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R&D Management Conference: 3 - 6 July 2016

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Partners Programme

This information is for people who are accompanying conference delegates. If you are a delegate bringing someone to Cambridge with you, and they would be interested in joining these activities, please .

Welcome to Cambridge! In this pack we have provided some suggestions for you to make the most of your time in this wonderful city. Whether it is your first time here, or you have visited Cambridge before, there should be plenty to keep you entertained.

There are several events being held as part of the R&D Management Conference which you are welcome to attend as listed below, plus some optional extras:

Sunday 3 July: Pre-conference reception
This is a great opportunity to meet other attendees and partners at the conference venue, Churchill College. The reception will take place from 18.00 – 20.00 with drinks and canapes being served.

Suggestion: why not head into town after the reception for dinner in one of the many restaurants on offer. See the restaurant list and ‘Cambridge Edition’ magazine provided in this pack for ideas. Follow the map provided to make your way to the City Centre, or ask at the registration desk and one of the Events staff will happily book a taxi for you.

Monday 4 July: Tea and cake at the conference
Partners are welcome to come along to the conference venue at 10.00 for morning tea and pastries – this is a good chance to meet other partners. Please feel free to stay on during the main conference refreshment break to explore the exhibition area where PhD posters will be displayed.

Suggestion: Monday afternoon would be a great time to get your bearings with a guided walking tour of the City Centre. We have arranged a guide to take you on a 1hr tour departing from the front of the Guild Hall (in the Market Square) at 14.30 on Monday 4 July (please see map for ref).

Monday 4 July: British pub night (and punting)
Join the conference delegates at the Granta – a traditional riverside pub. BBQ food will be provided, and take the opportunity to explore the river by canoe or punt (or chauffeured punt for a truly relaxing experience!)

Tuesday 5 July: Cambridge by bike
Explore the City and surrounding villages in the traditional Cambridge way: by bike! Collect a bike from City Cycle Hire (as marked on the map), quoting “R&D Management Conference” as your reference. A map showing all the cycle routes is enclosed.

Suggestion: head along the riverside path to the quintessentially English village of Grantchester – enjoy exploring the water meadows and perhaps relax in the famous Orchard Tea Garden. You can even learn about war poet Rupert Brooke who was a frequent visitor here. For those who prefer to walk, Grantchester can be reached via the same route and takes around 1 hour at a leisurely pace.

Tuesday 5 July: Dinner at a Cambridge College
The main conference social event gives you the chance to dine in some of Cambridge's finest surroundings. Split over two locations, dinner will either be served in the grand main hall King's College, or in the distinctly 'Harry Potter' style hall at the University's oldest college, Peterhouse. Pre-dinner drinks for all delegates will be served on the back lawn at King's. PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY FOR DINNER PLACES WITH THE CONFERENCE ORGANISERS.

Wednesday 6 July: The Churchill Archives
This is an opportunity to hear an introductory talk about the new exhibition from one of the archives experts, taking place at 11.00 on Wednesday 6 July.

Suggestion: use the last day of the conference as an excuse to hit the shops! Cambridge has plenty of choice when it comes to retail therapy – there are two indoor shopping centres (the Grand Arcade and the Grafton Centre) as well as cobbled streets filled with high-street favourites and many independent retailers. There is also a daily market in the square with stalls offering all sorts of crafts, gifts, clothes and food.

For more tips and suggestions about things to do in Cambridge, just ask any member of the conference committee and Events staff. We are happy to help with directions, transport and anything else you might need to help you to make the most of your time spent here.

We hope you enjoy your stay!