The International Workshop on Advances in the Molecular Pharmacology & Therapeutics of Bone and other Muskuloskeletal Diseases is run by the Botnar Centre and Oxford Institute of Muskuloskeletal Sciences and is a regular event held at the College during the summer vacation. This long-standing partnership has allowed both parties to develop a strong and successful working relationship for the event, thus continuing to build upon its success year on year.
The Workshop uses the Bernard Sunley Suite of rooms for 3 core event days with full-board catering provided throughout. Additional bed and breakfast facilties are booked for several nights arround the core dates in order to allow delegates (many of whom travel internationally to attend) to arrive early and depart later as required. Newspapers are ordered in by the College each morning for the use of delegates. The Bernard Sunley Theatre provides the main plenary space for the event, hosting keynote addresses and workshops from a variety of international speakers. Room B is used as a conference office/base (with registration having happeneed in the Porter’s Lodge upon arrival) and Rooms A and C are also used at key times throughout the event. The JCR Bar Annex has also been utilised by this event in order to host larger pre-dinner poster exhibitions and networking activities.
What the organisers say…
As organisers of the International Workshop on Advances in the Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics of Bone and other Musculoskeletal Diseases which has taken place on a regular basis at St Catz since 1998, we are delighted to endorse the College as a meeting venue and to have the opportunity to thank the people who have supported us so efficiently and generously along the way.
From a practical point of view St Catz works extremely well for us, with the accommodation, dining hall and lecture theatres all being close at hand. An important part of any meeting is the opportunity to network and St Catz works particularly well for us in this regard, with the collegiate dining arrangement and social spaces – the JCR bar along with the well-kept gardens which allow us to mingle informally or to organise social gatherings. On-site parking is a rarity in Oxford and makes life easier for us, but in any case it’s an easy journey for our many international delegates, who fly into Heathrow and catch the frequent Oxford Flyer bus (a short train ride from Birmingham Airport is also an option for European delegates). Our delegates love coming to St Catz and it has become a recognised and important part of our “brand”.
Janet Crompton and Dr Graham Russell
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