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COST FA1208 meeting 2013

9-11 October 2013: €125
at Birnam Arts & Conference Centre, Station Road, Birnam, Dunkeld PH8 0DS
for researchers, students and industry
View towards Birnam in Perthshire

The first annual meeting of COST Action FA1208 "Pathogen-informed strategies for sustainable broad-spectrum crop resistance" will be held in Birnam, Scotland from  9-11 October 2013. Delegates will arrive on Tuesday 8 October and will be able to travel home after lunch on Friday 11 October.

Funding to attend the meeting will be available through COST Action FA1208 to members of the Management Committee, working group leaders and to delegates selected to make presentations at the meeting. Presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts. Although some places may be available for other delegates, space will be extremely limited.

The programme for the COST FA1208 meeting can be found here (PDF file 181 KB).

The local organiser will be John Jones.


Registration for the COST meeting is now closed.

If you are coming to the meeting you will have received information about registration fees and reimbursement. Please contact John Jones if this is not the case.


Abstract submission is now closed and the programme for oral presentations has been finalised.


Although it is located in the Highlands of Scotland, Birnam is only about an hour from Edinburgh airport. Edinburgh has direct flights from many countries in Europe. A full list of carriers and destinations available from Edinburgh airport can be found on their Destinations and airlines page.

Public transport between Edinburgh and Birnam is difficult. The organisers will therefore arrange to transport all delegates between Edinburgh airport to Birnam. Please provide information about your flight number and flight times to John Jones.


A map of Birnam and Dunkeld showing the venue and local accommodation can be found below.


There are a wide range of hotels and guest houses available in Birnam and also in Dunkeld, which is a short walk from Birnam. Options available include the following.


The Birnam Hotel, Tel: +44 1350 728030
This is across the road from the meeting venue. All rooms in this hotel have been reserved for the meeting. Prices vary depending on the number of people sharing – for a single room the cost is £59 per person per night (bed and breakfast); for two people sharing the cost is £44 per person per night (bed and breakfast). If you wish to stay at this hotel you will need to phone and tell them that you are booking for the “COST1208 meeting”.

B&Bs in Birnam include:

Jessie Macs
A B&B marketing itself to walkers – has rooms available between £18 and £35 per person per night depending on how many people you are willing to share with. Across the road from the meeting venue.

Tayburn House, Tel: +44 1350 728822
Basic small B&B two minutes walk from the meeting venue. Between £27 and £37 per person per night.

Byways B&B
About £30 per person per night.

Birnam Guest House, Tel: +44 1350 727201
Two minutess walk from the venue. Seven rooms about £60 per night.


All these hotels are about 10 minutes walk from Birnam, in Dunkeld. The local organisers will be available to help delegates find their way between Dunkeld and Birnam.

Royal Dunkeld Hotel, Tel: +44 1350 727322
This hotel has rooms within the hotel but also has cheaper twin rooms in what it calls the “Courtyard Annexe”. Prices for the hotel are around £45 per person in a twin room, £60 per person in a single room. The Annexe prices are £30 per person in a twin room, £45 per person single occupancy.

Atholl Arms Hotel, Tel: +44 1350 727219.
A variety of rooms available.

If you are feeling really extravagant you can try the Hilton Dunkeld House Hotel.

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