Glasgow is one of Europe's most exciting and beautiful destinations, which combines the energy and sophistication of a great historic international city with some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery. The city is also a compact, experienced conference destination and the International Triple Helix VII Conference would be made to feel most welcome in the city and to the University of Strathclyde.
Glasgow, which evolved as a major UK city on the back of commerce and industry playing a significant role in the course of the Industrial Revolution, had a stint as the culture capital of Europe in 1990. In 2005, the G8 Summit was held in Gleneagles, a Scottish town not very far from Glasgow, where leaders the world’s richest and powerful nations met to address issues of world poverty and environmental sustainability in the context of global peace and security. It would, therefore, be in keeping for the Triple Helix VII Conference on the proposed theme to be hosted in Glasgow by the University of Strathclyde.
Glasgow is one of Europe’s liveliest cities with a vibrant and colourful social scene, some of the best shopping in the world, thriving music and performance venues and some increasingly renowned international festivals. Whether your passion is history, architecture, culture, sport or shopping you’ll find plenty of interest.
Access to the great outdoors: Few cities can combine an urban agenda with such easy access to the outdoors. Glasgow’s exceptional location means you are just twenty-five minutes from the Clyde coast, and forty minutes from Loch Lomond, the Trossachs, and routes to the Highlands and the Cairngorms. There is access to some of the best hillwalking, climbing, sailing and golf in the world. Glasgow also has over 80 parks and green spaces.
Architecture: Glasgow has a medieval cathedral, an exquisite Georgian Square and the finest collection of Victorian civic architecture in the UK. Add to this the unique style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh combined with the ultra-modern Armadillo of the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre and Glasgow Tower and you have a city proud of its heritage but with a firm foot in the new century.
Culture: Glasgow has a range of cultural choice which outranks many a capital city. The Scottish Opera, the Scottish Ballet, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra are all resident here; theatres include the famous Citizens’, the Tron, the Arches and the Tramway as well as more traditional favorites such as the Theatre Royal, the Pavilion and the King’s Theatre. Concert venues include the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, the Royal Concert Hall, the City Halls and the Fruitmarket – all internationally renowned venues in their own right.
Shopping: Glasgow’s shops are renowned as the best in the UK outside London. You can stroll round the designer shops in Princes Square, succumb to temptation in Buchanan Galleries and Sauchiehall Street, visit the renowned Italian Centre in the Merchant City, or sample local colour in the famous ‘Barras’ market.
Food: With its richly diverse and multicultural population, Glasgow supports all types of cuisine. You can quite literally eat your way round the world in Glasgow as the city’s café culture espouses the very latest trends in global cuisine, from the style and sushi bars of the Merchant City to the restaurants and brasseries in the hip West End.
People: Glaswegians have a reputation for friendliness and always providing a warm welcome. Wherever you come from, you’ll soon treat Glasgow as your second home.
Sport: In Glasgow, sport is an important part of our culture. Home to Celtic and Rangers football clubs, the city has facilities for all types of sport and is will play host to the Commonwealth Games in 2014.