Here at CiteAb we have two tickets for the 2nd International Antibody Validation Event up for grabs – read on to find out how you can get them.

The 2nd Antibody Validation Event promises to be an unique meeting, bringing together scientists from academia, the pharmaceutical / biotech sector and antibody suppliers in order to discuss best practices in research antibody validation and help improve antibody validation for the life science community.

Organised by the University of Bath as part of it’s 50th anniversary celebrations, and supported by AstraZeneca and CiteAb, the meeting features some of the biggest names in the antibody sector – you can see the full programme here.

This event would not be taking place if it weren’t for our four fantastic sponsors – so thank you to Abcam, Proteintech, R&D Systems (Biotechne) and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Note that the registration deadline for the event is at the end of July!

Obviously while you’re in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath you’ll want to check out the sights – so here we’ve set out some of the ‘must see’ sights.

holiday-bath-5Georgian architecture
You can’t really fail to see the beautiful Georgian buildings of Bath built in golden Bath stone – they’re everywhere you look! However, most people will agree that no visit to Bath is complete without a tour of the stand-out crescents and avenues. Make sure you see the Royal Crescent, the Circus, Pulteney Bridge and Great Pulteney Street. You can tour a Georgian townhouse either at Number 1 the Royal Crescent or at the Jane Austen Centre.

Jane Austen and other famous bods
That leads us on to one of Bath’s most famous residents – Jane Austen. She lived in Bath from 1801 – 1806, making the city the setting for her novel ‘Northanger Abbey’. Other famous residents include Beau Nash, Charles Dickens (who set Pickwick Papers in the city), Mary Shelley and William Herschel (past), and Russell Howard, Bill Bailey, Mary Berry and Peter Gabriel (present)… Look out for blue signs above doors to houses – they’ll tell you which famous occupants they’ve seen!

Roman_Baths_in_Bath_Spa,_England_-_July_2006Roman ruins
The city gains its name from the hot spring baths built by the Romans, and the site of the baths is now open to the public and very much worth a visit. If you’re feeling brave you can pop into the Pump Rooms after your tour and taste the spring waters – believed by the Victorians to be curative.

Thermal waters
Talking of spring waters, bring your swimming clothes and pop to the Thermae Bath Spa while you’re in town – the rooftop pool offers views across the city and a great deal of relaxation.

Day trips
If you’re keen to explore further afield then you won’t be disappointed. You’ll find coaches leave from the city to visit the ancient site of Stonehenge (1hr), Glastonbury (1hr), the medieval city of Wells (45mins) and the thatched villages of the Cotswolds (1.5hrs).

So how do you get your hands on one of the two free tickets we have available for the 2nd Antibody Validation Event? Well you need to share a link to this post either through your Twitter or Facebook, using the hashtag #abval16, and comment below to let us know that you’ve shared and to tell us what you’d like to see if when you visit Bath – it is really that easy!

And if you’re planning on coming to the event do let us know what you’re looking forward to seeing in and around the city of Bath, and look out over the coming weeks for another post which will explore the extra things our team recommend you see and do that you won’t find in the tourist guides!

– Katrina and the CiteAb team