Social Program

All participants are requested to wear their name badge during the social events


Ice-Breaker at La Cité, Nantes Events Center

Sunday 21 October 2018 - From 19:00 to 20:00

Let's kick-off the 18th International Conference on Harmful Algae with a convivial ice-breaker drink in the welcome area of the conference center.

  • Registered participants, sponsors and exhibitors are cordially invited.
  • Participation fees for accompanying person: 30 € (VAT incl.) - This participation fees also give access to the Party "Bretonne"




Party "Bretonne" at La Cité, Nantes Events Center

Tuesday 23 October 2018 - From 20:00 to 21:30

In the heart of the exhibition area at La Cité conference center, join us to discover the highlights of the "Bretonne" gastronomy and traditions. Come taste the seafood products in all their forms, the local products and of course the famous Breton crêpes.

  • Price per person: 15 € (VAT incl.)
  • Participation fee for accompanying person: 30 € (VAT incl.) - This participation fees also give access to the Ice-Breaker
  • Exhibitors are cordially invited





ISSHA Auction at La Cité, Nantes Events Center

Thursday 25 October 2018 - From 19:45 to 22:00

The ISSHA auction is always a highlight of the meeting and we are encouraging everyone to donate items and participate in the event. 
To help with planning, please email Wayne Litaker ( the item(s) you are planning on donating.
You can also ship donated items to Philipp Hess/Hélène Parfait (Rue de l'Ile d'Yeu, Ifremer, 44311 Nantes Cedex 03, France) prior to the meeting if you wish. A tax exemption form can be issued to donors to help you claim back tax.

  • No registration needed. Free and open to all registered participants, sponsors, exhibitors and accompanying persons
  • Payment by cash and credit card are accepted






ICHA 2018 Gala Dinner 
Château de la Poterie, La Chapelle-sur-Erdre

Friday 26 October 2018 - From 19:15 to 24:00


Start your evening with a romantic aperitif cruise on board a boat along the Erdre River to reach the Château de la Poterie

The Pottery, elegant and only Folie Nantaise on the banks of the Erdre river, was built at the gates of Nantes at the end of the 18th century on the site of a former Roman tile factory.

For nearly 30 years, stables and outbuildings have been fully restored to welcome guests in this natural setting on the banks of the Erdre classified as a major national environmental site.The Erdre, "the most beautiful river of France", said François 1st, winds tenderly on 35 kms between wooded slopes and properties of charm

Come and enjoy a friendly and memorable evening with the ICHA 2018 other participants around a gourmet dinner with musical entertainment and dance.

  • Price per person: 65 € (VAT incl.)
  • Price for accompanying person: 65 € (VAT incl.)

Limited number of seats! First-come, first-served!

Dress code: smart casual (comfortable shoes)



  • 19:15 Meeting at Bateaux Nantais river station (click here for access information)
  • 19:30 Departure and aperitif cruise along the Erdre River
  • 20:15 Arrival at Château de la Poterie for a seated dinner
  • Return transfers to Nantes will be organized by buses at the following times: 22:30, 23:30, 00:30



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