I’ve been away for a few days as an invited participant at The Royal Society’s 2012 meeting on ‘Handling Uncertainty in Weather and Climate Prediction, With Application to Health, Agronomy, Hydrology, Energy and Economics’, organised by Prof. Tim Palmer. Unlike the 2010 meeting, this wasn’t held at The Royal Society’s London HQ, but at Chicheley Hall, in the Buckinghamshire countryside near Milton Keynes.
It was a wide ranging, detailed and very interesting meeting, with some 20 speakers (Audio here) and 70 or so more participants, and doing justice to the occasion is going to require several posts. To Set the scene, I’ll start with a few photos I took around the venue and some description gleaned mostly from the Royal Society fellow-in-residence, lucky man.
The hall was completed in 1723 by the Chester family, who owned it until the middle of the C20th when it was sold to 2nd Earl Beatty (b. 1905, son of the famous World War I admiral). The Royal Society acquired it in 2009 and commenced refurbishment and alteration. The 75 acres surrounding the house contain the gardens, parkland and interesting corners for inquisitive visitors to discover.
The dovecot in front of the main house is a fine example of C18th brick and timberwork, and housed several thousand birds, a ready source of protein for the residents in years when crop failures occurred.
The stable block has a splendid glass conservatory extension and has become the conference centre. Here, Jeremy Hess explains the niceties of traversing the Indian bureaucracy when doing health research.
I have to cook dinner. I’ll put up more posts about the meeting and the individual scientific discussions over the next few days. This evening, I have a huge post about the head of the MET office to write. Stay tuned.
Meantime, if you are interested, the full history of Chicheley Hall can be found in this Royal Society article.