Biofilm Club

Julian Wimpenny WimpennyJ at cardiff.ac.uk
Fri Feb 19 04:42:59 EST 1999


Dear Biofilmers,
Unfortunately I unfortunately sent the following note about the Biofilm 
Club in *html* on 14th of January. I tried posting it again more clearly 
but it never got through. Here it is once more hopefully third time lucky!
The Biofilm Club was set up as the British Biofilm Club in 1992. Although 
originally established for British biofilm researchers we soon dropped 
the 'British' and made it open to people from all over the world. At present 
we have 27 overseas out of about 200 members and are actively encouraging 
more.
We maintain a presence on the Web and you will find our home page on:
http://www.cf.ac.uk//biofilm_club/index.html
You will find quite a lot of useful information on the Web site but 
I will give a brief precis of our activities now.
We maintain a database of members. Our membership fee is #15 
(fifteen pounds sterling) for **2 years** and half price for bona fide 
students.
What do you get for your money? 
(i) At least three newsletters per annum
(ii) A free copy of the book published *before* our biennial meeting at 
Gregynog Hall in Wales. BBC1, 2 and 3 are published. 
BBC4 will be published early in September this year and available 
at the Gregynog meeting later in the month. The book itself retails for 
around #22 - 25 so that membership is pretty good value! The contents 
pages for each of the books published so far can be found on the Web site.
(iii) A chance to attend the Gregynog meeting. Maximum 
numbers around 100. Our very simple rules are that being prepared to give 
a talk by submitting a title (so far) guarantees a place at the Gregynog 
meeting. In spite of this we cannot guarantee that you WILL be invited to give 
a talk - this depends on the committee who will select a balanced programme 
from 
all those who respond.
(iv) A chance to attend half or one day workshops held three times each 
year. For topics and programmes see our Web site. Our next workshop is on 
March 17th 1999 and the topics centre on modelling. I'll send another 
message when this is finalised but it WILL be on the Web.
Our philosophy is one of simplicity. We DO NOT provide money for any 
speakers. The Gregynog meeting is exceptionally good value. The total cost 
which is full board for two full days will be around #120 (120 pounds 
sterling) all in. Gregynog Hall is a historic country manor house set in 
about 300 hectares of beautiful grounds and will include an opportunity to 
take part in some Welsh folk dancing called by David Stickler! We make 
every effort to encourage young people. Our meetings are about 40% 
postgraduate/post-docs. We try match this by ensuring that a similar 
proportion of speakers are in this category. Talks are short in order to 
generate good discussion!
To join or to seek further information, send a letter and a cheque or money 
order in sterling to:
Dr Peter Gilbert School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science 
University of Manchester 
Oxford Road 
Manchester M13 9PL 
UK 
Tel: (44)-161-275-2361 
Email:Pgilbert at man.ac.uk

Julian Wimpenny
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Professor Julian Wimpenny 
Cardiff School of Biosciences, 
Main College, 
Cardiff University, 
Cathays Park, 
Cardiff CF1 3TL 
Wales, UK 
tel: +44 (0) 1222 874974 
fax +44 (0) 1222 874305 
email: WimpennyJ at cf.ac.uk 
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