What: Free participation and full board for two nights and two days
When: Wednesday 14 January – Friday 16 January 2015
Where: The Hilton Hotel Nottingham, NG1 3PZ
The first C1net conference took place 14-16 January 2015, in the Hilton Hotel, Nottingham. The event was dovetailed with a preceding launch event for the BBSRC/ESPRC SynBio Centre held at the University of Nottingham, University Park Campus, which gave all delegates the opportunity to visit research laboratories as well as attend talks from prestigious launch speakers.
Formally starting with an evening reception event at the Hilton Hotel, there followed 2 full days of talks and a poster session. The conference attracted 95 delegates, 25 of whom came from industry. Delegates were mainly from the UK, with 9 from Europe and 1 from the USA. A total of 25 talks were presented, 8 of which were invited; the rest were selected from abstracts. 3 PhD students gained oral presentation experience by giving a short “taster” talk as part of University of Nottingham “Special” led by post-doc Anne Henstra. A total of 17 academic posters were presented, along with a poster showing the work which has been done in Outreach activities.
Delegates gave good feedback for the conference. They appreciated the high calibre of invited speakers, the mix of academia and industry, the PhD student presentations, and the ample opportunity to network. Many new relationships were forged which we are hopeful intimate new collaborations.
“The fact that we were all staying at the conference venue allowed us all to interact both formally during the sessions but also during the dinners/breakfast etc., which helped increase the networking”. Cecilia Fenech, Cranfield University, UK.
“One of the strengths was the mixture of academic and industrial talks. It was also very nice to leave time for some of the graduate students to present their work”. Alex Toftgaard Nielsen, Biosustain, Denmark