Northern Ireland has within its borders a wide variety of landscapes, cultural attractions and leisure opportunities, as well as an intriguing – and famously complex – history. Within a few miles of Belfast, one can take advantage of breath-taking coastlines and mountains, archaeological monuments, a buzzing arts scene and much more.
Belfast, capital city of Northern Ireland, has undergone a metamorphosis in recent years. With major development in its infrastructure, Belfast is now emerging as a dynamic new destination for conferences, meetings and events, while continuing to offer close access to some of the most beautiful and diverse countryside in Europe. Considering this, it is no wonder that in 2009 leading travel guide publisher Frommer’s named Belfast as one of its top 12 world travel destinations.
Just a short distance from Belfast City Centre lies Queen’s University, host to IPSAM 2011. Queen’s University Belfast’s proud academic tradition stretches back over 160 years from its establishment by Queen Victoria in 1845 as one of the three Queen’s Colleges in Ireland. It received its Royal Charter from King Edward VII in 1908, becoming an independent University in its own right. Today, the University combines an international reputation for excellence in research and education, with a student-centred ethos and a leadership role in the community. The UK’s Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2009, awarded by Times Higher Education, Queen’s is a magnet for inward investment, an international centre of academic excellence.
The Organising Committee of IPSAM 2011 warmly welcomes you to Queen’s and the city of Belfast.