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Social events

On the afternoon of Day 1 of the conference, we have planned to hold a networking event. A hot buffet will be provided, creating a relaxed and informal opportunity for students to meet fellow researchers.

Due to the significant nature of this conference, reflecting the centenary of the publication of the work by A.V. Hill on VO2max and its connection to Cambridge, the conference will close with a spectacular dinner and awards ceremony on the evening of Day 2 of the conference at Robinson College. This is a short walk from ARU and places our delegates at the historic centre of Cambridge.

Leisure facilities

On the main ARU campus there is a gym overlooking LAB which delegates will be able to access from 7am-10pm.  There is a pay-as-you go rate of £6 per day.

Five minutes’ walk from ARU is the Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre, home of the ARU Rhinos Basketball, netball, and volleyball teams. This venue hosts a state-of-the-art fitness suite, sports hall, and climbing wall.

Next door to this is Parkside Pools, a 25m, 8-lane pool which is open for public use from 6am-10pm.

Cambridge boasts some of the widest and lushest open-air spaces in the country, all a 10-minute walk from ARU. There is Parker's Piece, where the rules of Association Football can be traced back to, and Midsummer Common and Jesus Green, both of which sit on the banks of the River Cam. These parks are ideal for running and are connected additionally by cycle paths. Jesus Green is home to Europe’s longest outdoor swimming pool (91.4 m) and is open to the public all year round.

On the river there are the world-famous punt houses where delegates can take either a guided or self-propelled punting tour around the river and colleges of Cambridge.

The city provides enormous opportunities for cultural experiences, from the colleges of Cambridge University to the botanical gardens and the world-famous Fitzwilliam Museum.

For those delegates arriving ahead of the conference, dining in Cambridge is easy and affordable, with all dietary and nutritional requirements catered for. Most restaurants are just a 10-minute walk from ARU in the centre of the city. As a student city, there is also a vibrant nightlife available, ranging from quiet pubs on the river to nightclubs.