Social programme

Reserve list

You can register yourself for the reserve list in case there are no spots available for the social programme. At the moment the capacity of the formal dinner has been reached. When a spot becomes available for the formal dinner, an email will be sent to you. This reserve list will be handled chronologically, meaning that early registrations will have a greater chance on getting a spot.

Register for the reserve list here:

Sunday 2nd of June 2019

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 will end at ‘De Drie Gezusters’, a famous restaurant & bar in the city centre, where the welcoming night will take place. At this bar, we will join a pub quiz together while enjoying a few drinks. It is a good opportunity for you to meet other participants, the ISCOMS Organising Committee and the First Year Crew! You are always welcome to join the welcoming night, regardless of your participation in the city tour. Joining the welcoming night is included in the Universal Pass. Drinks, such as soft drinks, wine or beer will be about €2.50.

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: Café Hoppe, Grote Markt 38, Groningen

Time: 20:30 – 22:30

Important: Do not forget to bring some cash

Monday 3rd of June 2019

Most of the participants will arrive on Monday. On this day, the pre-course of the congress will take place. Registration for the pre-course is required. You can also choose to discover our beautiful city and have a look in the UMCG on your own occasion. When the educational programme is finished, the Organising Committee will guide you to ‘Het Platformtheater’, a lovely theatre where we will enjoy a delicious buffet together. Afterwards, you have the opportunity to participate in a salsa dancing workshop! The perfect chance to blow off some steam and show everyone your dancing skills!

Members of the Organising Committee will be waiting at the side-entrance of the UMCG, facing Logistics Point, to guide you to ‘Het Platformtheater’. We hope to see you there!

Salsa workshop Location: ‘Het Platformtheater’, Boterdiep 46, Groningen

Time: The Organising Committee will leave from the UMCG at 18:30 to guide you to the location. Opening buffet at 19:00.

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

Tuesday 4th of June 2019

On Tuesday, the ISCOMS Recreational Evening will take place. After an interesting scientific programme during the day, we will walk to the courtyard of the ‘Drie Gezusters’, located in the centre of the city. Here we will enjoy a BBQ together! Because we are aware that ISCOMS participants have a lot of different backgrounds, different types of meat will be served at separated BBQ’s. Afterwards, everybody is going to their self-chosen activity. We offer six different activities which you can choose from:

Yoga workshop: During this workshop you can relax and clear your mind after an intensive day.

Playing billiards: Enjoying the evening while playing billiards and chatting with other participants, this is the ideal option for a social evening.

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

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

Tour FC Groningen: A new activity this year, perfect if you are a sportsfan. You will join a tour through the football stadium of our local club, FC Groningen!

Bowling: Are you ready to blow off some steam? Show everyone your bowling skills during this activity.

ISCOMS Recreational Evening Location: Courtyard ‘De Drie Gezusters’, located between Yummies (Oosterstraat 7) and Enjoy Hair Groningen (Oosterstraat 9). Members of the Organising Committee will be waiting at the side-entrance of the UMCG, facing Logistics Point, to guide you the location.

Time: Dinner from 19:00 – 20:30, activities from 20:30 – 22:30 (time differs a bit between activities)

Important: After registration you cannot switch your activity!

Wednesday 5th of June 2019

On Wednesday, we will have a formal dinner at one of the most prestigious places of 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! An outstanding three-course dinner will be served, among which you can choose between meat or vegetarian dishes. You will have the opportunity to get to know the other ISCOMS participants and to meet some of the professors who will be present at the formal dinner. Bring your most elegant dress or best suit to look amazing that night!

The Organising Committee will guide you to the ‘Der Aa-kerk’. The dinner will be served around 20:00. 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 at Logistic Point.

Formal dinner Location: Der Aa-kerk, Akerkhof 2, Groningen

Time: 19:00 – 23:00

Dress code: Formal

Important: Registration is required. We would like to advise you to buy your coins in advance.

Thursday 6th of June 2019

After the last congress day and the closing ceremony, we will go to ‘Huize Maas’ where the World Wide ISCOMS Night will take place! We are going to start with a delicious buffet. Afterwards, the great party will begin. This night is all about the traditions of the different countries represented at ISCOMS. 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.

We would love to play music specifically from your country. A few weeks before the start of the congress, a WeTransfer link will be available through which you can submit your favourite music from your country! We kindly ask you to submit a top-5 of your favourite songs, instead of submitting entire albums. The DJ will take care of the rest and make sure you have an unforgettable night!

World Wide ISCOMS Night Location: Huize Maas, Vismarkt 52, Groningen

Time: Entry 19:00, dinner will start at 19:30. The party will take place from 21:30 – 02:00!

Important: Registration is required to join the buffet. Do not forget to bring your traditional clothes and food. Please keep an eye on our Facebook and website, a few weeks before the congress, the WeTransfer link will be available to submit your favourite songs!

It is not allowed to bring your own drinks. Wardrobe is present (€1.00 in cash)