archway into Dean's Yard and head towards the large building facing you at the end of the yard - you have reached Church House.

From Euston: Follow signs to London Underground, take a Southbound Victoria Line train (final stop Brixton) and get off the tube at Victoria Station. From here you can either walk as above or take the District or Circle Line Eastbound to St James's Park and follow directions from St James's Park Tube.

From Kings Cross: Follow signs to London Underground. Take a Southbound Victoria Line tube (final stop Brixton). Get off the tube at Victoria Station. From here you can either walk as above or take the District or Circle Line Eastbound to St James's Park and follow directions from St James's Park Tube.

From Paddington: Follow signs to London Underground and take a Circle Line train (via Victoria). Get off at St James's Park and follow directions from St James's Park Tube.

 

Bicycle: There are sheltered bike racks and cycle bars in the garage available for guests to chain their bikes to. Please ask at reception on arrival for further details. 
Santander Cycle Hire Scheme: For guests travelling to Church House Conference Centre using a Santander Cycle Hire Scheme bicycle, the nearest docking station is located on Abbey Orchard Street, Westminster.