Visiting Oxford for the 2017 EUGM

In the middle of June a group of design engineers, scientists and researchers from across Europe will visit Oxford for the OperaFEA European User Group Meeting. But what can they expect from the location of this year’s meeting?

Seeped in history, Oxford was originally a settlement in Saxon times. Positioned at the confluence between the Thames and the Cherwell, the town’s importance developed through the Norman period. As early as the 12th century Oxford became more important still, when in 1188 historian Gerald of Wales lectured to scholars and ignited the beginnings of what is now the University of Oxford. One of the most famous universities in the world, the colleges of the University of Oxford now dominate the town, and bring tourists far and wide to marvel at its architecture, and the education that continues to this day within those buildings. More recently, growth in industries such as printing and car-manufacturing surged in the early twentieth century, and 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 flavour to the Oxford atmosphere.

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 of abstract ink paintings since 1960 or see the drawings of Raphael. 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 your thing you can take a stroll along the banks of the river in Christchurch meadow as the punts glide past, or take a walk in one of the city’s parks, with South Park, University Parks and the University Botanic gardens on offer.

If you fancy doing something in the evening, comedian Ricky Gervais is in town on both the Tuesday and Wednesday evening, or alternatively you can see a theatrical performance of Irvine Welsh’s renowned novel Trainspotting, 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 13th June

– Morning – Chairman’s Address

– Mid-Morning – What’s coming in Opera

– Evening – Banquet Dinner at Oxford Spires Hotel

Wednesday 14th June

– Reinhold Zwingel from Continental will speak on Machines for Electric Vehicles

– 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 presentations ranging from machines for electric vehicles to electron guns

– 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!