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.

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

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