2012 Sino-European Symposium on Environment and Health (SESEH 2012)

Galway, Ireland, August 20 - 25, 2012


Travel Information

SESEH 2012 conference venue: Campus of National University of Ireland, Galway

SESEH 2012 maps: SESEH 2012 Venue NUI Galway; Galway City and Hotels

Maps from Conference Office of NUI Galway: NUI Galway; Galway City

Google maps: Europe; Ireland; Ireland West; Galway; NUI Galway


SESEH 2012 Car Park Information (Read the following text and Download: SESEH 2012 Car Park Permit):


Parking on Campus of NUI Galway: There is limited parking for conference delegates, on campus, Monday to Friday from 08.30 to 17.30 and it is advised to take a taxi to the venue if possible. Permits have been arranged to facilitate access to Orbsen Car Park - (highlighted on the map of the car park permit), spaces are limited and on a first come basis. Please ensure to park in white line spaces only. Permits are available by clicking on the downloadable file SESEH 2012 Car Park Permit. These permits are available to registered delegates only and must be displayed at all times. There are also a number of pay and display parking areas on campus (blue lined spaces) and you must pay if you park in these spaces. Access is available to all car parks evenings (after 17.30). All illegally parked vehicles, including cars not displaying a permit will be clamped.


Recommended travelling route for delegates from China:


        China --flight --> Paris/Amsterdam/Frankfurt (airport transit)-- flight --> Dublin Airport -- Bus (City Link/Go Bus) --> Galway

        For Chinese passport holders, airport transit visa at the above three airports is generally not required. Check it with relevant authorities.


        Dublin Airport - Galway bus time table:

               City Link: http://www.citylink.ie/index.php/routes-a-timetables/timetables

               Go Bus: http://www.gobus.ie/timetable.php

Information of visa application for Chinese delegates:

Please plan your trip early! Register and pay the registration fees in full in March or early April, 2012, and request an invitation letter. Under no circumstances can an invitation letter be issued for those who have not paid their registration fees in full. When you request an invitation letter, you must provide the information:1. Your full postal address in English; 2. Your name on your passport; 3. Your date of birth; 4. Your Chinese passport number which is required by Irish Embassy in China: “An original letter of invitation from the conference hosts in Ireland which states the applicant's name, date of birth and passport number.” For those whose abstracts are accepted, please also provide the information of your abstract number and abstract title. All invitation letters will be sent by ordinary post. Due to the high cost, no letter can be sent using an express mail. (Please see updated information for DHL express mail service on Registration page.)

A single-entry Irish Conference Visa allows a single entry within 3 months after the issuing date of the visa, and a maximum period of 90 days’ stay inside Ireland after arrival. Please find detailed information from Irish Embassy in China: http://www.embassyofireland.cn/Ireland/Visa_Information/Conference.php

For more updated information, please follow:



In Chinese (爱尔兰驻华大使馆签证处中文网页)





All nationalities visiting Ireland require valid passports.


Do I need a Visa to come to Ireland?

[link to http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Irish%20Visa%20Information


More information on requirements from prospective conference delegates

[link to http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Short%20Stay%20Business,%20Conference%20or%20Performance


It is important to note that it can take over six to eight weeks to process a Visa Application and early application is recommended. Please also note that the conference organising committees or their agents, cannot accept any responsibility in connection to Visa Applications and the normal cancellation policy for registration fees and accommodation deposits will apply in the event that a delegate is unable to attend due to late submission of their application or rejection of application.

When you have registered and paid the registration fees, a letter of registration confirmation can be sent to you.

Visas are not required for Northern Ireland when entering from the Republic of Ireland.



From Queen's College to National University of Ireland, the University's past is intertwined with the history of Galway and Ireland. The Quadrangle first opened its doors to 63 students on 30th October 1849 and the University, then known as Queen's College, was born. The University was one of three Queen's Colleges, the others located in Cork and Belfast. That Quadrangle building, built in local limestone in a Tudor Gothic architectural style, is modelled on Christ Church at the University of Oxford. The 'Quad' still stands proudly at the heart of the University today as a testament to its past. It is now used primarily for administrative purposes and houses the offices of the President and the Vice-Presidents.

