Social Programme for delegates and companions
(included in the delegates and companions registration fee)

Welcome Buffet Reception and Concert – University of Hamburg, Thursday, 30 March (18.30 – 21.00)
The President of the University of Hamburg, Jürgen Lüthje, welcomes delegates and companions to Hamburg and the University with a buffet reception followed by a music concert from the “State Academy of Music and Drama” in the University of Hamburg main building. 

Town Hall Reception and Lunch, Friday, 31 March (12.30 – 14.00)
You are invited by the Major of Hamburg to a lunch reception in the Town Hall on Friday. Delegates and companions will enjoy some fine food and the buildings impressive architecture in neo-renaissance style.   Our host kindly requests all delegates to bring their passport along to the reception should identification be required for security purposes.

Gourmet Buffet Dinner – “Fischauktionshalle” Hamburg, Friday, 31 March (20.00)
The Fish Auction Hall is an architectural highlight which was built in 1895/96. It is located directly by the Elbe river where 100 years ago fish were landed and put up for auction. Delegates and companions will be brought by boat to this beautiful historical building which overlooks the harbour.

Hamburg and its surroundings: sightseeing tour by bus, Saturday 01 April (14.00)
After the Conference delegates and companions have the opportunity to join a guided tour of Hamburg where they will discover some of the most interesting highlights of the city and its surroundings.

Social Programme for companions only

(included in the companions registration fee)

Hamburg Kunsthalle, guided museum tour, Thursday, 30 March (10.00 – 12.00)
The Hamburg Kunsthalle is one of the few museums in which visitors can view art from the Middle Ages through to the present day. Founded as a civic rather than a courtly establishment, the Kunsthalle still considers itself primarily an institution for the citizens and guests of the city of Hamburg. The Kunsthalle is divided into four different sections: the Gallery of Old Masters (Master Bertram, Master Francke, the Dutch painters); the Gallery of 19th Century Art (C. D. Friedrich, Ph. O. Runge, Menzel); the Gallery of Classical Modernism (Munch, Kirchner, Klee, Beckmann, Lehmbruck) - and the Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Cruise on the Alster lake by steam boat, Thursday, 30 March (14.00 – 16.00)
The Alster lake is in the heart of the green Hanseatic city of Hamburg and defines the city’s image and its lifestyle as a paradise for sailors, rowers and canoeists.  Also around the lake you can see people biking, jogging, rollerblading and walking.

Guided walk warehouse district (Speicherstadt) and harbour (Hafencity), Friday, 31 March (10.00 – 12.30)
The century-old Speicherstadt is located in the Free Port between the Deichtorhallen and Baumwall and is the world's oldest warehouse complex, built at the turn of the century in red brick, typical of northern Germany, with gabled roofs and small towers, which are beautifully reflected in the canals they border which are linked to the HafenCity. Today, as in bygone days, wares from the world over - coffee, tea, cocoa, spices, tobacco, computers and Oriental rugs - are stacked in these storerooms.

Harbour tour, Saturday, 01 April (10.00 – 12.00)
The tour takes you through the different harbour basins to give you a close-up view of giant ships, channels and canals, container terminals and shipyards. We will go through a lock and also into the canals of the Speicherstadt, the historic warehouse district.

Post-Conference Excursion

(not included in the delegates and companions registration fee)

Tour of Lübeck, Sunday, 02 April (09.00 – 14.30)
Lübeck, Queen of the Hanseatic League, was founded in 1143 as the first “western city on the Baltic coast”. The medieval atmosphere and historically important cultural sights shape the face of the city and testify to Lübeck’s great past as a Free Imperial and Hanseatic City.  The picturesque oval Old Town, surrounded by water, contains some of Germany’s most important brick Gothic buildings. The spires of the seven churches have dominated the city skyline ever since the Middle Ages.   The Holsten Gate, the former western gate in the city walls, is known throughout the world and is now the symbol of the city. The Buddenbrookhaus, home of the grandparents of writers Heinrich and Thomas Mann, is one of many stately merchant houses in the city.  Lübeck was the first old town in the Federal Republic of Germany to be officially designated a cultural heritage site.

The tour includes a guided city walk with lunch and a visit to the Café Niederegger where you are highly recommended to enjoy the world-famous delicacy "Niederegger Marzipan", one of the trademarks of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck. The tour bus will leave the main building of the University at 09.00. Expected return will be 14.30 (at the airport) or 15.00 (at the hotels).

Cost:  € 50,00 per person