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Social Functions

Sunday, 11 November
Drinks Reception - The EICC, Scotland

Delegates arriving on Sunday are welcome to attend the complimentary welcome drinks reception.

The drinks reception will be held in the multi-award-winning Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC). Refreshments and light nibbles will be available. Delegates will be able to familiarise themselves with the conference venue and enjoy some Scottish hospitality, providing the ideal opportunity to network with fellow delegates from around the world.

Cost per delegate: FREE

Monday, 12 November
Whisky Tasting – Mansfield Traquair, Scotland

On Monday night delegates will be able to experience an inspiring Whisky tasting experience at the Mansfield Traquair, which is known as Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel.

The Whisky tasting experience will provide delegates the chance to discover the history and mystery of Scotland’s legendary export. In addition Scotland’s oldest working Whisky Still will be on show during the evening showcasing a marvellous country’s magnificent heritage!

The Mansfield Traquair was built in 1885 and is a vital piece of Edinburgh’s architectural and artistic heritage. It has been restored and preserved to its former glory and is now one of Edinburgh’s most spectacular venues and a magical place. The venue is decorated with vast murals painted by Phoebe Anna Traquair.

The Whisky tasting will be hosted by The Malt Master Class who, with the Institution of Engineering and Technology, hosted the largest Whisky tasting experience ever at the EICC in 2004.

Cost per delegate: £25.00 + £4.38 VAT = £29.38

Wednesday, 14 November
Conference Dinner – National Museum of Scotland

The EuCAP 2007 Conference Dinner will be held in the fascinating National Museum of Scotland, in the Royal Museum Building and will provide delegates with a superb Scottish themed evening.

The evening will start with a drinks reception in the museum’s Interactive Science and Technology Gallery as well as in the Kingdom of the Scots Exhibition. This offers delegates a chance to enjoy the museum with a glass of wine.

Delegates will then be seated for a full four course meal with extensive traditional entertainment.

A piper will pipe guests to their tables in the centre of the Main Hall. During the dinner, a Ceilidh band will play traditional Scottish music gently in the background.

Cost per delegate: £70.00 + £12.25 VAT = £82.25

Thursday, 15 November
Discover Edinburgh Tours

Delegates will be given the opportunity to choose one of following tours to participant in for the Thursday evening.

Tour A: A Tour of James Clerk Maxwell’s House

Delegates will have the opportunity to experience a unique guided tour around the birth place of James Clerk Maxwell.

James Clerk Maxwell is a giant in the history of science. His most revolutionary achievement was the demonstration that light was an electromagnetic wave and originating the concept of electromagnetic radiation. His field equations paved the way for Albert Einstein's theory of relativity.

The tour of James Clerk Maxwell’s house is preceded by a lecture on his life and works by James Rautio. This lecture is free to attend for all delegates. Please click here for a lecture synopsis and lecturer biography.

Tour B: Ghost and Torture Tour

Delegates will be taken on a fiendish ghost and torture tour by guides who will transport them back in time to Edinburgh's grisly past. The guides will focus on the characters that once stalked the streets and delegates will learn the terrifying true stories that took place in history.

Learn about the historical dark side of Edinburgh, with tales about Mary Kings Close, Mercat Cross, Grave Robbers, Cannibals, Plagues, The Great Fire, Witchcraft, Ghost and Ghouls, Myths and Legends.

In haunted underground vaults beneath South Bridge which formed part of the old underground city, delegates will be taken to a candle-lit vault to hear tales about how Edinburgh was the worst city in the world for using young children to clean chimneys and the fates that befell them.

The tour will finish in Scotland’s most haunted pub ‘Nicol Edwards’.


Tour C: Secrets of the Royal Mile

This tour is an ideal introduction to the old town of Edinburgh. Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is a treasure-chest of historic gems just waiting to be opened. The guide will tell the history of this fascinating street and reveal its unique place in the development of the Scottish Nation.

During the tour delegates will discover how the Royal Mile received its name; they will marvel at the splendour of Scotland’s original Parliament Hall and will explore the closes and courtyard located on the Mile.

All tours have strictly limited places. Register early to ensure your place!

Cost per delegate: £20.00 + £3.55 VAT = £23.50

The Life of James Clerk Maxwell
Lecture by James C Rautio
IEEE/MTT Distinguished Microwave Lecturer


James Clerk Maxwell stands shoulder to shoulder with Newton and Einstein, yet even those of us who have spent decades working with Maxwell's equations are almost totally unfamiliar with his life and times. This presentation, from the viewpoint of a microwave engineer, draws on many sources in providing an understanding of James Maxwell himself. What was Maxwell like as an infant? What was the tragedy at eight years old that profoundly influenced his life? What unique means of transportation did young Maxwell use to escape a cruel tutor? What memorable event occurred on his first day of school? When did he publish his first papers, and what were they about? What did Maxwell have to do with the rings of Saturn? Why did he lose his job as a professor? Why did he have a hard time getting another job? What was his wife like? What is Maxwell's legacy to us? The answers to these questions provide insight into Maxwell the person and add an extra dimension to those four simple equations we have studied ever since. There are no equations in this presentation. The presentation is appropriate for anyone with a general interest in the origins of modern physics. For electronic handouts for the lecture, visit www.sonnetsoftware.com and click on the large Distinguished Microwave Lecture Series button at the bottom of the "News" section.

Biography of James C. Rautio

James C. Rautio received a BSEE from Cornell in 1978, a MS Systems Engineering from University of Pennsylvania in 1982, and a Ph. D. in electrical engineering from Syracuse University in 1986. From 1978 to 1986, he worked for General Electric, first at the Valley Forge Space Division, then at the Syracuse Electronics Laboratory. At this time he developed microwave design and measurement software, and designed microwave circuits on Alumina and on GaAs.
From 1986 to 1988, he was a visiting professor at Syracuse University and at Cornell.
In 1988 he went full time with Sonnet Software, a company he had founded in 1983. In 1995, Sonnet was listed on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing privately held US companies, the first microwave software company ever to be so listed. Today, Sonnet is the leading vendor of 3-D planar high frequency electromagnetic analysis software. Dr. Rautio was elected a fellow of the IEEE in 2000 and received the IEEE MTT Microwave Application Award in 2001 and is an adjunct professor at Syracuse University.

Cost per delegate: FREE

Organised by:
The Institution of Engineering and Technology
Supported by:
6th Frammework Programme
Loughborough University
European Information Society