NCSE Annual Workshop 2013

Internal Meeting

15th – 19th July 2013

The NCSE Summer Meeting 2013 will be held at CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) in Lowestoft, from 15th – 19th July 2013.


The programme will have presentations by participants together with training workshops. It is expected that the meeting will begin at 9.00am on Monday morning and finish at lunchtime on Friday. More details will be available shortly.


A copy of the programme is available here.

A copy of the abstracts and participant list is available here.


Further details of the four workshops can be found here.

Internet Access

There will be internet access available at CEFAS.

Where to stay

You are probably best staying in one of the many hotels and B&Bs on London Road South, Marine Parade or Kirkley Road – all between the town centre and Pakefield. Good to book early as Lowestoft can get quite busy in the season. A list of B&Bs can be found at . You could get more by contacting the tourist information centre at The Sunrise Coast. If you want to go to the posh end of the market, try The Hotel Victoria , (single room £70, double £80) or the Hatfield Hotel. For both these hotels, mention that you are with Cefas and then you get the cheaper rates. For normal bed and breakfast, you should get something decent between £25 and £45 per night.

Location and Travel Information

This year’s NCSE workshop will be held at the Lowestoft laboratory of the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science. Cefas is now a government agency, but still has strong links with DEFRA and provides the majority of public support for fisheries and sea-related issues. There is a slightly smaller laboratory ay Weymouth that specialises in fish diseases and the aquaculture side of things. Cefas has three statisticians (though a lot of the scientists have varying degrees of statistical skills) and we are affiliated to the National Centre for Statistical Ecology.

The Cefas laboratory is situated in Pakefield, about 1.5 miles south of Lowestoft town centre and the railway station. Directions from the station are pretty easy. Cross the bridge and walk for about 1.5 miles until you see a big building (formerly the Grand Hotel) that looks a bit like a Suffolk version of Dracula’s Castle. Enter from Pakefield Road round the front. If you are arriving by car, we’ll probably have to sort out a permit for you, but we can do that nearer to the time.

If you are arriving by train you generally have the option of going via Ipswich or Norwich. Both are nice routes, but the Norwich route is excellent. We’re told that it regularly wins accolades as one of the best train rides in the country. Watch out for Marsh Harriers over the reeds as you approach Somerleyton station.

Wednesday afternoon social

We will be putting on a coach to Southwold. This is on the coast, to the south of Pakefield. There are two options for what to do when you get there:


    1. Visit the local shops, cafes, alehouses and generally have a relaxing afternoon. There is a also a must-see pier with an amusement arcade with a difference Under The Pier, and an excellent 3-4 mile local walk to Walberswicke which involves taking the famous Walberswicke Ferry. You can then get the coach back.


  1. Do a small amount of the above and then embark on a walk back to Pakefield along the beach. This will be co-ordinated in that we’ll all set off at the same time and will try to keep together for most of it, at least. As walks go, this is a fairly remarkable one. Highlights include: the old church of St Andrew at Covehithe , a hide from the bird reserve at Benacre Broad and The Benacre Estate.
  2. The coastal heath area approaching Kessingland (here be Dartford Warblers according to the notice), nesting little terns on the beach at Kessingland , and numerous Sand Marten colonies in cliffs along the way. The walk is about 9 miles.

Things to do

Running: miles of sandy beach and promenade for these activities. The more you go south, the wilder it gets. There is a shower at Cefas you can use if required.

Swimming: lots of sea for this.

Tennis: There are tennis courts in the adjacent Kirkley Gardens. Ring 01502 573731 to book a court when you’re here. I can fix you up with tennis bats and balls.

Bowls: Nice green right next to Cefas. You can hire equipment or we could probably arrange some Cefas equipment for you.

Theatre: The Seagull Theatre is very near.

Art gallery: Try the Ferini gallery. It’s a 5 minute walk away from the laboratory.

Conference nosh-up

We will be arranging one of these, either in the local Chinese restaurant or at the Victoria Hotel. Watch this space.

Eating out

There are lots of places to eat. Cheap and cheerful pubs plus some decent Indian and Chinese restaurants. We’re working on our GIS skills to produce a map of eating place locations.

Jon Barry

David Maxwell