Social Events during the IPPNW Worldcongress

Thursday, 26th August 2010



Reception for Congress participants by the President of the Government of Canton Basel and IPPNW board member Guy Morin, MD, Claudio Knüsli, MD, President of IPPNW Switzerland and Prof. A. Nidecker, World Congress President, and option of a short visit of the collection of historical artefacts from the town of Basel.  (Historical Museum, Barfüsserplatz)



Transport to the port of Basel from the Barfüsserplatz: A special tram (Sonderfahrt)  will stop at the station of tram 8 at the Barfüsserplatz. Please be on time; the tram can not wait. If you miss the special tram, please take tram 8 to its last station (Rheinhafen).  Walk from the end station over the Wiese bridge, turn left and you will see the "Schiff" (a real ship on the Rhine converted into a restaurant)



Dinner on the "Schiff " - Swiss Folk Music with Echo vom Leuezorn, Basel


Friday 27th August 2010



Official IPPNW Dinner jointly with representatives of the ?Mayors for Peace? and guests (tickets required). Restaurant Safran Zunft

The Mansion of the Saffron Guild is located in the heart of Basle City, close to the City Hall and Market Place Gerbergasse 11 , 4001 Basel
Phone: +41 61 269 94 94

With the Cantate Chamber Choir: Conducted by Tobias von Arb the Cantate Chamber Choir sings folk songs from Switzerland, France, Slovenia, Sweden and Norway. Many of the twenty five choir members are trained singers. The repertoire of the Cantate Chamber Choir includes not only contemporary music but also vocal music from the 16th till 18th century.


Saturday, 28th August 2010



Pre-concert dinner (for ticketholders only)



Concert with the basel sinfonietta

Both events take place in the Stadtcasino Basel between Steinenberg and Barfüsserplatz


Director: Jonathan Stockhammer

Mezzo-soprano: Yvonne Naef

Klaus Huber (*1924): Tenebrae for large orchestra (1966/67)

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911): Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children) (1901-1904)

John Adams (*1947): Naive and Sentimental Music (1998/99)

Gustav Mahler is a composer of great contrasts: excessive beauty and deep despair, screaming banality and unspeakable beauty, helplessness and omnipotence - everything is connected and belongs together. The Swiss composer Klaus Huber, who was awarded last year with the coveted Ernst-von-Siemens Music Prize, also describes this darkening of life. His mystical orchestral piece Tenebrae describes the eclipse of the sun during Jesus' crucifixion as instrumental Passion music. Finally, the basel sinfonietta invites the listener to a gripping tour de force with John Adams' most sweeping orchestra composition to date, Naive and Sentimental Music. The musical direction was provided by the American conductor Jonathan Stockhammer, who already led the basel sinfonietta through new music with great success at the opening concert of the Salzburg Festival 2009.

Sunday, 29th August 2010


Interreligious Service

Prediger Church, Totentanz 19, Basel

The organizers are deeply convinced that there is a spiritual component to our long-standing commitment to nuclear abolition. Scientific and socio-political efforts on our part might see increased success if this were considered to a greater extent. Participants of the IPPNW world congress may join local people from Basel in an interreligious service. The prediger  church is close to the university, as indicated in the programme. Believers of different religious  denominations and groups from Basel will recite passages and texts drawn from their own good books and spiritual sources relating to the topics of the congress. Music will play a role in the gathering:  The "Basler Vokalensemble" will present the Bach's motet "Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied" and a few songs will be jointly intonated by all participants. At the  end of the Service, a "Trialogue between three organs" will give you encouragement  and strength for your work and life ahead.

Special Events and Exibitions during the IPPNW Worldcongress, Kollegienhaus, University of Basel

Thursday, 26th August 2010



Kollegiengebäude, University of Basel

Nina Berman "Purple Hearts"
Vernissage: Introduction Dr. A. Claussen

Exhibition by US photographer Nina Berman. Her work, which has received international awards, portrays severely injured and traumatised soldiers returning from the Iraq war and allows them to express themselves in powerful interviews. Only recently, "Purple Hearts" was awarded the "Oscar of Photography", the Hasselblad Masters Award.


Friday, 27th August 2010



Kollegiengebäude, University of Basel, room 001

Meeting of European members of the organisation ?Mayors for Peace?

Strategies for a Nuclear Weapons Free World. Why do Cities Speak up Against Nuclear Weapons.

With the President of the Basel Govt., Guy Morin:  Bernd Grimpe, City Hannover, Jan Breyne, City Ieper, Christa Markwalder, Member of Swiss National Council, PNND Berne, Switzerland (invited)

Moderation:  A. Tovish, Director Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision campaign

Mayors for Peace is a global network of cities working together to build political pressure for the abolition of nuclear weapons.The Network was formed in1982 after the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki addressed the United Nations and called for cities to come together in solidarity for peace and, specifically, the abolition of nuclear weapons.In November 2003, when Mayors for Peace launched the Emergency Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons, the network had 562 members. Since then, membership has grown dramatically. The Emergency Campaign had become the 2020 Vision Campaign and now over 4000 cities have joined Mayors for Peace. In the past twelve month period, membership has increased, on average, over one hundred cities per month.All these cities have come together to support the goal of Mayors for Peace and its 2020 Vision Campaign: the abolition of nuclear weapons by the year 2020. Mayors for Peace builds support for this goal on a local, national and international level by working with parliamentarians, governments, the United Nations and key NGOs like IPPNW.



Vernissage with the Artist

Kollegiengebäude, University of Basel

The Bomb Among Us: a photo exhibit by Robert Del Tredici, Montreal, Canada

For more than 30 years Robert Del Tredici has been making the nuclear age visible, from the partial meltdown at 3 Mile Island to the mass-production of the Bomb. In this show we will see the Bomb's pioneers, victims, and neighbors, as well as the U.S. and Soviet nuclear weapons complex, the impact ofradiation on human health, and the varieties of the nuclear waste experience. Del Tredici tells us "there is no such thing as a neutral observer of the Bomb", yet he observes that "the closer you get to the Bomb, the harder it is to see it."



Kollegiengebäude, University of Basel


Cornelia Hesse

Cornelia Hesse-Honegger, a science illustrator from Zurich, has been painting "true bugs" (Heteroptera) since 1989 and since the Chernobyl accident in 1986 has collected more than 16,000 specimens in the fallout areas of Chernobyl and nuclear power plants in Europe and the US. The plates show several case studies with copies of her water colour paintings of damaged bugs, as well as geographic maps with the damage rates of the collection sites. Her studies show that nuclear plants have a severe impact on the environment. She found the highest damage rate for morphological damages of 22% in La Hague, France; the expected value is approx. 1%.