For families

We are updating this page with information and resources for families attending BES2022.


We strive to ensure our meetings are as inclusive as possible and want to encourage families to attend the Annual Meeting. We have concessionary rates available for those attending with a family.

Accompanying Person

If you are attending the meeting and have a partner, or other accompanying person who does not wish to attend the scientific programme but would like to come along to the social programme, this rate covers all lunches, coffee breaks, poster sessions and the welcome mixer. Only the dinner would need to be added as an additional cost.

Family Registration

If you are coming along to the meeting with children and both parents/carers wish to attend the scientific programme, we understand that half of your time as a parent will be looking after your child so offer a discounted registration rate for both carers. Similarly, if you are attending as a single carer and will be looking after your child for part of the time, you can register at this rate.


The conference centre welcomes buggies and offers baby changing facilities. Breastfeeding will, of course, be welcome anywhere at the conference venue. However, there will also be a family room available should you wish for some quiet time with your child. No childcare will be available on-site.


Below you can find a selection of family friendly things to see and do in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Castle

Climb up the hill to marvel at one of the oldest fortified places in Europe, where the whole family can learn exciting tales rich with hundreds of years of history. In the suggested Family Day Out itinerary you can find ideas for engaging the younger family members during your visit.

Edinburgh Christmas Market

Make the most of visiting this atmospheric city in the holiday season by checking out the annual Christmas Market, where you’ll find a mix of stalls trading local food, drinks, and crafts for all ages to enjoy.

Edinburgh Old Town

Take a stroll in Edinburgh’s Old Town, check out the iconic colourful shopfronts of Victoria Street and stop for a meal at one of the numerous restaurants of Grassmarket Square to take in the atmosphere and architecture of the historic city.

Edinburgh Zoo

Ran by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo is one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions and a great location for making family memories.