The social program is a key highlight of the Congress and represents the perfect opportunity to relax with your peers and meet new contacts. 

Opening ceremony and Welcome drinks 

Bringing good luck for the coming Congress and scaring away any evil event spirits, our Opening ceremony this year will be the celebrated Asian lion and dragon dances accompanied by musicians.  This traditional performance with a modern twist will take place directly after our plenary lectures and will lead on to our Welcome drinks which provides an excellent occasion to discuss the days to come.   

Date: Sunday 21 October
Time: From 17:30 to 19:30
Venue: The Sands Expo and Convention Center - Level 5 Exhibition 
Cost: Complimentary for all fully-registered delegates, accompanying persons and exhibitors. For day delegates, pre-Congress course ONLY delegates and non-registered accompanying persons there is a fee of $89 USD per person to include both the Opening ceremony and Welcome drinks. 

Additional tickets can be booked at the time of registering. If you have already completed your registration please email for additional tickets.

With grateful acknowledgement to our sponsor for this event:

Congress party

Join us for a truly authentic experience at the famous hawker centre (food market) in the heart of the city. Chinatown Food Street is the perfect opportunity to relax with friends, try Singapore’s famous tasty food and experience its dynamic culture with live demonstrations.  There will be over 20 food stalls to choose from, offering the City’s signature cuisines such as Chinese, Indian, Malay as well as much more.  The glass roof makes it a perfect outdoor dining spot whatever the weather and our excellent DJ will accompany the whole event. 

Date: Tuesday 23 October 
Time: 18:30 - 23:00
Venue: Chinatown Food Street
Dress code: Casual
Tickets: $60 USD - register using our Congress registration page or by contacting 
NB: Transport will be not be provided.

Share our Congress party flyer with your colleagues:

Congress party flyer

With grateful acknowledgement of our sponsor for this event:                                                                         

Leaving drinks

To celebrate the end of a successful Congress and to look forward to the 2019 World Congress in Berlin, we invite all attendees to join us for our themed German leaving drinks.  Meet our next Congress Chairs Prof Rabih Chaoui and Prof Kurt Hecher and see how you can get involved.

Date: Wednesday 24 October 

Time: From 16:50 to 17:50
Venue: The Sands Expo and Convention Center
Cost: Complimentary for all fully-registered delegates, accompanying persons and exhibitors.