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Social Activities

The annual IMTA Conference is a scientific meeting accompanied by several social activities. These include a 'Meet and Greet' welcome reception and a closing Conference Dinner, which are free of charge for the registered conference participants. In addition, a few other activities are proposed as opportunities for you to discover more of the host country. As these activities don’t belong to the Conference itself, separate fees may apply.

Meet & Greet Welcome Reception
Monday October 9th
(No fee for conference delegates, 35  EUR for guests)

For your convenience our welcome reception will be held with the registration on Monday October 9th, 2017 at the the Mezenerkaserne, Bern. Enjoy some delicious refreshments after your registration and catch up with your friends of the IMTA community.

Conference Venue

Tuesday October 10th
(No fee for conference delegates, 35 EUR for guests)

The International Beer Testing Association (IBTA) meeting will be held on Tuesday October 10th, 2017. The location for this event is the Champions Lounge of the legendary Stade de Suisse, only a few walking minutes away from the conference venue. Attendants are expected to bring some typical beer or other beverages from their home country, region or town. This is the chance to acquaint your international colleagues with the most appetizing beverages your country has to offer. We’ll make sure that you, too, will get to know and enjoy some of our Swiss national products.

Stade de Suisse

Location of the IBTA

Conference Banquet
Thursday October 12th
(No fee for conference delegates, 100  EUR  fee for guests)

Our conference dinner will take place at the Paul Klee Zentrum, Bern, where you have a chance to enjoy the finest that Swiss cuisine has to offer.

IMTA Banquet Picture

Last Day Activities

Last day activities (October 13th, 2017) will run simultaneously and thus you’ll only be able to participate in one. We have arranged six tours to cover a wide scope of potential interests and personal preferences.
All tours (except tours 1 and 2) include transport by coach.

To assist us in preparing these activities, please indicate in which tour you would like to take part by selecting one option in our tour poll on Doodle after studying our program. Please note that reservations work on a first-come-first-serve basis and have to be made before October 1st. In order to make the necessary arangements on our side we consider your reservation as binding. Payments for these activities will have to be made in cash only, on-site at the registration/conference desk, before Tuesday, October 10th.

Last Day Activities Tour #1
Guided Tour “Lust and Vice” in Bern (in English)
Cost: 20 CHF per person

Follow this walking tour of Bern on the trail of the seven deadly sins and discover hair-raising events and erotic anecdotes from the past and present. Do you know why “Ryffligässchen” was formerly called “Frauengässchen” (Ladies’ Street)? Or why did the executioner in Bern keep a special hair curler on hand? Alongside the Parliament Building, Bear Park and Clock Tower (Zytglogge), Bern has even more to offer than many might imagine.
This tour will last from 10:00 to 12:00 AM


Last Day Activities Tour #2
Guided tour “Ghost Stories and Mysteries” in Bern (in English)
Cost: 20 CHF per person

Want to get spooked? The medieval alleyways of Bern’s Old Town are fertile ground for ghost stories and mysteries. The myths surrounding the empty haunted house on Junkerngasse are known throughout the city. But do you know the legend about the white fog that flows out of the ground in Granary Square (Kornhausplatz)? Come and be enthralled by these and other spooky stories!
This tour will last from 10:00 to 12:00 AM


Last Day Activities Tour #3
Visit the Kambly Experience
20 CHF per person and includes a hot or cold drink at the Kambly-Café

Dive into the world of Kambly at the center of the idyllic Emmental Valley and discover the secrets behind the art of fine biscuit making and delight all your senses. Explore the world of Kambly and its origins, indulge yourself and enjoy moments of sweet sensation. Take your pick of over 100 varieties of biscuits. Here you will find a great selection of exclusive and seasonal Kambly specialties suitable for any occasion.
This tour will last from 09:00 AM to 13:00 PM


Last Day Activities Tour #4
Knife Factory and Shop in Swiss Knife Valley (in English) - VIP
Cost: 20 CHF per person, includes a small pocketknife and a shop-voucher (30%)

In the year 1884 Karl Elsener opened his cutlery business in Ibach-Schwyz at a time when Switzerland was one of the poorer countries in Europe. 1891 saw the delivery of the first Soldier Knife to the Swiss Army and in 1897 he developed the well-known Swiss Officer and Sport Knife. With these he laid the cornerstone to what is nowadays a well-known enterprise. We have the very special and exclusive opportunity to be guided through the production site. Usually they do not open their doors to the public!
This tour will last from 07:00 AM to 02:00 PM


Last Day Activities Tour #5
Swiss Knife Valley Museum (in English)
Cost: 20 CHF per person, includes a small pocketknife and a shop-voucher (30 CHF)

Guided tour through the Museum about the story of the Swiss Officer Knife. All participants on this tour will have the opportunity to assemble their own Officer Knife (knife costs 30CHF, to be paid on site). First come – first served. There is also a Brand Store with the possibility of doing some shopping. All participants will get a small pocket knife and a shop-voucher.
This tour will last from 07:00 AM to 02:00 PM


Last Day Activities Tour #6
Swiss Chocolate and Cheese (Two groups. Change at noon.)
Cost: 20 CHF per person

Do you dream of visiting a real chocolate factory? Maison Cailler opens the door for you to explore Cailler’s world of chocolate. Experience with all your senses the secrets around the origins and manufacturing of chocolate. Touch roasted cocoa beans and follow your nose towards the irresistible scent of freshly made chocolate. Our chocolate tasting will titillate your taste buds with the aromas of exquisite cocoa, fresh Alpine milk and the best ingredients.

Lunch (not included) in Gruyère for both groups.
Insider tip: Museum and Bar H.R. Giger (Alien)

Le Gruyère AOP is a cheese with a long tradition and its recipe has been handed down over many generations of cheesemakers. La Maison du Gruyère guides you through a modern world of the senses, with the cow Cerise (Cherry) introducing you to the secrets of Gruyère AOP making. A headset will be provided with audio information available in thirteen languages. Under our watchful eyes the masters cheese-makers and their team produce their wheels of Gruyère. Your taste buds will be seduced by tasting cheese at three different stages of maturity: 6, 8 and 10 months.
This tour will last the entire day.

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