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Annual Meeting of the British Phycological Society 2003

Where? The 51st Winter Meeting and Annual General Meeting will take place at
The National University of Ireland, Galway (http://www.nuigalway.ie),
Ireland from 2-4 January, 2003. This is the first time that the Winter
Meeting has been held outside the U.K. The meeting will be partly sponsored
by the Martin Ryan Institute (http://mri.nuigalway.ie) and The Irish Marine
Institute (http://www.marine.ie ) and the registration fee (including lunch
and an evening meal and the banquet on the two days of the meeting) is not
likely to exceed €150.

When? The meeting will start with registration and a reception in the Martin
Ryan Institute, NUI, Galway on the night of 2 January, presentations will be
given on 3 and 4 of January. The AGM will be on the afternoon of 4 January.
An all-day tour of the botanically, geologically and archaeologically
interesting limestone karst Burren region will be offered on 5 January for
those interested at an extra cost of about Euro 35 (including lunch).

Accommodation. In local hotels and hostels and the presentations will take
place on the NUI, Galway campus. A corporate rate of Euro 62 per single room
and Euro 69 per double room for bed and breakfast has been booked at
Brennan’s Yard Hotel (Tel.:+353 91 568166; fax: +353 91 568262;
http://www.brennansyardhotel.com ; Email : [log in to unmask]) in
the centre of Galway about 15 minutes’ very pleasant walk from the
University. We have booked 40 rooms until 15th November; please say that you
are attending the meeting at NUI, Galway to get the special rate. Rooms are
also available in the Radisson Hotel (Tel.: +353 91 538300; Fax.: +353 91
538380; http://www.radissonsas.com <http://www.radissonsas.com/> ; e-mail:
[log in to unmask]) at about Euro 102 without breakfast. Hostel
accommodation can be found locally as well
(http://www.gulliver.ie/goireland). In general, B&Bs are more expensive than
the rate for Brennan’s Yard. You should book all accommodation yourself
prior to making travel arrangements.

Getting to Ireland. Flights to Dublin from London Heathrow, London
Stanstead, Brimingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow are available from
Aer Lingus (http://www.aerlingus.com), British Midland
(www.britishmidland.com), and Ryanair (http://www.ryanair.com). The sooner
you book, the cheaper the fare will be. Although Britain and Ireland are in
a common passport area and part of the European Union, since September 11,
airlines are demanding a passport prior to travel, particularly Ryanair.

Getting from Dublin to Galway. Commuter flights from Dublin to Galway are
available from Aer Arann. There is a direct bus service from the airport to
Galway by CityLink (http://www.citylink.ie), which is cheap and takes about
3 hours. There are trains from Dublin to Galway (http://www.irishrail.ie)
but the train station (Heuston, not Connolly) is on the other side of Dublin
(there are buses from the airport), the service is not very frequent and
takes 3 or more hours. Please note that the currency in Ireland is now the
Euro and that the pound sterling:Euro rate, currently 1:1.61, may vary; the
US dollar is at or near parity with the Euro.

Tourist Information. Comprehensive tourist information about Galway can be
found at: http://www.galway.ie

Web site for conference. More information is posted on the website
(http://www.brphycsoc.org <http://www.brphycsoc.org/> ). Contact Mike Guiry
([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> ; tel. +353 91 750410;
fax: +353 91 525005) for further information.

Abstracts. Abstracts should be submitted no later than 30 September, 2002 on
a Word form obtainable from the web site (http://www.brphysoc.org) shortly.

2004 Meeting. The 52nd Winter Meeting and AGM will take place at the
University of Lancaster in England in early January 2004.

I look forward to welcoming you to Galway.
--
Michael D. Guiry
Department of Botany Tel: +353 91 750 410
Martin Ryan Marine Science Institute  Mobile: +353 87 251 9917
National University of Ireland  Fax: +353 91 525 005
Galway, Ireland  http://www.seaweed.ie 

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