Social Program

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

18.00 - **NEW** Walking Tour of Bruges

  • The walking tour will leave from the conference venue, Site Oud Sint-Jan, where a guide will introduce you to this beautifully preserved medieval city and some of its most famous sites. Each of our guides has expert knowledge of the city and will give you an informative and entertaining insight into the history of Bruges. The tour will finish at the Town Hall in the center of the city.
  • The tour will cost €4.96 (+ 21% tax = €6.00) per person and will last 1 hour. To book the tour, please book via the online registration system.

19.00 - Civic Reception

  • Attendees are invited to an official reception welcoming this Cell Symposium to the city of Bruges in the prestigious Gothic Chamber at City Hall.  Attendees are welcomed to taste the city beer of Bruges: ‘Brugse Zot’!  This reception is limited to 150 people, so please sign up for this by contacting Kay Russell 
  • The opulent, ornate City Hall of Bruges dominates Burg square. The historic Gothic monument dates back to the late 14th century and led the way for many other Low Country town halls built in a similar fashion.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

AM - Q & A session with Cell Press Editors

  • Build your network and interact with our Cell Press editors at this Q & A session, a great opportunity to ask them their tips for publishing at Cell Press and learn what’s new in the world of scientific publishing.

18.30 – Meet the Speakers dinner SOLD OUT

  • Over the course of your scientific career, networking will be the one of the most effective methods of advancing your career.  Engage in networking with the speakers and potential future collaborators at our ‘Meet the Speakers’ Dinner.
  • The Meet the Speakers Dinner will take place at the historic De Halve Maan Brewery on Thursday, 11 December 2014. Tickets are priced at €50 when ordered in advance with registration and include a reception followed by a four course menu including wine, beer (of course!) and soft drinks.
  • The De Halve Maan has been brewing award winning beers since 1856 and can trace its roots back to 1564. It is the only family run brewery still producing beers in the centre of Bruges. Our evening includes a tour of the brewery, culminating in panoramic views of this beautiful medieval city, together with a reception where you will have the chance to sample the brewery’s world famous selection of beers.
  • The 'Meet the Speakers' dinner is now sold out. If you wish to be added to a waiting list, please contact Kay Russell, email:

Friday, December 12, 2014

17.30 - Closing Reception

  • Attendees are invited for drinks and networking with colleagues, speakers and Cell Press editors at our closing reception. The reception will take place at the symposium venue Oud Sint Jan.
  • More details to follow soon.


For centuries the canals of Bruges (Brugge) have linked the city to the sea, a guarantee of wealth and prosperity. International merchants built up Bruges into one of the largest Hanse cities and in the 15th century the city flourished. Much of this heritage remains largely intact with cobbled streets and medieval buildings surrounding pretty canals, and picturesque scenes around almost every corner. Having escaped major damage during the World Wars, UNESCO has designated the entire city centre as a World Heritage Site. Saunter along the enigmatic canals, the arteries of the city, and immerse yourself in Bruges’ Golden Century.

Christmas Market

The world famous Christmas Market will be open during your stay. You will be able to roam the market stalls with their trinkets and street food as well as take advantage of the outdoor ice rink and magical atmosphere of this enchanting city adorned with lights and pretty decorations.

To find out more about local attractions click here

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