Accessibility at #MEMSfest18

As the committee finalizes the last few details of this year’s MEMS Festival, we wanted to share more about the accessibility of each of our Festival venues.

MEMS Fest 2018 will be held in the Grimond Building on the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus. You can find directions to and around campus, as well as maps, on our Directions page.

A brief overview of the building is detailed below:

  • The entire conference is taking place on the ground floor, with step-free access into all rooms;
  • Motorised wheelchairs are permitted;
  • There are automatic doors into the main building, but not the lecture theatre and seminar rooms;
  • There is no hearing assistance system in any of the rooms;
  • There is an accessible bathroom on the ground floor.

Full accessibility details for the Grimond Building is available on DisabledGo.

Our wine reception will be held in the Franciscan Gardens at Eastbridge Hospital. The closest car parks are Whitefriars and St Radigunds, and the closest bus stop is on St Dunstan’s Street, opposite Café du Soleil. There are no steps into the gardens, but the path is very uneven. The garden itself is grass and gravel, and has benches.

The conference dinner is taking place in Café du Soleil in the centre of town, which has a car park and step-free access into the building. The dinner will be held on the first floor, which is up a flight of steps with no lift access. Café du Soleil does not use peanuts or groundnut oil in any of their cooking.

There will be an alternative group going to The Dolphin Pub. This has a small step to enter, and a short set of steps leading into the garden.

Information for Speakers:

MEMS Fest is a great place to share ideas with scholars from all kinds of backgrounds. Our priority as a committee is to make sure all our attendees feel comfortable and engaged. While preparing for MEMS Fest, please consider the needs of those who may be visually impaired or dyslexic when making your presentation. (Remember, PowerPoint Presentations are due via email by 12 June!)

Additionally, as there is no hearing assistance system, it would be helpful if you would be willing to offer a written copy of your paper for those who require it due to hearing difficulties, auditory processing issues, or language difficulties. This does not need to be in hard copy, but please be understanding if someone asks you to email a copy of your paper to them following the presentation.

We look forward to meeting you in just over a week’s time! Until then, please do get in touch if you have further questions about this year’s Festival.