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Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa – Conference Venue

Apex City Quay Hotel & SpaA warm welcome awaits you at the 4 star Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, located just 5 mins walk from Dundee city centre. 

Friendly front desk service and picturesque Quay panoramas, Apex City Quay Hotel has the Yu Spa’s swimming pool and Technogym™ studio offering relaxation and restoration, 10 upscale venues to provide a place to meet and celebrate, and complimentary Wi-Fi allowing you to stay connected.

Situated close to all travel links, with ample car parking and a wide range of leisure facilities, this hotel is easily accessible for delegates.

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Discovery Point – Welcome Reception

Discovery Point – Venue for the Civic Reception

Discovery Point – Venue for the Civic Reception

The Lord Provost looks forward to welcoming the EAPR Pathology & Pests Section Meeting at the Civic Reception on Sunday 7th August 2016 at RRS Discovery & Discovery Point.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to purchase local gifts within the Discovery Point gift shop between 6-7pm, with a 10% discount on any purchases over £20.

RRS Discovery & Discovery Point offer fantastic views over the River Tay towards the rolling hills of Fife which create a wonderful scene for any occasion.  The keen sense of history throughout the venue contrasts and combines with the latest technology, to offer you the best of both worlds.

History of RRS Discovery:

At the beginning of the 20th Century Antarctica was still an uncharted wilderness.  Exploration was a daunting task, involving a long voyage through remote and tempestuous seas just to reach the continent. The 1901 British National Antarctic Expedition was the vision of Sir Clements Markham, President of the Royal Geographical Society. Naturally cautious, Markham saw the aims of the expedition as purely scientific.  Being the first to reach the South Pole was never one of the objectives.  By 1900 Markham had raised the necessary funds, now all he needed was a ship, and a man to lead the expedition.

The Ship

As a major whaling centre Dundee’s shipyards had long experience of constructing ships robust enough to travel through the Arctic pack ice.  It was this expertise that Markham harnessed to build RRS Discovery, the first vessel to be constructed specifically for scientific research. While the design was based on the great Dundee whalers, there were some modifications to be made.  Magnetic surveys were to be an important part of the scientific work of the expedition.  To be sure of complete accuracy an exclusion zone round the magnetic observatory was created, with no iron or steel allowed within 30 feet of the area.

Captain Robert Falcon Scott RN

As leader of the expedition Markham wanted “a naval officer in the regular line… young and a good sailor with experience of ships under sail.  He must have imagination and enthusiasm… be calm, yet quick and decisive in action.”  His search ended with a young naval officer he had first encountered twelve years earlier, Lieutenant Robert Falcon Scott.  Devon born, Scott had joined the navy at thirteen.  Following a chance reunion with Markham, Scott applied for the post of expedition leader.  He was appointed in June 1900 and promoted to Commander RN at the age of just 33.  Though a rather shy man he was also steady, strong and, as later events were to prove, immensely courageous.

Dundee Heritage Trust is the charity which manages Discovery Point & RRS Discovery and is responsible for the guardianship, preservation, and portrayal of Dundee’s heritage in ways that educate, inspire and enlighten current and future generations.