Scotland is a Northern country, and it is one of the Arctic’s nearest neighbours. Connections between Scotland and the Arctic, however, go much further than geographical proximity. They include important trading and cooperative relationships, long-standing historical and linguistic ties, deep cultural and social links, and similar challenges and outlooks. Strategically positioned on the northern Atlantic rim, Scotland has the capacity to help connect the Arctic and the wider world—a connection of which SCOTMAC is an important strand.

For more information about Scotland and the Arctic, see the Scottish Government publication Arctic Connections: Scotland’s Arctic policy framework .


The host of SCOTMAC 2 is Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) , a member of the Scottish Arctic Network of universities.  Scotland’s ‘University for the Common Good’, GCU is a values-led, multi-cultural, civic university.  GCU is strongly committed to social innovation and sustainable development, and it was the first university to align its research strategies, and one of the first to align its organisational strategies, with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  GCU’s modern campus is found in the very heart of the city of Glasgow.


Scotland’s largest and most diverse urban community, the City of Glasgow is a vibrant and welcoming place.  In the 18th and 19th centuries, it was a hub of the Scottish Enlightenment, and today it boasts numerous nationally and internationally significant universities, museums, art galleries and performing arts companies.  Renowned for its architecture, culture and creativity, Glasgow is full of character, and it is an exciting destination for students.

Though SCOTMAC is an all-day affair, visiting delegations will still have time to explore Glasgow’s many historic and modern attractions. For more about what Glasgow has to offer the visitor, see the websites of Glasgow Life and Visit Glasgow .


Delegates are requested to make their own accommodation arrangements in Glasgow.  The GCU campus is right in the heart of the city, and there is a range of accommodation options nearby, including youth hostels, guest houses, inns and hotels.  An accommodation guide is available from Visit Glasgow , and delegates can also benefit from discounted accommodation recommendations from GCU .


Morning and afternoon tea and coffee, as well as lunch, will be provided to delegates whilst SCOTMAC is in session. An informal welcome dinner will also be provided on the first evening, and a finale dinner on the last evening. Delegates will be free to arrange other meals as they wish. A restaurant listing is available from Visit Glasgow .


GCU is located right in the heart of Glagsow, postcode G4 0BA—see the map below for exact location. GCU provide detailed information about alternative transport options, as well as instructions about how to travel to Glasgow and the GCU campus town by bus, train or air.

It is anticipated that delegates arriving in Glasgow from elsewhere will arrive no later than the Thursday evening before the conference begins.  Detailed arrival instructions will be circulated in the run-up to the conference.