Social Events

Ice Breaker

Location: CENIEH
Date: Sunday, 20th June
Time: 18:00 – 20:00h

The LED2020 Ice Breaker will take place at the CENIEH, following the Conference’s Workshop. Delegates will be able to partake of this small gathering to be set up on the Ground Level of the building, in the area assigned to Seminar Rooms A & B. Delegates will enjoy refreshments, a taste of local wines and gastronomy, while welcoming and networking with colleagues and students, old and new.

Welcome Reception

Location: Palacio de la Isla Gardens
Date: Monday, 21st June
Time: 20:00 – 22:00h

The LED2020 Welcome Reception will be offered at the magnificent 135-year-old Palacio de la Isla Gardens following the end of the first day of scientific sessions.

This protected monument is a cultural heritage building of the Province of Castilla y León due to its unique and relevant characteristics and history. In 1833, Burgos reached the status of Provincial Capital and was often attended by the Royal Family. The Madrid bourgeoisie often came to spend their summers or to settle. One of those families acquired a piece of real estate on the so distinguished Paseo de la Isla promenade, along the Northern side of the Arlanzón River. Construction of the palace began in 1882 and it was soon noted for its exquisite architecture. As history unfolded so did the many governing bodies that took possession of or settled in the palace. Nowadays, it is the seat of the Institute of the Castilian & Leonese Language, an institution dedicated to the promotion of the Spanish Language.

Conference delegates will be able to enjoy a cocktail-style reception as a welcoming tribute to this 16th version of our Community’s main International Conference held for the first time in Spain, and for the first time in the beautiful historical Medieval City of Burgos.

Visits to CENIEH’s Labs

Location: CENIEH
Date: Tuesday, 22nd June and Thursday, 24th June
Time: 18:30 – 20:00h

Visits to the CENIEH’s Luminescence and ESR Laboratories will be scheduled for Tuesday 22th June and Thursday 24th June from 18:30 to 20:00 only. Due to space limitation, visits will be subject to a “first registered, first served” basis, i.e., by order of registration, until maximum of 80 people.

Both laboratories are quite new, as the CENIEH’s building was only inaugurated 10 years ago. They both showcase state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. For example, the Luminescence Dating Laboratory was completely revamped in 2016 with the creation of a new Measurement Room (inaugurated in November 2016) as a result of envisioning the expansion of the laboratory to new applications, number of luminescence readers (5 RISØ Readers & 1 SUERC Portable OSL Reader) and new analytical equipment (e.g., a GEOTEK Multi-Sensor Core-Logger). As for the ESR Dating Laboratory, along with its EMXMicro Bruker X-Band spectrometer, its Measurement Room harbours since 2015 a second spectrometer, a Brüker Elexsys E500 Q-Band & X-Band to comply with the dating and quality demand.

Burgos City Tour

Location: City of Burgos
Date: Wednesday, 23rd June
Time: 17:30 – 20:00h

Through a tour of the exteriors of the most representative buildings of the center, we will know the history of this city that was the Head of Castilla.

The itinerary begins next to the magnificent and impressive Cathedral of Burgos, at the foot of which we will be able to admire its imposing facades, witnesses to hundreds of years of history, to then walk down the most important street in Burgos until the 16th century, today a pilgrimage route to Santiago.

Its streets are lined with ancestral homes and the palaces of rich merchants who made their fortune exporting Merino sheep’s wool.

We will stop at the medieval markets, with a stop at the Plaza Mayor. A visit to El Cid is a must, in the square that bears his name, to finish at the Puerta de Santa María after walking along the Paseo del Espolón and its stately buildings.

Gala Dinner

Location: ABBA Burgos Hotel
Date: Thursday, 24th June
Time: 21:00 – 23:00h

The LED2020 Gala dinner will be offered at the luxurious 4-star ABBA Hotel located at the Old Major Seminary of Burgos.

The Old Major Seminary was inaugurated in 1961 by the dictator Francisco Franco with the purpose of investing 300 new priests there every year. The fervour of the Spanish in that Catholic reserve in Europe declined at his death in 1975, so the monument went to greater glory. The Archbishop sold the building for 7500 euros to a Burgos real estate company determined to turn it into a residential park. Finally, the old Major Seminary was converted into a luxurious 4-star hotel, the ABBA hotel, and the headquarters of the University of Isabel I.

Conference delegates will be able to enjoy a great party after the dinner.

Visits to MEH

Location: Museum of Human Evolution (MEH)
Date: From Tuesday to Sunday, 22nd to 27th June
Time: At your leisure

Designed by the architect Juan Navarro Baldeweg, the Museum of Human Evolution (MEH) is located on the site where the convent of San Pablo de Burgos, belonging to the Dominican order, was located for centuries. Architecturally, the museum has received more than 40 national and international awards.

Currently, it constitutes the centerpiece of the Human Evolution Complex and since its inauguration on July 13, 2010, it has become the most visited museum in Castile and Leon, and the 10th most visited museum in Spain.

Delegates may visit the MEH at their own will (self-guided tour) during the entire week upon presentation of their Conference Badge at the MEH’s Registration & Information Desk. The MEH’s hours of operation are from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10:00 to 20:00, with no entrance permitted after 19:30. It is closed to the public on Mondays.