Social Events

Fantastic social events have been lined up by the Local Organizing Committee. Please indicate whether you participate on the registration form.

Date: Sunday, 7 August 2016
Venue: Museum für Naturkunde
Entrance: via Thaersaal of Humboldt Universität
Address: Invalidenstr. 42, 10115 Berlin
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The conference registration on Sunday, 7 August 2016, will take place from      4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Thaersaal of Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in Berlin-Mitte, directly next-door to the Museum für Naturkunde.

Take the chance to visit the Museum für Naturkunde until the Welcome Reception will start at 6:00 p.m.. You will be able to judge the change that this museum situated in the former GDR has incurred since the previous MetSoc meeting in 1996, still during the early years after Germany’s reunification. Like the Museum, the city of Berlin has dramatically changed since, and has become one of the premium travel destinations worldwide.

Date: Wednesday, 10 August 2016
Time: noon - 4:00 p.m.

The Wednesday conference day will be dedicated to the awards ceremony that will be followed by the following excursion options – before the conference banquet will be held in the “Wasserwerk”.

One tour per registered person is included in the registration fee. 

City of Contrasts including Snack Lunch

Checkpoint Charlie: ©visitBerlin; Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

To many of the Berlin visitors and tourists, the most important attractions date back to the past century. People want to discover the city’s Cold War past and its “island” status. On this tour, your guide will take you back in time and show you the most famous sites.

During the 40 years of Berlin’s separation, the East and the West side developed in completely different directions. Although, the precise course of the wall is hardly traceable a lot of the aftermath of the separation is still noticeable and visible. Your guide will point this out along the way.

A historic place and the first stop on this tour will be Checkpoint Charlie, the famous former border crossing in the heart of Berlin. Until the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989, it signified the border between West and East, Capitalism and Communism, freedom and confinement.

Afterwards you pass the East Side Gallery, an 1,3 km long stretch of the wall that was left as a memorial and painted by artists from all over the world. It now stands as Europe’s most famous open-air gallery.

The bus tour resumes with a stop and visit at the “Berlin Wall Memorial”. This part of the wall has been preserved in commemoration of the people who suffered communism. This is probably the best spot to see the wall as it really used to be. Visit the open-air exhibition, the Reconciliation Chapel and the documentation center with observation deck. A multimedia presentation draws on the local historical experience at Bernauer Straße, exploring varied aspects of the political background and historical detail surrounding one of the most poignant and significant events of the Cold War. From the top of the tower you have a view on to the former East and West part separated by the former Wall.

A snack lunch will be provided during this tour.

The tour will start and end at the Henry Ford Building.

Excursion to Potsdam including Snack Lunch

Park von Sanssouci: ©TMB-Fotoarchiv; Foto: Geertje Wieck/SPSG

You will go on a half-day excursion to Potsdam – the city, which bests reflects the brilliance of Prussian history in many different periods.

The tour will begin with a short bus tour through the city center of Potsdam. You will also pass the Russian colony "Alexandrovka" and the early 18th century settlement "Holland Quarter" with its colorful houses.

Afterwards you will visit one of the following Prussian palaces and their beautiful garden. The whole complex was built as the summer residence for the Prussian Royal family.

The Palace Sanssouci was commissioned by Friedrich der Große (Frederick the Great), King of Prussia. The architect Georg W. von Knobelsdorff planned the building, which was erected between 1745 and 1747. The Rococo-style Hohenzollern palace is located within the Park Sanssouci, which is listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The New Palace was erected in the western part of Park Sanssouci between 1763 and 1769. Frederick the Great’s New Palace marks the symbolic end of an era, since after its completion no further baroque palaces were built in Prussia. The head architects were Johann Gottfried Büring (1763-1764) and Carl von Gontard (1764-1769).

A snack lunch will be provided during this tour.

The tour will start and end at the Henry Ford Building.

Date: Wednesday, 10 August 2016
Venue: Wasserwerk  
Address: Hohenzollerndamm 208a, 10713 Berlin
Time: 7:00 p.m. - midnight

Don’t miss the conference banquet that will be held in the “Wasserwerk”, the location of the former Berlin sewage works. Participants are assured that this venue of a distinct, somewhat unique charm does not lack of anything for their comfort. 

In 1906 the former sewage works was activated for the first time and was extremely progressive for that time. In 1999 the old sewage works was substituted by a modern one. Nowadays, it belongs to the most interesting venues in Berlin. The historical industrial architecture of the 100 year old sewage works creates a special ambiance that is unequaled and awards your event a totally new dimension. 

Enjoy a buffet dinner before you can hit the dancefloor.

How to get to the Museum für Naturkunde

The Museum für Naturkunde is located directly downtown Berlin and can be reach by the following means of public transport:

  • Underground line: U6 (station Naturkundemuseum; use the southern exit Invalidenstraße, then turn right into Invalidenstraße)
  • S-Bahn line: S1, S2, S25 (station Berlin Nordbahnhof), S5, S7, S75 (station Berlin Nordbahnhof)
  • Bus lines: N6, N40 (station Naturkundemuseum), 120, 123, 142, 245, N20, N40 (station Invalidenpark)
  • Tram: M5, M8, M10, 12 (station Naturkundemuseum)

How to get from the city centre to the congress venue

The following means of public transport connect the city centre with the congress venue Henry-Ford-Bau:

  • Underground line: U3 (station Thielplatz)
  • S-Bahn line: S1 (station Lichterfelde West)
  • Bus lines: X10, 115, 285 (station Oskar-Helene-Heim), M11 (station Hittorfstr.), 110 (station Thielplatz), X83 and N3 (station Dahlem-Dorf)

We recommend using underground line U3 and exit at Thielplatz station. Use the southern exit (Brümmerstraße/Faradayweg) and turn left at the top of the stairs. Cross Brümmerstraße and turn right. After 90 m, keep to the left and then immediately turn left into Van't-Hoff-Straße. After 100 m, turn right into Boltzmannstraße. You will reach the congress venue Henry-Ford-Bau after some 170 m.

How to get to the Congress Banquet at the Wasserwerk

The Waterworks is located in the Western city center and can be reached by public transport, as follows:

  • Underground line: U3, U9 (station Spichernstraße) - please note that U9 is currently not fully serving in one section and we recommend to use the busses M85 or 285 between Rathaus Steglitz and Walther-Schreiber-Platz 
  • S-Bahn line: S1 (station Zoologischer Garten)
  • Bus lines: 204, N3, N9 (station Spichernstraße), 249 and N3 (station Hohenzollernplatz)


For detailed information how to get to the different venues by public transport just have a look on and use the route planer:


BVG (Berlin Trans. Co.) Tickets are valid for all transportation (i.e., Bus, Tram (Straßenbahn), U-Bahn (subway), S-Bahn (express subway), and DB regional trains. Tickets for zones AB cover the entire city area including Tegel Airport. For Schönefeld Airport or Potsdam you will need a Berlin ABC ticket

  • Single ticket Berlin AB: 1 trip, EUR 2.70; tickets must be validated (red or yellow machines on platforms (S-Bahn, U-Bahn, DB regional trains) or inside buses and trams. Theyare valid for 2 h, but round/return trips are not allowed.
  • Block of 4 single tickets Berlin AB: 4 trips, EUR 9.00, validation for each trip necessary.
  • 7-Day-Ticket Berlin AB: unlimited number of trips, EUR 30.00


Taxis can be called day and night on these phone numbers:

  • +49 (0) 30 21 02 02
  • +49 (0) 30 44 33 22.


Berlin overview map
Henry-Ford-Bau and vicinity map