Social Program

For the VANDA conference to be extraordinary, its social activities must be too. Therefore we will offer an exciting and diverse program of social and cultural activities to make your time at the conference an unforgettable experience. Dive into the beauty of Vienna with our special city tours and have inspiring conversations at famous Viennese "Heurigen". Meet new people at our dancing classes and relax at our daily yoga sessions.

If you have any questions regarding the Social Activity programm please do not hesitate to contact us via . 

Check out our complete program here:

Evening Program

Fieldwork slam/ Thursday evening:

There's more to fieldwork than what we publish in scientific papers. Following the concept of poetry slams, VANDA provides a stage and a microphone for everyone who wants to share experiences and stories from their work in the field. Vienna's finest storytellers will slam it out with our conference guests. Gain fame and glory by getting in the spotlight and sharing your funniest or most interesting stories. The audience will decide if you are worthy of the title 'Fieldwork Slammer of the Year'.

If you want to share your experiences and stories from your work in the field, please send an e-mail to to reserve your place on stage!

After work Party/ Saturday evening: 

The party group will make sure that we can celebrate after the conference, get in touch with one another, and dance! We will offer live music and drinks. Location and Line up will be announced soon. 

Journeying to the "Hills of Vienna“ - Explore and dine in Vienna’s Vineyards/ Friday evening:

--> Fancy-funky „Heurigen“-dinner at a Viennese Vinyard  

Enjoying a good glass of wine and locally sourced foods at a restaurant beside Vienna's wonderful vineyards is probably the best thing to do after a successful day at the VANDA conference. 

Our conference-dinner at the open garden  of Heurigen „Maly“ will include wines, beers and other alcoholic drinks and non-alcoholic beverages, a balanced buffet where you can choose between traditional viennese vegetarian and meat-based dishes accompanied by musical performances until 11pm for only 35€. 

Start: 7 pm

Location: Sandgasse 8, 1190 Wien


--> TRAM or TREK to Vienna’s Vineyards

To get to the Heurigen-Dinner: Either hop on the historic VANDA TRAM leaving from Campus or join our hiking squad on a panoramic VANDA-tour up the hills. While you’ll be able to enjoy the nostalgic flair of the tram in good company of conference colleagues and sweet music, the trekking-tour will take you through Vienna’s vineyards, offering breathtaking views of the Danube and the City with occasional wine-tastings along the way. Participation is free.

TRAM-RIDE Meetup: 6pm at NIG (front Entrance)

TREKKING-TOUR Meetup: 4pm at NIG (front Entrance)

For all events, pre-registration is required. Each event can be attended individually.

Get out of your academic head

“Get out of your academic head” will provide the possibility for short escapes of the maybe stressful and exhausting conference day.  Activities like belly dancing, drumming workshops, Yoga, Yodelling courses and Viennese waltz dancing lesson should enable you to get out of your everyday academic head. Check out:


If you ever wanted to try out something typically Austrian, you now have the unique opportunity to practice and learn the traditional art of singing from our professional trainer. Seize the moment and you'll see that yodeling is more than "Sound Of Music"!

Alles Walzer:

If you want to experience a little bit of the Viennese Ball tradition, it is possible to attend to a dancing lesson for the Viennese waltz.


„bellydance - classes“ : come and learn easy & beautiful basic movements in relaxed atmosphere!"


To clear your mind and give your brain a break, we offer free yoga sessions on Thursday and Friday morning - in nice weather on the roof top of our VANDA Conference venue NIG. Both sessions are 1 hour long and are suitable for beginners as well as advanced learners. If you are interested, bring some loose-fitting clothes with you, even though we also have some as a precaution.

Academic Speed Dating:

Academic speed dating offers an interactive platform where conference participants are able to establish new contacts in a short time and benefit from mutual exchange, whether it be sharing research interests or engaging in casual conversations with international colleagues - all in a fun, relaxed setting.

Activity during the day

Schnitzel-Jagd through Vienna:

We want to show you Vienna with an extraordinary funny and informative “Schnitzel-Jagd”. You will see the most famous sights and learn interesting facts  about the places which you will visit. In case you will manage to find the Schnitzel of Vienna there is probably a surprise for you in the end.

Alternatives “Linkes Wien”:

Vienna is just palaces, Sissi and Waltz!? Join the “Linkes Wien” city tour to explore the more hidden places of Vienna and to get an impression of alternative projects and Viennese subcultures.

Vanda Games:

If you want to do something different from just attending a session, this activity program might be the right thing for you. During the days of the conference we will offer possibilities for diversion with a short card and board game, ping-pong or table football matches and interactive video games.

Short Vanda Movies:

"We need to see the world from as many perspectives as possible": Every afternoon we are offering short movie screenings with ethnographic and documentary film highlights from the festival archives of ethnocineca (International Documentary Film Festival Vienna).

Football Match:

The city of Vienna is the hometown of the probably most famous anthropological football club of the northern hemisphere – the Polar Bears United FC. The football club was founded during a field research internship in Alaska in 2015. Since then many matches have been played at the sport center “Marswiese” – the home ground of the Polar Bears.

 During the VANDA Conference a team of international researchers will have the unique opportunity to play against the Polar Bears. The match will take place Thursday, 20th Sept. from 3:30 pm – 5 pm at the sport center “Marswiese” with 8 players on each side. A shuttle service will pick up the players at the NIG (VANDA - Conference building) around 3pm. After the match, we will bring all players back to the NIG and they can enjoy the evening program of the conference.

Interested, but no football boots in your luggage? No Problem! You can rent boots at the sport center “Marwiese” for €3.

The Polar Bears are a mixed-gender football club. Thus, we would be delighted if many female players would join the conference team!

For applications and/or questions please send an email to:

First come, first served!

Guided Museum Tours:

 We offer free guided tours through chosen Viennese museums. Take a break and visit the Weltmuseum, the Naturhistorisches Museum and the Volkskundemuseum with us. Depending on the museum, you either have to pay nothing or only the discounted entry fee.

Office for preparation:

One room will also be available for office concerns like printing, scanning, charging stations or office space to prepare for a session. 
Details will be announced soon. 

Child-oriented activities during the conference days

You will bring your kid to Vienna and you are interested in spending some time apart from the conference with them? Find some child-oriented suggestions below:

There are a lot of free offers for children in Vienna:

“Technisches Museum Wien“- the technical museum of Vienna offers a variety of child-appropriate programs:

If you are interested in one of the oldest zoos in Europe, then “Tiergarten Schönbrunn” might be the right choice for you:

The “ZOOM children museum” provides different interactive exhibitions areas adjusted by age group: