The Opening Ceremony will be held in the Pentland Suite on Level 3 of the Edinburgh International Conference Centre and will be chaired by Fausto Giunchiglia, IJCAI-05 Conference Chair. This will be followed by the opening reception at Edinburgh Castle.
The IJCAI-05 Welcome Reception will be held in the stunning surroundings of Edinburgh Castle. There will be time to view the various places of interest within the Castle including the Honours of Scotland - Scotland's Crown Jewels. Drinks and canapes will be served.
Complimentary for all participants and registered accompanying guests. Dress: Informal
The IJCAI-05 Banquet will be held in the Main Hall of the Royal Museum, one of the National Museums of Scotland. The foundation stone of the building was laid by Prince Albert in 1861 and the building was completed in 1888. The Museum comprises 36 Galleries housing an extensive and varied collection ranging from Dolly the Sheep to coins and medals that once belonged to Mary Queens of Scots.
The pre-dinner drinks reception will be housed in the adjoining Museum of Scotland which is devoted to the history and culture of the country. Dinner will be followed by dancing to a traditional Scottish ceilidh.
Cost: £58.75 (£50 + £58.75 VAT) Dress: Informal
The world famous Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe start on 6 August 2005. IJCAI ends on Friday afternoon and the Festival starts Saturday evening. The Festival is three weeks of theatre, concerts, street music and entertainment shows. Most of it is informal and a riot of fun, so plan to stay for a week after IJCAI and take advantage of the fabulous Festival!
The International Jazz Festival is happening the same week as IJCAI and the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo starts on Friday 5 August.
Or take a week to visit the Highlands. There are many Highland Games on the weekend after the conference ends.