Opening Ceremony and Welcome Function 
The Sunday of the symposium, 16:00 – 20:00
Venue: The opening ceremony will take place in Auditorium A of the SwissTech Convention Center, with the reception taking place in the exhibition, catering and poster area (Garden Level).
Dress: Casual
Included in registration fee
Catered: finger food and drinks
Join us for the opening ceremony in the plenary room. The program will feature a joint plenary presentation by Philipp Engel and Emma Slack, and a visually spectacular performance by a group of local artists. Afterwards you are invited to join all delegates for a nice evening with drinks and snacks.

ISME Social Gathering - President's Address 
The Tuesday of the Symposium, 19:00 - 01:00
Dress: Casual
Included in registration fee
Venue: MAD Club
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Attendees are required to be aged 18+
Catered: Full buffet and drinks(!) included

The ISME18 the Social Gathering with President's Address is included in your registration! ISME President Nicole Dubilier cordially invites you to attend our Social Gathering. 

Tiedje Award Reception and Evening Lecture
The Thursday of the Symposium, 17:30 – 19:30
Venue: The reception will take place immediately after the Thursday poster session in the exhibition, catering and poster area of the SwissTech Convention Center. At 18.30, we will go into the plenary room in Auditorium A for the Tiedje Award Winner to begin his lecture.
Dress: Casual
Included in registration fee
Catered: finger food and drinks
Kenneth Nealson, University of Southern California, USA, is this year's recipient of the prestigious "James Tiedje Award". He will be giving a lecture of his award-winning work, after a short reception celebrating his research.

As always, ISME has a free day right in the middle of the symposium to catch-up with your colleagues, explore the region and relax a bit in between the science. For more information, and to book your tour, please check these pages.