In the first academic year, 1849 -1850, the University began with three faculties, Arts, Medicine and Law but there were also schools of Agriculture and Engineering. Female students later joined the student body and in 1906 Alice Perry graduated from the college, believed to be the first female engineering graduate in the world to receive a first class honours degree in civil engineering. There are many historical buildings on campus, such as the James Mitchell Museum, established in 1952. This geological museum contains high quality collections sampling a significant diversity of the planet's geology, with a fine display of fossils, minerals and rocks. 

The University has had three different names: In 1849 it was called Queen's College Galway; In 1908 it was changed to University College Galway; In 1997 it was changed again to National University of Ireland, Galway.



Galway is situated on the West Coast of Ireland and may be easily reached by air, ferry, train, bus or car or a combination of these. To help you find the best access route to suit you, please see the following site for further information:  http://www.aaireland.ie/routes/


Galway Airport [link to www.galwayairport.com] offers connections to many British Airports including Luton, Manchester, Edinburgh and there is also a service to Lorient. Please check the airport website as new routes are opening up regularly. Galway airport is a 15 minute drive from the city and approximately €20-25 by taxi.      


Alternatively, there are a number of other access points - please see the following links for further information.


Shannon Airport  [link to www.shannonairport.com] (approx. 1.5 hours by bus/car)

Dublin Airport  [link to www.dublinairport.com] (approx. 2.5 hours by car/bus)

Galway Airport  [link to www.galwayairport.com ] (approx. 10 minutes by car/bus)  

Knock Airport  [link to www.knockairport.com] (approx. 1.5 hours by car/bus)

Cork International Airport  [link to www.corkairport.com ] (approx. 3 hours by car/bus)

Ferries  [link to www.irishferries.com]

Belfast International Airport  [link to www.belfastairport.com] (approx. 4 hours by car/bus)


The Conference Organising Committee, or its agents, will not be responsible for any medical expenses, loss, damages or accidents during the Event. We would in particular draw your attention to the cancellation policy in respect of registration fees and accommodation. In the event that, for whatever reason, the Conference has to be cancelled or postponed, the Organising Committee, and/or its agents, will be responsible only for refund of monies received. We recommend that delegates insure themselves for medical and cancellation charges.


Mild and temperate (showers can occur at any time of the year). Summer temperatures range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius (60 to 75° F). Spring and autumn temperatures average around 10+ degrees Celsius (50+° F). Winter is 0 to 10° Celsius (30 to 50° F).  


ATM’s are located at most banks and are widespread throughout the country - accept Visa, Mastercard and PLUS and CIRRUS debit cards. Credit cards (including all those carrying the Eurocard symbol) accepted in hotels, restaurants, petrol stations, shops etc.


Monday to Friday: open 10.00 – 16.00 

Thursday: 10.00 – 17.00 (in some regions)
Small towns and rural areas:  Banks may close for lunch


The euro (€)


240 volts AC.
Small appliances - a plug adaptor may be needed for Irish flat three-pin.
Visitors bringing electrical appliances should ask an electrician or appliance dealer if it is possible to use a transformer (adaptor).




Monday to Saturday – 09.00 – 18.00

Thursday and Friday - late night shopping in most malls

Sunday - many shops open 12.00 – 16.00
Duty-free shopping is available at all the international airports


Galway offers a unique and diverse shopping experience with a wide range of shops

fully equipped to cater for the needs of both visitors and locals alike. The city caters for a very large cachement area as the regional capital of the West and the variety of goods on offer reflects the changing needs of its public. Many of the shops are located on streets in the main shopping area in the centre of the city. These shopping areas are supplemented by a number of enclosed shopping centres, most of which are situated on the city's outskirts. As well as a full range of mainstream shops Galway has quite a large number of specialist and tourist oriented shops, which offer unique and interesting gifts, often made locally.


Don’ t forget - visitors from outside the EU can claim tax back on gifts bought, which makes these items even better value.


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