Social Programme

Welcome Reception at Oslo City Hall
Wednesday 11th April from 18.00-20.00

The Mayor of Oslo invites you to an official Welcome Reception at Oslo City Hall. The celebration will take place in the hall that also hosts the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. In addition to being one of Oslo’s most recognizable landmarks due to its unique style, the City Hall is also famous for the frescos and paintings by Henrik Sørensen. Canapés and drinks will be served, and you will also have the opportunity to join an exclusive guided tour of the City Hall and get a glimpse of Oslo’s millennial history.


Conference Dinner – Taste of Scandinavia – Eat & Greet
Friday 13th April from 20.00-24.00

The Norwegian hosts would like to welcome all EPOS participants to an unforgettable get-together on Friday evening. Meet and greet your international peers in an exciting and informal atmosphere while enjoying a delicious Nordic signature buffet made by some of Norway’s best chefs. We are convinced that our modern and inspiring event concept within a charming location, which is bustling of life, will enrich the EPOS Meeting and your stay in Norway.

The Conference Dinner will be held at Mathallen at Vulkan. Mathallen is Norway’s first and biggest food hall, recently named as the third best food hall in Europe by Cushman & Wakefield. Mathallen is a former industrial site, dating back to 1908. The factory buildings were recently renovated and the surrounding area was amended with modern Scandinavian architecture, creating a new fashionable district within downtown. The factory buildings host now a huge variety of deli stores, wine bars, cafés and restaurants. Altogether, Mathallen represents the modern, versatile Oslo.

Mathallen exterior

The venue is situated within a 15 min walking distance from the congress centre, but can be easily reached by bus and taxi. It offers an exciting location combining old charm and modern Scandinavia.

The Concept
The centre-part of the building is reserved exclusively for EPOS participants, not excluding ordinary nightlife in the adjacent areas of the building. The majority of the area will be equipped with standing-bar tables, allowing all participants to mingle while enjoying their drinks and food. However, we arranged a designated area with about 40 sitting places to welcome participants who would rather enjoy this evening seated.

The idea behind this new dinner concept is a more casual setting than in previous dinners. A bar is located in the centre of this area, where participants may feel free to choose their drinks. The buffet is served on two spots by the “Culinary Academy” within the same area. The surrounding pubs and wine bars are open, so the participants may feel free to stroll around, if they feel like it. The venue closes at 2 am.

mathallen inside

We know that Scandinavia, and in particular Norway, is quite expensive. However, we intended to aspire after the best price-product value-benchmark for this social event, in hope that many participants may join it. This event includes a warm buffet and 3 drinks of your choice.