FPSAC 2024 Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Social Events

Welcome Reception

Sunday evening at the mensa coffee bar (= coffee bar in the dining hall)

Cost: Free

The reception will take place on Sunday night in the foyer of the mensa, directly next to the Audimax (the iconic auditorium of Ruhr-Universität Bochum). Located in the heart of the university campus, the Audimax provides a stunning backdrop for FPSAC. Finger food and drinks will be served at no cost. We look forward to seeing you there!

Find the mensa on Google Maps!


Wednesday afternoon

Join our conference excursions to uncover hidden gems in Germany. Choose between Bochum’s Botanical Garden or the Mining Museum, or venture to Essen for the Red Dot Design Museum or Zeche Zollverein. Experience unique cultural and natural attractions, away from the typical tourist spots.

Not sure which excursion to do? Take the excursion quiz!

Excursion 1: Bochum

Botanical Garden Bergbau Museum
Cost Free 15€
About Nestled within the university grounds, the Botanical Garden is a serene haven that serves as a hub for research, education, and public enjoyment. Here, visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of diverse plant life, discover fascinating botanical wonders, and appreciate the importance of preserving our natural environment. The Bochum Bergbau Museum is a captivating institution dedicated to preserving and showcasing the material heritage of the mining industry. With its extensive collection, engaging exhibits, and informative displays, the museum offers a fascinating exploration of the historical and cultural significance of mining.

Excursion 2: Essen

Red Dot Design Museum Zeche Zollverein
Cost 15€ 15€
About The Red Dot Museum is a dynamic showcase of contemporary product design that sparks inspiration and admiration. With its thoughtfully curated exhibits, visitors can explore a wide range of innovative and aesthetically pleasing creations, gaining insights into the world of design and its impact on our everyday lives. The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen, Germany, is a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage site. With its awe-inspiring coal mines and architectural marvels like Shaft 12, this historic complex offers a captivating window into the growth of heavy industry in Europe.

Wednesday Evening Recommendations

Stranddeck am Kemnadersee

The Stranddeck is a beach-themed bar by the scenic Kemnader See. Enjoy the lakeside charm, refreshing beverages, and engaging conversations with fellow conference participants. (Note: entry to the bar is free but you'll pay for drinks, food, and beach volleyball!)


Step into the heart of Bochum's nightlife scene at Bermuda3Eck - one of Bochum's most iconic destinations! Explore the diverse array of bars, pubs, and restaurants and have an evening filled with delicious food, refreshing drinks, and lively ambiance.


Thursday evening at the mensa

Cost: 30€ (student price: 15€)

Get ready to experience an enchanting evening at the Conference Banquet, set against the backdrop of a scenic valley in beautiful Bochum. Join us in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere as we indulge in delectable cuisine and soak in the natural beauty that surrounds us. Take this opportunity to connect with fellow conference participants, share stories, and create lasting memories. We can't wait to have you join us for this unforgettable banquet overlooking the picturesque valley. Find the mensa on Google Maps!

Ice Cream Social

Friday after the last talk

Cost: Free

Please join us for an ice cream social after the closing remarks on Friday! At 17:00, we'll have an ice cream truck outside for everyone to enjoy. The ice cream will be from the local ice cream parlor Kuhbar.
Thank you to ChatGPT for helping us generate the descriptions of the social events, as well as Oli Brammen, Timm Peerenboom, and Laura Voggesberger for the photos!