It's traditional that things go wrong at the start of a symposium, but this one has been blessed with more than it's fair share of mis-haps. Mostly they effect controbutors rather than participants.
One was stuck in Helsinki after SAS Airline went on strike, but should make it here in the wee hours. Another had a tyre blow out. Someone else's engine caught fire. And a fourth had a tyre blow out and spent most of the day getting it fixed.
After the welcome talk, we've been sent out for ten minutes while six, ten minute slide shows are prepared. The chap I was sitting with at dinner was asked - "do you have slides in your van!". "Yes, why?" "Can you do ten minutes".
I'm about to go and see what it's like.