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Social programme

Social program

For all participants interested in activities to see more of the city of Rotterdam and its cultural offering, we invite you to join us for our social program at the end of the first day of the WEON congress (Thursday June 22nd). There will be several activities that take place in the city center of Rotterdam to choose from. Afterwards we will gather for dinner together where there will be ample opportunity to socialize with your colleagues and to catch up.

This program includes an activity and a dinner for 65 euros. There are limited spots available, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please indicate if you would like to attend in the registration form.

The program is as follows:

17:00 The day program of the conference ends

17:15-18:45* Activity: see the different possibilities below

18:45-19:30 Free time

19:30-21:30 Vegetarian dinner at the Bazar in Rotterdam

*For the aikido workshop the time differs, it starts at 17:30 and will end at 19:00.



There are four different activities to choose from: 3 walking tours of the city and 1 aikido workshop.


The Arts & Architecture and Street art walking tours start and finish at the conference location (WTC Postillion). These details will forllow for the Rotterdam through the eyes of the Street Doctor walking tour. The aikido workshop is held at the conference location.

1) Rotterdam through the eyes of Street Doctor Marcel Slockers (max 10 persons, only in Dutch)
Marcel Slockers is huisarts en straatdokter en zal bij CVD-Havenzicht wat vertellen over  de medische zorg aan dak- en thuislozen. CVD-Havenzicht is een opvanginstelling voor dak- en thuislozen en heeft ook een verpleegafdeling. We gaan het over ziekte, sterfte en toegang tot zorg hebben. Ook komt de onverzekerde epidemie aan de orde. Dit geeft een bijzondere inkijk in een wereld dagelijks gevuld met onzekerheid.

2) Arts and architecture tour by professor Lex Burdorf (max 16 persons)
Rotterdam has a beautiful skyline and is nicknamed Manhattan aan de Maas. This walking tour will guide you to some of the architectonic highlights of Rotterdam and explore the city development, partly induced by the bombardment of Rotterdam in May 1945. Join us for a 1.5 hour walk through the iconic streets of what is known as the architectural epicentre of the Netherlands,  guided by none other than our own Prof.Dr. Alex Burdorf, a proud citizen of Rotterdam.

3) Street art tour by Rewriters Rotterdam (max 20 persons)
In the centre of Rotterdam one of the most vibrant parts of the city can be found. The Witte de Withstraat doesn’t just offer a large amount of great bars, typical Rotterdam establishments like Hung Kee and innovative galleries like Showroom MAMA, TENT Rotterdam and the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, but also has more street art per square meter than you’ll soon find anywhere else. Its side streets contain work by renowned Iranian brothers ICY & SOT, and very personal work by Rotterdam’s own Tymon de Laat. At the nearby Leuvehaven, you’ll spot the boat Antwerp’s SMOK used as a canvas for his art, and in the shadow of the famous Erasmus Bridge is the wall which won Lastplak & Friends the audience award at the Dutch Street Art Awards. But there is much more to be explored and found. Join us for a 1.5 hour walk through the colourful backstreets of Rotterdam, guided by Rewriters Rotterdam.

4) Aikido workshop by professor Myriam Hunink (max 25 persons)

Ever wondered what a martial art can do for you? Aikido is a Japanese martial art. It is a gentle martial art that aims to protect both the attacker and defendant. Aikido is more than a method of defense: it trains focused attention, (self-)awareness, acceptance, compassion and connecting. It is a discovery of how your body responds to stress (symbolized by the attack) and through centering how to cope with the stress. This in turn will train your ability to embrace the uncertainty of life. Join us for a 1.5 hour workshop into the beginnings of aikido, hosted by Prof. Dr. Myriam Hunink (Erasmus MC)

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