Social Programme

Our special social programme consists of a welcome reception and public lecture at Artis Zoo on the first evening and a celebratory party on the second evening.  We hope you can join us for both! 

Welcome Reception & Public Lecture

Date:  Monday 16 October 2017

Time:  18:00 - 22:00


Plantage Kerklaan 38-40
1018 CZ Amsterdam

The GRAPPA@5 welcome reception will take place at Artis, one of the oldest inner-city zoos in Europe, located in the beautiful Plantage area of Amsterdam.  The reception will be followed by a public lecture on the dark universe, given by Gianfranco Bertone, Hiranya Peiris and Jocelyn Monroe and hosted by popular science writer Govert Schilling.  The lecture will end with a special screening of the film 'Dark Universe', which was made for an exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.  Entrance to the public lecture is free for all our conference participants, but it would be great if you could register your attendance when you register for the conference, so that we can give the Artis an idea of numbers. 


18:00:  GRAPPA@5 Welcome Reception - Artis Planetarium

19:30:  Doors open to the public

20:00:  Public Lecture on The Dark Universe

21:00:  Tea and Coffee Break

21:30:  Screening of 'Dark Universe'

22:00:  End


Artis is easily accessible from the conference venue via public transport.  A bus stop is located just outside the entrance to CWI.  From there, take bus 40, going in the direction of Amstelstation, to Kruislaan (3rd stop).  From Kruislaan, take tram 9, going in the direction of Central Station, to Artis (8th stop).  The journey takes about 25 minutes in total.

GRAPPA@5 Party

Date:  Tuesday 17th October 2017

Time:  19:00 - 11:00


Restaurant Pont 13
Haparandadam 50
1013 AK Amsterdam

You are warmly invited to join us for our celebratory party, which will take place at Pont 13, a unique location in the west of Amsterdam.  Pont 13 is a restaurant housed on a renovated steam ferry dating back to 1927.  In 1956, it was converted to an electric ferry and transported cars, passengers and bikes across the Ij until it was retired and sold.  It was later saved from demolition and transformed into a restaurant.  A walking dinner and drinks will be provided and we are also hoping to arrange some kind of live music. 


Shuttle Bus (priority for non-local participants)

For non-local participants without a bike, we have arranged a shuttle bus service to collect people from the following two pick-up points:

18:30 - The Manor Hotel, Linnaeusstraat 89, 1093 EK Amsterdam

18:50 - Prins Hendrikkade 25, 1012 TM Amsterdam, next to the Lovers Rederij pick-up point (see red flag on map below)

The shuttle bus will then collect people from Pont 13 at 23:00 and drop people back at the above pick-up points.

Public Transport

For those people travelling to Pont 13 on public transport, make your way to Amsterdam Central Station and then take either bus 48 to Koivistokade or bus 22 to Spaarndammerstraat.  From Koivistokade it is a 9 minute walk to Pont 13 and from Spaanrdammerstraat the walk takes 15 minutes (see maps below).

Walking route from Koivistokade to Pont 13:

Walking route from Spaarndammerstraat to Pont 13: