Social activities

Welcome reception

Date: Sunday, August 7, 2016
Time: 6.30 p.m.
Price: free of charge, but registration is required


Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Time: 9 p.m.
Price: free of charge

Congress dinner

The Congress Dinner will take place at Château Neercanne, on Thursday 11 August 2016.

In the magnificent Jekerdal valley, adjacent to the Belgian border, is Château Neercanne, the only terraced castle in the Benelux. The beautiful Baroque gardens of the 17th century castle are divided over four levels, all of them UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The highest terrace offers a wonderful view of the gardens and the magnificent valley. Château Neercanne has a rich cultural and culinary tradition. The unique wine cellars in the marl caves, where the Maastricht Treaty on the European Union was signed, form an unparalleled setting for a dinner.

The congress dinner will be a high quality culinary discovery through the Château and caves where you can taste several dishes made from local products.

Along with a map, you will walk through the caves, where the dinner is served at several places. A walking dinner enables you to easily meet and talk with your colleagues! The outside terrace will provide fabulous views on the surroundings.

Date: Thursday 11 August 2016

Time: 7 pm 

Price: € 50,- per ticket, including bus transportation to and from the Château. 

Max: 500 people


Social program – Wednesday Afternoon

Please be aware that some of the activities can accommodate only a maximum number of participants. It will also be possible to visit the poster hall and discuss the posters during the social program.

1.International Soccer/Football tournament (free of charge)

Duration: depends on the number of participants; Start: 3 PM

Max: 100 people

Official fields will be available, as well as referees (not unimportant), and dressing rooms including showers. Details will follow during the conference.


2.Lou Duysens symposium (free of charge) – at MECC

The Dutch scientist Lou Duysens who made seminal contributions to our understanding of photosynthesis, sadly passed away in 2015. Several of his ex-students are organizing a symposium/reunion at the conference center. A program will be put online later. Everybody is welcome at the lectures. No subscription required.

3.Shopping tour to the Designer outlet in Roermond (free of charge)

Duration: 4 H; Start: 3 PM; End 7 PM

 Max: 50 people

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4.Walking tour in Maastricht with qualified guides  (free of charge)

Duration: 1.5 H; Start: 3 PM; End 4:30 PM

Max: none

A perfect way to get to know Maastricht in 1½ hours! A guide will take you through the historic city center and show you the city's most beautiful sights. During the walk, you'll discover the picturesque streets of the Stokstraat quarter, the charming Onze Lieve Vrouweplein square, and the famous Vrijthof square. You'll also see the city ramparts, the Helpoort, and the Jeker quarter. Listen to the fascinating stories and amusing anecdotes to learn all about Maastricht's history and its progression from Roman settlement to important garrison city and early industrial powerhouse. You'll also hear about Maastricht's typical way of life, known as the 'Mestreechter Geis' (the Spirit of Maastricht).


5.Tasting Promenade (De Proef Promenade) in the old City

Price: 32.50 euro per person

Duration: 3 H

Max: unknown

This parade of delicacies will introduce you to all the culinary delights that Maastricht has to offer! Take a walk with a guide who not only knows the highlights of the city, but has a unique eye for the local specialities. On the way, you will make four short stops to taste the local treasures: fruit pie with a cup of coffee or tea, a glass of wine, cookies, chocolate and peanut roaster’s delights, and the local liqueur. You finish in a homey sophisticated Beer-Café for a regional beer of your choice.

6. Tour in the Fort Sint Pieter and Caves Noord

Price: 15 euro per person, including short bus trip to go there

Duration: 2.15H

Max: 45 people

Guided tour in the Northern Corridor System of the Caves St. Pietersberg. Even today the walls and ceilings give information about the way in which the 'block breakers' worked. On the walls can be found numerous interesting inscriptions and drawings, some of which are very old. The temperature in the corridors is a constant ten degrees Celsius. A vest, sweater or jacket and robust footwear are advises.

Plus: Fort Sint Pieter is perched high above the Meuse river on the south side of the city, and is directly connect with some of the underground tunnels in the Sint Pietersberg hill. The fort dates from around 1700 and is largely still intact, with parts recently restored. The fort contains several main galleries and circular galleries and bombproof areas, which you will visit accompanied by a guide. Outside, you can enjoy an impressive and beautiful view of the city, the Meuse and the surrounding countryside.

Please note: Not accessible for wheelchair-users.


7. Boat trip on the Maas with a visit to the caves

Price: 17 euro per person

Duration: 3 H. Departure 15:00 hour End 18:00 hour

You'll go ashore at the St. Pietersberg (Zonneberg System) for a tour through the marlstone caves in the St. Pietersberg hill. Even today the walls and ceilings show us how the 'block breakers' used to work in there. On the walls one can find numerous interesting inscriptions and drawings, some of which are very old. The temperature in the corridors is a constant ten degrees Celsius. A vest, sweater or jacket and robust footwear are advises. After visiting the caves you will return by a boat.

This walk from the boat to the caves is not suitable for people who are bad on one's legs.


8. In Town: Tour and Wine tasting @ Thiessen

Price: 22.50 euro per person

Duration: about 2 H

Max: 60 people (minimum 12)

Taste nearly three centuries of wine trading in the heart of Maastricht. A group tour through the authentic wine cellars, bottling line and city vineyard, capped off with a tasting of six wines, including cheese and bread.


9. Apostelhoeve Vineyard, visit and tasting

Price: 20 euro per person, including short bus trip to go there

Duration: 1.5 H (without bus)

Max: 80 people (minimum 14)

On the Louwberg, in the beautiful valley of the Jeker on the south side of the city of Maastricht, lies the monumental 15th century farm Apostelhoeve. Guided tours for groups with expert explanations, including a visit to the vineyards, the wine cellars and wine tasting in the tasting room. Included are: three glasses of wine and ham on rye sandwiches.