This is my last post on the 2013 Joint Sessions. Promise.
If 600+ scientists follow current government advice, they should drink about 3000 litres of water over a five day period. Accordingly, roughly that amount was delivered yesterday by our partner Viva con Agua, leaving me slightly worried about the structural integrity of the floor, which is more attuned to support mildly obese academics. It’s really not easy being green.
Other deliveries include 300 metres of power cord and several and hundreds of kilos of books. While I always knew that running this show involves a lot of stuff, actually seeing all of it squeezed into one room is disconcerting and strangely exhilarating at the same time.
Thankfully, we could take delivery of 700 programme brochures today.
After a final briefing session for the many student helpers we have hired, we are as ready as we will ever be. In a little role playing exercise, I tried to simulate the behaviour of the average academic sociopath. While I quite enjoyed that part, I’m hoping that they will still turn up for work on Monday, and that you will treat them a little kinder than I did today (should not be too difficult).
In other news, we found a gallery of rather good panoramic pictures of Mainz on the local newspaper’s site. My favourite is the one of the weather vane on the cathedral. The fact that no one could be bothered to put the camera above the scaffolding adds a touch of charming amateurism.
I know that blogging is a wee bit monothematic at the moment, and frankly, I could not care less. So here are some pictures of Jasmin’s lair, which by now contains roughly 700 conference bags (to be stuffed from tomorrow), several dozen books, lots of other paperwork, the ECPR flag and a small British tea kettle, complete with UK plug and a set of adaptors. The latter items arrived today in that Dalek-like black box in the middle. Seriously.
In other news, it was a beautiful bright and sunny day in Mainz (more webcams here). We hope the weather stays this fine. If not, there is always that workshop on climate change 2.0.
With just 12 days to go, we’re very excited to have you here soon. So is the local tourist board, which keeps telling us that you should book your excursion/tour for Thursday afternoon as soon as possible. So, if you haven’t done so yet, could you please make your booking? There are four options to…
The 41st ECPR Joint Sessions aim to be sustainable with a local bus pass, locally sourced food, child care, and a partnership with a drinking water charity. Read here what we have been up to.