Similarly, see Stefan's summary here :
Mark's comparison with PTF
Top priority recommendations
- Introduction and summary of project to date (S. Smartt)
- Feedback from first run. Observing strategy, exposure times, classification success, etc.. (S. Valenti and others)
- Target selection criteria and process: experiences from April (S. Taubenberger)
1pm-2pm lunch (provided)
- PESSTO marshall development (D. Young)
- A data reduction tutorial (S. Valenti)
Evening: Dinner at nearby restaurant
- A data reduction tutorial (S. Valenti - continued from Tuesday, if needed)
PESSTO data and data product storage (Weizmann and Trieste)
1pm-2pm lunch (provided)
- Any early science results from the first run (??)
- Any pressing collaboration issues (Smartt/Sullivan)
4pm end of meeting
Below are some simple logistical details below concerning travel. Please book your accommodation yourself; a map can be found here
Map of Oxford
which marks the astrophysics department, the hotels listed below, and the rail and bus stations. All the hotels listed are within walking distance to the department. June is a busy time in Oxford, so better to book hotels sooner rather than later.
Lunches and tea/coffee will be provided on both days.
Many hotels are now fully booked. Contact Mark Sullivan if you still need a room.
From Heathrow or Gatwick, we recommend using the fast and frequent coach service The AirLine, which will take you Queen's Lane on the High Street from where you can easily walk to the astronomy department, or to the Oxford Bus Station ("Gloucester Green") in the centre of Oxford. From there, you can walk to just about anywhere in the centre of Oxford, take a city bus, or take a taxi. The cost for a period return (valid up to 3 months) is £27 from Heathrow, and £37 from Gatwick (one-way fares £23 and £28 respectively) although these change regularly.
At Heathrow, the coach starts from the central bus station (serving terminals 1 and 3; mostly non-BA flights with some exceptions) before calling at the new terminal 5 (mostly BA/IB flights). It does not stop at terminal 4; from there, you will need to make an inter-terminal transfer to T5 to catch the coach. Allow 20-30 minutes for this. Thus, T1,3,5 are more convenient than T4.
Pre-booking is possible on these coaches, but is rarely necessary. You can pay in cash directly to the driver, but not with large denominations (i.e., don't expect the driver to accept a £50 note or above). Euros and US dollars are apparently also accepted, doubtless at a ruinous exchange rate. Alternatively, at Heathrow central station or T5, you can buy your ticket at the National Express ticket offices with a credit/debit card, but this is slower than paying in cash to the driver.
If you absolutely require a taxi to/from Heathrow, do not take a "walk-up" black cab - this will be prohibitively expensive. We can recommend pre-booked Oxford-based taxi companies, though note that this will cost in the region of £80 one-way. Pre-booked taxis from Gatwick will be well in excess of £100.
From Gatwick, you can also travel by train to Oxford, with a change at Reading. See National Rail for timetables.
Transport from Stansted or Luton is neither as fast nor as convenient as from Heathrow/Gatwick, and it is probably a good plan to pre-book coach tickets to these airports.
Note there is a direct, approximately hourly train from Birmingham airport to Oxford rail station (journey time ~1h10m) and from Southampton airport (parkway station), journey time ~1h30m.
There are regular services to/from Oxford from/to London Paddington Station which take about an hour. There are also regular links to other parts of the country via Didcot, Reading and Birmingham (including a direct train from Oxford to Birmingham international airport). The Oxford train station is at the edge of the city centre. A taxi to just about anywhere in Oxford itself should cost you less than £10.
Two reliable services operate from London: the Oxford Espress and Oxford Tube. Both leave/arrive from London Victoria Station and arrive/leave at the Oxford Bus Station (Gloucester Green) in the centre of Oxford, with several additional stops in both London and Oxford. Travel time depends on trafic condition and rush hours in London should be avoided.
It is strongly recommended that you do not drive to Oxford. Parking is extremely difficult, and expensive, in the city centre. If you must drive, Oxford does have many park and ride facilities (park the car in an out-of-town car park and take a bus to the centre).