Social Program

As always, the social program during ORAHS is extensive. Highlights in this year’s social program are a trip to Giethoorn, an area called The Venice of Holland, and a gala dinner in restaurant De Jaargetijden, located in the beautiful park Volkspark. Below is a summary of the social program, followed by a more detailed information on each of the activities. Please note that the current schedule is tentative, please check the exact schedule again in July.






16:00 – 19:00

Welcoming Party

Ravelijn Building (UT)


18:15 – 19:15


Town Hall (Enschede)

19:15 – end

Dinner (Dutch treat)

City Center Enschede


18:00 – end

Barbeque (optional)

Boerderij Bosch (UT)


9:00 – 21:00

Trip to Giethoorn



18:00 – 22:00

Gala Dinner

De Jaargetijden (Enschede)

Sunday: Welcoming Party

Welcoming party in the Ravelijn Building (building 10) at the University of Twente, where you can register for the conference while enjoying drinks and traditional Dutch pancakes.


Monday: Reception

Here we will provide a tour around the beautiful Town Hall building of Enschede. After the tour, the mayor of Enschede will officially welcome all delegates to the city of Enschede. Transportation from the university to the Town Hall is included, transportation back to your hotel is not provided.

Monday: Dinner (Dutch treat)

Enjoy a dinner (Dutch treat = pay yourself) in one of many restaurants in Enschede. See this map for some Enschede restaurants. If you prefer eating closer to your hotel, this map shows you restaurants in Hengelo and this map shows an overview of restaurants in Enschede, Hengelo and near the University grounds. Transportation back to your hotel is not provided.


Tuesday: Barbeque (optional)

Enjoy a barbeque dinner on the university grounds. The barbeque will take place at Boerderij Bosch on the campus of the University of Twente (building 62, near tennis courts). The cost of the dinner is 15 euro per person, which also includes a welcoming drink. Please register for the BBQ before Friday the 13th of July! If you did not registered for the barbeque at first registration, please send an email to with category `social program’.


Wednesday: Trip to Giethoorn

Giethoorn is a small village in the East of The Netherlands. The canals, the uncountable characteristic wooden arch bridges and the little reed covered farm houses and beautiful gardens have given Giethoorn the nickname the Venice of Holland. It became famous, especially after 1958, when the Dutch film maker Bert Haanstra made his famous comedy "Fanfare" there.

We will discover Giethoorn by a tour with small boats, go picnicking on a beautiful island and conclude the day with a dinner by the waterside. All food and transportation is included.



Thursday: Gala Dinner

The gala-dinner will be served in restaurant De Jaargetijden, located in a beautiful park near Enschede Central Station. Drinks are included. Busses will collect delegates at the University grounds and at the Broeierd Hotel. With public transport: take bus 1 from Enschede Central Station and exit at the first stop (Volkspark). Transportation back to your hotel is not included.

A short overview of the Accompanying Person’s Program is also available.