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Research Education Advice and Communication in Health (REACH)

REACH Retreat 2017 Event

Boaty McBoatface
09:00 - 15:00
29 June 2017
National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton Waterfront Campus

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Event details

The REACH committee are busy putting together a marine based full day retreat for June 2017.

Retreat Programme

Thursday 29th June 2017 – National Oceanography Centre

Guest Speakers: Dr Joerg Wiedenmann and Dr Celia D’Angelo

09:00 – 09:25    Arrival to 344/32 Conference Room – Coffee served in 344/38 Breakout Room;

09:25 – 09:30    Welcome and introduction in 344/32 Conference Room - TT

09:30 – 11:15    Team Building exercises – Split into two groups:

09.30 – 09:40    Walk to following areas:

Group 1  

Tour of ROV and MARS facilities and talk from some of the experts

Group 2

Tour of Aquarium and talk from some of the experts

10:20 – 10:30 Groups swap tour areas

11:10 – 11:15 Return to Conference room

11:15 – 11:30    Coffee break

11.30 – 12.00     Guest Speakers – Dr Joerg Weidenmann & Dr Celia Angelo – Title TBC

12.00 – 12.30    Session 3 – Quiz on knowledge gained during tours. Questions to be provided by ROV and Aquarium experts (10 per area)

12:30 – 12:45    Feedback and future meetings – Guest Speaker – Gerry Leydon

12:45 – 13:30    Buffet Lunch

13:30 – 14.45    Session 4 - Variety of team building activities

Part 1: Blindfolded Boat Building – Small boats area – Quayside – Hi-vis to be provided;
Part 2: Courtyard Challenge – Node 2 Courtyard;
Part 3: Egg drop challenge – 344/32 Conference Room;
14:45 – 15:00 Summary and Close - TT


1. Location
National Oceanography Centre
European Way
SO14 3ZH
United Kingdom 

2. ID badges/cards
As the building is a National Environment Research Council Building situated within the Associated British Port’s Dock Gate 4, it will be necessary to wear and show your staff ID badges/cards on entry and at all times throughout the day.

3. Getting there
There are a number of ways to travel to the NOC:

By car the NOC has direct links from the M3, M27 (W) or M27 (E). From Central London, join the M3 and leave at Junction 14 (the M3 splits east and west at this point but you can take either direction for the slip road to the A33 into Southampton). Follow signs to Dock Gate 4 and the Waterfront for approximately 6 miles. The journey time is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Parking: We have been given 15 parking spaces which have all now been allocated.

Southampton is less than one and a half hours from London by rail. South West Trains run approximately four trains every hour from Waterloo station, London to Southampton Central station. Southampton Central railway station is well connected to NOC via the UniLink Bus Service (see below), taxis and local pedestrian routes (approximately a 30 minute walk). A taxi rank is located outside both station entrances.

UniLink: There is a Uni-Link Bus service (U1C City Centre & NOC), which starts at Southampton Airport, travels to Southampton Central railway station then travels directly to NOC. Current fares: £2 single £3.50 return (return tickets allow unlimited travel all day on all Uni-Link services).
Timetables can be found on the Uni-link Bus website.

Quayconnect: A bus service that runs from Southampton Central railway station via Asda and West Quay to Town Quay (alight at the first stop on Town Quay), it is approximately a 15-minute walk to NOC from Town Quay. Please view the following walking directions for more information.

On foot
NOC is easily accessible via lit pedestrian walkways from Dock Gate 4 and Dock Gate 5. It is approximately a 5-minute walk from both dock gates. Please take care when crossing roads in the dock area due to large moving vehicles.

NOC is well connected to the Southampton City Cycle Network. A dual use cycle way is available from Dock Gate 4. Covered cycle parking is available next to the main reception. Shower and changing room facilities are also available onsite. Please note that ABP request all cyclists use bike lights and wear high visibility jackets when cycling through the dock area after dusk.

4. What to wear
We will be on dockside for some of the day so please ensure that you wear reasonably practical clothing (trousers/shorts) and nonslip footwear.




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