Copyright The University of Edinburgh. Free use.

[Guest post] Welcoming ALT’s Annual Conference back to Edinburgh by Melissa Highton @HoneybHighton


I am delighted that the ALT Conference is returning to Edinburgh in 2019.

Many colleagues will remember that the last time we met in Edinburgh our conference was shaken by the terrible terrorist attacks in New York on Sept 11th 2001. Ours is an international conference and as we struggled to comprehend the enormity of what had happened we thought of friends and colleagues as they tried to contact loved ones and find ways to travel home.

Our conference this year is about data, dialogue, doing and discovery. For those of you who have been to the city before we welcome you back and for those who are coming to Edinburgh for the first time I can only recommend it as a fine and beautiful city, steeped in culture, history and international associations.

George Square, the Old College and Edinburgh College of Art

The city provides a huge wealth of places to visit learn, stay, eat and drink. I am confident that there is something for everyone.

If you are curious about the fascinating and important scientific, medical and technological heritage of the city, I recommend the tours on our website ‘Curious Edinburgh’. We have sought out stories from the history of Edinburgh which will inspire, inform and amuse you. We currently have tours available on the general history of science, brewing, charity and civic action, geology, physics,medicine, genetics and biotechnology, the Scottish Enlightenment and of the Jewish and Indian communities.

I hope you will join us in Edinburgh In September for what looks to be another excellent ALT annual conference. If you are looking for something to do on the train, I recommend our ‘We Have Great Stuff’ colouring book which has been created by University of Edinburgh students and staff and shared as an openly licensed resource for everyone to enjoy. .

Melissa Highton
Assistant Principal
University of Edinburgh
ALT Conference Co-Chair


Registration is now open for the ALT Annual Conference 2020. Book now to take advantage of early bird rates!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *