During the VLDB 2005 Conference a number of social events will take place. The table gives an overview of the events; click on the hyperlinks to jump to descriptions of each event.
|Mon Aug 29||Tue Aug 30||Wed Aug 31||Thu Sept 1|
|18:00||Orienteering Race||Boat trip|
|Sightseeing Excursion||Ringve Museum|
|Sverresborg Folk Museum||Google Reception|
|19:00||Conference Reception||Conference Banquet|
The Mayor of Trondheim, Rita Ottervik, will host a reception for the participants of VLDB 2005 on Monday August 29, at 19:00 in the Archbishop's Palace. Drinks, fruits, and snacks will be served.
The Archbishop's Palace is the oldest secular building in Scandinavia. Work on it started in the second half of the 12th century, and it served as the Archbishop´s residence until the Reformation in 1537. The Archbishop's Palace is one of the best preserved buildings of its type in Europe. Learn more about the Archbishop's Palace.
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For the sporty participants who would like some outdoors activities during their stay in Trondheim, we will organize an orienteering race in the outskirts of Trondheim. We will provide two different courses one for people with some prior experience and one easy course for everyone who is able to walk paths in the forest.
For the easy course you should bring leisure wear and shoes suitable for walking on forest paths. The more advanced course will leave the paths for some parts of the course, possibly wet and dirty ground, and you should make sure to bring clothes and shoes that are suitable for these rough conditions. We will have some compasses that can be borrowed. However, if you possess a compass you should definitely bring your own.
A bus will pick you up at the Radisson SAS Royal Garden hotel at 18:00 and bring you to the starting place. When you finish your race, you will be able to take a shower and change clothes. We will end the orienteering event with a common meal before a bus brings you back to the hotel.
The sightseeing excursion is a tour around Trondheim centre and its outskirts with bus and an authorized guide. The bus will pass Sverresborg Trøndelag Folk Museum, the Old Town Bridge, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology at Gløshaugen, the Kristiansten Fort, the Royal Residence and the Nidaros Cathedral. The bus will make a short stop at a city viewpoint.
The sightseeing will start and end at the Radisson SAS Royal Garden hotel and will last for about two hours.
Sverresborg Trøndelag Folk Museum is one of the largest cultural history museums in Norway. The museum shows the building traditions in Trøndelag (the part of Norway surrounding Trondheim), from town and country, from mountain to coast, and from Sami huts to city mansions. Learn more about the museum at Sverresborg.
A bus will pick you up at 18:00 at Radisson SAS Royal Garden hotel for a short ride to the museum. At Sverresborg you will visit the Oppdal courtyard with old buildings from the Oppdal district 120 km south of Trondheim. You will be able to walk the area at your own pace and there will be activities in the buildings where you can watch people perform traditional crafts. You will be served an aperitif typical of the seventeen hundreds, and you can try samples of traditional Norwegian food. A bus will bring you back to the Radisson SAS Royal Garden Hotel at about 19:45.
Due to lack of interest, this event has been cancelled. It will still be possible to visit Sverresborg Folk Museum on your own.
Sverresborg opening hours are:
The conference banquet will be at the conference venue, Radisson SAS Royal Garden Hotel. We will enjoy a three course meal and there will be some entertainment. The banquet is included in the conference fee for the registered participants. Until Wednesday 14:00 it will be possible to buy extra tickets for accompanying persons at the conference desk.
The fjord to the north of Trondheim, Trondheimsfjorden, is the third longest fjord in Norway and was an important factor in the historical development of Trondheim. You will make a two hours trip on the fjord with a boat suitable for all weather conditions. During the trip, you will experience the city from the seaside, you will enjoy the pleasures of just being on the fjord, you can try fishing and check your abilities as an angler, and you will be served a meal of sea food.
Ringve Museum is Norway's national museum of musical instruments with a collection of around 1450 instruments. About 700 of these are so called classical European instruments.
A bus will pick you up at 18:00 at Radisson SAS Royal Garden hotel for a short ride to the museum. At Ringve, you will have a guided tour through the main exhibitions and you will be able to visit the Museum in the Barn which shows the development of music from 1600 until today. A bus will bring you back to the Radisson Royal Garden hotel. The whole trip should take slightly less than two hours.
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The Nidaros Cathedral is one of Scandinavia's largest buildings from the middle ages, erected over the grave of King Olav Haraldsson (known as saint Olav) who was killed in the battle of Stiklestad in 1030. Work on the church commenced around 1070, but the oldest parts still standing are from the 12th century. Learn more about the Nidaros Cathedral.
At 21:00 Thursday September 1, all VLDB participants and accompanying people can enjoy a free organ concert in the Nidaros Cathedral. There will be a short introduction to the cathedral and to the music, the concert will last for about 30 minutes.