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Social Programme


The informal drinks reception will immediately follow on from the Pre-Congress Symposiums and will enable delegates to re-connect with colleagues from IPITA from the outset of the Congress.

17:30-19:00 at the Mathematical Institute

Everyone is welcome to join the daily running group at 06:45 each morning of the congress. Members of the IPITA Young Investigator Committee will lead you on a gentle 5K run around the historic sights of beautiful Oxford - providing the ideal opportunity to get to know fellow delegates, and for scientific discussion and networking, to ensure a great start to the day!

All ages and abilities welcome. Meeting point - entrance to the Mathematical Institute. Further details including a description of the routes will be available very soon.  


The main Welcome Reception will take place at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, from 19:00 until 21:00.

The museum was constructed in 1860 and displays many of the University of Oxford's natural history specimens. The reception will enable IPITA delegates to relax together in a wonderful environment, catching up with old friends and meeting new ones, while drinks and food are served.  

Natural history musuem

One of the priorities for the Local Organising Committee (LOC), the IPITA Council and the IPITA Young Investigator Committee is to engage with Trainees and Junior Research staff. This social event is specifically designed for this group and will involve a boat cruise on the River Thames from 19:00 to 22:00. Drinks and BBQ food will be served and we will be entertained by a Jazz Band.


Relax and enjoy the many different things that Oxford has to offer. Oxford is packed with places to go for a drink or a meal in the evening with restaurants to suit all tastes and representing all cuisines. A lively pub scene includes some iconic venues. A number of Cotswold villages are within easy reach for those who want to explore further afield. For inspiration on what to do with your free evening please click here for the Visit Oxford website. 

A co-ed "international friendly" soccer game that takes place during the Meeting. The plan is to recruit players from all over the world to play from 06:30 to 07:30. Further information regarding signing up will be emailed to you nearer the Congress.

A visit to Oxford is incomplete without a formal dinner within one of Oxford's iconic buildings. The Congress Dinner, which is preceded by a drinks reception, will be held at Balliol College which is one of the oldest Colleges within the University.

Please note this is a ticketed event with an additional charge to attend and there are a limited number of tickets available. The drinks reception will start at 19:15, with dinner served at 19:45 prompt.

Dining hall