I’m in Nottingham at the moment checking out the venue we’ve got booked for this year’s BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium. The poster contest is still open to entries – deadline this coming Friday, 15th Feb, online abstract submission here. We’ve booked enough space to have about 50 posters, I think, and there’s an extra room we can book if we need. The poster space currently looks like this:
It’s a lovely big room, very near the lecture theatre (where we’ll be having the talks).
I couldn’t get a good photo of the lecture theatre as there was a lecture about to start (I think it’d freak me out if i were getting ready to give a lecture, and someone snuck in at the back to take pictures). But it’s a big theatre, very swish and new, seats about 300. If you look at the photos below the strange curvy concrete part is the theatres, and we’ve booked the big one at the top.
For the social we’ve booked the computer science atrium, which is a big space where we can have a wind down at the end of the day, current plan is we’ll provide a couple of glasses of wine or juice and some nibbles. Our sponsor CA will do something with ipads, too, I think, so this part of the day should be nice and interactive.
And out the front there’s a lake; so if the weather’s nice we can sit out watching the ducks:)
It’s been really good to come over and check in with the local team, Joolz, Dipa and Louise, who’re doing a fantastic job of organising all the details that need to be organised, and answering questions about how the mechanics of the day will fit together. We’ll put some of the further flung students in halls on the campus, as it’ll be hard for all of the attendees to get to the event without overnighting; we’re discussing lunches and poster boards and parking and all those little conference details that need to be finalised. Coming together now, and I’m starting to get excited about the plans!