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Martin Drake
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Name: Martin Drake
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Annual Meeting and AGM 25-26 November 2017

Annual Meeting on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November 2017
Liverpool World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool

UPDATED PROGRAMME (13 October) with several additions and changes to the earlier one.

We are holding our annual meeting at Liverpool World Museum over the weekend, with talks, exhibits, Pemberley Books and chat on Saturday, and a workshop and access to the museum's Diptera collection for those who would like to do some serious work on Sunday.

Speakers include two long-standing Diptersits Forum members, Nigel Jones and Mike Howe of Natural resources Wales, and 'local' academics from nearby institutions, Thom Dalimore from Edgehill University and John Graham-Brown from University of Liverpool. Erica McAlister from the Natural Hisotry Museum will do her best to sell her new book 'The secret life of flies', and amuse us at the same time.

The Sunday workshop is being given by one of our careful and prolific Dipterists Digest authors, Martin Ebejer, with assistance from Dawn Painter, an insect illustrator who exhibited at last year's annual meeting; we hope that their course will inspire more authors to illustrate their own papers. After lunch Mike Taylor will give a short presentation on photography techniques that he has developed.

The day is open to all, is free and you don't need to be a Dipterists Forum member.

Do bring an exhibit - you may win the prize!

All talks, the AGM and the Sunday workshop will be in Treasure House Theatre (THT) on Level 1, and refreshments in either the Treasure House Theatre Foyer or Community Base (to be confirmed).

Saturday
10.00    Meet, coffee at café on ground floor.
10.30    Tony Hunter – introduction to the museum;  Gary Hedges – Introduction to the Tanyptera insect conservation charity.
10.45    Nigel Jones – Discovering flies at Haughmond Hill in Shropshire.
11.15    Mike Howe – Invertebrate Conservation in Natural Resources Wales, with a particular focus on Diptera.
11.45    break for refreshment in THT foyer or Community Base (tbc).
12.15    John Graham-Brown – Dogs, fruit flies and the oriental eye worm
12.45    Thom Dallimore – Is it, or isn’t it? Unravelling the complexities of mosquito hybridisation
1.15    Lunch at Café, THT Foyer or Community Base (tbc).
2.30    AGM
3.00    Prize for best exhibit
3.10    Martin Harvey – Update on the pollinator monitoring scheme
3.20    Erica McAlister – Flying in the face of adversity
5.30    End
        Pub until dinner time
7.00    Dipterists' Supper at a local restaurant

Sunday
10.00    Access to Diptera collections for study
11.00    Martin Ebejer & Dawn Painter – workshop on Illustration for publications
c. 1.30    Mike Taylor – demonstration of photography techniques, illustrated using asilids


On Saturday evening we will hold the Dipterists Supper at a local restaurant. If you would like to attend, please contact Martin Drake (martindrake2@gmail.com) before the meeting. I will be investigating the many venues in Bold Street, less than 1km from the museum.

Travelling to Liverpool World Museum
The World Museum, with its front entrance in William Brown Street, is about 400m from Liverpool Lime Street station which most visitors will use. There are a number of smallish car parks not far from the museum, at about £6-7 for whole day's stay; the three nearest ones are: 4 Queen Square, Liverpool L1 1RH; Vernon St, Liverpool L2 2HJ; Moorfields/ Vernon St, Merseyside, Liverpool L2 2AY.

Accommodation
A website for local hotels is https://www.google.co.uk/maps/search/ho … a=!3m1!4b1  .  The Holiday Inn has been recommended, by the entrance to Liverpool Lime Street station, but is not the cheapest. Trivago.co.uk and Booking.com are worth checkign to cheapish deals.

Last edited by Martin Drake (2017-10-13 14:59:23)

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