Antwerp: The Destination Experience
Meet the AIPC Board of Directors and management team; get a quick orientation to AIPC and find out how to make the most of your Conference experience.
16:00-22:30 Destination Experience, Welcome Reception, Informal Dinner
An Antwerp City Walk
What can be more exciting than discovering a charming medieval town, consisting of remarkable buildings and narrow streets with interesting comments on historical facts and highlighted by picturesque anecdotes. On this entertaining walking tour through the historic city centre you’ll meet famous and infamous Antwerp citizens and legendary creatures from the last centuries. Learn the history of this city through the stories of historical buildings and their inhabitants. Most of the stories & legends came to life in the 16th century or Antwerp’s Golden Age when this place was the centre of what we now know as Europe. Accompanied by experienced city guides you will stroll alongside many sites and places which you have never imagined before.
A Gastronomical Aquarium Experience!
We start with the exclusive Diamond Cocktail at Grand Café Flamingo. Will you get that one glass of champagne that holds a beautiful diamond inside? All other diamonds are zirconia, but one glass will reveal a real, authentic diamond! Once you've enjoyed a glass of champagne, you can check the authenticity of your ‘stone’ with one of the diamond experts and find out if you are the lucky owner of a real diamond!
After this unique experience we will walk through the enchanting sleeping ZOO to the completely revamped Aquarium of the ZOO. This Belle Epoque building shines as never before and brings back the grandeur of the turn of the century (built in 1911). Here you experience an unforgettable evening between the tropical anemonefish and the blacktip reef sharks.
Monday, June 24: ConferenceDay I
07:00-08:00 Morning Run or Walk & Tai Chi session (don't forget to bring your sportswear!)
Tempted to wake up early and run first thing? Exclusively for the AIPC-delegates the ZOO opens its doors for early birds. Start your day with a walk or jog in the beauty and serenity of the ZOO or exercise your body and imagination during a Tai Chi session. The flamingos will inspire you to strike your pose!
19:30-22:30 AIPC Award Dinner
The first thing that strikes you on entering the Marble Hall is an exceptional feeling of space. Lofty columns, made of massive blocks of pink marble and standing on bronze bases, carry the high ceiling that is pure Art Nouveau – a unique fusion of steel and oak. High windows admit a great deal of light, or red velvet curtains can be used to keep the atmosphere more intimate. You won’t find plasterboard walls here, just the quality of a bygone era when things were built to last. The Belle Époque atmosphere is still palpable to this day, as is the grandeur of royal banquets and other celebrations. A walk through the neighbouring Winter Garden calms your senses after a busy conference day. A memorable and exclusive experience. After the official ceremony and the presentation of the awards, you are invited for a Garden Festival at the Flamingo Square. Here you can enjoy swinging music and delicious food in an extraordinary Belle Epoque setting.