Thank-you very much to all the speakers, attendees and especially the tour guides and helpers from ISIS who made this a fantastic event. For those who missed it, the program for Red Kite II is available to download. Following an unexpected walk and a photo, the party was split into five groups and everyone went on tours of the ISIS facility.
As people trickled into R22 for the poster session, the buzz was audible – for those that hadn’t seen the facility before, it was clear they felt it was a fantastic experience seeing the range of equipment and expertise available and many people commented that it was “mind blowing”. The cake was popular too (as always) with one student offering reviews including, “amazing, but needs two hands” and “really sticky”.
The meat of the meeting was the talks, which began with Steve Hull giving a superb overview of the facilities and science undertaken at ISIS. This was followed by the now traditional short talks from young scientists, all of which were excellent and very accessible for the quite varied audience. Many people commented that they felt they had really understood and appreciated talks that would normally be outside their scope. The talks concluded with poster prizes, which were awarded to Kathryn George (Southampton) and Joe Paddison (Oxford) with an honourable mention for Josh Makepeace (Oxford). A prize for the 100th member of the Red Kite Network Announcement List was awarded to Scott Culligan (Oxford).
Discussions continued with a drinks reception, before the bus arrived to take everyone back to Oxford, tired, but happy!
We would like to thank ISIS for sponsoring a great visit. There are a few photos below to remind you of the day; we are looking forward to seeing everyone again at the next meeting (provisional date is 10th January 2013).