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PLATO 2017 Conference Venue

Located in Coventry, the University of Warwick was founded in 1965 with an intake of only 450 undergraduates. Since then it has grown to be one of the top ten universities in the UK, with a student population of over 23,000, one third of which come from overseas.

The Astronomy & Astrophysics group within the Department of Physics formed in September 2003, and has grown substantially in the intervening years to include nine academic staff, and a large number of both postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students.


PLATO Mission Conference events were held in the Ramphal Building on central campus (#1 on map below). All plenary sessions were held in R0.21, the Ramphal lecture theatre, with scientific posters on display in the foyer. Several small meeting rooms within the Ramphal building were available for breakout meetings, including timeslots after the main programme. Lunch buffets were served in room R0.03/04, as were tea & coffee in the morning and afternoon breaks.

The conference dinner was held in the Panorama Suite of the Rootes Building (#2 on map), on Wednesday 5th September.

An interactive campus map can be found here.

To download a high-resolution map, please go here.

Accommodation is available on campus; please see the Accommodation page for details.

For information on car parking, please see the Local Information page.

PLATO Mission Conference Map v2

Map Key
  1. Ramphal Building - location for conference talks, posters, coffee / tea breaks, and lunch.
  2. Rootes Building - location for Rootes Restaurant (breakfast and dinner for on-campus accommodation).
  3. Rootes Residences - standard accommodation
  4. Jack Martin / Arthur Vick Residences - en-suite accommodation
  5. Students' Union - Accommodation check-in / check-out; banks; ATMs; bars and restaurants
  6. Taxi rank
  7. Bus Interchange - all major bus routes from Coventry, Leamington Spa, and Kenilworth stop here.
  8. Rootes Grocery Store
  9. Security gatehouse - open 24hr
  10. Varsity pub
  11. Warwick Arts Centre
  12. University Sports Centre - leisure facilities including swimming pool, gym, etc.