Visa applications

The organisers of IME are happy to issue a letter of invitation to assist with visa applications to attend IME in November 2019.

If you would like us to issue a personalised letter of invitation, please contact:

Making a case for funding

The details in the IME funding letter help to set out a business case for attending IME and can be used to help you apply for funding from your institution or other source of funding. Please note, the organisers do not offer sponsored places or bursaries to attend.

Download a copy of the IME funding letter here.

Things to know about London


Oyster card is one of the easiest ways to travel in London for single journeys on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line and River Bus.

You can buy a Visitor Oyster card online before you arrive in London, or Oyster cards at TfL Visitor Centres, stations and Oyster ticket shops.

To use an Oyster card, touch the card on the yellow reader at the gates as you enter and end your journey. You don’t need to touch out at the end of your journey on buses and trams.

For more information about London transport, please visit:


There are a range of hotels with different budge options nearby the venue, which are mostly in walking distance.


United Kingdom’s national currency is pound sterling (£/GBP).

There are numerous bureaux de change in London – often located inside banks, travel agents or Post Offices, as well as at London’s airports and major train stations. It is worth shopping around to get the best deal – please compare the exchange rates on offer and don’t forget to ask about commission.

Credit and debit (bank) cards – especially Visa and Mastercard – are widely accepted in London’s restaurants, bars, cafes and shops.

There are plenty of cash machines (also known as cashpoints or ATMs) dotted around London. Most accept international cards with the Visa, Plus, Mastercard, Cirrus or Maestro symbols.


London has a temperate oceanic climate. Winters are generally cool with little temperature variation.

Since the London weather can be unpredictable in November, you’ll want to pack layers of clothing offering varying warmth and protection from the elements. You may also need to bringing an umbrella as it will protect your clothes from the drizzly and misty weather London experiences throughout this month.