Photo: H. Nickels

Location & Venue

Conference Venue

IAMO - Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe
Theodor-Lieser-Strasse 2
06120 Halle (Saale), Germany


Halle (Saale)

Halle is the biggest city in Saxony-Anhalt and home of the great composer Georg Frederic Haendel. Today around 230.000 people are living in Halle; about 18.000 of those are students who attend either one of Germany's oldest universities, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, or the University of Art and Design, Burg Giebichenstein.

The city is over 1.000 years old and firstly attracted settlers because of salt deposits. It was also salt that gave the city its name: 'halen' is the Brythnoic (Welsh/Breton) word for salt (cf. 'salann' in Irish). In the Saline museum on the river 'Saale' you can go back in history and see where the white gold came from.

Besides salt Halle is also well-known for its 'Halloren'. Originally 'Halloren' was the name of the society of the salt-panners in Halle. Today Halle's people and visitors love eating chocolates in the shape of the buttons of the uniforms society members used to wear. You will encounter these chocolates everywhere around the city. Maybe you will even have a chance to visit the production site of the 'Halloren', that is Germany's oldest chocolate factory, here in Halle.

Visitors who prefer music over chocolate will enjoy wandering around the old home of Georg Frederic Haendel. The old Haendel house has been redecorated with great care and reopend its doors in April 2009. 

You will also find that Halle is a very green city with a green area of about 7.000 hectares. Students and families enjoy playing sports and barbequeuing by the river Saale in the 'Pei▀nitz' park in the summer.

Finally art lovers will not get around the 'Moritzburg' – home to art collections of the 20th and 21st century, among others showing great drawings and paintings by Lyonel Feininger.


Schkopau Castle

The Schkopau Castle is situated at the eastern side of the small town Schkopau in Saxony-Anhalt. The origins of the castle date back to the 9th century where the Carolingians established a fortress on the hill between today's town and the river 'Saale'.

In the 12th century the fortress was transformed into a castle and was first mentioned in a document when emperor Frederic II. gave it to the archbishopric of Magdeburg.

The next transformation took place in the 16th century when the von Trotha family decided to make the castle its home and turned the castle into a wonderful Renaissance castle. After a great fire in 1830 the von Trotha family then rebuilt the northern part of the castle in neo-renaissance style.

Today the castle is home to a great hotel and restaurant where visitors can enjoy a luxurious stay and delicious food while on vacation or participating in one of the various events taking place at the castle throughout the year. 

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