Social Programme

The Social Programme of BOSS XVI will include the following events: 

  • Welcome reception on Sunday, July 8

A Welcome reception will take place on Sunday after the Opening Lecture

  • Cocktail on Monday, July 9

A sponsored cocktail will follow the Tetrahedron Lecture

  • Cocktail on Tuesday, July 10 

A sponsored cocktail will follow the Janssen Pharmaceutica Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis Ceremony and Lecture

  • Excursions on Wednesday, July 11

Optional excursions will be organised between 15:30 and 17:00. Please register during the online registration process. Only one excursion per person can be booked, it is not possible to combine different tours. The exact start and ending point of the excursions will be communicated in the week preceding the Symposium. Please be aware that you will have to organise the transportation by yourself.

To conclude the Symposium in style, the organisers cordially invite you to attend the banquet, scheduled for Thursday, July 12 at 20:30. Located in the very heart of Brussels, "La Tentation" is a historical building in itself. Once a clothes workshop, it was partially destroyed by fire before reconstruction as identical, it now serves as trendy event location and house many cultural events.  

Participation in the banquet is optional, and subject to prior booking at the price of 60€. Please register during the online registration process or via the link "My registration" if you are already registered.


All excursions are fully booked, please contact the Symposium Secretariat to see availabilities!

This tour shows participants the main buildings occupied by the European institutions in Brussels: the European Commission, the European Council, the European Parliament and the Economic & Social Committee. The tour explains what these institutions do, and, above all, the issues raised by their presence in the Brussels cityscape, based on the monofunctional policy of “all offices – all cars” which was in force in the 1960s and in subsequent urban development plans. The alternative vision, put forward by local residents’ associations, (re-introducing an urban mix of housing, offices, shops and facilities, giving priority to public transport users, pedestrians and cyclists and increasing the mixture of the social classes) seems to have the upper hand today.

Price per participant: €15
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Meeting point at 15:15
Place du Luxembourg


This walking tour visits the major historical sites of the centre of Brussels: the Grand-Place and its surroundings, the Sablon or the Royal district. The tour demonstrates how the medieval commercial city was transformed by the neo-classical buildings and major construction projects of the nineteenth century into its present-day incarnation of a model European capital.

Price per participant: €15
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Meeting point at 15:15
Grand Place, in front of the main entrance of the City hall
1000 Brussels


In the building of Belgium's Royal Museums of Fine Arts, visitors can explore the 2,500 m2 of the Magritte Museum. This museum stands right in the centre of Brussels, on Place Royale, and exhibits for public viewing the surrealist artist's creations belonging to Belgium's Royal Museums of Fine Arts and originating mainly from purchases and from the Irène Hamoir-Scutenaire and Georgette Magritte bequests. This multidisciplinary collection is the richest in the world. It comprises more than 200 works consisting of oils on canvas, gouaches, drawings, sculptures and painted objects as well as advertising posters, music scores, vintage photographs and films directed by Magritte himself.

Price per participant: €20 (incl. guide and admission fees)
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Meeting point at 15:00
Magritte Museum
Place royale / Koningsplein 1
1000 Brussels

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