ll social events are included in the registration package, as most have had at least partial sponsorship from various organisations.
December 18: NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility (NBAF) Information Session; Opening reception at the Jurys Inn (sponsored by the Genetics Society)
NBAF Information session: 17:00-18:00
Reception: open from 18:00
Finger food buffet: available from 19:00-21:00
First drink free and then cash bar
The hotel also has a bar that will stay open as long as required and there are many pubs in the area.
December 19: Poster Reception at the Glasgow University Union; Dinner off campus
The poster session will take place from 17:30-19:15 on the Wednesday evening. There will be a mulled wine and mince pies reception in conjunction with this. There will also be a cash bar available and there are other bars in the building with a wider selection of beers.
Following the reception there will be two options for dinner (sponsored by the Glasgow City Marketing Board and Royal Society Publishing):
A/ Buffet meal at a local pub (Curler’s Rest). It will be crowded and cosy but they have a good selection of beers and wines available. The meal will include one drink and then there will be a cash bar. The buffet will start at 20:00 (drinks from 19:30) and the bar has late opening for Christmas until 1 am. The pub is located on Byres Road, in the block north of the Hillhead subway station (right/east side of road).
B/ If you selected a sit-down meal at a restaurant instead of the buffet, it will be held at La Vita Spuntini’s, which is an Italian tapas style restaurant. The restaurant is booked for 17:30 and you should proceed there after the poster session. There will be a fixed two-course menu (the Festa menu WEBLINK), which includes one drink. Additional courses and drinks will be charged extra. The restaurant is located on Byres Road, in the first block on the northwest corner of University Avenue (beside the Tennents pub).
December 20: Civic Drinks reception, Conference Dinner & Celidh at the Hunter Halls, University of Glasgow
19:00: Civic Drinks Reception with Prosecco and canapés (sponsored by the Lord Provost’s office)
Savoury shortbread with tomato and feta cheese (v)
Parmesan and rosemary shortbread rounds, topped with cherry tomato and feta cheese
Scottish smoked salmon on a mini oatcake
Fine Scottish smoked salmon on a mini oatcake with cream cheese
Carpaccio of venison with rocket and pear chutney
Thinly sliced fillet of venison with a rocket and pear chutney
20:00: Conference Dinner (catered by Saltire). Please note that number of vegetarian options will be calculated based on food preferences indicated on the registration form. If you do not want the fish soup or duck main course, please let the conference organisers know as soon as possible.
Sweet potato and red onion with parmesan crouton soup (vegetarian option)
Smoked haddock chowder (Cullen skink)
Duck leg confit with apple and rocket, parmentier potatoes and a cider jus
Leek and fennel tart with smoked apple wood cheese, poached egg and hollandaise sauce (vegetarian option)
DIY Cranachan (to be explained at the dinner)
Coffee and Chocolates
21:30-1:00: Conference Celidh (sponsored by IBAHCM)
‘Coila Ceilidh Band’ (one of the members is himself a population geneticist, Willie Weir). Wine will be available through the evening but there will be a cash bar for other options.
December 21st: Post-conference excursion to the University field station on Loch Lomond.
The conference ends at noon on December 21st. The University has a field station situated on stunning Loch Lomond, combining freshwater and terrestrial, lowland and upland, and agricultural and natural habitats in close proximity. The research facilities were renovated in 2006 and the teaching facilities are currently under renovation. The research facilities include flume tanks, controlled environment rooms and facilities for keeping fish, amphibians and birds and nest boxes situated in several woodland areas. This is an ideal centre for research and we welcome collaborative projects from outside users. We will also welcome field courses, after completion of the new phase in 2014.