Thermophiles 2003



Following the tradition of the previous International Thermophile meetings we would like to welcome you to Exeter, UK for 'Thermophiles 2003'.

The city of Exeter (pop. c100,000) is the regional capital of the South West of England and is consistently rated one of the best places to live in the UK. It is surrounded by the beaches, National Parks and attractive countryside which make Devon and Cornwall one of Europe's top holiday destinations. The city itself was settled two hundred years before the arrival of the Romans and this long heritage can be seen in many parts of Exeter, including its medieval cathedral and the historic quayside which was once the scene for a thriving international port exporting woollen cloth.

The meeting will be held on the University of Exeter Campus. Its natural setting in parkland, woodland, lakes and gardens gives it the justifiable reputation as 'probably the most attractive campus in Britain'. It has first-class accommodation and conference facilities.

Although the area is not directly associated with traditional thermophilic sources, you will be assured of a 'warm' welcome to Exeter University and its surrounding region. You may be interested in visiting Cornwall where hot springs are found in old tin mines and Camborne School of Mines, which is part of the University, has engaged in deep bore drilling projects for harnessing thermal energy. The city of Bath with its famous Roman baths and hot waters are only a short distance away. Exeter is easily reached by train (2 hours 30 minutes from central London), the M5 motorway and regional airports.

Jenny Littlechild

Chair of Organising Committee