Oxford’s historical roots can be traced back to when it was originally a settlement in Saxon times. Located at the joining between the Thames and the Cherwell, the town developed through the Norman period and in the late 12th century Oxford became more important still, as historian Gerald of Wales lectured to scholars and ignited the beginnings of what is now the University of Oxford, in 1188.
Oxford now houses one of the most famous universities in the world. The colleges of the University of Oxford dominate the town, and bring tourists from across the world to enjoy its architecture, while the cloistered education continues to this day within those buildings.
More recently, in the early twentieth century, growth in industries such as printing and car-manufacturing have surged. These have developed the city far beyond the university, especially in the east of the city where events like the Cowley Road carnival add a cosmopolitan atmosphere to Oxford’s range of attractions.
Attendees of the meeting this year will be able to partake in what Oxford has to offer in the way of culture. Why not take in a visit to the Ashmolean or the Pitt Rivers Museum?
At the Ashmolean you can see an exhibition exploring the ‘cool’ in American art from artists like Arthur Dove, Paul Strand and Charles Demuth. At the Pitt Rivers Museum visitors can experience over half a million objects, many donated by early anthropologists and explorers. Alternatively if getting out and about is more your thing you can walk among the city’s parks, with South Park, University Parks and the University Botanic gardens on offer, or take a stroll along the banks of the river in Christchurch meadow as the punts glide past.
If you fancy doing something in the evening, the Oxford Playhouse is staging Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain, featuring Robert Powell and Liza Goddard, or alternatively you can see a theatrical performance of No Man Ever, which is on at the Old Fire Station.
Here are some of highlights from the user group meeting programme you won’t want to miss.
Tuesday 12th June
– Morning – Chairman’s Address
– Mid-Morning – Opera Update 2018 – exciting future developments to the Opera FEA software
– Evening – Banquet Dinner at Oxford Spires Hotel
Wednesday 13th June
– User presentations from industry and science research
– Training and hints and tips to run through the day
Other reasons to attend this year’s EUGM include:
– receive detailed advice on what’s new in Opera, and how to make the most of the latest changes
– an informal atmosphere helps promote discussion between users and social times in the agenda allows networking with each other
– partake in a special session on enhancements and improvements coming to Opera
– gain useful insight into the simulation of electrical machines, magnets, charged particle devices and others
– the chance to meet the principal designers of Opera and the team behind the software’s reputation for accuracy
– meet fellow Opera users and learn from their experience
– access top-notch technical expertise with user presentations across a range of subjects
– Oxford Spires Hotel is set within miles of beautiful parkland alongside the Thames, including beautiful grounds and garden views. It is a 15-minute walk from Oxford centre, has modern amenities including spa, leisure club, free parking and Wi-Fi.
We look forward to welcoming you to Oxford for this year’s European User Group Meeting!