Social Program

We are happy to offer you social activities, which are fun, interesting and provide opportunities for socializing and networking.

Registration for the congress and booking for the social activities is available here.
Please choose your social activities and meal options during the registration process. If you have registered already and want to add social activities or meals please contact us.

Please take a look also at the scientific program.

Wednesday, September 19th at 17:30: 
Scenic teleferic trip up to “Herzogstand” mountain hut
After a short bus transfer you will take the cable car with beautiful views down to lake Walchensee. An easy and scenic 5 min walk leads you to the Herzogstand restaurant, where you can enjoy a drink while watching the sunset on the peaks of the Alps. Have your Bavarian dinner while listening to some traditional live music.


Thursday, September 20th at 17:30: Your choice between 3 parallel options:

a) Glentleiten open air museum

Experience the largest open-air museum in Southern Bavaria!
Over 60 original buildings make the rural everyday life of the people of Upper Bavaria in the open-air museum Glentleiten comprehensible. They were removed at their original location and rebuilt on the museum grounds.
The houses tell their own history and that of their former inhabitants with their decor and the traces of past generations. The world of work, customs and traditions, but also the architecture with its regional differences can be experienced on the Glentleiten.


b) Franz Marc art museum

Franz Marc (February 8, 1880 – March 4, 1916) was a German painter and printmaker, one of the key figures of the German Expressionist movement. He was a founding member of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), a journal whose name later became synonymous with the circle of artists collaborating in it.

The museum is in walking distance to the conference venue.


c) Boat trip on lake Kochelsee
Try the echo of your yodel reflected from the mountains


Friday, September 21st at 20:00: Bavarian Gala Dinner: Cozy get together in a traditional Bavarian setup at Benediktbeuern monastery. Enjoy regional or international food accompanied by live music from “Koitabach-Musi”. We invite you to bring your Bavarian “Dirndl” or “Lederhosen” or wear a traditional dress from your country!
There will be some awards for best posters and best poster pitches. The lucky winners will be announced during the Gala-dinner.


Optional self organized suggestions for accompanying persons or before/ after the conference:

Celebrate the first day of the famous Oktoberfest 2018 in Munich
on September 22nd:
Extend your stay in Kochel and take the train to Munich (1h each way). This is a much better option than trying to find affordable accommodation directly in Munich during the Oktoberfest.


Self guided bicycle tour to Benediktbeuren Monastery: Just a few km from Kochel you can enjoy a coffee or a cold beer in a nice surrounding.This is only one of many options for cycling around Kochel. You will find bike Rental stations in town.


Soaking in thermal waters at Trimini: Relax in the newly renovated wellness paradise


Self guided walking tours: Many nice options around the lake in the surrounding mountains.


Self guided paddle-boat/ rowboat tours: Boats for rent available in town


Walchensee Hydroelectric Power Station: Tours available