2023 Conference Joining Instructions

The RES and SES are looking forward to welcoming you to the Annual Conference 2023. We have laid out the following information to help you prepare for your attendance.

Date: Monday 3 April – Wednesday 5 April
Registration opens: Monday at 09.00 GMT

James McCune Smith Learning Hub (JMS)
University of Glasgow
University Avenue
G12 8QW


Campus Map (use the search function under ‘Get Directions’ to find the venue)

All sessions of the conference are held within the James McCune Smith Learning Hub (JMS), Boyd Orr Building and Wolfson Medical Centre.

The Conference App (launching 27 March) will contain interactive floor plans.

Registration will open at 09.00 on Monday 3 April.  On arrival at the James McCune Smith Learning Hub (JMS), you will be welcomed by our student volunteers.  Collect your badge and delegate bag from the registration desk in the JMS Atrium. 

Your delegate badge should be worn in order to access the conference facilities and all social events.

Please note: the area in which the conference is taking place is a shared space between delegates and University of Glasgow students and staff.  Please be mindful when in quiet spaces.

Cloakroom and Luggage Store
There will be somewhere to hang coats and leave small bags within the JMS Atrium.  On Wednesday, we will have a luggage store for larger bags in the Wolfson Medical Building (directly opposite the JMS building). Whilst the cloakroom and luggage store (Weds only) will be staffed at all times, items are left at your own risk.

We aim to reduce waste and consider the environment wherever possible.  For 2023 we have a conference app in place of a printed brochure where you can:

– create your own profile within the attendee list
– view the conference programme
– build your own personalised programme
– view keynote speaker profiles
– learn more about sponsors and exhibitors.

Our APP launches on Monday 27 March.

View the latest conference programme here.
You can also download papers via this link

Lunchtime Sessions have limited availability

Monday, 12.45 (Boyd Orr Building Room 203) – Coordinated by the University of Glasgow

  • Adam Smith – how his ideas changed the world with The Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP, Minister of State in the Department for Transport; Prof. Mary Morgan, London School of Economics and Prof. Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal, the University of Glasgow

Tuesday, 12.45 (Boyd Orr Building Room 203)- Coordinated by the Royal Economic Society 

  • Thriving in Economics: Become an active by-stander with Prof. Mary Morgan, LSE and RES President-Elect; Prof. Marina Della Giusta, University of Turin and Dr Emiliya Lazarova, University of East Anglia


As requested in your joining email, if you intend to join one the above, please complete this questionnaire.  Delegates attending these sessions will receive a lunch bag, available from outside the lecture room.  Space is limited and will be allocated to the first participants to return the questionnaire.  If you are allocated one or both of the above, then you change your mind on the day, please still collect a lunch bag from outside Boyd Orr – Room 203.

With sustainability in mind, we are being careful and accurate with all our catering in order to reduce waste. Therefore, if your circumstances have changed and you cannot attend the conference,  please let us know so that we can avoid wastage.

Social Events
Please ensure you have your conference badge with you to access the social event venues.  If you have purchased a one-day conference ticket, you can attend the social event on the evening of your one-day ticket.

If you have purchased additional social event tickets for a guest, please make yourself known to staff on arrival.

As requested in your joining email, we require you to confirm your plans for attending the gala dinner on Tuesday 4 April. Please complete this form to confirm.

Please note, numbers are limited for the gala dinner on the Tuesday evening, if you have not booked but would like to attend, please make yourself know at the registration desk, and we will endeavour to accommodate you.  If you can no longer attend the gala dinner, please inform staff as soon as possible.

Social event details

Monday 3 April (18.30 – 20.00)
Welcome drinks reception with light canapes.  Welcome from Glasgow’s Lord Provost.

City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow, G2 1DU
Subway nearest to City Chambers – Buchanan Street

Tuesday 4 April (19.00 – 23.45)
Gala dinner – including award/prize presentation and a ceilidh

Radisson Blu Hotel, 301 Argyle St, Glasgow G2 8DL
Subway nearest to Radisson Blu – St Enoch

On arrival in the city centre, the Subway system is the best way to travel, just 10 minutes between downtown Glasgow and the University Campus. 

A one-day travel card is £4.20.

A map and ticketing information is available here. 

There are two lines: an outer circle running clockwise and an inner circle running anticlockwise, use this page for live updates.

Here are details of local stops for Conference venues:

  • Subway nearest to University of Glasgow – Hillhead
  • Subway nearest to City Chambers (Welcome reception/Monday) – Buchanan Street
  • Subway nearest to Radisson Blu (Conference HQ Hotel and Gala Dinner) – St Enoch

For further local public transport information, please visit the Traveline Scotland.

If you are presenting or chairing a general or special session, please read the following carefully.

Chairs notes are downloadable here.


Expect the following within the room you are allocated:

  • A screen or monitor
  • A cable to attach your laptop to the screen/monitor
  • A PA/microphone (not all rooms)
  • Chairs and tables for delegates (in various configurations).

There will not be a laptop in the room for you to use, please either bring your own or bring your presentation on a memory stick with the intention of using a fellow presenter(s) (although this is down to individuals to plan). 

