International SpaceWire Conference 2011

8 - 10 November

Marriott Plaza San Antonio Hotel, TX, USA

Social Programme


Overview of Social Programme


Monday 7 November 2011 - Tours of the San Antonio Missions - 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.

In the 18th century, the Spanish empire established five Catholic missions along the San Antonio River, primarily to extend its dominion northward from Mexico, but also to convert the native population. What remains of the largest concentration of missions in North America provides an interesting look into Texas' history.Today's Mission Trail links four of the missions: San José, Concepción, San Juan and Espada with its nearby aqueduct. The fifth is the Alamo itself – much modified but firmly fixed in the minds of camera-toting history buffs as the scene of a battle that helped secure Texas’ independence from Mexico.

During our tour we will visit four of the five Missions and allow for self guided tours throughout each.

Mission Concepcion

Arguably the most beautiful mission, Concepcion looks much like it did almost three centuries ago.

Mission Espada

Mission Espada contains the best-preserved segment of the acequia (irrigation system) that was used to bring water to the fields.

Mission San Jose

Established in 1720, it became known as the "Queen of the Missions" for its grand design of stone walls, bastions and magnificent church.

Mission San Juan

Mission San Juan's fertile farmlands allowed it to be self-sustainable; its chapel and bell tower are still in use today.

For more information about the San Antonio Missions, please visit: http://www.visitsanantonio.com/visitors/play/history-heritage/san-antonio-missions/index.aspx.


Monday 7 November 2011 - Tour of Southwest Research Center - 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is one of the oldest and largest independent, nonprofit, applied research and development organizations in the United States.

SwRI's 11 technical divisions offer a wide range of technical expertise and services in such areas as chemistry, space science, nondestructive evaluation, automation, engine design, mechanical engineering, electronics and more.

The Institute occupies more than 1,200 acres and provides more than 2 million square feet of laboratories, test facilities, workshops and offices.

In 2010, SwRI sponsored $6.7 million in internal research to develop innovative technologies that ultimately benefit clients.


Tuesday 8 November 2011 - Cocktail reception


Wednesday 9 November 2011 - Conference Gala Dinner at Alamo

On the east side of Alamo Plaza is the most famous spot in Texas where 189 defenders fell on March 6, 1836, after repeated attacks by Mexican General Santa Anna's army. Mission San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo) was established in 1718 as the city's first mission. The chapel, one of the most photographed facades in the nation, and the Long Barracks are all that remain of the original fort. The Long Barracks Museum and Library is located near the chapel. The museum contains relics and mementos from the Republic of Texas and offers a narration on the fall of the Alamo. The Alamo is located in the heart of the city, inside beautifully landscaped grounds.

For more information on the Alamo please visit http://www.thealamo.org.


Thursday 10 November 2011 - Free day


Friday 11 November 2011 - Cowboy adventure - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Join us for a Good Ole Cowboy Adventure at the Running R Guest Ranch located in the Texas Hill Country just outside San Antonio. While you are there enjoy horseback riding, hiking, swimming, playing horseshoe, pool and ping pong, or just sitting in the shade relaxing in the breeze.

To find out more information about Running R Guest Ranch, please visit their website at http://www.rrranch.com/rrr/index.html.