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BeeTogether at BSG2018

Whether you are a PhD student, early-career researcher, attending BSG conference for the first time,
or a regular attender, there will be a dedicated BeeTogether area where you can meet people and
get involved with some fun activities alongside and throughout the conference timetable.

Look out for the BeeTogether logo!

Ongoing drop-in activities
  • Envisage - How do you picture your later life?
    Creative materials will be provided at the BeeTogether Area
  • Pollination - Share your ideas and experiences with others!
    Questions and materials provided at the BeeTogether Area
Scheduled activities
  • Mindfulness: Thursday, 09.00 – 09.30, BeeTogether Area
  • Walk to Whitworth Park: Thursday, 13.00 – 14.00, meet at BeeTogether Area
  • Meeting Point before dinner: Thursday, 19.30, look for the logo at the dinner location
  • Pilates: Friday, 08.30 – 09.00, BeeTogether Area

Architectural Walking Tour of Manchester

Wednesday 4 July 2018 10.00 – 12.00

We are delighted to welcome Dr Julian Holder to BSG 2018.  Julian is a renowned architectural historian, and he will lead us around the sights of Manchester, taking our breath away at some of the secret, and not so secret historical buildings that define Manchester’s architectural heritage.  Also, there will be lots of opportunity to soak up the life and culture of Manchester, and for you to orientate yourself with getting around, so it’s a great way to get to know Manchester.

The tour will start promptly at 10.00am and we will confirm meeting point when you book your place.  We will finish by 12 noon allowing plenty of time before the start of the conference at 13.30pm. The tour is easy walking, and is not strenuous, although we suggest you wear sensible footwear.

Places are limited to 20 people. There is no charge for the tour – it is free. All we ask is that if you book a place, please do notify us in advance if you no longer want a place such that we can allocate it to someone from the waiting list because we know that this will be a popular event!

Bookings can be made when registering.

Tour of the John Rylands Library

Wednesday 4 July 2018 11.00 – 12.00

We are privileged to have secured a private tour to Manchester’s most visited attraction (according to Trip Advisor), and John Rylands is much more than a library and is a real gem! It was founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John Rylands. In 1889 the architect Basil Champneys designed the striking gothic building, which took ten years to build and was opened to public readers on 1 January 1900. The library became part of the University of Manchester in 1972 and currently holds the Special Collections of the University library. So come with us, step back in time, and marvel at the gothic architecture, the ambiance, and try out the victorian toilets! And who knows, Harry Potter might even appear (although not in the toilet!). Further details at

We will meet at 10.45am and we will confirm the meeting point nearer the time. We will finish by 12 noon allowing plenty of time before the start of the conference at 13.30pm. Places are limited to 20 people. There is no charge for the tour – it is free. All we ask is that if you book a place, please do notify us in advance if you no longer want a place such that we can allocate it to someone from the waiting list because we know that this will be a very popular event!

Bookings can be made when registering.

If you are undecided then there are public tours of the library throughout the conference and details are at http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands

Welcome Reception

Wednesday 4 July 2018

The Welcome Reception will be held on Wednesday 4 July following our three flagship symposia.

During the evening, the presentation of the Stirling Student Poster Prize will be made. Light refreshment is included in the cost of the full registration fee. Additional tickets, including tickets for day-delegates can be purchased when registering. BSG would like to thank Marketing Manchester for its support towards the Welcome Reception.

Credit: The Principle, Manchester

Conference Dinner

Thursday 5 July 2018

The Conference Dinner will be held at the Principal Manchester. With its clock tower and striking Victorian architecture, Principal Manchester is an unmistakable landmark in the city's skyline. A magnificent, terracotta Grade II listed building, the hotel has a history dating back to 1890, when it first opened as The Refuge Assurance Company headquarters.

Join us for what is always an enjoyable evening. The cost of a drink on arrival, 3 course dinner with coffee and wine is included in the full registration fee.

Additional tickets are priced at £58.50 and can be booked when registering.

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