Room allocation

The room you have been allocated for your session is available within the conference programme: OA Virtual conferences (oxfordabstracts.com) or in the conference app. 

(Note – room allocations may need to change up until the day of the conference, so please check on the day of your session via the conference app.)


We have a team of student volunteers who will be on hand to help with any troubleshooting.  In addition, there will be 2 “floating” AV technicians available, should you get into any difficulties with the technology in the room.  Ask one of the student volunteers for help and they will contact the AV tech team as required.


Please arrive to the room you’re allocated 15 minutes before the session starts.  On arrival, set up your equipment and meet your fellow presenters. 

Special sessions are 1 hour, and the hour will be divided accordingly by the session coordinator amongst the speaker(s).

General sessions – the order in which you speak is available within the programme.  The last-named presenter acts as the chair.  If there are 4 papers within your general session, each paper will have 15 minutes to present allowing 15 minutes for Q&A.

Certificate of attendance

If you need a certificate to prove your attendance at conference, you can collect one from the registration desk after your session.

One day ticket holders

Please hand in your badge on departing, we will recycle them.  If you are attending a social event on the day of your one-day ticket, please retain your badge to access the venue.

We are pleased to offer delegates the opportunity to present a poster session at conference, this can be in addition to your current participation in the overall conference.  

This is when poster sessions will be available:

  • Monday 3 April, 11.15 – 11.45
  • Monday 3 April, 14.45 – 15.15
  • Tuesday 4 April, 11.15 – 11.45
  • Tuesday 4 April, 15.00 – 15.30


If you would like to take part, please email Georgina Jenkins – events@res.org.uk.

Participants will need to print and bring along their poster materials – these must be printed A3 or larger to fit onto a board that is similar in size to a flipchart board. Please staff your poster at your allotted time.

We would encourage all delegates, to visit the poster sessions, which will be located in the Wolfson Medical Building where refreshments will also be served.

The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School is delighted to be able to offer delegates of the Royal Economic Society and Scottish Economic Society annual conference the chance to attend a free campus tour of the University of Glasgow. 


Tour Details

Founded in 1451 by Bishop Turnbull and King James II, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world and the second oldest in Scotland. With its original location to the east of the city near Glasgow Cathedral, in 1870 the University was moved – in some cases, stone by stone – to what was once the green hills of Gilmorehill but is now the sought-after cultural hub that is Glasgow’s West End. In each century of its existence, the University of Glasgow has pushed the boundaries of imagination and ingenuity.

On this tour, you will discover how the university has nurtured several Nobel laureates, two British Prime Ministers, two First Ministers of Scotland as well as a host of scientists, engineers, philosophers, writers, lawyers and artisans who have had a profound impact on the world as we know it. From the realms of science & engineering, the arts, politics and the law, Glasgow’s influence is felt across the globe. It’s no mere boast that world changers have walked the halls of Glasgow.


Campus tours will be delivered at the following times

  • Monday 3 April – 14:45 – 15:15
  • Tuesday 4 April – 11:15 – 11:45
  • Tuesday 4 April – 15:00 – 15:30
  • Wednesday 5 April – 11:15 – 11:45


How to sign up

If you are interested in joining one of our campus tours, please visit the conference registration desk in the James McCune Smith building. Please note, places on these tours are strictly limited to 20 spaces so register your interest early to avoid disappointment. Due to our very busy conference schedule, campus tours must leave at the exact time advertised above.

Dietary requirements: If you added a dietary requirement to your booking form, please be assured you will be catered for at the conference.  All lunches are buffets and will include vegetarian and vegan options or contact staff for specific pre-ordered dietary needs.  At the gala dinner, please make yourself and your requirements known to your server on sitting down for dinner.

Catering: Lunch catering numbers, particularly on Monday and Tuesday are based on your intention to attend the general conference lunch or the lunchtime session. If you change your mind, please do take your lunch from either the lunchtime session space (outside Boyd Orr Room 203) or the main catering area in the JMS atrium.

Accessibility: Venues are fully accessible but if you have any issues or concerns, please visit the registration desk or call 07814 909 518 (during conference hours). 

Fire safety and security: In the unlikely event of an emergency or fire, please exit via a fire door.  We understand that its unlikely there will be a fire alarm test during the conference.  

The RES and SES have considered sustainability and the impact of the conference.

Delegate bags: items have been sourced from existing merchandise, all of which have a useful purpose and no new production was required.

Water: we ask that all delegates bring with them a refillable water bottle to use throughout the conference.  There are water refill points at the venue.

Catering: We are using recycled and/or recyclable items throughout the conference were possible to reduce waste.  We aim to cater for as close to exact delegate numbers as possible, reducing food waste. In addition we will donate unused food from both conference lunches and the gala dinner to local charity, The Homeless Project Glasgow: https://www.homelessprojectscotland.org/contact/,

Dress Code
The conference is smart casual. The conference gala dinner is smart but not black tie.

If you need anything in advance of the conference, please contact Georgina Jenkins, RES Events Manager on events@res.org.uk.  During the conference, the registration desk and RES stand will always be staffed for any queries. We have a fantastic team of student volunteers in blue, or RES staff will be wearing yellow lanyards, and we are all here to assist you.