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Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception

Wednesday 14th  May - 18.00 - 21.30 hrs

The cost is included in the registration fee: no additional ticket is required.

This will take place at the Congress venue: Geneva Palexpo

Food and drink will be provided at the Welcome Reception.

Gala Dinner

Thursday 15th May - 20.30 - 22.30 hrs

The cost of the Gala Dinner is 65?

The event will take place at the beautiful city centre venue, Bâtiment des Forces Motrices (BFM).


This former electrical plant was built in 1886 on an island on the Rhône river to supply the Geneva households with drinking water, the industries with hydraulic power, and to regulate the level of the lake. 

The abandoned factory with high ceilings and windows was totally refurbished in 1995 and now houses a top calibre auditorium and a fabulous multi-purpose space which can be dressed and lit in any way to suit your event to a "T".  The architect deliberately left 2 turbines in the foyer area to illustrate the building's industrial past.

The ticket price includes food, drink and entertainment.

Canadian Obesity Network "Meet the Canadians" Reception

Thursday May 15th - 1900 - 2000 hrs

Villa Sarasin
This event is free & doesn't require registration


Researchers attending the 16th European Congress on Obesity are cordially invited to a "Meet the Canadians" reception, hosted by the Canadian Obesity Network (CON). The event takes place on Thursday, May 15th from 1900 ? 2000 hrs in Villa Sarasin (Lower Level Restaurant Room A) at the Geneva Palexpo. It's a unique opportunity to network with your peers from across Canada while enjoying appetizers and beverages courtesy of CON, a Network of Centres of Excellence that links obesity researchers with the private sector, practitioners, and policy-makers to foster innovations and investments toward cost-effective solutions to prevent, control and treat obesity (  

RSVP by Friday, May 2nd .

Delegate Concert

Friday 16th May - 20.30 - 22.30 hrs

The cost of the Delegate Concert ticket is 25? - this includes a free CD

A concert by the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra will take place at the prestigious Victoria Hall.


At the origin of this amazing building is Sir Barton, Consul in Geneva of Her Most Gracious Majesty, Queen Victoria.

Not satisfied at having created a brass band, the "Harmonie Nautique", he decided to construct a concert hall in which it could perform: a beautiful building seating 1,850, with exceptional acoustics and decorated in pure Rococo style.

Since its inauguration in 1894, over 2,000 artists, orchestras and choruses have performed here and this, despite the fire which damaged most of the hall and its decor in September of 1984, requiring three years to restore its splendour.

Today, the Victoria Hall is essentially devoted to classical music performances.


Young Investigators Workshop & Social Event

Friday 16th May - 19.00 hrs
Villa Sarasin
This event is free & doesn't require registration


Tickets for all events can be booked online at time of registration or by contacting the ECO 2008 Secretariat after you have registered.

Tickets are available on a first come first served basis.

Please contact for more information on the social events.