Sunday, July 09, 2006

Conference kick off!

The start of the Symposium...

In a small pub in North Wales – with World Cup Final cheering in the background – the great and the good of the holography world gathered (with absentees – sorry if you couldn‘t make it) and registration began.

Old friends lined up to sign in, greeted by Hans Bjelkhagen (one of the conference Chairs) and the Technium OpTic (Opto-electronics Technology and Incubation Centre) staff.

I was delighted to buy one of Kaveh Bazargan's conference proceedings Advances in Display Holography: Papers presented at the 7th International Symposium on Display Holography - as I checked in. Can you imagine, a beautifully type-set, fully edited, full colour printed hard-back proceedings handed to you at the start to a conference?! And with an Iñaki Beguiristain hologram on the front cover of a Welsh dragon with attractive, fringed wings. Fab!

Despite authors submitting their papers outrageously late (–um, this author included) Kaveh and his team at River Valley Press pulled off a minor miracle and produced a bit of a masterpiece.

So armed with my weighty proceedings and nifty conference shoulder bag which contained a copy of the aforesaid proceedings on disc (nice-one!), I ventured into the throng to network and take notes.


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