The New University of Heidelberg University acted as meeting point on Wednesday, September 21, at the 4th HLF and from there the participants made their way to various locations all around Heidelberg and the surrounding area. Young researchers and even some of the laureates headed to institutes either in the city or in metropolitan region near Heidelberg. These excursions are designed to help the young researchers enlarge their occupational network and learn more about the research sites and working conditions of Germany’s south-west. There is also the option for laureates to visit local schools which proved to be a rewarding and insightful experience for the inquisitive young students.
After they all returned to the ‘Altstadt’ (Old Town) of Heidelberg, the participants boarded the virtually brand new ‘Königin Silvia’ (Queen Silvia) for a relaxing and scenic boat trip in the Neckar River valley. The cruise passed through two different lock systems and crossed the state line between Baden-Württemberg and Hessen in order to arrive in Neckarsteinach. There, the impressive vessel made a U-turn to bring the crew back and throughout the trip, the weather only seemed to improve. With the boat safely docked, most of those on board headed into the city, while plenty stayed around to enjoy the views from on the water and were rewarded with a spectacular sunset.