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International Classification Conference

11-15 July 2011

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British Classification Society

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University of St Andrews

11-15 July 2011

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Over 75 papers in the scientific programme with 150 contributing authors

Delegates attending ICC-2011 represented 20 national societies of the IFCS

ICC2011 included a Special Symposium dedicated to the memory of the French sociologist, anthropologist and philosopher: Bourdieu and Geometric Analysis Workshop.

The Programme and Abstracts for ICC-2011 and the Bourdieu Symposium can be downloaded: ICC2011 Abstracts (PDF, 1,117 KB)      

The International Classification Conference relates to data theory and data analysis, data mining, clustering and classification, machine learning, knowledge discovery in data, all application domains in the arts and sciences, together with underpinning disciplines. It originated as a conference of the International Federation of Classification Societies, IFCS-2011.  However, with the inclusion of the Bourdieu Symposium 2011 and Workshop, our 5-day 3-strand meeting has broadened to "The International Classification Conference 2011". Specially discounted registration fees are available to all members of Classification Societies affiliated to IFCS.

One strand of ICC-2011 will be on Bourdieu and Multiple Correspondence Analysis: presenting a series of current research projects in the areas of Education/ Culture; Politics and Power/Economics; Art and Aesthetics. The strand includes a series of parallel sessions and will be convened by Brigitte le Roux, Michael Grenfell and Frédéric Lebaron (see Bourdieu for details). A special introductory workshop on Bourdieu and Geometric Data Analysis is organized on Monday 11 July.
Everyone who registers for ICC-2011 will be entitled to a special discount to attend the next IFCS conference in Frankfurt. To qualify for this special rate, you must book ICC-2011 first.

This was the 5-day classification conference to attend in 2011. The largest and most important conference in the 46-year history of the British Classification Society.

Conference Host

The University of St Andrews is Scotland’s oldest university, founded in 1411 by the medieval Scottish Church and King James I of Scotland. Its 600th Anniversary commenced on 25 February 2011, launched at St Salvator's College by St Andrews alumnus Prince William, accompanied by alumna Miss Catherine Middleton, pictured below with the University Principal Dr Louise Richardson. The ceremony was widely reported in the press as it was their first official engagement together. St Salvator's College is the historic venue for our conference banquet.


Golf at St Andrews

We cordially invite the the world’s classification societies to join our 600-year anniversary celebrations.

The Sunday Times University Guide ranked St Andrews “Scottish University of the Year” in 2009 and the top university in Scotland. The International Classification Conference 2011 is being organised by the School of Management, rated “Excellent” in the RAE review, 2008. The School recently hosted very successful meetings of the European Academy of Management and the British Academy of Management.

St Andrews is well-known as the “Home of Golf”, where the rules of golf are set by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, pictured right, founded in 1764. The Open Championship is organized by the R&A each year, and is played on the Old Course every 4 years.This year, the 140th Open Championship at will be played at Royal St George's in Sandwich, Kent, with the final on Sunday 17th July 2011.

The International Classification Conference Banquet will be held in St Salvator's College Hall, a venue steeped in history (see below).

Conference delegates and their guests can continue their stay at the University over the following weekend, to take advantage of the Old Course and 10 other courses on the links or nearby. Further details here.

The Royal Wedding

Prince William and Kate Middleton On 16 November 2010, Prince William and Miss Kate Middleton announced their engagement, and they were married at Westminster Abbey, London on 29 April 2011 as widely reported in the news and press. Join us at ICC-2011 for a celebration at their special alma mater in St Andrews.

William and Kate first met in September 2001, when they became students of Art History at St Andrews. They subsequently shared a flat in St Andrews, and, for their final year, a cottage nearby. William and Kate graduated together on 23 June 2005.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Princess Catherine) visited the University of St Andrews on 25 February 2011 to inaugurate the University's 600th Anniversary Celebrations.

Further details here.

Conference Programme

The ICC-2011 Conference Programme has been completed by the Scientific Programme Committee. It will consist of plenary sessions in the new auditorium of the Medical Sciences Building (pictured below), parallel sessions, tutorials, workshops and a poster session. A total of over 75 abstracts have been accepted.

