Social Programme

Opening Ceremony – Messe Essen

Date: Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Time: 19:00 - 20:00

Once again the official opening of the congress will feature an opening address from the congress presidents and the ECSS president accompanied by amazing entertainment.

Please find the programme for the Opening Ceremony here.

                                                    Die Mobilés                                                                 Iya Traoré      

Opening Reception sponsored by City of Essen and official Opening of the Exhibition – Exhibition area at Messe Essen

Date: Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Time: 20:00 - 21:00

Background music played by DJ Toto.

Following the Opening Ceremony all delegates are invited to come together, network and enjoy the German cuisine: finger food and drinks will be served. Limited capacity only, pre-booking required.

                            Opening Reception at ECSS Vienna 2016                              

Coffee and Lunch breaks – Messe Essen

One of the most valued benefits of the congress is the opportunity to network. This is why the ECSS has included numerous coffee (6) and lunch breaks (3) in the schedule of the congress. Pre-booking required.

ECSS General Assembly – Messe Essen

Date: Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Lecture room: Berlin (West)

All ECSS members are invited to join the ECSS General Assembly to be informed about the latest facts and figures and the development of the society.

The 1st ECSS Exhibition Raffle - Messe Essen

By participating the competition delegates have the possibility to win a unique ECSS iPad and great product prizes sponsored by ECSS exhibitors! Delegates receive a raffle coupon with their congress bag. To make use of this coupon attendees need to visit selected exhibitors and complete a task given at their exhibition booth. After accomplishing the task delegates will get awarded with the company stamp on their coupon. Once collected at least ten stamps, they qualify for the raffle which will take place on Saturday at the ECSS information booth (exhibition ends on Friday at 18:00).

Date: Wednesday, 5 July - Friday 7 July
Time: Exhibition opening hours
Location: Exhibition hall

FEPSAC Evening - Das Schön, Rüttenscheider Strasse 199, 45131 Essen

Date: Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Time: 21:30
Location: Das Schön

Join the FEPSAC president, Anne-Marie Elbe, for an informal gathering after the opening reception to network and discuss. Registration required. More information here.

ECSS MetropolisRuhr Reception - Ruhr University Bochum (RUB)

Date: Thursday, 6 July 2017
Time: 20:30 - 23:00
Transport: organised for the invited guests

A cocktail reception organised at the Campus of the Ruhr University Bochum. Invitation only.

                           ©RUB, Schirdewahn                                                                       ©RUB

3rd ECSS Bengt Saltin Run - Grugapark, Essen

Organized in the memory of ECSS Founding member and Patron Prof. Bengt Saltin. The run will take place in the Grugapark, located right next to the congress venue Messe Essen. Please see the map here.

               ©Grugapark, Essen                                       2nd ECSS Bengt Saltin Run at ECSS Vienna 2016

Distance: 5 km
Date: Friday, 7 July 2017
Time:  07:00 am

Registration has closed. You may be able to register onsite at the bag distribution in the exhibition hall booth number 90.

Please find more information here.

YIA Cocktail Party - Red Dot Design Museum

Date: Friday, 7 July 2017
Time: 20:30
Transport: organised for the invited guests

All former YIA winners together with the top 10 candidates of each category of this year’s congress are invited to a small restricted cocktail. Invitation only.

          ©Red Dot Design Museum                                                           ©Red Dot Design Museum

Friday Night Out - Rüttenscheider Straße, Essen OR Bermuda3eck, Bochum

Two options are offered for you to spend your Friday Night Out with your ECSS colleagues, friends and acquaintances.

Date: Friday, 7 July 2017

Option 1. Classic Version - Pub Crawl at one of Essen's Hotspots


Option 2. Rock & Pop Version - Open Air Music Festival in the famous Bermuda3eck of Bochum City


Please find more information here.

Please register for the option of your choice by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Movie Lunch "Town of Runners" – Messe Essen

Date: Saturday, 8 July 2017
Time: 12:55 - 14:00
Lecture room: Berlin/West

We offer you an opportunity to watch an interesting documentary of Kenyan runners during the lunch break on Saturday.

Town Of Runners ( is a feature documentary about young people from the Ethiopian rural town of Bekoji, whose runners have won 8 Olympic Gold medals, 32 World Championships and broken 10 world records in the last 20 years. The film follows two girls as they strive to emulate their local heroes, making the journey from school track to national competition and from childhood to adulthood. Their mentor is a former PE teacher who has discovered and trained many of the world’s leading long distance runners including Tirunesh and Genzebe Dibaba, Kenenisa Bekele and Deratu Tulu.

Closing Ceremony – Messe Essen

Date: Saturday, 8 July 2017
Time: 18:00 - 19:00

Closing Ceremony will follow the Young Investigator Awards and will feature Thanks and Goodbye from MetropolisRuhr and a presentation of the 23rd annual Congress ECSS 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.

ECSS Congress Party - Schöner Alfred (Delta Essen), Frohnhauser Str. 75, 45143 Essen, Germany

Date: Saturday, 8 July 2017

19:45 - Entrance
20:30 - 22:30 Buffet (pre-booking required)
21:00 - 23:00 - Live Band, Limited Edition (by FMF-Show)
23:00 - DJs' and entrance for everyone

NOTE: Please remember to bring your party ticket and your two drink vouchers with you. All additional drinks will be marked on your drink card, which you receive at the entrance. This you will pay once leaving the party. More information here.

This is your time to network, socialize and enjoy the great atmosphere of the ECSS congress and most importantly DANCE! Limited capacity only, pre-booking required. Please find the map here.

How to get there?
The closest bus station is Westendstr. with line number 145, which is 15 minute ride from the Essen Main Railway Station (Hauptbahnhof). There is also a night bus line taking you back to the Main Railway Station every hour after midnight.

Time tables

You may plan your way to Schöner Alfred here.