Where: French Church, Predigergasse 1, 3011 Bern
When: Wednesday 4 September 2019, 17:00 - 19:00 (ceremony); 19:00 - 21:00 (reception)
The Opening Ceremony of the Annual Meeting will take place in the French Church, Bern´s oldest church which was built from 1270 to 1285. Originally a Dominican monastic church, it has been a place of worship for French-speaking Protestants since 1623.
The Opening Ceremony will be accompanied by the summer ensemble of the University Orchestra.
Afterwards, the Welcome Reception will be offered at the same location as well as at the civic hall (1st floor) of the Kornhausforum which is directly opposite to the Church.
Priority access will be given to those participants who have registered in advance for the Opening ceremony. Others will be admitted on the basis "first come, first served". A badge is necessary for admission.
Where: Bierhübeli, Neubrückstrasse 43, 3012 Bern
When: Thursday 5 September 2019, 20:00 - 3:00
The Annual Party will take place at the Bierhübeli, a renowned concert hall in the center of Bern. It has a long history of being a restaurant (since 1729) while currently, it mainly serves as a concert hall or for dance parties, but also includes a lounge and a beer garden. The Bierhübeli is the suitable place to party and retreat at the same time and guarantees good vibrations!
The Party is free and one free drink is included.
Where: Kornhauskeller, Kornhausplatz 18, 3011 Bern
When: Friday 6 September 2019, 20:00 - 23:59
Price: 30.01 EUR
The MERC Party will take place at the Kornhauskeller, which is the former cellar of a high baroque granary. While grain was stored in the upper floors of the granary, barrels of wine were kept in the cellar until it turned into a festival location at the end of the 19th century. With its pillars, cross-shaped vaults and frescoed arches the Kornhauskeller is one of Bern's most impressive and magnificent cellar restaurants.
Small appetizers and three drinks (wine, beer, water, orange juice) per person are included in the price.
Gurten Pavillon, 3084 Köniz/Wabern
Saturday 7 September 2019, 19:30 - 23:30
The Annual Dinner will be held at the Gurten, Bern´s local mountain. It stands at 860 meters over sea level and can be accessed by train or by foot. The mountaintop offers a fantastic view across the entire city of Bern. The view extends even further from the Gurten’s observation tower.
The Annual Dinner will take place at the Gurten Pavillon which provides the ideal surroundings to combine business, pleasure and culinary highlights.
How to get there: tram 9 direction Wabern, stop „Gurtenbahn“, funicular to the top of the Gurten (5 min.) or walking up (45 min.)
The fee for the funicular („Gurtenbahn“) is included in the Bern Ticket (provided to hotel, B&B and pension guests). For participants with private accommodation, we advise to buy a LIBERO day ticket for Zone 100/101 which also includes the trams within Bern.