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Social Programme

Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception

The Opening Ceremony will take place at 18:30 on Wednesday 11th September 2019 in Hall 1 (Floor -2) of the ACV. Please arrive at the ACV early to allow sufficient time for registration and for you to collect your participant badge necessary for you to enter the building. Details of the ACV and its location can be seen here.

The Welcome Reception will take place after the Opening Ceremony in the Exhibition Hall of the ACV at approximately 19:00–21:00. Entrance is subject to registration and display of the congress badge. The reception is free for participants. Accompanying persons can attend if they are registered and pay the appropriate fee.

Food and beverages: complimentary drinks and finger food
Entertainment: String quartet


ESE Reception

Venue:Rathaus Vienna City Hall (Festival Hall)
Date/time: Thursday 12th September 2019 from 19:30 – 23:30
Cost: 50 +VAT Euro (onsite 70 +VAT). Accompanying persons can attend if they are registered and pay the appropriate fee
Food and beverages: complimentary drinks (for a specific period) and finger food
Entertainment: String quartet

Click here for more information on the City Hall.

The City Hall is one of the most splendid amongst the numerous monumental buildings in Vienna. Designed by Friedrich Schmidt (1825-1891), it was erected between 1872 and 1883. The architecture of the Ringstraße is dominated by “Historicism”, that is, a style that emphasises the importance of history and is characterised by traditional forms and elements. In Historicism various stylistic elements of the past were combined into a style in its own right. Friedrich Schmidt however orientated himself just on one particular epoch or period. The City Hall was built in the Gothic style, with a tower similar to Gothic cathedrals. The Gothic era saw the growth of the cities and the emergence of an urban bourgeoisie.

Today the City Hall is the head office of Vienna's municipal administration. More than 2000 people work in the building. Visitors can see the magnificent appointments of the state rooms, which frequently provide an atmospheric backdrop to various events such as press conferences, concerts or balls.


Congress dinner cruise

Venue: MS Admiral Tegetthoff
Date/time: Friday 13th September 2019 from 19.30 to 11.30
Cost: 110 +VAT Euro (onsite 150 +VAT). Accompanying persons can attend if they pay the appropriate fee
Food and beverages: complimentary drinks (for a specific period) and extensive buffet
Entertainment: Jazz singer and accompanying band

Click here for more information.

In 1987 the Austrian shipyards launched the two boats MS Admiral Tegetthoff and MS Prinz Eugen, which are identical in construction. The MS Admiral Tegetthoff is the flagship of the DDSG Blue Danube company and was completely refurbished in 2012. The art-nouveau style boat is believed to be the most famous charter boat and has been ploughing the waves of the Danube since 2001. For better manoeuvrability - mainly for mooring manoeuvres - the boat is equipped with an electrically driven bowthruster. Among other facilities are sonar, radar, and radiotelephone services to make for safe navigation.

Generous, partly covered sundeck
Equipment for those with a disability, including a lift to the upper deck


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