AstroGrid Project Meeting #11:

14-15 Dec 2006, MSSL, Holmbury St Mary

Meeting Theme


Agenda and Presentations

All speakers - please either upload your presentations directly to this page, or email to

Thu 14 Dec 2006
Time Title Presentation Speaker Comments
10.00 Coffee
10.30 Welcome & Meeting Goals   AndyLawrence  
10.40 State of the AstroGrid [.ppt], [.pdf] AndyLawrence  
  AstroGrid; Science
11.00 AstroGrid: Science Activities   NicholasWalton  
11.20 Science: New Usage with AstroGrid Demo AnitaRichards/ EduardoGonzalez  
11.40 Solar & STP with AstroGrid [.ppt] SilviaDalla  
12.00 AstroGrid Technical Highlights - Cycle 4   KeithNoddle  
12.20 AstroGrid Cycle 5 (01-06/2007) Plan   KeithNoddle  
12.40-14.00 Buffet lunch
14.00 @AstroGrid: Building a VO community   KeithNoddle  
14.15 CADC/ CVO - status and collaboration areas   David Schade  
14.45 ESAC - status and collaboration areas   Pedro Osuna  
15.15 IVOA: Status and Highlights   GuyRixon  
15.30-16.00 Coffee
16.00 Deployment to the VO      
16.00 Data: DSA   KonaAndrews  
16.20 Applications: CEA/UWS      
16.40 Applications: Plastic   JohnTaylor  
17.00 Storage: VOSPACE   DaveMorris  
17.20 End Day One
~19.00 MEETING DINNER Details / Time TBC
Fri 15 Dec 2006
Time Title Presentation Speaker Comments
09.00 Introduction to Day 2: Themes: 1: Cycle-4 Tasks      
09.15 Breakout session 1   1: CADC/AG  
09.15 Breakout session 2   2: ESAC/AG  
11.00-11.30 Coffee
11.30 Breakout session 1   1: CADC/AG  
11.30 Breakout session 2   2: ESAC/AG  
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00 Breakout session 3   3: Developing Science Usage Scenarios  
14.00 Breakout session 4   4: Developing Technical Colloborations - expanding @AstroGrid  
15.10 Report from Breakout Groups      
15.50 Workshop wrap up   KeithNoddle  
16.00 CLOSE

MSSL Information

MSSL Location

MSSL is located near Holmbury St. Mary in the Surrey Hills.

Wireless Internet Access

Guest wireless access will be available in the MSSL common room and library. Upon arrival, open a web browser and follow the registration instructions on the wireless intercept page.

Rooms and equipment

The plenary session on Thursday 14 December will be in the common room. Breakout sessions on Friday will occur in the common room and the library. Digital projectors will be available in both rooms. Coffee and lunch will be served in the main hall outside the common room.

Travel and accommodation links


Accommodation near MSSL can be found through the link below. It is advisable to book rooms as soon as possible since the meeting dates will occur during the busy holiday period. Please email ElizabethAuden by Wednesday, 6 December 2006 if you would like accommodation booked for you.


The meeting dinner will be Thursday, 14 December 2006 at 7 pm at Zinfandel in Guildford,4 Chapel St. GU1 3UH. The menu is here - please email ElizabethAuden with your choice for each course by Wednesday, 6 December 2006:

  • Starter
    • goats cheese crostini
    • tomato soup
    • chicken liver pate
    • crayfish, artichoke and rocket salad
  • Main
    • 8 oz rib-eye steak
    • pan-seared sea bass fillets
    • confit of duck
    • supreme of chicken
    • vegetable pizza
  • Dessert
    • mince pies
    • sticky toffee pudding
    • brownie
    • vanilla ice cream


Guildford station Thursday, Dec. 14

If you are arriving at Guildford station the morning of Thursday, Dec 14 and would like to share a taxi, please add your name and arrival time below. Group transportation will be booked by the MSSL office for Thursday morning hotels to MSSL, Thursday afternoon MSSL to hotels, Friday morning hotels to MSSL, and Friday afternoon MSSL to Guildford station.

Name Arrival Time at Guildford station
NicholasWalton 0854
JonathanTedds 0952 or 1003
RichardMcMahon 1023
EduardoGonzalez 0952
GaryGilchrist 0945

Pre-Organized Taxis

Taxis have been organized by MSSL for the following times and locations:

Date Pickup Location Drop-off Location Time Company
Thursday, 14 Dec. 2006, AM Guildford Hotel MSSL 09:00 Wasp Bus
Travelodge MSSL 09:10 Wasp Bus
Clavadel Hotel MSSL 09:15 Wasp Bus
Hurtwood Inn MSSL 09:25 Wasp Bus
Thursday, 14 Dec. 2006, PM MSSL Guildford Hotel 17:30 Wasp Bus
MSSL Travelodge 17:30 Derek Burns, MSSL driver
MSSL Clavadel Hotel 17:30 Smithbrook
MSSL Hurtwood Inn 17:30 Wasp Bus
Friday, 15 Dec. 2006, AM Guildford Hotel MSSL 08:00 Wasp Bus
Travelodge MSSL 08:15 Wasp Bus
Clavadel Hotel MSSL 08:00 Smithbrook
Hurtwood Inn MSSL 08:40 Derek Burns, MSSL driver
Friday, 15 Dec. 2006, PM MSSL Guildford Station 16:00 Smithbrook, Wasp Bus, Derek Burns

