"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives"

Abba Eban

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

"Then I say the Earth belongs to each generation during its course, fully and in its right no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its existence"

Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789


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 Conferences sessions at the SDEWES Conference, but there is another program that truly makes this Conference complete, and this is our Social programme.

From 10 – 15 October 2021, you will have a 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. And for the numerous Game of Thrones fans, this will be a unique opportunity to see King’s Landing from the sea.

Social programme schedule:

Welcome reception

10 October (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 with panoramic views of the Elaphiti Islands.

Conference tour and dinner

13 October (Wednesday), 14:30 – 22:00 h

Prepare for having wonderful memories from the SDEWES2021 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).


14:30 - Departing from Valamar Lacroma hotel

14:30-15:00 Tranfer to Arboretum Trsteno  

15:00-15:45 Arboretum Trsteno visit - don't miss one of the most popular Game of Thrones filming location while strolling down the finest example of Dubrovnik summer residence garden architecture

15:45-16:15 Transfer to Ston

16:15-17:00 Saltworks Ston visit, the oldest and largest saltworks preserved in the history of the Mediterranean area

17:00-19:00  Ston Walls and Kastio fortress visit - take a stroll along the fortification walls from the 14th century, also known as the "European wall of China"

19:00 – Dinner in Mali Ston



14:30 - Departing from Valamar Lacroma hotel

14:30-15:30 Transfer to Mali Ston

15:30-17:00 Boarding boats, continuing with a short cruise of the Ston bay and followed by oysters tasting

17:00-18:45 Saltworks Ston visit, the oldest and largest saltworks preserved in the history of the Mediterranean area and sightseeing of the town of Ston

19:00 – Dinner in Mali Ston


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.

The Social Programme in its entirety will be organized in accordance with all anti Covid measures proclaimed by the Croatian Civil Protection Directorate and the Dubrovnik - Neretva County Civil Protection Directorate that will ensure the maximum level of safety for all participants.
All prerequisites needed to join the Social programme will be the same as for participating at the conference. This is needed also for Accompanying persons. Please check again the following links:



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