The ISSHAC symposium has been known for its unique style. The lecture program is ample and, as such, there is little time for formal discussion. Instead the program puts emphasis on creation of a maximum number of opportunities for informal discussion and facilitation of direct person-to-person exchanges of ideas. The extended social program provides numerous such opportunities. Interaction-encouraging social programs are offered every day in the late afternoon and evening. In organizing the first and subsequent ISSHAC symposia we have followed the principle that each symposium should be located in a different but attractive place, to offer an opportunity for participants to enjoy science, collegiality, and cultural ambiance at each meeting. In doing this, we have followed the timeless Roman dictum that the “spirit of place”, the ambiance, is crucial to the success of an enterprise.
Program for accompanying persons:
Apart from the social events for all the participants, there is always a special program for accompanying persons during conference hours. There is always an English-speaking guide taking permanent whole-day motherlike care of accompanying persons. In addition, there are special English-speaking guides in all sightseeing places visited by the group.