Social program

Evening events

May 22 Monday
Alphornbläser vom Tannenberg

Welcome reception

Do not miss the Welcome Reception on Monday evening! There will be food and drinks for everyone and  plenty of time to socialize and reunite. The  entertainment features an alphorn band with five traditional mountain horns.

May 23 Tuesday
Old Town of St. Gallen (St. Gallen-Bodensee Tourismus)

Guided city tour

Do you want to take a stroll through the charming historical city center of St. Gallen? Then join our experienced city guides after the first conference day. The rest of the evening you will have plenty of time to further explore the city and its restaurants on your own.

May 24 Wednesday
Empa is the interdisciplinary research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain

Empa lab tour

Do you want to see science in action? Then join our Empa lab tour. We will present to you our innovative solutions for industrial and societal challenges. In addition, our Swiss partner institutes will demonstrate their contribution to polymer research. After the lab tour, Empa invites you to taste St. Gallen’s famous “Bratwurst” and other culinary treats, as well as our local beer (we also have non-alcoholic drinks).

May 25 Thursday
Appenzeller Echo


Do not miss our traditional PPS banquet! It will start with a reception, where you will be entertained by a trio playing vintage Appenzeller music. Dinner highlights include award ceremonies and presentations of further PPS activities. Let’s socialize and network.

Guided tours for fellow travelers

The ancient Greeks believed that all matter was made up of water, air, fire and earth. In reference to this theme, we are happy to recommend four bookable, exciting guided tours. In parallel to the conference, your fellow traveler can thus discover the eastern part of Switzerland Tuesday through Friday.

Evening Events