Welcome to Ilmenau – a university town with Goethe associations


The Goethe and university town of Ilmenau – population approx. 30,000 – is situated in the foothills of the Thuringian Forest. Surrounded by the mountains of the Thuringian Forest in Germany’s “green heart”, it makes an excellent base for hiking. It is also the start of the 20-km Goethe trail following in the footsteps of the great writer and poet.

Conference building

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The conference takes place in the Humboldt building at the campus of the TU Ilmenau. A walk from the city to the conference building will take 20 minutes.

Welcome Reception

Photos: Top – Steam train of Rennsteigbahn (by Ralf Ehrlich); bottom left – the Bach-Church; bottom right – Arnstadt City Hall

Welcome Reception on 18 March 2019 will start with a short trip on a historical steam locomotive from Ilmenau to Arnstadt. The delegates will visit in Arnstadt the Bach-Church, where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as the organist. After short organ concert, the Welcome Reception will be served the old barock building of the city hall of Arnstadt.

Gala Dinner


Gala Dinner will take place on 19.03.2019 in historical Palm House in Erfurt. The bus shuttle will be provided from the conference venue and back.

Technical Visits

Technical visits will be organized on 20.03.2019 after the Closing Ceremony. The delegates will have opportunity to select the following options during the registration:

  • Porsche Plant – Production of Porsche Macan and Panamera
  • BMW Plant – Production of electric vehicles BMWi3 and BMWi8

Technical visits are subject of further confirmation.