Schedule of Events for 2018 Annual Meeting – Wetzlar, Germany

May 11, 2018  By Richard Rejino

Please note: the schedule is subject to change

Wednesday Oct 3, 2018

Arrival and Registration; registration will be at the arcona Leitz Hotel.  Shuttle buses will be running.

Informal evening gathering (arcona lobby)

Dinner on your own

Thursday, October 4, 2018

(all meeting locations are Leica AG unless otherwise noted)

8:30-9:15  “Leica on Loan.” There will be a significant amount of equipment available for trying out (Conference Center)
Sensor cleaning drop off. (no cost)(limited to 50 per day)(repair form required) (Conference Center)
9:15-9:30  Opening session: Introduction and Welcome (Conference Center)
9:30-11:15  Tour of Leica Factory and Meet and Greet fellow participants (Main Leica building)
11:30-12:45  Meet with Leica Executives: Invited: Stefan Daniel (Global Director of Business Unit Photo), Dr. Marita Paasch (Chief Operating Officer) , Product Managers, others. This will include Q and A’s.  (Conference Center)
12:45-1:15  Dr. Guenter Kisselbach (LHSA member in Wetzlar) will discuss photo opportunities in Wetzlar and area (Conference Center)
1:30-2:30  Lunch at Leica AG “Casino” (Main Leica Building)(included)
3:00-4:00  Tour the Leica Archives (also offered Friday at 3:00pm)
3:00-5:30  LHSA Board of Directors Meeting  (Conference Center)
3:30-5:30  Walking Tour of Wetzlar (1) with local guide (depart from Michel Hotel or DomPlatz) (included).  After the tour, you may also want to visit Lars Netopil Classic Cameras which is near the Domplatz.
6:00-7:30  Reception for all (arcona Leitz Hotel)(included)
Informal Dinners on your own

Friday, October 5, 2018

8:30-9:15  Leica on Loan (Conference Center) & Sensor cleaning drop off/pickup (no cost)(limited to 50 per day) (Conference Center)
9:15-9:50  “Inspiration Sehen; My Point of View,”  Hari Subramanyam (Conference Center)
10:00-10:50 “Bridging Tradition and Innovation:” Peter Karbe, Head of Optical Development, Leica AG: (Conference Center)
11:00-12:00  “Reflections of a Leica Beta Tester” – Jono Slack (Conference Center)
12:00-12:50  Keynote Address: Matthias Harsch, CEO of Leica AG (Conference Center)
Lunch on Your Own
2:00 – 2:45  Lars Netopil on the Leica Archives and his book, “Museum Leica” (Conference Center)
3:00-4:00 Tour the Leica Archives (also offered Thursday at 3:00 p.m.)
3:00-4:30  Walking Tour of Wetzlar (depart from Domplatz – included). After the tour, you may also want to visit Lars Netopil Classic Cameras in downtown Wetzlar.
5:00-6:00  TENTATIVE:  Visit to Alter Friedhof Cemetery (graves of Leitz family, Oskar Barnack, Max Berek) conducted by LHSA member Doug Richardson (UK) (depart from Michel Hotel)
Informal Dinners on Your Own. 

Saturday, Oct 6, 2018

7:30-8:00  Pick up sensor cleaning and deadline for return of all Leica on Loan equipment (Conference Center)
8:00-9:00  LHSA General Business Meeting and Election (Conference center)
9:30-3:30  (Optional) Bus tour to Marburg (detail below)
7:00  Banquet Dinner (arcona)(optional $65/pp)(alcoholic beverages available for purchase). LHSA Photographers Fund 2017 winner presentation and announcement of 2018 winner. (Dr. Andreas Kauffman will attend)

Sunday, Oct 7, 2018

Morning Departure, or (Optional) All Day Rhine River Cruise (detail below)

Optional Marburg Bus Trip: Saturday Oct 6, 2018 

9:30 Buses depart from Wetzlar
10:15  Arrive Elizabethkirche (St Elizabeth Church – first gothic in Germany (13th Century) for tour.
11:30-12:00  Walk (0.6 mi) to Lunch
12:00-1:15  Lunch at Bueckingsgarten Restaurant (included except alcoholic beverages)
1:15 -1:30  Short Walk to Market Point
1:30 – 3:00  Guided tour of Old town Marburg and the castle of the Landgrave.
3:00 – 4:30  Walk to Marburg Central Markt; photo walk (including 16th century Rathaus or Town Hall)
4:30 – 5:30  Buses from Marburg to Wetzlar
Cost: $80 per person (includes lunch (excludes alcoholic beverages)). Lunch limited to 100 attendees; other restaurants are available in Marburg.

Optional Rhine River Cruise: Sunday, Oct 7, 2018

6:45  Buses depart from Wetzlar
8:30  Arrive in Koblenz
9:00-3:15  River Cruise with stops (lunch included) south to Rudesheim
3:15  Buses depart Rudesheim for Wetzlar
5:00  Arrive Wetzlar
Cost: $ 105 per person (includes lunch on the boat (excludes alcoholic beverages)


Richard Rejino
Richard is the Executive Director of LHSA - The International Leica Society and a part-time professional photographer. He is also a classically trained pianist, writer and published author. His book, "What Music Means to Me" is available from Hal Leonard Corporation.

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