Social program

Following the tradition of previous GADEST conferences, the GADEST 2015 conference also aimed to to provide a forum for informal discussions among the participants. Accordingly, the social program outlined below had the aim to help overcome the traditional barriers between engineers and scientists as well as between eastern and western participants.

Welcome reception

Rabeneck Castle On the evening of Sunday, September 20th, a welcome reception was held at Rabeneck Castle shown in the picture on the right (source: Beinreis, Wikimedia Commons). The ride from Bad Staffelstein to Rabeneck Castle lead us into the heart of the so-called Franconian Switzerland, a picturesque highland area with hills up to an altitude of 600 m above sea level. After a reception where mead was served, the reception continued in the traditions of the first GADEST conferences by a wild boar meal. To accompany the wild boar, locally brewed beer was served.

Conference outing

On the afternoon of Wednesday, September 23, an outing was made to Bamberg. After a guided tour through Bamberg, an organ concert, a reception, and the conference dinner followed.

Bamberg

The old city
	    hall in BambergFirst mentioned in 902, Bamberg became important when Holy Roman Emperor Henry II founded the diocese of Bamberg in 1007. For a short time, Bamberg was then the centre of the Holy Roman Empire. Being built on seven hills and with the panorama characterized by the towers of the cathedral and the Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg is sometimes referred to as the "Rome of Franconia." Today, Bamberg has the largest undamaged historic town centre in Germany and has been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993. The picture at the right hand side (source: Berthold Werner, Wikimedia Commons) shows the old city hall, one of the historic landmarks. In addition, Bamberg is known for its beer tradition with smoked beer "Rauchbier" being a particular specialty.

Organ concert

Organ in St. StephanCelebrating the 30th anniversary of GADEST, an organ concert was given in the church of St. Stephan in Bamberg.

The organist, Wolfgang Skorupa of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, is not only a renowned scientist and long-term participant at GADEST conferences, he is also a celebrated artist who, as an example, gave a performance in 2013 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of E-MRS and the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Lambarene Hospital in the Cathedral of Strasbourg. For GADEST, he presented us with his interpretation of

"Pipe organs and defects: A synergistic approach...."

The baroque exterior of the organ of St. Stephen shown above (source: Tilman2007, Wikimedia Commons) dates back to 1720. After a few overhauls, the current organ was dedicated in 2008.

Reception and conference dinner

Hotel
	    ResidenzschlossAfter a short walk, a reception and the conference dinner followed in the Hotel Residenzschloss.

The baroque Hotel Residenzschloss depicted at the right hand side (source: Welcome Hotel Residenzschloss) is situated at the banks of the river Regnitz, just a short walk from the historic city centre. It was built originally by prince-bishop von Erthal in 1787 as a hospital for Bamberg's university. Having been one of the most modern hospitals of its time, it remained in use right up until 1984 when a new hospital was opened in the periphery of Bamberg. After renovation and conversion, the Hotel Residenzschloss opened in 1990.