Social events

A range of social events will allow you to network with your peers and build networks with experts from across the UK.

Sunday 23 August

The welcome reception will be held on Sunday evening from 18:00-21:00. There will be a buffet with drinks at the Park Plaza Hotel, a short walk from the accommodation.

Monday 24 August

Public lecture on the spectacular Rosetta Mission with a senior European Space Agency speaker (talk starts at 6.30pm).  Venue is the beautiful National Museum of Wales. See here.

Tuesday 25th August

A casual evening trip to the Urban Tap House brewery, Cardiff’s premier craft beer and cider venue from 6.30pm. This is the geekiest beer place in town, with retro arcade machine and games. The venue is here.  Directions from accommodation can be found here.

Wednesday 26 August

We are pleased to announce that our conference excursion on Wednesday will be a trip to Cardiff Bay including a short (45 minute) boat cruise and entry to the famous Doctor Who Experience.  This is a unique, exciting and sometimes scary journey into over fifty years of adventures in space and time, just opposite the BBC studios where the hit show is filmed.

The total excursion should take no more than 4.5 hours. But make sure you bring comfortable shoes for short walks between train stations and the boat journey.

Thursday 27 August

We are pleased to announce that our conference dinner will be a BBQ held at Techniquest.   Techniquest is the UK’s oldest science centre and will be an excellent opportunity for you to see and play with the interactive exhibitions, visit the planetarium and enjoy food and drinks in an unique environment.  The BBQ will be held from 6.30-10.30pm. Pick up at 6.15pm by coach from outside the accommodation on Salisbury Road.  You will have an opportunity to spend time in the lovely Cardiff Bay for the night owls.