Members of the Scientific Meeting organising committee visited Chesford Grange near Leamington Spa to plan the programme for BOMSS 2014. Ms Sally Norton, Mr Vinod Menon and Professor Duff Bruce from the BOMSS Council met with Ms Sarvjit Madhar and Ms Nichola Coates of the AUGIS secretariat to inspect facilities at the hotel.
The first impressions were good – it’s an easily accessible and lovely venue with ample parking with the nearby Ramada Hotel for overspill. Transfers from Birmingham Airport and local train stations are quick and easy.
At the hotel, a traditional reception provides access to 205 guest rooms which we expect to fill with BOMSS members. Moving through the hotel there is a spacious open plan-bar with an outside deck area – which may or may not be welcoming in January!
A modern conference centre is attached to the hotel and offers fantastic facilities for all of the usual BOMSS activities. A newly built annex toward the rear of the hotel will be an ideal hub for the BOMSS teaching day and poster exhibition. Mr Sean Woodcock and Mr Alan Osbourne are planning a full and varied programme for the multiple-disciplinary delegates on the Training Day.
The scientific programme for the main meeting is developing nicely with international guests lining up to take a variety of roles at the event.
For visitors, the nearby region is, of course, the heart of Shakespeare Country, close to the attractions of Warwick Castle and surrounding towns.
Adverts for the meeting will soon appear on the BOMSS website – members are urged to look out for them and book their place.