During the conference there will be several optional social events. Some are included in the registration fees, while others can be separately paid for and will be restricted in the number of attendants:
- Guided visit to the Mercator exhibit in the City Museum: this temporary exhibit will use various innovative digital tools to represent Mercator's life and work. Show-stoppers are no doubt two original Mercator globes of the earth and the heavens. The guided visit is included in the registration fee and will be open to all participants.
- Ice-breaker reception: On Wednesday evening an ice-breaker reception will be organised in the City Museum. This is included in the registration fee and is, of course, open to all participants.
- Conference dinner: On Thursday evening a conference dinner will be organised in Castle Walburg, a restaurant located in a small 16th century moated 'castle' in the centre of the city park, at 10 mins walking distance from the conference venue. Attendance is optional at € 50 per person, but numbers are limited. We will provide both a vegetarian and non-vegetarian option.
- Afternoon and evening in Ghent: On Friday there will be the possibility of a bus ride to the Mediaeval city of Ghent, with guided visit around the city centre. After the guided visit you will be at leisure to roam the city, have a bite to eat and enjoy the many local beers. In the evening the bus will take us back to Sint-Niklaas. Attendance will initially be limited to 50 participants.
- Guided visit to Museum Plantin-Moretus in Antwerp + lunch: On Saturday morning there will be an optional bus ride to Antwerp’s famous 16th/17th century printing-house Plantin-Moretus. Aside from a guided visit to the museum and its temporary cartography exhibit, the museum has also kindly offered access to important documents from the collection pertaining to the work of Mercator and his contemporaries. The visit is followed by a lunch, after which the bus takes us back to Sint-Niklaas in the early afternoon. Attendance will be limited to 40 participants.