Come and join us...
Invitation to Participate
Bedford is a cosmopolitan
town with a rich airship heritage. Centrally located between London,
Oxford and Cambridge it is close to the village of Cardington, which
was home to Britains Royal Airship Works some 90 years ago. The
giant sheds that housed the great rigid airships R100 and R101 still
exist today, but they are currently in use as film studios and consequently
closed to public access.
Convention delegates will be able to participate in a full two-day technical conference as well as enjoying the opportunity to network with the worlds leading airship experts, active practitioners and historians. Social events will include an historical lecture, the opening of airship-themed public exhibitions and a full programme of activities to entertain spouses and partners. Delegates and their guests will also be welcome, on the Saturday, to attend the model airship Regatta which will feature an official FAI time trial plus performance competitions for radio- controlled models and other LTA drones.
Call for Papers
At the two-day technical Conference hosted jointly with the Airship Association, delegates will have a rare opportunity to attend a mixture of historical and forward-looking presentations on a variety of airship-related topics. There will be an opportunity to meet with speakers and discuss their papers and to exchange new ideas with fellow enthusiasts on all matters concerning the past history and future potential for airships.
Abstracts should include
indication of their authors preferred subject areas from those
listed above. Selected papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings
and distributed free to all delegates after the Convention. Authors
must present their papers orally (20 mins plus 10 mins discussion) :
NB - No podium, no publication! (If authors do not turn up to read their
papers at the Conference, or appoint a suitably qualified substitute
to read it for them, then their paper will not be included in the Proceedings.)
Central to the Convention is a two-day Conference where all aspects of matters related to the history and future uses of airships will be discussed. Anyone wishing to submit a paper for presentation at the Conference should follow the instructions given above in this Call For Papers. The Convention is funded largely from registration fees and all attendees are obliged to pay the requisite fee. A discounted fee is offered to chosen speakers, session chairs and volunteer helpers.
Session Chairs and Volunteers
Members of the Airship Heritage
Trus or the Airship Association who would be willing to take on the
responsibility of chairing a conference session, or who would like to
volunteer to assist with helping to organise and run the events during
the Convention, are requested to contact the Chairman of the Airship
Association by email at: email@example.com
Session Chairs and Volunteer Helpers will be eligible to pay a Discounted Registration Fee.
The Conference Centre
The Conference Centre is
the Mercure Bedford Centre Hotel which is located in St Marys
Street, close to the centre of Bedford on the south side of the river
by the main A6 road bridge.
The general website for the hotel, which includes an option to reserve accommodation online is: www.accorhotels.com
It will be necessary for
all delegates and their guests to make their own travel and accommodation
arrangements for the Convention. However, the Convention organisers
have negotiated and reserved for delegates a limited number of rooms
at the Mercure Bedford Centre Hotel at a concessionary rate of £80.00
double room per night, or £70.00 single. Room numbers are limited
and the concessionary rate will lapse one month before the Convention
so book before 30th August!
Getting to Bedford
Bedford is an ancient town that still retains much of its medieval layout. Whilst this adds to the charm of the place, it does make driving and parking difficult.
Many hotels have their own car parks and delegates are advised to contact the hotels directly about parking. The Mercure Bedford Centre Hotel has car parking for guests at the rear with space available on a firstcome first-served basis. There is a charge for overnight parking. Adjacent public car parks and others in Bedford also charge for overnight stays.
Road Transport - Bedford lies 50 miles north of London on the A6 London/Carlisle road; the A1 and M1 roads lie to the east and west respectively. Cambridge is 40 minutes driving time to the east via A428/A45. To the west are Milton Keynes (25minutes), Buckingham (35 minutes) and Oxford (75 minutes) via A428/A421/A422
Rail Transport Bedfords main Rail Station is a 15 minute walk from the Conference Hotel. It is served by frequent rail services to London St Pancras (50 minutes) with through services to Gatwick (120 mins), Brighton (135 mins) and northbound trains to Leicester, Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield. Services to West Midlands, Lancashire and Scotland go via Bletchley. For information call National Rail Enquiries 03457 48 49 50 or visit their website: www.nationalrail.co.uk
Arrivals by Air - (..alas we are unable to accommodate airships at the present time however...) Bedford is closely situated to both London Luton, which has a direct rail link to Bedford (35 minutes). London Stanstead is 55 miles (or 75 minutes by car)
Opportunities for Sponsors
The Joint Airship Heritage Trust and Airship Associations 12th International Airship Convention and Regatta will be a forum where manufacturers, designers, and potential customers can meet face-to-face to present news of their projects, showcase their capabilities, recruit experienced personnel, and discuss the latest ideas and developments within todays LTA industry. Details of sponsorship opportunities are available on application to the Treasurer at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Throughout the Convention, the Airship Heritage Trust will be staging a Public Exhibition to mark several significant mile-stones in LTA flight history. The Exhibition will include a limited number of Display Tables for Convention Sponsors which will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
Registration is open now!
Delegate Registration Fees
A special reduced fee is offered to Presenters of Papers, Session Chairs and a limited number of Volunteer Helpers.
Registration fees for the full convention include conference lunches, teas, coffees during the 2 days, and the welcoming reception on the evening of Wednesday 30th September.
Credit card reservation is available until 20th September 2020
Please click on the links below to register for this amazing three day event. We look forward to meeting you in October 2020.
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