18-20 April 2018 | University of Edinburgh

For ECSWR 2018 we are planning to have a conference dinner with a difference. We want to introduce our visiting colleagues from across the world to Scottish culture, and we have put together an evening that will do just that!

Our venue is the beautiful Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place near the University’s Old College. Assembly Roxy started life as Lady Glenorchy's Church, but is now a notable Edinburgh venue with an important part in both our famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival (held every year in August) as well as year-round venue for ceilidhs, festivals, events and private functions.

After a welcome drink, we’ll be serving a light, Scottish-inspired evening meal in an informal way, to allow you to mingle and meet more colleagues and friends at our relaxed event. Don’t miss dessert, it’s a Scottish classic! Throughout the evening, you can buy alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from the cash bar in the main hall, or find your way to the Snug Bar if you want to find a quieter place for conversation. 

Many Scottish celebrations feature ceilidh dancing, and we are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity to try this experience first hand! Ceilidh dancing, which is based on country dancing, is a social and fun way to spend an evening and we often include ceiildhs in wedding receptions, big parties and at occasions such as Hogmanay*, St Andrew’s Day** and  Burn’s Night ***. Although you can find examples of ceilidh dancing online, we encourage you to come along with an open mind, and comfortable shoes, and try it yourself! And we will end the evening with a Scottish song that you might just know – a song of farewell (although we will all meet again the following morning).  

A Scottish Evening includes:

  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Light, Scottish-inspired evening meal
  • Dessert
  • Ceilidh

The main hall at the Assembly Roxy is fully accessible with disabled bathroom premises. Walking from the conference to the Assembly Roxy takes 5-10 minutes.

To register for A Scottish Evening, please add this to your basket during the online registration process. Places are limited and once your conference booking is finalized we may not be able to add on the evening.

* New Year’s Eve, which in Scotland is one of the most important holidays – so important that we take a two-day holiday and don’t start back at work until 3 January!

** 30 November is the day of the patron saint of Scotland, St Andrew, and our national holiday

*** On 25 January we celebrate the memory of our Scottish national poet, Robert Burns (born on this day in 1759), with haggis, whisky and ceilidh dancing – and lots of poetry!