Social Programm

Official opening of the IGC 2012

The IGC 2012 will be officially opened with a concert in the Cologne Philharmonic. The traditional opening speeches will be accompanied by a varied musical programme, performed by a symphony orchestra, a choir and a big band.
Entrance to the opening concert is free. Please note that the number of places for this event is limited. Registration is essential!!!

Official opening in the Cologne Philharmonic
Date: 26.08.2012
Time: 15:00
Location: Cologne Philharmonic
Cost: free, booking necessary!!!

Reception in Cologne Town Hall

On the evening of the second day of the Congress, the Lord Mayor of Cologne will receive the IGC 2012 participants in the “Piazetta” of the historic Town Hall.
The historic Town Hall represents the freedom of Cologne’s citizens like no other building in the city. It was erected by the Cologne guilds at the end of the 14th century as a symbol of their dominance in the town and has survived the centuries almost unchanged. With its location in the heart of the city, the citizens of Cologne continued in the tradition of the city’s Roman founders, who erected their praetorium on the same site and shaped the city’s fortunes from here.
The Lord Mayor’s reception is not included in the congress fee and can be booked as an extra. Please note that the number of places for this event is limited.

Lord Mayor’s reception
Date: 27.08.2012
Time: (planned) 20:00
Location: Historic Town Hall
Cost: free, booking necessary!!!

Congress Dinner

The Congress Dinner is traditionally a highlight in the social programme of all IGCs and provides an opportunity for the participants to relax and enjoy meeting outside the scientific programme.
The Congress Dinner of the IGC 2012 will take place in the stylish atmosphere of Cologne’s “Gilden im Zims” brewery. This brewery in the heart of Cologne’s old town adds elements of modern gastronomy to the traditions of the Cologne breweries, creating a unique atmosphere. The menu includes many regional specialities newly interpreted.
A first impression of the brewery can be gained at
The Congress Dinner is not included in the congress feet and can be booked as a supplementary option. The Congress Dinner costs 60.00 €, which covers a buffet with vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes as well as drinks for the evening. Please note that the number of places for this event is limited.

Congress Dinner
Date: 28.08.2012
Admission: from 7:30 pm
Start: 8:00 pm
Location: Gilden im Zims
Price: 60,00 €