An important strand of ICC-2011 will be a Symposium on Bourdieu and Geometric Data  Analysis. This includes a Workshop on Monday 11 July with Brigitte Le Roux, followed by six sessions of contributed papers.

The ICC-2011 Social Programme includes a Reception, Conference Banquet in our historic St Salvator's College Hall, followed by a violincello recital, visits by coach to Glamis Castle and Edinburgh Castle, an historic walking tour of St Andrews, David Wishart's renowned whisky talk and tasting, and, of course, the Old Course St Andrews - the home of golf - naturally. 

Conference Venue

The ICC-2011 conference venue is the New School of Medicine, completed in summer 2010, pictured below. 

New Medical Sciences Building      

Further details here.

The New School of Medicine has a main tiered auditorium seating 300 (below), 2 further lecture theatres seating 50, 8 seminar rooms seating 10, a large concourse and a café. All rooms have state-of-the-art AV and WiFi, and are supported by a Media Services team. 

Main Auditorium at the New School of Medicine   

Interval refreshments and a buffet-style lunch will be served on the concourse. This will also provide the exhibition, poster session, registration and the welcome reception.

The School of Management is in the Gateway, shown to the right of the picture. All Schools have café dining facilities, and a two-course self-service lunch is included for all registered delegates at Agnes Blackadder Hall, a short 2 minutes walk away.

A great feature of St Andrews is that it is a small university town and all venues are within 10 minutes walking distance. No transport is needed and there is ample free car parking.

Delegate Accommodation

Agnes Blackadder Hall is the University of St Andrews premier residence with over 500 bedrooms, ideally situated near the New School of Medicine (two-minute walk) with plenty of parking. It has a tourist three-star rating and all rooms have a private en-suite shower bathroom, double bed, TV, telephone, and tea and coffee making facilities.

A full Scottish breakfast, lunch and three-course dinner will be provided in the Agnes Blackadder Hall Restaurant, and a fully licensed bar and bistro café are available to all residents.

At ICC-2011 there is no need to book a hotel - Agnes Blackadder Hall is a great conference residence. But for those who feel the need to reside off-campus, St Andrews also offers many excellent hotels, including the famous St Andrews Old Course Hotel and Fairmont St Andrews Hotel, both rated 5-star. There are numerous smaller hotels and guest houses in the town, all within easy walking distance of the conference venue.  Further details here.

Conference Banquet              

Lower College Hall at St Salvator's College, University of St AndrewsThe ICC-2011 Conference Banquet will be held on Thursday July 14, 2011 at St Salvator's College in the Old Town. Guests will be welcomed by a Scottish piper in full Highland regalia, playing a lament from the cloisters of the university's ancient  St Salvator's Chapel. St Salvator's College was founded in 1450 and the Chapel was consecrated in 1460.

If weather permits, our welcome drink will be served on the college lawns. This is to be followed by a five course seated Conference Banquet served in College Hall (pictured right), with wine and coffee, and including Robert Burns' famous "Address to a Haggis". The ICC-2011 "Old Course" menu (provisional) is as follows:

prawn and mango salad with a lime dressing
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haggis, neeps and tatties wi’ whisky sauce
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loin of Scottish lamb with a herb mustard crust
served with seasonal vegetables
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warm spiced pudding with seasonal fruits
and cinnamon ice cream
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selection of Scottish cheeses, oatcakes & grapes
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freshly ground coffee with mints
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skalli fortant sauvignon blanc, vin de pays d’Oc, 2008
skalli fortant merlot, vin de pays d’Oc, 2008
vegetarian options will also be provided

Following the banquet, a 'cello concert will be given in Upper College Hall by Patrick and Gabriela Bradley, where there will also be a cash bar. 


International flights arrive at Edinburgh International Airport, 1 hour by road or rail from St Andrews. Glasgow Airport is 2 hours by road or rail. Trains arrive at Leuchars Station, 10 minutes by road, where delegates can be collected at peak times. There is a direct train service from London Kings Cross to Aberdeen, stopping at Leuchars Station. Buses depart from Leuchars Station for St Andrews every 15 minutes, journey time 10 minutes. Taxis can be booked from Edinburgh Airport to St Andrews in advance, by special arrangement with the University at a modest cost, currently £40. There is ample free parking at the conference venue and Agnes Blackadder Hall residence.