The 13th International Conference on Electronic Commerce
3-5th August 2011, Liverpool, UK

Conference Venue

The conference will be hosted at the University of Liverpool’s historic Ashton Building, a grade-II listed building.  Originally erected between 1912-14 for the Faculty of Arts, it became the home of the Computer Science Department in 2006. The address is:

  1. Department of Computer Science
    Ashton Building
    Ashton Street
    Liverpool L69 3BX

  2. View location on Google Maps

Local Restaurants

There are a number of restaurants, cafe’s and bistros within 5-15 minutes walk from the conference venue and recommended hotels.  A number have been listed on a google map; this map and other information regarding nearby eateries can be found by visiting the restaurant page here.


Liverpool is more than just a city with a big reputation - It's the centre of a vast area of beauty, culture and entertainment that deserves exploration.  Founded as a borough in 1207, Liverpool, nestled by the mouth of the river Mersey, was granted city status in 1880. Liverpool has a population of 435,500, and lies at the centre of the wider Liverpool Urban Area, which has a population of 816,000.

The popularity of The Beatles and the other groups from the Merseybeat era contributes to Liverpool's status as a tourist destination; tourism forms a significant part of the city's modern economy.  In 2004, several areas throughout the city centre were granted World Heritage Site status by UNESCO. Referred to as the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City, the site comprises six separate locations in the city including the Pier Head, Albert Dock and William Brown Street and includes many of the city's most famous landmarks.  In 2007 the city celebrated its 800th anniversary, and in 2008 it held the European Capital of Culture title together with Stavanger, Norway.

Liverpool has more galleries and national museums than any other city in the United Kingdom apart from London. National Museums Liverpool is the only English national collection based wholly outside London.  The Tate Liverpool gallery houses the modern art collection of the Tate in the North of England and was, until the opening of Tate Modern, the largest exhibition space dedicated to modern art in the United Kingdom. The FACT centre hosts touring multimedia exhibitions, whilst the Walker Art Gallery houses an extensive collection of Pre-Raphaelites. Sudley House contains another major collection of pre 20th century art, and the number of galleries continues to expand: Ceri Hand Gallery opened in 2008, exhibiting primarily contemporary art, and Liverpool University's Victoria Building was re-opened as a public art gallery and museum to display the University's artwork and historical collections which include the second-largest display of art by Audubon outside the US.


Located right in the centre of the commercial and cultural hub that is England's North West, getting to Liverpool is simple and quick, especially since we're so well served by air, rail, coach, sea and road.  And once you've arrived, the Liverpool travel infrastructure means you can get to wherever you want, whether or not you've brought the car.

Getting to Liverpool by Air

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is just 7 miles from the city centre. There are regular scheduled direct flights from across Europe including Belfast, Dublin, Isle of Man, Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Geneva, Madrid, Nice, Paris, Prague, Stockholm and Turin. Airlines include easyJet, flybe, KLM, Ryanair, Wizz and Eastern Airways.

Manchester Airport offers an alternative international gateway from all parts of the world. There is a rail link from Manchester Airport directly into Liverpool City Centre. (Journey time 1½ hours) and there are regular shuttle flights into Manchester from Britain's other major airports including Gatwick and Heathrow.

Getting to Liverpool by Train

Intercity services run from major towns and cities into Liverpool Lime Street Station. The journey time from London to Liverpool is just over 2.5 hours. Links are also available to other parts of Merseyside.

The West Coast Main Line is a truly national railway, linking England, Wales, Scotland and, via the Holyhead Dun Laoghaire sea crossing, Eire. The main trunk route operates over the 401 miles from London Euston to Glasgow Central, with lines branching off to the West Midlands, Liverpool, Manchester and North Wales. It carries approximately 19 million passengers per year and serves 39 stations. The West Coast is the backbone of the UK rail network. First TransPennine Express also provides direct train services to Liverpool Lime Street from Manchester, Leeds, York and Middlesbrough.

Getting to Liverpool by Road

From the M6 the city is easily reached via the M58, M56 and M62 motorways. Liverpool city centre is approximately 45 minutes' drive from Chester, Manchester and North Wales. It is just over 1 hour from Blackpool, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Moors and the Peak District National Parks, and just over 4 hours from London.