Social Events

There will be a conference dinner on the evening of December 18th, to be held at the University of Birmingham's Horton Grange. The Grange is around five minutes walk from the conference venue, and only a few minutes from the University botanic gardens. More details will be posted here shortly. Note that dinner is included in the full conference registration.

Birmingham Attractions

  • The Barber Institute of Fine Arts: The Barber Institute contains one of the finest small collections of European art in the UK.
  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses: The Birmingham Botanical Gardens were opened in 1832. They were designed by J. C. Loudon, a leading garden planner. Today the gardens offer a superb opportunity for recreation and relaxation.
  • Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery: BM&AG's collections, built up over the last two centuries, represent every era of art, history, science and nature: from the geology of millions of years in the past to the products of human creativity and enterprise.
  • Brindley Place: Fashionable canal-side bars and restaurants.
  • Bullring centre:Birmingham's new experience in shopping, art and architecture.
  • Cadbury World: Enjoy the taste of Cadbury's chocolate, and discover its history.
  • Jewellery Quarter Museum: Guides and jewellers take you through the history of the 200 year old Jewellery Quarter. Enjoy a unique tour of an original jewellery factory, frozen in time.
  • Millennium Point: State-of-the art, interactive science and technology museum.
  • Sea Life Centre: Marine life aquarium with 3000 creatures and the world's first 360 degree transparent tunnel.

Nearby, a half hour drive from Birmingham,

  • Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Elizabethan playwright William Shakespeare. One of England's most historic and vibrant towns.
  • Warwick Castle, Britain's Greatest Mediaeval Experience.