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European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium
University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
20th-22nd September 2017



Hatfield house

Based in the heart of the Hertfordshire countryside, Hatfield is located 20 miles (30 kilometres) north of London and is the birthplace of the British Aerospace Industry. In 1930 the de Havilland airfield and aircraft factory was opened and by 1949 it was the largest employer in the town. Planes produced there included; the Mosquito fighter bomber, the Vampire, the Gloster Meteor, the Comet airliner, the Trident airliner and the DH125.
Following the post-war New Town Act of 1946, Hatfield was developed in to a New Town which expanded the size of the land and provided it with a new town centre. However In 1993 British Aerospace closed the Hatfield site having moved the BAe 146 production line to Woodford Aerodrome. The land was later used as a film set for Steven Spielberg’s movie Saving Private Ryan and most of the BBC/HBO television drama Band of Brothers. Following that time it was developed for housing, higher education, commerce and retail.
Today, Hatfield’s aviation history is remembered by the names of certain local streets and pubs (e.g. Comet Way, The Airfield, Dragon Road) as well as the new de Havilland Campus at the University of Hertfordshire where the ESMATS 2017 conference will take place.

de Havilland Campus


de Havilland Campus Map (click image to download pdf)


  • ESMATS 2017 will take place in the Auditorium
  • Limited accommodation is available in the Hadham accommodation block
  • Delegates staying on site will have accesss to the Sports Village facilities
  • The Cocktail Reception on Wednesday evening will be held in the Club de Havilland
  • Training courses will be held in block 4
  • Delegates are asked to park in the identified parking areas
  • Meals will be served in the restaurant


Based just north of London, Hatfield is very accessible by road, rail or air from most countries worldwide.
The postcode for de Havilland Campus, University of Hertfordshire is AL10 9EU.

Airports: There are 4 airports in the south-east of England that are accessible from Hatfield

  • London Luton Airport: 20 – 25 minutes (without traffic)
    • Taxis from London Luton to Hatfield – approx. £30-35 traffic dependant
  • London Heathrow Airport: 40 – 60 minutes (without traffic)
    • Taxis from London Heathrow to Hatfield – can vary from £50-£70 depending on traffic
  • Gatwick Airport: 1hr 5 minutes (without traffic)
    • Taxis from Gatwick to Hatfield – approximate cost £80
    • There is a direct rail connection from Gatwick to St. Albans and Luton, from where taxis can be hired for the final stage of the journey
  • Stanstead Airport: 45 minutes (without traffic)
    • Taxis from Stansted to Hatfield – approximate cote £45
  • City Airport: 40 minutes (without traffic)
    • Taxis from City Airport to Hatfield – approximate cost £65

Train: Hatfield is a 20 minute train journey from London Kings Cross railway station and the University campus is a 5-10 min car/taxi/bus journey from Hatfield station.

esmats ESMATS, de Havilland Campus, University of Hertfordshire,
ESA Airbus Defence & Space; Host company and industrial visit, Friday pm
airports Club de Havilland, Cocktail reception (Wednesday evening)
airports Hatfield House, Symposium dinner (Thursday evening)
airports London Luton Airport
Train station Railway Station - Hatfield
Local Hotels Local Hotels
airports  Airports
Train station Railway Stations
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Hatfield and the surrounding area offers a wide variety of accommodation options. It is up to the individual delegates to arrange their own hotel accommodation and the following hotels are recommended based on individual requirements:

  • The University of Hertfordshire Campus – Airbus Defence and Space has arranged a very cost effective accommodation solution on the de Havilland Campus for £39.00 + VAT (£46.80 in total) per night including breakfast & the following amenities:
    • Full A Rate facilities including tea/coffee making facilities
    • Shower pack
    • Towels and linen
    • Daily refresh of the bedroom
    • Breakfast served in the de Havilland Restaurant which will include, Full English and Continental options, cereals, porridge bar and a selection of fresh fruit and pastries
    • Access to the on-site gym facilities

Rooms will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis as 150 rooms have been allocated from the campus.

To book rooms at The University of Hertfordshire please visit: www.conferencehertfordshire.co.uk

– Click the “book accommodation” tab

– Select your desired dates, room numbers and enter promotional code: ESMATS

– Select the de Havilland campus

Rooms will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis as 150 rooms have been allocated from the campus.

  • Beales Hotel, Hatfield – 5-10 minutes walk


Beales hotel

  • The Travel Lodge Hotel, Hatfield – 5-10 minutes walk


Hatfield Central hotel (Travelodge)

  • The Ramada Jarvis, Hatfield – 5-10 minutes walk


The Ramada Jarvis, Hatfield

  • The Premier Inn Hotel, Hatfield – 5 minutes by car/taxi


Premier Inn (Hatfield)

For those not wishing to stay directly in Hatfield or who want to stay in a more luxurious English hotel, the following hotels are recommended which are situated in the adjacent town of St Albans. These are recommended for those who are bringing partners to stay during the conference. St Albans is a highly decorated, yet historical town with plenty of restaurants, shops and bars, and similarly to Hatfield, it also has an excellent train link in to central London.

  • Sopwell House, St Albans – 18 minutes by car/taxi to Hatfield and 10 minutes to St Albans town centre

Sopwell House

  • Clarion Collection Hotel, St Albans – 20 minutes by car/taxi to Hatfield and 5 minutes to St Albans town centre (walking)

St. Albans Hotel

  • St Michael’s Manor, St Albans – 18-20 minutes by car/taxi to Hatfield and 5 minute drive to St Albans town centre

St. Michaels Manor

Please note that trains to St Albans are on a different train line to Hatfield. Access to St. Albans from London is via St Pancras (which is the station building across the road from London Kings Cross but the same stop on the underground). The journey time by rail from St Pancras to St Albans is approximately 20 minutes. St. Albans is approximately 15 minutes (traffic dependant) drive from London Luton Airport and between 40-60 minutes from London Heathrow. St. Pancras also includes London’s Eurostar departure point with direct access to Paris and Brussels.