Welcome to Aberdeen and the region - home to the best whisky, the best food and the highest concentration of castles in the UK.
Scottish hospitality is world famous and the conference organisers aim to keep up the tradition. The social programme packs together a range of cultural experiences to give a taste of the best that Aberdeenshire has to offer.
17th August 2020 - Welcome Drinks Reception (Fraser Noble Foyer), 6 - 8pm
Early arriving attendees will enjoy drinks and nibbles while catching up with friends and colleagues, before the official opening of the conference. During that time that there will be a chance to visit the experimental laboratories of the Centre for Applied Dynamics Research. Please tick an appropriate box on the registration form as these labs need to be staffed.
18th August 2020 - Civic Reception (Aberdeen Maritime Museum), 6 - 8 pm
Civic Reception sponsored by the Aberdeen City Council will take place in Aberdeen Maritime Museum. The Museum tells the story of the city's long relationship with the Sea and it is located in the City Centre on the historic Shiprow incorporating the Provost Ross's House, which was built in 1593. It houses a unique collection covering shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and the UK Oil and Gas history. Aberdeen Maritime Museum offers visitors a spectacular viewpoint over the busy harbour.
20th August 2020 - Excursion (Drum & Dunnottar Castles),
1 - 6 pm
The participants will visit the Drum Castle, one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses, strolling through the Old Wood of Drum, home to oak trees dating from the 1700s, admire Drum’s exquisite chapel, built in the 1500s and have a chance to relax amid the heady scents of the Garden of Historic Roses.
The Royal Forest and Tower of Drum were given to the Irvine family by Robert the Bruce in 1323. Later a Jacobean mansion house was added, and in the Victorian era the lower hall was converted to a library, now containing a mighty 4,000 books.
Following the visit to the Drum Castle, the participants will be taken to visit the cliffs around Dunnottar Castle, to admire the dramatic and evocative ruined fortress, that was the home of the Earls Marischal, once one of the most powerful families in Scotland. Steeped in history, this romantic and haunting ruin is a photographer’s paradise, a history lover’s dream and an iconic tourist destination for visitors from all over the world.
20th August 2020 - Conference Dinner (Elphinstone Hall),
7 – 10 pm
The conference dinner will take place in Elphinstone Hall, at King's College Campus of University of Aberdeen. Elphinstone Hall was designed and built in 1930 by A. Marshall Mackenzie to take over the functions of the original Great Hall, before being demolished in 1870. The Hall has a hammer-beam roof and oak-panelled walls, which combined with some of the oldest oil canvas paintings in Scotland, creates a unique backdrop. Primarily it serves as an examination hall and a venue for the University's graduation ceremonies, but it is also used for dining and other cultural and recreational activities.