Keele University

IAU Symposium 256

The Magellanic System: Stars, Gas, and Galaxies

28 July - 1 August 2008            Keele University (UK)

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Third Announcement

Date of issue: 1 July 2008

The beautiful, green campus of the University of Keele cordially invites you to attend IAU Symposium 256 on "The Magellanic System: Stars, Gas, and Galaxies", from Monday 28 July to Friday 1 August 2008. Details can be found on the conference website:

In this third announcement we wish to inform you of a few essential facts:


The symposium will be dedicated to the memory of Bengt Westerlund, who passed away a few weeks ago. Bengt has left a tremendous legacy in Magellanic Clouds research, and many of us have learnt a great deal from him.

If you wish to share a few personal memories at the conference dinner, to remind us of the great scientist and human being Bengt was, please tell us.


Registration and submission of poster abstracts is possible until 18 July, after which all registered participants will be sent joining instructions (where to go to get the key to your room, where to park if coming by car...).

Cultural events

Tickets for the outdoor Shakespeare play "Othello", classical concert, and free public lecture on Archaeo-astronomy may be obtained on the day. However, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended in order to assure a guaranteed CHAIR (!) for the outdoor performance of "Othello".

Dinner menu choice

If you wish to attend the conference dinner at the historic Wrenbury Hall in the beautiful Cheshire countryside but have not yet told us so, then please get into contact with us as soon as possible. The price of 40 pounds includes transport, a complementary glass of Pimms on the lawn, wine, juice and water, and a special beer, "Magellanic Ale", will be brewed exclusively for this occasion by a local brewery.

Three menu options are offered, including a vegetarian/vegan option. It is essential that you make your choice on the webform linked from the symposium website, by 14 July.

Welcome reception

Registration on Sunday 27 July is open from 15:00-19:00, in the 19th-century mansion Keele Hall, where you are also warmly invited to a welcome reception, from 19:30-20:00. Dinner is served in Keele Hall too, between 18:00-1930.

Airport pickup

As a reminder to those who wish to make use of the cheap shuttle transfer we are arranging for arrivals at Manchester airport on Sunday 27 July, please let us know by 18 July if you have not already done so. We will then send details about meeting points, times and prices.

You are advised NOT to get a taxi from your destination airport to Keele as this will be extremely expensive.

Preparation of talks

Invited review talks are 30 minutes, and all other talks are 20 minutes. These times should include a few minutes of discussion.

It is highly recommended that speakers make use of the PC provided in the lecture theatre. This PC runs under Windows XP Professional, MS Office 2003 and Powerpoint 2003. Note that it is a widescreen facility. You are advised to provide us with your talk on a memory stick or CD well in advance of your session. For those of you whose talk will not run under this system, please bring your laptop and test it well ahead of your session.

Preparation of posters

Accepted posters can be up to 1m wide. Although the maximum height that can be accommodated is 2m, it is recommended that posters do not exceed 1.5m height. Velcro is provided for you to attach your poster to the poster board.

During the symposium we will select a number of posters for oral presentation. If you wish to be considered for this opportunity, please send us (or bring) a maximum of two slides in Powerpoint format.

The poster prizes (book vouchers) will be announced at the conference dinner.


We offer to display animated presentations during the conference, of either observational data or computer simulations. If you are interested in this possibility, please get in contact with us (

Wireless access

Access to a wireless, open internet connection will be provided around the lecture theatre. Details will be made available at the start of the symposium.

Campus facilities

Keele University campus is compact, with all you need within easy walking distance. There is a bank with ATMs, a groceries shop, a bookshop, and a post office. Sports facilities are available to conference delegates for a fee.

Note that all buildings on the campus are strictly non-smoking.

Important dates

14 July 2008 Menu choice, see
18 July 2008 Deadline for registration, poster abstracts and airport shuttle
28 July - 1 August 2008 IAU Symposium 256 takes place at Keele
15 September 2008 Deadline for submission of proceedings manuscripts

We look forward to meeting you at Keele this Summer!

Jacco van Loon and Nye Evans, on behalf of the SOC and LOC

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