The Welcome Reception will be held in Saarbrücken Castle located in the city center above the Saar River and within walking distance of most hotels recommended for this conference.. 

Coffee breaks between oral presentations can be attended in the lounge of lecture theatre E2.5. Hot and cold refreshments and cookies will be offered.

The Conference Dinner will be held in the blower house of former ironworks in Neunkirchen/Saarland. A shuttle transfer will be organized.

A specific optional tours programme has been tailor-made for accompanying persons. The organizers reserve the right to cancel tours if the required minimum number of three participants is not reached.


Excursion to Saar River Loop, Villeroy & Boch museum and shopping tour in Mettlach

This excursion gives you the opportunity to visit the Saar Loop, which is one of the most beautiful river loops in the world and much loved by many. A view tower, which you will reach by a barrier-free treetop walk, opens to you a new and spectacular view over the unique landscape of the Saarland.

Afterwards you can explore and relax in the Villeroy & Boch museum and café, situated in the old abbey church dating back to 994 which is therefore very likely the oldest building in the Saarland.

Reloaded with energy you have time for shopping, if you like, in the factory outlets in Mettlach.

Monday, 10th September, start at 9 am at the conference office (building E2.2), return early afternoon.

The excursion is free of charge, the meals have to be paid by yourself.


Shipping from Saarbrücken to Sarreguemines (France) with visit of the weekly market.

On this shipping tour from Saarbrücken to Saareguemines you are able to enjoy many impressions along the River Saar. For your physical well-being, delicious food and drinks will be offered (chargeable). Arrived in Saarguemines beside the weekly market a small sightseeing tour is organized.

Thusday, 11th September, start at 7:45 am in front of Saarbrücken theater (main entrance), return around 3 pm.

The excursion is free of charge, the meals have to be paid by yourself.