Edgy social events with a local flavor at #Ecsite2018

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Get a glimpse of the CERN campus at the Speakers Reception, take part in a giant fondue at the Gala Dinner, explore the Natural History Museum's 8000sqm of dioramas and the world of ants in a large temporary exhibition at the Nocturne and party by the river Rhône in one of Geneva's most emblematic buildings at the Farewell Party.

Gala Dinner

(On 7 June) Enjoy a giant Swiss Fondue at the Patinoire des Vernets, Geneva's ice rink.
Recommended dress code: your own interpretation of smart - if you like dressing up, this is your chance to show your glamorous self.


(On 8 June) Get a glimpse of the local and national science engagement scene! The Nocturne will take place in the Museum, its famous diorama rooms and edgy temporary exhibitions - but also in its beautiful park, recently converted into a natural laboratory and educational place devoted to promoting local biodiversity & nature in the city.
The Natural History Museum was designed in 1966 by Swiss architect Raymond Tschudin and is located very close to the city centre and well served by public transport.
Check the detailed programme at the venue. Dinner will be available at several food points.
Recommended dress code: casual. Bring comfortable shoes.

Farewell Party

(On 9 June) The Farewell Party is the conference's most informal social event: dance, chat, share a drink with other participants...
It will take place at the Bâtiment des forces motrices, a beautiful building on the river Rhône which initial function was to supply Geneva’s households with drinking water and regulate the level of the lake. It has been converted into a welcoming prestigious hall and auditorium in the heart of Geneva, certainly one of the hippest venues in the city today.
As for all events, don’t forget to have your conference badge with you.
Recommended dress code: casual.

Speakers Reception

(On 6 June) Open to all pre- and main conference speakers and convenors. Receive a warm welcome from Geneva representatives, conference hosts and Ecsite. Enjoy a drink and mingle with other speakers.
The reception will be hosted at on the CERN campus at the Globe of Science and Innovation, CERN's famous outreach space for its work in the fields of science, particle physics, leading-edge technologies and their application in everyday life. The building is a symbol of sustainable development made possible by science and innovation. Its structure is reminiscent of the shape of the planet, while its construction is based on the most ecological of all building materials, wood.
Please print and bring the invitation you will be receiving by email a few days before the conference.
Dress code: smart casual.

Business Bistro Happy Hour

(On 8 June) A networking highlight! Ecsite invites all participants to come together for a drink among exhibitors' booths. Traditionally exhibitors bring specialties from their home countries.

Newcomers Breakfast

(On 7 June) Mingle with other first-time delegates and meet a few conference old-timers who will be sharing their tips and tricks to make the most of the Ecsite conference. Join this informal breakfast for a refreshing start to three hectic conference days and an opportunity to start building your network.
Make sure you include this event in your package when registering online. Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.

Breakfast with the Ecsite Board

(On 8 June) Exclusive for Ecsite members. The Ecsite Board is pleased to invite staff of Ecsite member organisations to a members-only breakfast: an opportunity to exchange with board members in a relaxed setting. Places are limited to 80 participants and will be given on first-come first-served basis.
Note that to give more members an opportunity to participate, a maximum of two people per organisation is foreseen.


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