Icebreaker Party

This event is sponsored by Indicator Minerals Inc., Vancouver, Canada.

The icebreaker party will be held in the Senckenberg Museum on Sunday, 10 August 2008. It is situated near the Sunday registration site in the “Café Juridicum” which is easy to reach by public transportation (see “How to get to the 9IKC”).


Admittance to this world famous natural history museum (see “History of the museum”) will be free of charge for all delegates and accompanying persons. An entry ticket will be included in the registration packet.

At 18.00 hrs the museum will close to the public and will reopen again for the icebreaker party at 19.00 hrs, exclusively for 9IKC participants.

At 19.00 hrs the icebreaker party will begin in the great dinosaur hall and in the whale and elephant hall. Experience the feeling of having a glass of wine or beer while standing under a tyrannosaurus rex!


The History of Senckenbergmuseum

In 1815 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe had the idea of establishing a “Naturmuseum” and a library to publish results of scientific research in the natural sciences. As a consequence, the “Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft” was founded in 1817 by 17 dedicated and well-known citizens of Frankfurt. This led to the opening of the “Museum Senckenbergianum” in 1821. It was named after a medical doctor, Johann Christian Senckenberg (1707-1772), who had undertaken the first steps to unite small research groups of natural scientists in Frankfurt. The museum achieved world fame within the first decade of its existence.

In 1907 the museum moved into a building situated on what was to become the campus of J.W.Goethe University (University of Frankfurt) in 1914. Some of the university institutes were founded by the “Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft”, among them the Institutes of Mineralogy, Botany and Zoology.

The Senckenberg of today is a research institute for the natural sciences, which operates the museum, strictly following the wish of Goethe, who had always maintained that natural science must be presented to the public.