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20th British Combinatorial Conference

Sunday 10 July - Friday 15 July, 2005

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The main features of the programme are outlined below. A copy of the full programme, including the schedule of contributed talks and the associated abstracts may be obtained as a pdf file (610 kB) by following this link, but note that the proposed schedule could be subject to minor changes between now and the start of the conference.

Sunday 10th July: Registration will be available from 14.00 until 21.00 in Collingwood College. Registration will continue on Monday morning. See the arrival arrangements page for further details

Monday 11th July - Friday 15th July: The main conference programme will run from 9.00 until 17.30 each day except on Wednesday when it will run from 9.00 until 12.30, and on Friday when it will finish at around 16.00. There will be two invited talks each day to start and close the programme, except for Wednesday when the afternoon will be free of talks. In the morning and afternoon periods there will be parallel sessions of contributed talks; each such talk will be allocated 20 minutes. There will be mid-morning and mid-afternoon refreshment breaks, each of half an hour, and a lunch break of approximately an hour and a half. The programme will include a problem session where delegates are encouraged to publicise problems of their choice, a British Combinatorial Committee business meeting, and a meeting of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications.

Monday 11th July (before dinner): There will be a drinks reception in Collingwood College.

Tuesday 12th July (after dinner): Blue Badge tour of Durham taking in the Cathedral and the World Heritage Site (see below - option extra: £3.50 charge). As at 17th June this tour is now fully booked.

Wednesday 13th July (afternoon): Coach trip to the North of England Open Air Museum at Beamish (see below - option extra: £12.00 charge). As at 17th June this tour is now fully booked.

Thursday 14 July (evening): Conference Dinner followed by entertainment (Price included for full-board 3-,4- and 5-day packages, otherwise £20 extra)


Durham Cathedral is the most impressive example of Norman architecture (at least we think so). If you do not know what the word “awesome” means you certainly will after your first sight of the nave. 

Durham Castle is the other main part of the World Heritage Site. Founded in Norman times it is now University College, a part of the University.

Beamish Museum is another world class experience. Mostly set up with the year 1913 in mind, it gives an authentic insight into what life was like in the year before the Great War changed the world. In addition, there are farm buildings from 1825 and an example of what coal mining was like. You even have the chance to go into a mine to get a feel for what miners had to endure.

Send mail to M.J.Grannell@open.ac.uk with questions or comments about this web site.
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