Social Activities

Sunday, May 19 - Welcome Reception

From 18.00 until 19.00 hrs everybody is welcome in the exhibition halls (Arteveldeforum and Pedro De Gante) for a drink and some small bites.

Monday, May 20 - City Tour

Participants having registered for the City Tour are requested to join us in front of the ICC at 18.00 hrs. The City Tour will be finished in the city centre of Ghent between 20.00 and 20.30 hrs.

After a walk from the ICC to the city centre, we will embark for an enthralling boat tour on the waterways of the medieval centre of Ghent, with live or audio-guide, admiring its monuments:

1) St Bavo’s Cathedral, the Belfry and St Nicholas’ Church
2) old guildhalls of boatmen, masons, grain measurers,  fishmongers, hagbutters, etc.
3) the Castle of the Counts and the Prince's Court
4) the old Fish Market facing the even older Meat Hall
5) the more than solid 13th-century monasteries previously occupied by Augustinians and Dominicans
6) the Ancient Port of Ghent with its quay walls and mercantile houses, never too far away from shady inns packed with girls of easy virtue, etc.

Registration is mandatory.


Tuesday, May 21 - ISCP Reception

After the ISCP Congress on Tuesday, ISCP participants can get together to talk about their experiences of the day. They are welcome to have a drink in the  Casino Room on level 0 from 18.00 until 19.00 hrs.

Tuesday, May 21 - Comic Opera


An opera about (mis)communication by G.C. Menotti


A selection of the most beautiful classical songs and opera repertoire by W.A. Mozart, F. Schubert, C.Gounod, H. Wolf, A.L. Webber and others.

With: Elsi Spanoghe (Soprano) - Erwin Muller (Baritone) and Peter Jeurissen (Piano)



Start of the comic opera




End of the reception


Handelsbeurs Concertzaal Gent

Kouter 29

9000 Ghent


The Telephone – A comic opera in one act by G. C. Menotti

Ben, bearing a gift, comes to visit Lucy at her apartment; he wants to propose to her before he leaves on a trip. Despite his attempts to get her attention for sufficient time to ask his question, Lucy is occupied with interminable conversations on the telephone. Between her calls, when Lucy leaves the room, Ben even takes the risk of trying to cut the telephone wire, though his attempt is unsuccessful. Not wanting to miss his train, Ben leaves without asking Lucy for her hand in marriage. But Ben makes one last attempt: He calls Lucy from a telephone booth in the street and asks her to marry him. She consents, and the two join in a romantic duet over the phone line, at the end of which Lucy makes sure that Ben remembers her phone number.

Peter Jeurissen - Piano

The Belgian pianist and organist Peter Jeurissen started his professional career at the LUCA School of Arts in Leuven. He obtained several master degrees in music with highest distinction and has been appointed accompanist and coach of the vocal department in 2010.

Within his wide musical interests, he developed a special affinity with lied. He took part in several masterclasses with some of the world’s leading lied experts as Roger Vignoles, Robert Holl, Jocelyne Dienst-Bladin, Lucienne van Dijk and Audrey Hyland.  He is currently working on a research proposal involving lied accompanying, which eventually may lead to a PhD in Arts.

Apart from his academic career, he participates as a pianist in many national and international concerts and competitions such as the International Vocal Competition ‘s Hertogenbosch and Voix Nouvelles in Paris.

Elsi Spanoghe - SopranoElsi Spanoghe (°1991) graduated with a master’s degree in classical singing from the LUCA school of Arts, Campus Lemmens (Belgium) in 2014. In addition, she followed a postgraduate programme Children- and youth choir conducting in 2017.

Highlights of her career so far include the soprano solo “Mass for Atheists" (composer: Jeroen D’hoe), a concert tour through China and her interpretation of the role of Susanna in W.A. Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” at 30CC Leuven in 2015.

Apart from pursuing her own projects, Elsi is a frequently asked soloist at various concerts. She is a teacher Singing and Choir at the Music Academy of Tielt and Ronse. Since May 2018, Elsi has been eagerly conducting the mixed adult choir Qui Vive in Desselgem.


Erwin Muller – Baritone and Clarinettist

Baritone Erwin Muller is currently studying with Catherine Vandevelde at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven. He started his Bachelor in September 2016. His interests and repertoire cover old music, opera and contemporary songs.

In the 2017 – 2018 season, Erwin participated in a number of projects, as a part of his education: Umberto in La Serva Padrone, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Ben in The Telephone, and the bass solo in Messiah.

The years before he also sang as Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, The sailor in Dido & Aeneas, The prince/watch dog in De witte slang, Sweeney Todd in the so-called musical, Socraadeens in Tempoesfoejiet, The Mother in Die Sieben Totsunden, Vesperae Solennes and the Christmas Oratory by Camille Saint-Saens.

Erwin also plays clarinets in ensemble VONK. He teaches singing, clarinet and general music courses. With male-ensemble Abandeuil! Erwin brings old music to life. See for more information.

Photographer: Tysje Severens

Please contact the organization in order to guarantee your seat.

Wednesday, May 22

IUPAC Excursions
On Wednesday, the IUPAC programme ends between 12.00 and 12.30 hrs and the busses leave at 13.00 hrs to the various field excursions. A take away lunch will be available on level 0 in the exhibition hall Arteveldeforum. Please note that eating is NOT allowed on the busses.
Please find an overview of the field excursions here.

ECPA Dinner
At the end of the first ECPA Conference Day, you are welcome at the Evening Debate followed by the ECPA Dinner in the Casino Room at level 0:

18.00 - 19.10


19.10 - 19.15

Introduction by the chair

19.15 - 19.55



Civil Society: LUC BAS, IUCN




Farmer: IRIS BOUWERS, CEJA Vice President


Industry: KLAUS KUNZ, Bayer CropScience

19.55 - 20.15

Questions from the floor

20.15 - 23.00


Registration is mandatory.

Thursday, May 23 - IUPAC Banquet

The last evening of the IUPAC Congress, an ideal moment to discuss the experiences of the past week. Immediately after the Congress, you are welcome in the Casino Room on level 0 for a 3-course dinner. The IUPAC Banquet will be finished around 23.00 hrs.

Registration is mandatory.