Let’s meet in the museum and the botanical garden!

Friday, 26 April 19:00 - 23:00

Visit the Ghent University museum (GUM) and its award winning botanical garden during a private nocturne for the EQuiP conference, followed by a delicious walking dinner in the Forum of the museum.

The evening promises a delightful experience, starting with a leisurely stroll around the botanical garden and visit to the museum, accompanied by a local "aperitif" to set the mood. This is a perfect opportunity to unwind after a busy conference day and to get to know new colleagues and meet old friends. As the sun sets, our buffet in the Forum of the museum will feature a diverse array of delicious platters, carefully curated to cater to various palates. We are proud to share that our catering embodies values of sustainability, diversity, zero-food waste, short-chain distribution, and a commitment to locally produced, healthy ingredients. Each dish is a testament to our dedication to creating an eco-conscious and socially responsible event.

We look forward to fostering connections, building new friendships, and celebrating the success of the EQuiP 2024 conference in this convivial setting. We are looking forward to meet you in the Ghent University Museum!

Background on the museum and the botanical garden:

From a Tasmanian Tiger to a Dogon mask, the first Bakelite and a cork model of the Pantheon to a biomimetic model of a seahorse tail... The GUM can draw on an enormous variety of items for its permanent and temporary exhibitions. Together, they form the academic heritage collection of the GUM and Ghent University, the largest in Flanders, with more than 400,000 registered objects. Different collections are managed and presented in the museum setting: from the zoology and morphology collections, over the archeology and ethnographic collections, to the history of science and the history of medicine collections. With around 10,000 plant species, the Botanical Garden surrounding the museum plays a major role in scientific research at Ghent University and other national and international research institutions. Botanists from Ghent University collect plants from all over the world, especially Africa, Central America and China. The Botanical Garden and its glasshouses play an important role in plant conservation. It provides a safe haven for various endangered species.

Practical Information

  • 2.8 kms from the conference venue, located next to one of the largest parks in the city centre (public transport available)
  • Address is Ledeganckstraat 35, 9000 Ghent - Belgium
  • 7 PM – 11 PM
  • Included: access to the private nocturne in the museum and the botanical garden, welcome drink and walking dinner
  • Please note that the cost of the social event is not included in the conference registration fee. Space is limited and offered on a first-come-first-served basis.


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