Registered Participants

Name Institute Dinner Car? Accommodation
PeterAllan RAL Yes Yes Probably not
NicholasWalton IoA, Cambridge Yes No Yes
AndyLawrence ROE Yes No Yes
NormanGray Leicester Yes No Yes
BobMann Edinburgh Yes No Yes
ElizabethAuden MSSL Yes Yes No
AnitaRichards JBO Yes No Yes 14th
AlasdairAllan Exeter Yes No Yes
KeithNoddle Leicester Yes Yes No
MarkTaylor Bristol Yes No Yes
SilviaDalla Manchester Yes No Yes
NoelWinstanley JBO Yes No Yes
JonathanTedds Leicester Yes No Yes
Pedro Osuna ESAC Yes No Yes
David Scahde CADC Yes No Yes
Severin Gaudet CADC Yes No Yes
Guy Rickett PPARC Yes ? ?
Deborah Miller PPARC Yes ? ?
JohnTaylor Edinburgh Yes No Yes
RichardMcMahon Cambridge Yes No Yes
CatherineQin Leicester Yes No Yes
Brian Walshe ROE Yes No Yes
PareshPrema Cambridge Yes No Yes
GaryGilchrist Leicester Yes No Yes
EduardoGonzalez Cambridge Yes No Yes
KonaAndrews ROE Yes No Yes


Getting to MSSL

By plane

Easyjet flies to Gatwick Airport from Edinburgh, and British Airways flies to Gatwick from Manchester and a few other cities around the UK. From Gatwick, rent a car or take a taxi to MSSL; the journey takes ~45 minutes.

By train

It is recommended to get the train to Guildford - there are several trains and plenty of taxis for the 30 minute journey to MSSL. There are fewer trains (and fewer taxis) to Dorking, a 20 minute journey to MSSL. Only the adventurous should attempt Gomshall or Ockley; be prepared to walk the 4 miles to MSSL.

  • From London Waterloo to Guildford:
    • fast trains (33 mins) depart on the hour and half hour.
    • slow trains (~1 hour) depart at various intervals.
  • From London Victoria to Guildford:
    • trains (47 mins) depart at 36 and 6 past the hour.
  • From Reading to Guildford: trains departing at 34
    • fast trains (34 mins) depart at 34 minutes past the hour
    • slower trains (43 mins) depart at at 4 minutes past the hour

By car

  • From M25: Take exit 9 (Dorking / Leatherhead) south on the A24. In Dorking, follow signs to the A25 west, signposted Guildford. Stay on A25 until Abinger Hammer and turn left onto the B2126, Felday Road (signposted Ockley, Horsham). Drive 3 miles to Holmbury St. Mary. Follow road around to left (past church on the right) and turn right on Pitland Street, signposted Peaslake and MSSL. Drive a further mile to bear left into MSSL's north entrance.
  • From Gatwick airport: Follow signs to the M23 south (signposted Brighton). Take the M23 to exit 11 and take the 3rd exit to the A264 (signposted Horsham). Stay on the A264 to Crawley, and then take the A24 north (signposted London, Dorking). Stay on the A24 for 4.8 miles and turn left on the B2126, Coles Lane. Stay on the B2126 to Holmbury St. Mary, and then turn left on Pitland Street, signposted Peaslake and MSSL. Drive a further mile to bear left into MSSL's north entrance.
  • From Guildford: Follow signs to A25 east, signposted Dorking. Stay on A25 until Abinger Hammer and turn right onto the B2126, Felday Road (signposted Ockley, Horsham). Drive 3 miles to Holmbury St. Mary. Follow road around to left (past church on the right) and turn right on Pitland Street, signposted Peaslake and MSSL. Drive a further mile and bear left into MSSL's north entrance.
  • From Cranleigh: Take the B2127 east towards Ewhurst and Forest Green. In Ewhurst, go right at the roundabout onto Ockley Rd to continue on the B2127. In 3/4 of a mile, you can turn left onto Holmbury Rd and drive a further 1 mile to bear right into MSSL's south entrance. (Note: Holmbury Rd can be difficult to spot - if you miss it, simply follow signs around to Holmbury St. Mary, take a left on Pitland St, and drive 1 mile to MSSL's north entrance.)

Parking at MSSL

There is currently no parking in the lab's north drive due to construction work. There are two options:

  • South drive - early birds can go through the lab's north or south entrance and park along the south drive (down the hill from the main building)
  • Temporary lot behind the lab - do not go in either the north or south entrances. Either stay on Holmbury Hill Rd (if approaching from Holmbury St. Mary) or turn right onto Holmbury Hill Rd from Holmbury Rd (if approaching from Ewhurst). There is a steep back entrance to MSSL from Holmbury Rd - turn into this driveway and either park along the right or turn left at the bottom of the driveway into the gravel car park.

Local taxi firms

  • Guildford:
    • GM Cars 01483 458888, 01483 536661, 01483 566566
    • Airport Travel Cars 01483 537057
    • GTA Taxis 01483 537555
    • Castle Cars 01483 450045
  • Dorking:
    • Abinger and Dorking Taxis 01306 885533
    • Gem Cars 01306 885635
    • A2B Dorking Taxis 07733 111666
  • Cranleigh:
    • Cranleigh Taxis 01483 277223
    • Jarrads Taxi Service 01483 274794
    • K. Webb Taxis 01483 275332

-- NicholasWalton - 27 Sep 2006

-- ElizabethAuden - 20 Nov 2006

Topic revision: r39 - 2008-05-13 - 13:47:32 - GaryGilchrist
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