Social Events  

Ice breaker

All conference participants are invited to the ice breaker!

Date: Sunday, April 21

Time: 18:00 - 21:00

Location: Beer Keller Sapporo Bureau of DevelopmentNorth 2, East 4, Chuo-ku, Renga Kan 1F, Sapporo Factory, Sapporo 060-0032, Hokkaid. It is about 25 minutes by walking from the conference center.

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The place where the first beer brewing by the Japanese originated in 1876. You can observe the training facilities on the second floor of the brewery. The brick beer hall "Beer Keller Sapporo Bureau of Development", was a warehouse once, now you can enjoy different kinds of draft beer including factory-limited craft beer. Finger-food (also vegetarian) and beverages will be served and are included in the conference fee.

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SOLAS Summer School Fundraising Lunch

Date: Tuesday, April 23

Time: 12:30 - 14:00

Location: tba (within walking distance from the conference venue)

We are looking for creative ideas to fundraise for the international SOLAS Summer School. The first school in five years occurred last year (see below and more details here) and we hope to keep them going regularly in the future. Since obtaining appropriate funding is always the biggest challenge, we thought we could ask the community for some fresh perspective. If you are interested in joining the lunch meeting, please send a notification to the IPO (


Conference Banquet

We are looking forward to serve you a variety of different Japanese dishes (also vegetarian). The buffet as well as the beverages are included in the registration fee.

Important: During the registration process you will be asked if you would like to attend the banquet and if you have any dietary restrictions.

Date: Wednesday, April 24

Time: 19:30 - 22:30

Location: Sapporo Grand Hotel, Large Banquet Room, North 1, West 4, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido. About 15 minutes by walking from the conference center.

Description: The Sapporo Grand Hotel first opened its doors in 1934 and was at the time of its construction the tallest building in the city. It offers its guests signature flavors that are uniquely Hokkaido.

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Entertainment: During the banquet, we will enjoy Japanese music by a Taiko (Japanese percussion instrument) and a Shamisen (three-stringed traditional Japanese musical instrument) performance!


The musicians are from the great YOSHIYUKI KIMURA GROUP. See their website here:

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How to get there



 If you take a taxi
    As there are usually vacant taxis cruising streets, 
    raise your hand to stop it.
    Or some taxis are available at the JR Sapporo station or some hotels
 Show the following to a taxi driver to go to:
    Ice breaker: ビヤケラー札幌開拓使(サッポロファクトリー レンガ館,北2東4)
    Banquet: 札幌グランドホテル

last modified: April 2019