A conference was called to discuss theories as to the origin, structure and purpose of the object.
Initially it was suggested that this should be hosted at a prestigious engineering college not far from the park where the object was located. However, after much discussion by telephone and email it was recognised that the main function of any conference was to allow the participants to network. So the event was held in the upstairs room of the Dog and Digitiser public house, from which the object could be seen across the river.
Proceedings of the conference were speedily published but turned out to be totally incomprehensible. Nonetheless, several of the papers were cited during the following few weeks.