Cardiff is the capital and largest city in Wales and the ninth largest city in the United Kingdom.
Over the past 20 years it has transformed itself into a thriving and vibrant city with some of the best cultural and recreational infrastructure of all the UK’s cities. Following significant investment in Cardiff, including the redevelopment of Cardiff Bay, the city centre and the Wales Millennium Centre, the city has grown as a destination for leisure, culture and retail, hosting the Rugby World Cup, FA Cup Finals and Ashes test matches, with close to 20 million people now visiting the city.
Cardiff University, who are hosting the conference, are the only Welsh member of the Russell Group of research-intensive British universities. The university is recognised as providing high quality research-based university education and is ranked between in the top 200 in the world and in the top 50 in the UK. The research quality of Cardiff University was ranked 5th overall in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.