This is the social programme of 2018, we are currently working on the social programme of 2019

Social programme

Sunday 3rd of June 2018

If you are already in Groningen on Sunday and you cannot wait to start your ISCOMS experience, you can attend a city tour through the historic city centre of Groningen in the evening. The tour ends at a local pub in the city centre, ‘t Vaatje, where the welcoming night will take place. At this pub, we will have some drinks and you can join the pub quiz! This night is the perfect opportunity to meet the other participants, the Organising Committee and the First Year Crew. Joining the welcoming night is included in the Universal Pass. For all other participants, entrance is just €5.00. Drinks, such as soft drinks, wine or beer will be about €1.50.

When you participate in the city tour, you will be guided through the city centre of Groningen. The city tour shows you the most famous buildings of Groningen and gives you an overview of the city centre which can be useful during your stay. Registration is required to participate in this tour. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes.

City tour

Location: Meeting point is at the Grote Markt, Groningen

Time: 19:15 – 20:30

Important: Registration is required and put on comfortable footwear to walk

Welcoming night

Location: ‘t Vaatje, Grote Markt 38, Groningen

Time: 20:30 – 22:30

Important: Do not forget to bring some cash

Monday 4th of June 2018

Most of the presenting participants will arrive on Monday. After registering you will have the opportunity to participate in the pre-course of the congress to improve your research skills. You can also choose to discover our beautiful city and have a look in the UMCG on your own occasion.

During the evening, all pre-course participants are invited at Plaza Danza. While enjoying a delicious buffet, you can meet other participants and join the dancing workshop where you can show your dancing skills.

Members of the Organising Committee will be waiting at the side-entrance of the UMCG, facing Logistic Point, to guide you to Plaza Danza. We hope to see you at Plaza Danza.

Plaza Danza

Location: Plaza Danza, Boterdiep 20A, Groningen

Time: 18:45 Welcome (the Organising Committee will leave from the UMCG at 18:30). 19:00 opening buffet

Important: Do not forget to bring some cash for drinks. A wardrobe is present (free of charge)

Tuesday 5th of June 2018

This year we celebrate our 25th edition and because of that there will be an extra congress day with a total new social programme. After a new interesting scientific programme during the day we will walk to the “Harmonie complex”, located in the centre of the city. Here we will have a buffet, afterwards everybody is going to their own chosen activity. We offer five different activities which you can choose one from.

Yoga workshop: in the mind of healthy ageing, during this workshop you can relax and clear your head after an intensive day.

Museum visit: you will go to the “Noordelijk scheepvaartmuseum”. In this museum you can see different typical Dutch historical ships and learn about the Dutch history.

Pooling: enjoying the evening while pooling and chatting with other participants, this is the ideal option for a social evening.

Cycling: a typical Dutch activity, we will cycle trough Groningen while you can enjoy the surroundings.

Cheese tasting: in a nice cheese shop in the city centre you will taste different typical Dutch cheeses. (Watch out: if you are lactose intolerant you should not choose this activity.)

ISCOMS Recreational Evening

Location: Harmonie complex, Oude Kijk In Het Jatstraat 26, Groningen

Time: 19:00 – 22:30

Important: After registration you cannot switch your activity

Wednesday 6th of June 2018

After the second day of the congress, a formal dinner is organised at one of the finest locations in Groningen, the historical ‘Der Aa-kerk’. This beautiful church will be transformed into a fancy dining room, with a capacity of up to 350 people. Bring your most elegant dress or best suit to look amazing this night! An exquisite three-course dinner will be served, with choice for a meat or vegetarian dish.

The Organising Committee will guide you to the ‘Der Aa-kerk’, where the dinner will be served around 20.00h. During the formal dinner you will have to pay with tokens, which you can purchase at the Logistic Point on Wednesday and at the entrance of the ‘Der Aa-kerk’. The tokens cost €2.50 and will be worth one drink. At the ‘Der Aa-kerk’ we will offer you the opportunity to buy extra coins, but we would like to advise you to buy your coins in advance.

Formal dinner

Location: Der Aa-kerk, Akerkhof 2, Groningen

Time: 19:00 – 23:00

Dress code: Formal

Important: Registration is required and we would like to advise you to buy your coins in advance

Thursday 7th of June 2018

We will end the last day of the congress with an amazing evening. First we will have a great extensive buffet. After dinner the World Wide ISCOMS Night will start with your own typical music. Everybody will wear traditional clothes from their own countries and there is the possibility to bring your traditional food and taste the snacks from other countries.

World Wide ISCOMS Night

Location: Huize Maas, Vismarkt 52, Groningen

Time dinner: 19:00, where after the World Wide ISCOMS Night will start

Important: Registration is required to join the buffet.

Make sure to bring your traditional clothes and food, and music on a USB-stick.

It is not allowed to bring your own drinks.

Wardrobe is present (€1.00 in cash).