About the city

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is known for its history, architecture and culture.

The city, situated on numerous hills, in fact remnants of an extinct volcano, was once known as the ‘Athens of the North’ due to its position as a centre for education, science and enlightenment. Edinburgh is home to the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery, in addition to being the seat of the Scottish Parliament. Edinburgh’s Medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town are jointly listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there are numerous other historic buildings in the city, including Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, churches of St. Giles, Greyfriars and Canongate and many more.

The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, has been the alma mater for many great thinkers of their time such as Charles Darwin, David Hume, Alexander Graham Bell and Arthur Conan Doyle.

During the ASA Conference there will be the possibility to take part in various trips to some of the cultural/historical attractions in and around the city.