Fifteen years of Commitment to Biomedical Research into ME

Due to the situation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic Invest in ME Research has been forced to reschedule the 2020 International Conference Week events to 2021. More details at this link

The 15th Invest in ME Research International ME Conference 2021 - IIMEC15 - will take place on 28th May 2021 in London.
15 years of researchers, clinicians and patients interacting.

More details of the conference day will be announced in the coming months. It will be preceded by the 10th Invest in ME Research International Biomedical Research into ME Colloquium - BRMEC10 - a two day closed researchers' meeting with researchers from around the word, and the third year of a full day Thinking the Future - Young/ECR Conference for young and early career investigators.

Multiple international collaborations were formed via an incredibly positive atmosphere present during ME Conference Week 2021.

  • International Researchers
  • Latest Research
  • Networking amongst peers
  • National Agencies
  • Leading institutes
  • Largest European ME Conference
  • Collaborative Atmosphere
  • ME Patient Groups
  • Public/Patient Networking
  • CPD Accreditation


The venue for the conference is One Great George Street, London, England SW1P 3AA.
Perfectly situated between the graceful 18th century houses of Queen Anne's Gate to the east, and the Wellington Barracks to the west, One Great George Street is surrounded by notable landmarks.

One Great George Street is just opposite St.James Park, which is Grade I listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. Nearby landmarks include Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the Mall and Horse Guards Parade, Clarence House and Whitehall.

The Telford Theatre, on the first floor of this Westminster venue, is a fabulous purpose-built conference and lecture space with fixed racked seating. At the front is an ornate stage of dark wood panels which also surround the room. The stage has a speaker’s lectern to one side and a top table for up to seven people. The lectern and top table each have in-built monitors and microphones.

There is a domed roof containing glass believed to have been salvaged from the Institution’s former building (pre-1900). This dome, as well as being a striking feature, also creates a feeling of space and light in the room. The cornices are embellished with carved plaster where the names of many eminent Engineers are featured.

The lecture theatre is named after Thomas Telford who many consider to be the father of engineering and was the Institution of Civil Engineer’s first president. His notable works include the design of the Ellesmere Canal, the Menai Suspension Bridge and St Katherine’s Dock.

NOTE: Wheelchair places in the conference lecture theatre are limited in number by the venue owners and are beyond our control. Please check before registration.

Refreshments will be served in the morning, during mid-morning and afternoon breaks, and a hot buffet lunch will be available.
This will be served in the Great Hall on the first floor of the building.

The Great Hall a conference room of over 370 square meters and over 13 meters in height is adorned with marbled columned walls, ornate gold leaf and embellished plaster.
An oak floor complements a stunning painted ceiling and two large crystal chandeliers at either end of the event room. There are seven floor-to-ceiling windows along the West wall letting in a lot of natural daylight.

The room was conceived as part of the building’s initial plans in 1904. The Civil Engineers wanted to create a large hall similar to the grand meeting rooms found at the Inns of Court in the City and to be comparable to impressive rooms such as Lincoln’s Inn. The painted ceiling and chandeliers were donated by a former president of the Institution of Civil Engineers as a reminder of the role the Institution and its members played during the First World War.

By London Underground

Both Westminster (Exit 6) on the District, Circle and Jubilee lines, and St James's Park on the District and Circle lines, are just 5 minutes walk away. For more information, visit the Transport for London website.

Walking Directions from Westminster Underground (exit 6)

When you arrive at the top of the stairs you will be on Whitehall. Turn around (as if you were to walk back down the stairs) you are now facing Parliament Square. Walk around to the right onto Great George Street until you come to two sets of traffic lights. Cross over both and continue walking straight down Great George Street for about 1 minute. One Great George Street is the last building on the corner of Great George Street and Storey's Gate. The building is also the home of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

By Rail

London's mainline stations at Waterloo, Victoria and Charing Cross are minutes away by foot or by Underground. For further information visit the National Rail website.

By Bus

Numerous bus routes pass within a 1-2 minute walk of One Great George Street. Bus routes stopping near Parliament Square include: 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 148, 159, 211 and 453. For further information visit the Transport for London website.

By Bicycle

Local bicycle information can be found on the Westminster City Council website. The nearest TFL bike hire docking station is located just opposite the building on Storey's Gate. Click on the Cycle for hire website and type in our post code SW1P 3AA. If your bike folds our cloak room can hold approximately 5 bikes at one time.

GPS co-ordinates

Main entrance – 51 30.0822 N and 0 07.7500 W and Princes Mews – 51 30.0420 N and 0 07.7185 W

By Car

The nearest car parks provided by Q-Park are located in Abingdon Street and on the south side of Trafalgar Square. Limited meter parking is also available in and around adjacent streets.

Disabled Parking

The nearest Blue Badge disabled parking bay is located on Matthew Parker Street (drive down Storey's Gate to the west of the venue and take the second right). Alternatively, a little further away, there are bays on Old Queen Street and Queen Anne's Gate. These Blue Badge bays offer free parking for up to 4 hours between 08.30 and 18.30 Mon-Fri and unlimited parking at any other time. Please see Westminster Council's website for further information.

Congestion Charge

One Great George Street lies within the charging area. For more information, including charges, visit the Transport for London website.

By River

A River Bus Service runs every 20 minutes during peak time from Embankment to Woolwich Arsenal; the nearest pier to us is the London Eye.

If you need a hotel during your stay in London then contact London Town - using the link provided here.
The special map allows all hotels to be seen in the vicinity of the conference venue location.

The London Town site also provides help and information regarding your visit.
Please mention the IIMEC15 conference also when dealing with London Town.


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Comments about Invest in ME Research Conferences

Invest in ME Research Activity - Mainstreaming Research into ME

The charity does not only arrange and host research Colloquiums and Conferences.

Use our website references in the links below to view other work performed by Invest in ME Research.


IIMER are facilitating a strategy of biomedical research into ME. The charity is funding important high-quality research projects for ME in the UK with international collaboration.
Currently the main hub of research is at Quadram Institute Bioscience and University of East Anglia ) in the Norwich Research Park and we have funded research at UCL. These projects involve a gut microbiota project in Norwich and B cell research in London.

Research Colloquiums

In addition to the International ME Conference the charity also organises an annual International Research Colloquium which attracts researchers from around the world in order to discuss experiences and open up collaborations in order to find answers for this disease.
The charity has also initiated the Thinking the Future network for young/early career researchers and organises an annual conference to bring new talent into the field.

Centre of Excellence for ME

Translational biomedical research - an iterative feedback of information between the basic and clinical research domains in order to accelerate knowledge translation from lab to bedside and back to lab again - allows translation of findings in basic research more quickly and efficiently into medical practice to produce more meaningful health outcomes and facilitate the sharing of repositories and research-based facilities and laboratories. This is the model IiMER are attempting to promote in the development of a UL/European Centre of Excellence for ME based in Norwich.

European Collaboration

Invest in ME Research is one of the founder members of the European ME Alliance (EMEA) – a grouping of charities and patient organisations working together across Europe. Now fifteen European countries collaborating.

European Initiatives

In order to expedite research and clinical expertise for ME the charity has initiated the European ME Clinicians Council and the European ME Research Group to bring together the best European to work together and form credible and productive biomedical research strategies which will provide the best and quickest route for possible treatment(s)/cure(s) for this disease.

Let's Do It For ME

Let's do it for ME! is a patient-driven campaign to raise awareness and vital funds for a UK centre of excellence for translational biomedical ME research, clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment for patients, training and information for healthcare staff, based around the Norwich Research Park in the UK and aiming to work collaboratively with international biomedical researchers.

Last Update 29/04/2020