FMC 2015

Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry

 Antwerp, Belgium    September 14-16, 2015

Social Programme

The social programme of the conference will include: 

  • Excursions on Sunday, September 13
    On Sunday afternoon, optional excursions are organised between 15:00 and 17:00. Excursions can be booked when registering online for the Symposium. Only one excursion per person can be booked, it is not possible to combine different tours. The start and ending point of the excursions will be communicated in the week preceding the Symposium.

    EXCURSION 1:  STROLLING ALONG THE MEIR - walking tour from Grote Markt to the Station
    Did you know that in Antwerp, you can walk from one cathedral to another passing some of the best-known places in the city? The convivial Groenplaats, the Boerentoren skyscraper, Antwerp’s long shopping boulevard Meir and the bustling De Keyserlei? During this walk your guide will take you from the Gothic Cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary to Antwerp’s monumental Central Station, which is often referred to as the Railway Cathedral.
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    Price per participant: €9

    EXCURSION 2: TOURING AROUND (AND IN) MAS - the 'Eilandje', a blue lung for the city
    Just north of the Red-Light District, the old port district of the ‘Eilandje’ is getting a second chance. Port operations are making way for water tourism and a spectacular urban renewal process. Between the Scheldt, the picturesque old docks and the new ‘Park Spoor Noord’ landscape park, the town council and real estate developers are building an attractive neighbourhood. Here you are witness to a real urban metamorphosis!
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    Price per participant: €9

    EXCURSION 3: QUARTIER LATIN - more than a distinguished theater district
    Frivolity, luxury and lyrical arts were and are the keywords of this vibrant and artsy neighborhood with charming green corners and elegant terraces. The Quartier Latin is a vibrant and diverse area of theatres, shops, medicine, plants, health care and social welfare, banks, antiques, museums, fashion, cloisters and markets. Your guide will take you for a 3 hours' walk through the neighborhood, and give you enough time to visit the Rubens House.

    Price per participant: €19 (entrance Rubens House included)

  • Welcome Reception with Belgian Beers on Sunday, September 13
    A Welcome Reception with Belgian Beers will be organised on Sunday at 18:30. All participants are invited to join!

  • City Tour on Monday, September 14
    At the end of the scientific programme on Monday (17:30-19:00), a city tour is organised to give participants the chance to discover Antwerp. 

    The Antwerp locals are known for their indiscretion, frankness and glib conversation. They are friendly and proud to show you the most beautiful parts of their ‘metropolis’. This walk takes you along charming alleys and squares to the majestic Market Square or Grote Markt and the convivial Groenplaats. After this interesting introduction you will immediately feel at home in the heart of the city and you can go on to explore the city yourself!

    The tour will end in a local pub, where we will treat you to a very nice Belgian beer!

    Price per participant: €15, beer included
  • Symposium Banquet on Tuesday, September 15
    To conclude the Symposium in style, the organisers cordially invite you to attend the banquet, scheduled for Tuesday, September 15 at 20:00. The dinner will be held in the beautiful Art Nouveau room of the Grand Café Horta.

    This restaurant with impressive decorative elements from the art nouveau period, is an icon in the center of Antwerp and a unique place to have dinner. Grand Café Horta is named after the Belgian art nouveau architect Victor Horta. Remains of his tore-down building ‘Het Volkshuis’ were used in this restaurant.

    The participation in the dinner is optional, and subject to prior booking at the price of 65€. A limited number of places is available, so make sure to book your place in time!