Social Program

Monday, July 29 14:00-15:55

Monday, July 29 18:00-19:00

Welcome party

Location: City Hall of Maastricht

The address is Markt 78. For the location on Google Maps click here.

The Stadhuis is the town hall in the centre of Maastricht in the Netherlands. It is sited on the Markt. The building was designed by Pieter Post in the 17th century in the style of Dutch classicism.

The party is offered to the participants by the Municipality of Maastricht. One of the Majors will speak words of welcome.

Tuesday, July 30 18:20-20:10

Excursion to the Bosch brewery

Location: Bosch Brewery of Maastricht

The address is Wycker Grachtstraat 26. For the location on Google Maps click here.

Excursion sponsored by the Linda Hall Research Library, Kansas City.

Bosch Brewery is the last remaining, fully equipped city brewery in Maastricht. As an industrial heritage site, the brewery’s complex is particularly unique to the Netherlands. For instance, it remains fully intact – with a floor malting plant, a brewery and a brewer's house!

Beer was brewed at this site since 1758. In 1827 the brewery came into ownership of Nicolaas Bosch. He and his descendants transformed the brewery into one of the largest breweries in Maastricht.

When the brewery closed its gates in 1970, the future of the complex was in doubt. In the 1980s, attempts were made to convert the complex into a brewery museum. Unfortunately, this plan failed.

In the meantime, owner Paul Bosch – the last descendant of the Bosch family – carried out the necessary daily maintenance to preserve the buildings, facilities, and brewing attributes for the future. Thanks to Paul’s efforts and perseverance, this unique cultural-historical brewery complex remains preserved.

When visiting today, it is as if time has stood still here!

The five-storey floor malt house, brewery facilities, and brewer's house give visitors a unique insight into ​​how local beer used to be brewed a century ago and how the Maastricht upper-class resided here.

Wednesday , July 31 14:00-16:00

Wednesday , July 31 19:00-22:30

Conference Dinner on Board of the Jekervallei

Location: Stiphout Tours

The address is Maaspromenade 58. For the location on Google Maps click here.

Those taken part in the dinner are requested to embark by 18:45, so that we depart at 19:00.

We boat will mainly go to the south, along the Saint-Pietersberg where the Mosasaur fossils were found during the second part of the 18th century.

When time permits we will also pass one of the three great locks at the Belgian-Dutch border that separate the Meuse from the Albert Canal, that connects Liège to the port of Antwerp.

Thursday, August 1 17:45-20:15

Friday, August 2 08:30-18:30

Maison de Métallurgie et de l'Industry de Liège

Maison de Métallurgie et de l'Industry de Liège

Museum Vielle Montagne


Excursion to Liège, Kelmis and Stolberg

Location: assembly point for departure: 8:30 sharp on the Maasboulevard, in between the Graanmarkt and the ‘Hoge Brug’. Our bus is from the firm Heidebloem.

The address is at the corner of the Graanmarkt and the Maasboulevard. For the location on Google Maps click here.

The excursion is for registered participants only. If you don’t have registered in advance, please ask at the registration desk for remaining places.

We will visit sites of particular interest for historians of science and technology in the border region between The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, in particular three sites that are all related to the history of zinc. In the form of its alloy brass, zinc was known since Antiquity. That story is well documented. The history of the discovery of metallic zinc, by contrast, is very obscure. Somewhere between the 12th century and the 1740s the knowledge of the new metal, next to the seven ancient ones, gradually became more robust, in a large number of very small steps. And it would take until the early 19th century before a good quality of zinc could be made on a large scale, thanks to a process developed by the Liège chemist Jean Jacques Dony (1759-1819).


The Maison de Métallurgie et de l’Industry de Liège, Belgium, is devoted to the discoveries by Dony, and to the early industrialization of the Liège region. The museum also has the first bath tub made of zinc, for Napoleon Bonaparte’s campaign to Russia.


The Museum Vielle Montagne at Kelmis, Belgium, is close to the site of the most important European deposits of the zinc ore calamine, which was excavated there since the early Middle Ages, and exported to the brass town of Dinant, and all over Europe.


The Museum Zinkhütter Hof at Stolberg, Germany, is devoted to the important brass industry of the Aachen-Stolberg region, that had taken over the leading role in brass making in Europe after the destruction of Dinant by the Bourgondians.