14-16 April 2003


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2004 announcement
Feature articles

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Travel bursaries
Information for authors
Travel information
Where to stay
Local information
Programme overview
All accepted papers


Local information

Essex University, Colchester, stands in beautiful Wivenhoe Park, in the heart of "Constable Country" - known for the rolling English hills, woodland and fluffy white clouds as painted by John Constable in the 17th and 18th century. Colchester is Britain's oldest recorded town, a settlement for over three thousand years and the original Roman capital of Britannia. It boasts its own impressive Norman castle, a Roman wall circling the town, a "Dutch quarter" consisting of many streets of 16th century buildings, and even some famouly haunted churches. It has a rich history, which includes the great battle against the Romans by Queen Boudicca, and the English Civil War (the "Seige House" still bears Musket ball scars visible today).

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Conference venue

EuroGP and EvoWorkshops 2003 will take place at lecture theatre block (LTB) on the University of Essex campus. This is located near Square 3 which has a bank, restaurant and stone tables in the middle. From Square 3, just walk south for about 50 yards and look out for the EuroGP conference signs.

Conference shuttle bus to University campus

A conference shuttle bus has been specially organised to transport those attending EuroGP and EvoWorkshops to the conference venue on the University of Essex campus.

The two pick up and drop off points are:

  1. at the war memorial at the bottom of the High Street outside Colchester Castle
  2. at the waiting area lay-by outside the Rose and Crown Hotel (see map below)

Look out for a double decker bus marked "Arriva" displaying the EuroGP-EvoWorkshops sign

EuroGP Bus times:

Monday 14 April
departure at 0915 from pick-up points to university
return at 1945 from university to Colchester town drop off points

Tuesday 15 April
departure at 0915 from pick-up points to university
departure at 1800 from university to conference dinner at Layer Marney Tower
return at 2245 from conference dinner to town centre and Wivenhoe House

Wednesday 16 April
departure at 0915 from pick-up points to university
1530 from university to main railway station

Getting around Colchester

Bus services to the University of Essex include 74, 75, 77, 78 and 78A, all originating at the Colchester Bus Station with service 78 and 78A also departing from the Main Railway Station. The bus stop for the University is Valley Road junction, near Square One. Journey time is approx 15-20 minutes.

Cochester map (select for full size version)
Cochester map (select for full size version)

Getting around the campus

The University of Essex campus map and directions in PDF are at <>.

For full information on travel to Colchester, please the travel info page.