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Last modified: 13 January 2009

The Electrochemistry SummerSchool is a one-week residential course that has been organised almost yearly since 1969 by the Electrochemistry Group at Southampton University. Although the course is held in Southampton, it has been run in North and South America. More than 1000 delegates have attended the course. In 1985, the Southampton Electrochemistry Group edited the course notes and published a book entitled "Instrumental Methods in Electrochemistry". Many research collaborations have evolved from informal discussions at the Summer School.


Social Programme Provisional

Although the days are quite full, we like to offer you some entertainment in the evening. The course starts on Sunday evening with registration and an informal buffet and reception at 19:30. On Monday evening, a trip to the historic town of Winchester has been arranged. On this occasion, you will be expected to purchase your own evening meal. On Thursday evening, there will be a formal course dinner which we hope all will attend. Please note that the cost of the evening reception and formal dinner are included in the fee. Transport to all functions is by coach (cost included in the fee). Lunch and morning/afternoon coffee/tea and biscuits are provided (cost included in the fee).



The SummerSchool hotels are the Etap Hotel Southampton (~£35 / room / night + breakfast), the Hotel Ibis Southampton (£70 - £80 per room per night + breakfast) and the Novotel Southampton (£70 - £110 per room per night + breakfast). All three share a large car park and are located within a few minutes walking distance from the train station, coach station, shopping centres, harbour and city centre. A coach will transport delegates between these hotels and the University and to the social events (the cost of transport is included in the fee). The welcome reception will be held in one of the hotels, the lectures, lunches and practicals will take place at the School of Chemistry at the University. Note that accommodation is not included in the course fee. Delegates will be expected to make their own reservation via the hotel website.


Travel to Southampton

Southampton is on the South Coast about 80 miles from London. The train service for Southampton leaves from Waterloo Station and there are 3 trains (2 fast) per hour throughout the day. Southampton has two stations, Southampton Central and Southampton Parkway near the airport.


For those arriving by plane into Heathrow, the easiest way to Southampton is by the National Express coach service. The coach service is two-hourly from the coach station which is adjacent to the bus station at the centre of the airport complex. The journey takes approximately 90 minutes and tickets should be purchased in the bus station. For those arriving at Gatwick there is a good train service from Gatwick direct to Southampton. Alternatively, you can take the express train from Gatwick to Victoria, underground to Waterloo, and then train to Southampton, but this is rather expensive.


If you are travelling in a group, take a taxi to Southampton and share the fare, it is the most convenient if not the cheaper option. Certainly, you will be able to arrange to go back to the airport in a shared taxi, once you get to know people on the course.


You may consider flying directly to Southampton Airport. There are many daily direct flights from several European cities.


For those using their car, parking is available on the university campus but spaces are quickly taken. It is best to park your car at the hotel and come in on the bus.


Additional information including maps of the area and campus, coach and train times is available from the following websites.


Additional information

     University pages with travel information and maps

     Train times search engine

     Coach times (National Express)

     University of Southampton

     Southampton City

The Southampton Electrochemistry - SummerSchool

Instrumental Methods in Electrochemistry

5th - 10th July 2009