Social programme

This was the social programme for ISCOMS 2020, please check back later for more information about the social programme for ISCOMS 2021. 

Monday 1st of June 2020

If you are already in Groningen on Monday 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 one of the most popular pubs and restaurants in the city centre, ‘De Drie Gezusters’, 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. Drinks, such as soft drinks, wine, or beer will be about €2.50. You can pay by card or with cash. One drink is included in the price.

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: 19:30-20:30

Important: Registration is required. Please wear comfortable footwear.

Welcoming night

Location: De Drie Gezusters, Grote Markt 36-39, 9711 LV Groningen

Time: 20:30-23:00

Important: There is no wardrobe available at this activity. Please do not bring your valuable items (like your laptop) to this activity.

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

Most of the participants will arrive on Tuesday. 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 ‘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! Drinks, such as soft drinks and beer will be about €2.50 and wine will be about €3.50. You can pay by card or with cash. One drink is included in the price.

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

Salsa workshop

Location: Platformtheater, Boterdiep 46, 9712 LR Groningen

Time: 19:00-22:30

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

ISCOMS Recreational Evening

On Wednesday, 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. One drink is included in the price. During the buffet, you will have to opportunity to buy more drinks. Tokens will be €2.50 and will be worth one drink. You can pay by card or with cash.
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. We recommend you to wear sport clothes during this activity.

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

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

Beer tasting: in a local beer brewery, you will get a guided tour and the opportunity to taste three locally brewed beers.

Tour FC Groningen: a new activity this year, perfect if you are a sports fan. 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.

Location: Not available yet

Time: Dinner from 18:30 – 20:30, activities from 20:30 – 22:30 (time differs a bit between activities)

Important: After registration you cannot switch your activity!

Thursday 4th of June 2020

On Thursday, 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. You can pay by card or with cash. At the ‘Der Aa-kerk’ we will offer you the opportunity to buy extra tokens, 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 tokens in advance.

Friday 5th of June 2020

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 memorable 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 from your country. You can submit your favourite music on On this website, you can send your music to: 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! One drink is included in the price. During the party, you will have to opportunity to buy more drinks. Tokens will be €2.50 and will be worth one drink. You can pay by card or with cash.

World Wide ISCOMS Night

Location: Huize Maas, Vismarkt 52, Groningen

Time: 19:30-02:00

Post congress tour

After a long week of education, presentations and workshops it’s time for some recreational and cultural activities during the Post Congress Tour (PCT). On this day, Saturday the 6th of June, you will be able to see the Dutch culture and participate in fun activities along with 100 other participants and the Organising Committee of ISCOMS 2020.

Every year the PCT consists of the perfect balance between experiencing the unique Dutch culture, relaxation and enjoyment. It’s the perfect opportunity to blow off some steam after those intense congress days. This year we will be visiting the classical Dutch city of Zwolle.

Zwolle is the capital city of the province of Overijssel. The city dates from the Middle Ages and like every old town in the Netherlands everything is compact inside the old city walls. During this day we will visit Zwolle’s biggest museum: Museum de Fundatie, you will be climbing upon Zwolle’s citytower called De Peperbus and you will be biking through the beautiful canals on a pedal boat!

We will leave in the morning by busses and we will be back in the evening. The transport, lunch, a three course dinner and all the activities are included. The Post Congress Tour is the perfect day to end your wonderful ISCOMS 2020 experience. This is your chance to see more of the Dutch culture outside Groningen and to meet up with other participants and Organising Committee members! See you there!