Alumni and current staff of the Leading House met in Lucerne on the 28th and 29th October 2016 for the first Alumni-Networking-Event. The occasion was the 10th anniversary of the Leading House, which we celebrate in 2016. The Alumni-Networking-Event started on Friday afternoon with a welcome session, followed by an opening-presentation with some historical facts on the development and the current state of the Leading House by Prof. Dr. Backes-Gellner. The rest of the afternoon all participants, alumni and current staff members alike, presented their current or most recent research projects and possible future endeavours.
Friday evening saw a special networking activity that combined a guided city tour of Lucerne, with a three-course walking dinner in three restaurants and some historical artistic performances.
Saturday morning was filled with more presentations and discussions of alumni and current staff. The event finished with a last social networking activity in the Museum of Transport, where participants either dived deep into facts and expositions of the NEAT-tunnel or into the history and adventures of one of the most innovative and adventurous Swiss families, the Piccards.
All in all, the Alumni event was a nice mix of valorisation of research results, meeting old and new acquaintances, and generating new ideas for future work and collaboration among practitioners and researchers.