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Most activities associated with the meeting take place in one of two locations:

  1. Scientific sessions and special lunches will take place in the suite of lecture theatres in the School of Mechanical Engineering. The conference office and press room, as well as a number of small rooms for splinter meetings and job interviews, are located in the basement of Mechanical Engineering.
  2. The Avon Room in the University Centre (a short walk from Mechanical Engineering) is the main lunch venue, and also the location for posters, displays, and most internet access facilities.

Further details and maps can be found here.

Registration and catering

Registration takes place through these web pages, and payment is made at the time of registering, by credit or debit card. Day and week rates are available. The registration fee rises after February 28th, and registration will close on March 14th, or earlier if we reach capacity. Students can register for half-price, and a discount is available for members of the RAS, IoP and BAA. Those wishing to stay in University accomodation (places are limited to 100 attendees) will pay for this as part of the registration process.


The registration fee covers tea/coffee (in Mechanical Engineering) and a daily buffet lunch (in the Avon Room), as well as the welcoming reception on Monday night.


A number of special lunches will take place for those interested, at no extra charge. However, you are asked to express your interest in these at registration time, to allow for catering arrangements. The conference meal is an optional extra, and is available at a sponsored price for students presenting posters or talks at the meeting. Access to all these events will be via your badge, which you should collect at the registration desk (along with your conference pack) on arrival. Please wear this badge at all times.


The registration desk will be located in the Avon room throughout the meeting. It will be open 4.00pm-8.00pm on Monday and then 8.30am-6.00pm during the rest of the week.


Please note that refunds will not be possible (other than in exceptional circumstances) after March 23rd, and in the case of Chamberlain Hall bookings, after February 28th.

Email and internet access

A wireless network will be in operation in the Avon Room throughout the meeting, and a number of terminals will also be available here, and in Mechanical Engineering.


Wireless Networking supplied by Daconi: http://www.daconi.co.uk
Internet Cafe PCs supplied by DCS: http://www.dcsplc.co.uk

Oral and poster contributions

Abstracts for poster and oral presentations should be submitted at registration time, for the most appropriate parallel session. These will then be evaluated by the session organiser. Abstracts for talks should be submitted by 14th February, but will be considered until 28th February at the discretion of session organisers. Poster abstracts must be submitted by February 28th. The final programme of talks and posters will be available by mid-March.


Overhead projectors and computer projectors will be provided in all lecture theatres. Further details will be posted on this web site at a later date.


The poster session is an important feature of the meeting, and has been allocated a plenary slot (in addition to lunchtime viewing each day). All posters with student first authors will be entered in the RAS poster competition. Time will also be set aside in each parallel session, to allow the authors of a subset of posters to present a 1 minute "advert" for their poster. Further details about the poster session will be available later.

Further information

If you have questions which are not addressed elsewhere in these web pages, please direct them to the appropriate contact.