• Registration and fees
  • About the conference
  • Getting to and around Glasglow
  • Things to do/see in Glasglow
  • Discounted hotel rates
  • Call for abstracts


Conference registration is now open – take advantage of the early bird rate by booking your place today.


Standard registration (closes 7 Jul 2023) £295
Unwaged students and experts by experience* £100

*There are a limited number of reduced fees for unwaged students; those with lived experience.

Concessions may be available on request – email for more information


5th International Sexuality and Social Work Conference

Everyday gender and sexuality: justice, rights and activism in social work and helping professions



The conference will take in the Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

99 George Street
G1 1RD

For more information about the venue and how to get there, please visit https://www.strath.ac.uk/conferencingandevents/attendinganevent.



Glasgow has 3 international airports nearby, with connections across the UK and the world:

  • Glasgow Airport is the closest airport to the city centre. Catch the express bus service from outside the terminal and arrive in Glasgow in around 15 minutes. Visit glasgowairport.com for more information.
  • Glasgow Prestwick Airport is 32 miles (51km) from Glasgow. It is very accessible with train and bus services to the city centre. Find out more at glasgowprestwick.com.
  • Edinburgh Airport is 39 miles (63km) from Glasgow. There is a direct bus service from the airport to Glasgow’s Buchanan Bus Station which takes around 1 hour. Head to edinburghairport.com for more information.


Glasgow is well connected by train from across the UK by 2 main stations:

  • Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow to the south
  • Glasgow Queen Street Station operates routes mainly to Edinburgh and the north

To book tickets, visit scotrail.co.uktpexpress.co.uk and avantiwestcoast.co.uk. To view all available routes from across the UK, visit thetrainline.com.

If you’re planning a trip from London to Glasgow, check out the Caledonian Sleeper’s website and arrive refreshed after a comfortable overnight journey.


Scotland has an extensive motorway road network. Glasgow is linked to the following places:

  • Edinburgh with the M8
  • England on the M74
  • Stirling with the M80
  • West coast of Scotland with the M77

For more information on Scotland’s road network, visit the Transport Scotland website.


You can travel to Scotland by ferry from the major ports of Belfast and Larne in Northern Ireland. Ferries dock at Cairnryan in the southwest of Scotland, with a bus service taking passengers to the city centre in 2 hours 10 minutes.

You can also travel from mainland Europe. You can arrive in either:

  • Hull in the northeast of England where it’s around a 4 hours drive to the Scottish border.
  • Newcastle, which is around a 2 hours 40 minutes drive from Glasgow.

Find out more information at stenaline.co.uk and dfds.com.



Getting around Glasgow

On foot

Glasgow is a very walkable city, especially the city centre, so you can easily explore it on foot whilst taking in the beautiful buildings and architecture around you – don’t forget to ‘look up’ when you’re in the city.

Get your bearings by visiting our neighbourhood guides.


Glasgow is home to a fantastic cycle hire scheme, operated by OVO Bikes. Visit OVO Bikes website to find out how it works.

For ideas of the best routes in the city and surrounding areas to follow by bike, check out the Sustrans website.


The subway is one of the easiest ways to get around the city centre, west end and southside of Glasgow. Running every 4 minutes at peak times, it takes just 24 minutes to complete a circuit of the 15 stations.

You can either buy a single ticket or, if you’re here for a few days, you might want to get a Subway Smartcard, which offers the best fares and you can top up as you go. Visit the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) website for more information.


Glasgow Central Station links Glasgow by rail to the south, with Glasgow Queen Street Station operating routes mainly to Edinburgh and the north. Visit the ScotRail website for information on all routes and timetables.

Need to travel between Central Station and Queen Street Station? Check out ScotRail’s handy walking routes or bus link service at scotrail.co.uk.

A Roundabout ticket gives one-day unlimited travel on ScotRail and Subway services to over 110 stations in the Greater Glasgow area. More information on the Roundabout ticket can be found at spt.co.uk.


First Bus Glasgow operates over 80 routes across the city and has a variety of tickets to choose from, including day tickets allowing unlimited travel in your selected area all day, or a weekly ticket if you’re staying here longer. For the cheapest prices, download the First Bus App where you can buy and store tickets on your phone, plan your journey in advance and track the arrival of your next bus.

First Bus also operate an express service between the city centre and Glasgow Airport with a journey time of around 15 minutes. Visit glasgowairport.com for more information.


Glasgow’s taxi drivers are some of the friendliest in the world. Glasgow Taxis operate 5 and 6-seater cabs in and around the city. If their yellow light is on, they can be flagged down on the street, or alternatively, call +44 (0) 141 429 70 70 to book. Check out the Glasgow Taxis website for more information.

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Glasgow tourist information

Visit Glasgow’s tourist information website: https://glasgowconventionbureau.com/plan-your-meeting/meeting-planners-toolkit/glasgow-tourist-information.

City Sightseeing Bus

The City Sightseeing Glasgow open-top bus tour is one of the most convenient ways to visit Glasgow’s top tourist attractions and iconic sights. Stopping at the People’s Palace, Glasgow Cathedral, Riverside Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and The Clydeside Distillery, the hop-on-hop-off service is a fun way to enjoy the city.

The complete tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes. Full accessibility for wheelchair users is available on all tours, with one dedicated wheelchair space available on the lower deck of each bus.

Tickets are available from the City Sightseeing Glasgow website, the driver or pavement staff and are valid for 1 or 2 days.

Other links

Active Glasgow HERE

Auchentoshan Distillery HERE

Glengoyne Distillery HERE

Clydeside Distillery HERE

Discover Scotland HERE

Rabbies HERE

Timberbush HERE

City Sightseeing HERE

Cruise Loch Lomond HERE

Eat Walk Glasgow HERE

Glasgow Food and Drink Tour HERE

Walking Tours in Glasgow HERE

Friends of Glasgow Necropolis HERE

Mackintosh at the Willow HERE

The Tall Ship HERE

Glasgow Convention Bureau is the official accommodation provider for the conference and has negotiated specially discounted rates with a wide range of hotels.

Accommodation will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and the published rates will be available until 6 June 2023.

Book now to avoid disappointment and secure your discounted rate!

When your room is reserved you will receive an immediate confirmation by email. Breakfast is included unless otherwise stated.

For group bookings of 10 rooms or more or other accommodation enquiries please email [email protected] or call us on 0141 566 0821 / 0820 during office hours. **No telephone bookings.**



If you need to extend your stay, please book the nights available in the portal and once you have your booking reference number please email this along with your requirements to [email protected] – the team will then contact your hotel to secure the additional night(s) at the conference rate, if available.

For any accommodation enquiries (no bookings) please email [email protected]

The call for abstracts is now closed.

Please follow the group to be notified of future calls for abstracts. There is still time to book your place and join us in Glasgow.



Key dates

Call for abstracts opens:  5 September 2022
Call for abstracts closes:  14 November 2022
Abstract notification:  9 December 2022

We invite papers on the themes of (but not limited to):

  • Every day and lived gender and sexuality
  • Justice and rights
  • Activism
  • Reproductive justice
  • Conversion therapy
  • LGBTQ+
  • Intersectional gender and sexuality that could include: racism, ageism, class issues, neurodiversity etc.
  • Disability
  • Gender and sexuality across the Lifespan (children and families)
  • Education and training
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Epistemologies
  • Systems and state responses to gender and sexuality


Abstract submission

Click on this link to submit your abstract: https://easychair.org/cfp/SWSexuality23.
Please note that you will need to create an account first with Easy Chair and confirm your email address by clicking on the link sent to you. Please make sure you read and refer to the abstract instructions on the submission page.


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