Meeting Chairs: Mark Ramsdale, Nick Talbot
Advisory Committee: Steve Aves, Steve Bates, Tom Richards, Darren Soanes, Gero Steinberg, Chris Thornton
The City of Exeter, at the heart of Devon has something for everyone, whether your tastes are for exploring the delights of city life or enjoying the countryside. With a population of about 110,000, Exeter is a friendly city which happily combines modern life with a sense of the past. Cafés, restaurants, pubs and modern shops mix easily with historic buildings, including the Cathedral, the ancient Guildhall which is the oldest civic working building in the country, Mol’s Coffee House and the Ship Inn (both favourite haunts of Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh). The excellent selection of funky bars, cafes and restaurants also makes Exeter a vibrant place to be after dark. Exeter University’s Streatham Campus is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful in the UK and is built around a former botanic garden, an ideal setting for the School of Biosciences. Exeter Biosciences houses a number of fungal biology groups with research interests ranging from basic cell biology, host-fungal interactions to community structure. The department has a long association with the Society and will provide a great setting for the meeting.
Travel Arrangements to Exeter
The University campus is ideally situated for all travel links, whether they are by road, rail or air: Exeter International Airport – 6 miles, M5 motorway link – 4 miles, Exeter St David’s rail station – ½ mile.
Holland Hall can accommodate up to 400 guests in en suite bedroom facilities just five minutes walk away from the lecture theatres
Lunches – Holland Hall
The venue enjoys sweeping views across the Exe estuary in its panoramic glass restaurant. Holland Hall can accommodate 360 guests in its restaurant. The glass fronted split-level mezzanine bar is perfect for a drinks reception.
Dinners – Reed Hall, Holland Hall, Venue TBA (first choice Powderham Castle?)
Enjoy eating in the splendour of our majestic Italianate Mansion, Reed Hall, set within beautifully landscaped gardens, complete with Koi carp lake. Large opening doors, leading directly into the gardens, add an extra special dimension to all summer celebrations. For the evening, the centre of the room is cleared to reveal an excellent dance floor, where guests can dance the night away. The University’s Re:fresh dining room, Gallery Restaurant and Balcony Bar are centrally located beside the Great Hall Complex and can be used in conjunction with the Great Hall or independently, providing a range of dining options. The Re:fresh dining room can accommodate up to 300 guests while the Gallery Restaurant and Balcony Bar are suitable for smaller, more intimate, occasions.
Teas & Coffees – Peter Chalk Centre Hall 2
Teas and coffees will be provided during breaks and a Devonshire Cream tea will be waiting to greet everyone after they have settled into their accommodation before the start of the meeting
A full social programme will be offered including the President’s Reception (Reed Hall, Tuesday evening), a reception for PG/PDRAs followed by CIDER, SKITTLES AND BARN DANCE (Holland Hall, Wednesday evening) and of course the BMS Conference Dinner and Auction with a local theme at a venue to be announced (Powderham Castle/ Royal Clarence Hotel with Michael Caine/ Killerton House/ RAMM/ Guildhall or River Boat?)