Social Programme

Sunday 29th March, 5 – 7 pm: RSC ESR Group welcome reception and informal dinner.

Venue: 18th floor terrace, The Commons, Hyatt House Manchester.
We are pleased to open the conference with a reception buffet on Sunday evening. The venue, which is only accessed by lift from the hotel lobby, has panoramic views over the city of Manchester. Please follow signs from the hotel lobby.

Monday 30th March, 7 – 10 pm: JEOL reception and informal dinner.

Venue: Conference and Events Lobby, 2nd floor, Hyatt Regency Manchester Hotel (accessible by lift from all floors).
We are grateful to JEOL for their continued generous sponsorship of the JEOL Prize and reception. The JEOL lecture sessions will take place on Monday afternoon in the AMBS. The winner and runners-up will be announced at the JEOL reception.

Tuesday 31st March, 7 – 10 pm: Bruker reception and informal dinner.

Venue: The Atrium, Graduate Lounge, ground floor, Hyatt Regency Manchester Hotel.
We are grateful to Bruker for their continued generous sponsorship of the Bruker Prize, Thesis Prize, and reception. The Bruker Prize lecture will be held in the AMBS from 6 -7 pm, followed by a reception and buffet in the hotel.

Wednesday 1st April, 6.30 – 9.30 pm: Conference banquet.

Venue: drinks reception in the Fossils Gallery (ground floor), then banquet in Living World Gallery (1st floor), Manchester Museum.

The Museum is part of the main University buildings, only a few minutes walk from the hotel. Local guides will walk you round: please gather in the hotel lobby for 6.15 pm. If you are making your own way there, the sign for the Museum is clearly visible from the street (just walk up to Oxford Road – at the back of the AMBS – from the hotel, and turn right). Go through the Museum arch, and the entrance to the Fossil Gallery is on your left. It will be signed.
Drinks will be served in the Fossils Gallery – in the company of Stan the T. Rex – from 6.30 – 7.15 pm. Dinner will be served at 7.30 pm, upstairs in the Living World Gallery. Wine will be available on the table, and extra bottles can be purchased on the night.

Free Afternoon on Tuesday

Manchester has many cultural, architectural, historic, sporting and leisure attractions – too many to list here. The city centre is only around 1 mile from the conference venue, so easily reachable by foot or bus. Have a look at the following websites for suggestions:

The following are some of our favourite attractions:

The John Rylands Library: The historic University library holds one of the finest collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives in the world. It is located on Deansgate, in the heart of the city centre, and worth visiting even for the building itself: one of the finest examples of neo-Gothic architecture in Europe.

Manchester Museum: The museum is a few minutes’ walk from the conference venue, at the heart of the University’s neo-Gothic buildings. It is the largest university museum in the UK, with extensive exhibits on archaeology, anthropology and natural history, including Stan the T. Rex.

Whitworth Art Gallery: Also a short walk from the conference venue, this University-owned gallery has collections of historic fine art, modern and contemporary art, prints and textiles. At the time of the conference there will be a special exhibition on Utopias, dating back to the ideas developed in Thomas More’s seminal book of 1516.

Science and Industry Museum: Well worth a visit if you enjoy your history of science, technology and industry, with a focus on Manchester’s many contributions. It is located in the city centre.

Some other ideas to consider:

  • Imperial War Museum North, Salford Quays and MediaCityUK.
  • National Football Museum.
  • Old Trafford (Manchester United Football Club).
  • Etihad Stadium (Manchester City Football Club).
  • Manchester Town Hall (unfortunately shut for refurbishment, but still a magnificent building) and Albert Square.
  • Manchester Central Library, and St Peter Square.
  • The Northern Quarter (for hipster types and the best craft breweries in the land).
  • Royal Exchange Theatre, St Annes Square and the Corn Exchange.