SEPG Europe 2012 delegates had the chance to meet with exhibitors and student poster presenters upon the conclusion of Tuesday’s technical sessions. The lively crowd enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and drinks while continuing the conversations that were sparked during the afternoon sessions.
Following the Exhibits Opening Reception, delegates boarded a bus and traveled to the Patio de Cristales at the Casa de la Villa. The Casa de la Villa originally served as both a prison and Town Hall, and the building still has two entrances that point to this dual function.
Ignacio Fernandez, chief executive officer of the Madrid Visitors and Convention Bureau, welcomed the group to Spain’s capital city. Fernandez expressed his desire for all SEPG Europe 2012 delegates to feel at home in Madrid and his gratitude for choosing Madrid as the host city.
Paul Nielsen addressed the crowd and shared what a diverse group of delegates we have–all continents are represented with the exception of Antarctica. “We are a true global community,” Nielsen said, “and we have felt very at home in Madrid.” He shared his thanks to the city of Madrid for hosting the reception and making everyone feel very warmly welcomed.