Workshop Dinner (Monday, 18 March 2019 - organized by workshops)

Further information will follow soon!

Welcome Reception (Tuesday, 19 March 2019)

The welcome reception provides a great opportunity to discuss with colleagues and to share ideas. The welcome reception will take place on Wednesday in the foyer of the Atlantic Congress Hotel. The Atlantic Congress Hotel Essen is a superior business hotel in the district Rüttenscheid in Essen. The hotel is located directly next to the beautiful Gruga Park, which offers a perfect surrounding to take a stroll and relax in an oasis of calm. Enjoy a memorable evening with drinks and snacks over inspiring discussions.

Guided Tour @ Zeche Zollverein (Wednesday, 20 March 2019)

On Wednesday, right before the dinner, you have the possibility to join a guided tour at the worl heritage side Zeche Zollverein. The tour takes approx. 45 minutes and ends just in time at the location of the conference dinner. About coal and miners The path leads through Zollverein Shaft XII’s authentically preserved surface installations. Apart from the impressive ‘New Objective’ architecture, you discover the technology and work at the loveliest and formerly largest and most productive coal mine in the world. From the shaft hall, where the coal arrived, you follow the coal on its travels through the screening plant, where the coal was pre-screened, to its preparation and loading is the scrubbing plant. At the same time you discover the traces of miners and get to know their ways of life and conditions of work. Outside the plant you find out interesting facts about Zollverein’s architecture, nature and its multifaceted process of transformation from mine to modern site of art.

Photographs of Zollverein are kindly provided by (from left to right): © Frank Vinken/Stiftung Zollverein, © Jochen Tack/Stiftung Zollverein, © Sebastian Mölleken/"die kokerei"

Conference Dinner @ "die kokerei" (Wednesday, 20 March 2019)

In order to celebarte the 25th anniversary of REFSQ we will enjoy an exquisite conference dinner at the UNESCO World Heritage site Zeche Zollverein. Zeche Zollverein is a masterpiece of mine architecture and often labelled as the most beautiful mine in the world. In 1986 the last miners descended down the shaft for a final shift. Nowadays, it has been transformed into a well-preserved monument, which is a symbol for the change of a whole region. There was more than enough space to accommodate museums, dances, concerts, theatre, culinary art and light. Annually, about 1.5 million visitors from all over the world explore the extraordinary area, attend guided tours, visit exhibitions and celebrate in one of the authentic function rooms. At night, the site is illuminated beautifully and will provide a breath-taking scenery for the REFSQ 2019 conference dinner.

The conference dinner will be hosted in the restaurant "die kokerei", which is situtaed in the old coking plant complex. Enjoy a stunning view over gigantic coke oven battery while you enjoy delicious food and drinks. Join us for an unforgettable night!