"If there are to be problems, may they come during my life-time so that I can resolve them and give my children the chance of a good life."

Kenyan proverb

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Buckminster Fuller, philosopher, futurist and global thinker (1895 - 1983)

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987

Under the patronage:

Social programme

We take great pride in the scientific excellence of our invited lecturers, panels, side events and authors of papers included in Special and regular sessions at the SDEWES Conference, but there is another program that truly makes this Conference complete, and this is our Social programme.

From 24-29 September 2023, you will have the unique opportunity to enjoy the company of top experts in the field of sustainable development from all around the world and, through our social programme, exchange ideas in a more informal way, while enjoying the beautiful sites and history of Dubrovnik. 


Social programme schedule:

Welcome reception

24 September (Sunday), 18:00 – 20:00h

Registration will start at 16:00 h, so stop by at the Valamar Lacroma hotel businees centre during the day to register and join us for welcome drinks where we will formally start the Conference. The reception will be held at 18:00 h at the Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik hotel's terrace.

Conference tour and dinner

27 September 2024 (Wednesday), 14:00 – 22:00 h

Prepare for having wonderful memories from the SDEWES2023 social event as we have a very special afternoon planned for our conference participants.

Each participant will receive a special ticket with instructions/schedule for the excursion and dinner. Detailed instructions and up to date timetables of bus/boats departures are available below (subject to change).


GROUP A - Cavtat and Konavle Countryside (Bus tour)

14:00 - Departing from Valamar Lacroma hotel

14:00 – 14:45  Scenic drive to Cavtat with panoramic stop above Dubrovnik                  

14:45 – 15:30 Tour of Shell Museum                                                                               

15:30 – 16:30 Tour of Cavtat                                                                                              

16:30 – 17:00  Drive to Ljuta village                                                                                

17:00 – 18:00 Presentation and snack                                                                            

18:00 – 19:00 Drive back to the hotel                                                                              

19:30 - Dinner at outer plateau of Valamar Lacroma Hotel (inside in case of bad weather)


GROUP B - Scenic cruise & Old Town stroll (Bus transfer + boat cruise + orientation tour of the town)

14:00 - Departing from Valamar Lacroma hotel

14:45  Arriving to the port                                                                     

14:45 – 15:45  Cruise with a motor boat from the Dubrovnik Cruise Port to the Old Town (a glas of sparkling wine is included)                                                                                                                                                                                             

15:45 – 17:00 Orientation tour of the town, without entrances                            

17:00 – 18:15 Return cruise back to the ship in cruise port                                                           

18:15 – 18:30 Drive back to the hotel                                                                                             

19:30 - Dinner at outer plateau of Valamar Lacroma Hotel (inside in case of bad weather)


GROUP C - Ston & oysters (Bus + small boat tours with tasting)

14:00 - Departing from Valamar Lacroma hotel

14:00 – 15:00 Scenic drive to Ston                                                                                                

15:00 – 16:00 Tour of Ston                                                                                               

16:00 – 16:45 Tour of Solana Ston                                                                                                        

16:45  - 17:00 Drive to Mali Ston                                                                                                       

17:00 – 17:45 Boat tour and Oysters tasting   

17:45 – 19:00 Drive back to the hotel                

19:30 - Dinner at outer plateau of Valamar Lacroma Hotel (inside in case of bad weather)                                            


Important Notes: 

Local organizing committee holds rights to change or completely cancel the proposed Social Programme due to bad weather, Covid or any other Force Majeure act.


SDEWES2023 Social programme is organised by Applicon tours travel agency.




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