Free afternoon on Tuesday
Oxford is both a beautiful city and a cultural hub. The social afternoon will give participants the opportunity to explore this vibrant city.
Tours of the city, university and colleges will also be organised taking you to see the main buildings of the University and intimate access to some of the colleges, not usually accessible to the public. You may well spot many of the locations used in films and television programs such as Harry Potter, The Golden Compass, X-men, An Education and the Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour series.
Oxford also has many literary links and has been the home of many authors including Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials Trilogy), Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass), J. R. R. Tolkien (The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings) and C. S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia). Fans of these works may be particularly interested to see All Souls College (the model for Jordan College) and the Botanic Gardens (featured at the end of the Amber Spyglass), Christ Church where Charles Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll) was a Don of Mathematics and the Eagle and Child public house on St Giles, where both J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis met to discuss their work as part of a group called the Inklings.
Alternativly, a visit to the Museum of History of Science, or one of Oxford University’s many other free museums is thoroughly recommended. These include the Natural History Museum – which holds an internationally significant collection of geological and zoological specimens, the Pitt Rivers Musuem – loacted just behind the Natural History Museum and containing one of the world’s finest collections of anthropology and archaeology (including shrunken heads and a witch in a bottle) or the Ashmolean Musum – Britain’s first museum, which has an extensive collection of art and archaeology.
For those wishing to explore Oxford on their own, maps of the city centre and directions on how to reach specific locations can be provided by the conference team after your arrival in Oxford.
We are delighted to announce that Bruker Biospin have kindly sponsored a drinks reception to celebrate the Bruker Prize awardees.
The culmination of the week’s social activities will be the conference banquet on Wednesday evening.
Although there is no formal program of events for accompanying persons, the conference organisers will be happy to suggest interesting places to visit both within Oxford city and the surrounding area. Useful tourist information can be found at http://www.oxfordcityguide.com/ and http://experienceoxfordshire.org/.
Please note only a limited number of double occupancy rooms are available during the conference, therefore if you require one, early booking is recommended.