ECMFA 2011 University of Birmingham

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Seventh European Conference on Modelling Foundations and Applications



Birmingham is Britain's second largest city and is situated right in the heart of England.  Birmingham's location in the centre of England makes it an ideal base to explore the rest of the UK.  We are only 90 minutes away from London by train and Stratford upon Avon, Warwick, Oxford, the Cotswolds and Wales are only a short journey away.  It is a city of culture, combined with superb shopping, great nightlife and award-winning restaurants.




Above the canals at Brindley Place

Birmingham is home to the famous City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Birmingham Royal Ballet.  Some of the finest art collections in the world are to be found in Birmingham at the City Museum and Art Gallery, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts (University Campus) and the IKON Gallery (Brindley Place).  There are many museums including Cadbury World which celebrates Birmingham’s chocolate industry.  With more canals than Venice, why not explore and dine in Brindley Place on Broad Street.  Birmingham boasts excellent shopping facilities in the completely re-vamped Bullring shopping centre and exclusive designer goods can be bought at the amazingly designed Selfridges store and Mailbox.

Visit Selfridges at the Bullring, Mailbox and the Symphony Hall

Barber Institute (venue for the conference drink 07 June 2011)

Situated on the main campus of the University of Birmingham is the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. The institute was designed by Robert Atkinson, one of Britain's leading architects of the 1920s and '30s. When it opened The Times described the building as 'the purest example of his work' and it continues to be regarded as one of his greatest achievements.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts contains one of the finest small collections of European art in the UK. Featuring works from 13th to the 20th century, it is a near-perfect gathering of some of the most influential artists of the previous millennium. The collection is made up of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. Among the artists represented are Bellini, Botticelli, Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Monet, Degas, Matisse just to name a few.

Birmingham Council House (venue for the conference dinner on 08 June 2011)

The Council House is a Grade II* listed building of exceptionally crafted detail. Architect H. R. Yeoville Thomason designed the building following the theme of a Venetian Palace in classical Renaissance style. Built around a central courtyard from which the Council Chamber, Banqueting Suite, Lord Mayor’s Parlour and Committee Rooms lead, Birmingham Council House remains one of the nation’s outstanding Victorian buildings.

Joseph Chamberlain laid the foundation stone in 1874 and the official opening ceremony in 1879, marked an event of historic importance. For the first time, Birmingham’s industrial might was gathered in the seat of this ‘provincial parliament’, presiding over what become know as the ‘best governed City in the world’. Its central location offered the citizens of Birmingham greater access to the democratic process and from these philanthropic beginnings grew the guardianship of modern Birmingham. The Council House is still the official office for the Lord Mayoralty and leading members of the City Council.

 The Council House in Victoria Square is at the centre of the city.  Surrounded by art galleries, theatres and shops, these magnificent facilities are easily accessible from all major city routes. New Street Station with its intercity connections is less than a five minute walk from the Council House.

For further information about Birmingham visit this Link