Summer Workshop 2020

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Date(s) - 29/05/2020 - 31/05/2020
All Day

Islesburgh Complex


ITI Scotnet’s Summer Workshop 2020 in Shetland

This year’s ITI Scotnet Summer Workshop will be held in beautiful Shetland. The broad topic will be renewable energy, focusing on the specific forms associated with the islands. On Saturday evening we have our traditional dinner and ceilidh to which we also welcome friends and family. An informal meal on Friday evening and an excursion on Sunday complement the event.


The official programme is currently as follows:

Friday evening

19.00: Informal meal at New Golden Coach restaurant (Baroc), 1-3 Commercial Road, Lerwick.


Islesburgh Community Centre, King Harald St, Lerwick, ZE1 0EQ

9.00: Warm up with one of yoga (Corinne Durand), singing (led by Lynda Hepburn) or (unconfirmed) walk around Lerwick. Optional.

9.30: Workshop registration (tea and coffee)

10.30: Workshop 1: talk by Birgit Wagner on Renewable Energy: an Overview. Birgit has an engineering background and translates renewable technologies.

11.30: Coffee break

12.00: Workshop 2: talk by Tom Wills, marine renewables expert: Marine Renewables

13.15: Lunch break – buffet lunch served in venue

14.15: Workshop 3: Hands on session

15.30: Tea break

16.00: Workshop 4: Sue White of the Shetland Amenity Trust: Peatland and its restoration.

Evening: Dinner and ceilidh in the Lerwick Sound Hall with the Peter Wood Dance Band


Excursion to the south end of the Shetland Mainland by coach.

9.30 (provisional): leave Lerwick

10.30: Sumburgh – Lighthouse, museum and seabirds

11.45: Jarlshof prehistoric and Norse settlement

13.00: soup and sandwich lunch at the Sumburgh Hotel

14.00: depart for walk at St. Ninian’s Isle (not an island!) or wet weather alternative

16.00-17.00: return to Lerwick


Birgit has organised an all-in price of approx. £30 for the day including coach, museum entrance, entrance to Jarlshof and lunch.

Anyone with a flight from Sumburgh Airport on Sunday afternoon can be dropped off at the airport at lunchtime.

Birgit Wagner

Tom Willis

Sue White

Shetland 2020: Travel & Accommodation

If you're planning to attend the ITI Scottish Network Summer Workshop 2020 in Lerwick, Shetland, then it's high time to start looking at how to get there and where to stay. With the help of our local organiser, Birgit, we've put together some information that may help.

Getting to Shetland

Almost 300 miles in a straight line from Edinburgh (not that you can actually follow that path!), Lerwick is still relatively accessible for travellers. Northlink Ferries sail between Aberdeen and Lerwick overnight, taking approximately 12.5 hours and arriving in Shetland at 7.30am. The return journey is also overnight, and the two cruise ferries offer a wide range of accommodation options, from simple reclining chairs to premium cabins.

If life on the ocean wave is not for you, Logan Air flies direct to Sumburgh Airport at the southern tip of Shetland from Aberdeen, Inverness, Kirkwall, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Bergen. Sumburgh is around 25 miles from Lerwick, so transport from the airport to our workshop venue will also need to be arranged. Get in touch with ScotNet once you have booked your flight as there may be options available that are cheaper than a taxi.


There are several listings websites for hotels and B&Bs / guest houses, all of which should be fairly easy to find, and if you would rather speak to a person, there is the tourist office, (, tel. 01595-693434), although not nearly all properties are listed with them. B&Bs / guesthouses tend to get booked up fairly quickly. AirBnb offers the most extensive list of properties with lots of reasonably-priced self-catering places and the odd B&B option too.

There is an excellent hostel (Islesburgh House Hostel) conveniently next door to the workshop venue.

To help you choose a location, there is a map below that shows the location of the workshop venue (Islesburgh Community Centre) and the venue for the dinner and ceilidh (Sound Hall). To give you an idea of scale, it's about one mile, i.e. a 20 min walk or 5 min drive/taxi ride from one to the other. We don't have a venue for the Friday evening meal yet but it will most likely be somewhere central.

Map showing the location of our dinner and ceilidh venue, Sound Hall, in relation to central Lerwick, where the Isleburgh Community Centre is located.

We have put together a page with information on travel and accommodation options.


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