Social Events & Tours

Social Events

On Monday, September 19, 2016, we would like to invite you to an Icebreaker Party on Vaihingen campus of University of Stuttgart in the Electrical Engineering building, Pfaffenwaldring 47. All participants of the symposium are invited to come and get to know one another in an informal setting while enjoying assorted drinks and snacks.

A Symposium Banquet will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the "grand pump room" (Großer Kursaal) in Bad Cannstatt. During the symposium banquet you will be offered an exquisite dinner buffet and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The evening's cultural highlight will be the performance of the folk dance group Frommern Schwäbischer Albverein. The symposium banquet is included in the symposium fee (except for the one-day student registration fee). 

Accompanying persons are welcome to participate in the symposium banquet. The accompanying person registration fee is 150 € and covers participation at the symposium banquet and icebreaker as well as a name badge. Please note that accompanying persons must register by September 1, 2016. The number of spots for the symposium banquet is limited.

Kursaal Bad Cannstatt
The "grand pump room" (Großer Kursaal) in Bad Cannstatt © Horst Rudel


Technical Visit

The Rhine is one of Europe’s most used rivers: It is an important navigation channel and ecosystem, provides energy from hydropower stations, and serves as a source of cooling water for many thermal power plants. In this context, sediment management plays a key role. In the upstream part of the river, a large number of power plants collect most of the sediments. In order to prevent the bed from further erosion, sediments are artificially introduced downstream of the previous barrage. The middle section of the Rhine experiences severe sedimentation processes and thus intensive dredging work is being carried out. Thus, the Rhine is an ideal location to learn more about sediment transport and management.

Participants of the symposium will have the opportunity to choose from two different one-day technical tours and two different local tours on Wednesday, September 21, 2016:

One technical tour will take you to the Iffezheim barrage, a hydropower station with one of the largest fish passages in Europe. Operated by Rheinkraftwerk Iffezheim, jointly owned by EnBW (50%) and EDF (50%), the Iffezheim/Rhine hydropower plant features five large Kaplan bulb turbines and a rotor turbine with a total capacity of 148 MW. At this barrage, approx. 160.000 m³/a of sediments are introduced to the river by barges.

Barge which feeds sediment to the river
Aerial view of the lock Iffezheim with the run-of-river power station © EnBW AG


Map with locations of Schluchseewerk's power stations  © Schluchseewerk AG

The destination of the second tour is the Schluchseewerk AG with its five pumped storage power stations on the High Rhine in the southern Black Forest. With a total capacity of 1,836 MW the five pumped storage power stations generate more than 1.2 billion kWh of electricity every year. The regenerative electricity share from natural intakes amounts to an annual average of 350 million kWh.






The two local tours will include a guided tour of the city of Stuttgart with a visit of the Porsche Museum or a “Stocherkahn” ride along the channels of the city of Tuebingen. Both tours will be combined with a visit of the institute’s hydraulic laboratory.

The technical and local tours are included in the full registration fee. Please note that you need to sign up here for the tours by July 1, 2016. If the minimum number of participants required for a tour is not reached at the closing date of registration, the tour will be cancelled.

Tours for Accompanying Persons

During the symposium, accompanying persons will have the opportunity to visit either Neuschwanstein, one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe, or the monastery of Maulbronn, a perfectly preserved medieval monastery complex which is inscripted in the World Heritage List.

Maulbronn Monastery Complex © Elke Wetzig (Elya), 2009











A guided tour of Stuttgart to the most important sights will be offered.

Please send an e-mail to until August 1, 2016 if you are interested in any of the above mentioned activities. If the minimum number of participants required for each activity is not reached until August 1, 2016, the activity will be cancelled. Please note that the accompanying person registration fee doesn't cover the participation in any of the activities. Additional fees will be charged.

All tours for accompanying persons were cancelled because the minimum number of participants was not reached until August 1, 2016.

The Cannstatter Volksfest, also referred to by foreign visitors as the Stuttgart Beer Festival, will start September 23, 20016, spanning a period over three weekends. Although the Volksfest is not strictly speaking a beer festival, it is considered by many to be the second largest beer celebration in the world after the Munich Oktoberfest. 

Citytour Bus with Mercedes Museum
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Stuttgart Beer Festival © Stuttgart-Marketing GmbH




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