Technical Program

To be announced.

Social Events

Welcome Reception at a Local Brewery

We planto hold the traditional welcome reception scheduled for the first evening before the main conference at Hövels Brewery (Hövels Hausbrauerei) in the city center of Dortmund.



Hövels Brewery offers excellent traditional-style indoor rooms and a spacious beer-garden. As the beer on tap at Hövels Brewery is still brewed locally, we plan to also have a tour of the brewery site. The official Video gives an overview of the premises.

Though breweries tend to be more interesting for beer-lovers, there will definitely be non-alcoholic beverages available as well as vegetarian food options.

Excursion to "Zollverein'' UNESCO World Heritage Site

As a social event on the afternoon of the second day of the conference, we have planned an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the "Zollverein'' coal mine in the city of Essen (approx. 30~minutes by bus from the conference venue).

Zollverein: View on to the characteristic double pit-head

Zollverein is part of the substantial industrial heritage preserved in numerous sites throughout the Ruhr area. Among these it can be considered the most impressive with its characteristic double pit-head, the spectacular coking plant, and many more places to visit. Industrial heritage preserved at such scale makes the Ruhr Area and the Zollverein site unique in the world. Here you can see the visually most striking colliery in the world on an exhibition space that once was the largest cole mining site in Europe:

The "most beautiful coal mine in the world'': the UNESCO World Heritage Site Zollverein Hundreds of coal mines produced coal in the Ruhr area, but only one was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. For good reason: the Zollverein Coal Mine is a masterpiece of mining architecture, created by the visionaries Fritz Schupp and Martin Kremmer. The symmetrical arrangement of buildings is still impressive today: The facilities, which were designed to the last detail, are a completely preserved synthesis of the arts.

Until 1986, the coal mine had produced a total of 240 million tons of coal, and up to 8,000 miners worked around the clock above and below ground. Today, the industrial monument is a lively cultural location with museums for industrial history and design, numerous recreational offers and events. The famous twin pithead frame impressively represents the change of a whole region.

Press release, Stiftung Zollverein, March 2016


Conference Dinner at the Zollverein Site

In order to breathe in even mor the unique atmosphere of the Zollverein site, we will have the conference dinner in the Erich-Brost Pavillion. This is a unique event location situated on top of the Ruhr Museum with a spectacular view on the Zollverein site. The Erich-Brost Pavillion can easily accomodate the expected ICFHR delegates and their accompanying guests (maximum seating capacity 300 people). With the upscale catering services provided, this conference dinner will become a memorable event for everybody attending.

Tentative dinner location: Interiors and view of the Zollverein site.