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ISDE 2024 Social Evening

We are delighted to invite you to the ISDE Social Evening, which celebrates Scottish culture, culinary specialties and traditional entertainment.

Date: Monday, September 23, 2024
Time: 19:00 – 22:30
Venue: The Playfair Building, Surgeons Quarter, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DS
Ticket cost: USD 100 per person


Surgeons Quarter, including the Surgeons’ Hall Museums are owned by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), which was founded in 1505 and the Museums’ collections have grown significantly from 1699 after ‘natural and artificial curiosities’ were publicly sought. In the 1800s, the original museum expanded to include the remarkable collections of surgeon and anatomists, Sir Charles Bell and John Barclay.

Originally developed as a teaching museum for students of medicine, SHM’s fascinating collections, including bone and tissue specimens, artefacts and works of art, have been open to the public since 1832, making SHM among Scotland’s oldest museums. The Wohl Pathology Museum is also home to one of the largest and most historic collections of surgical pathology in the world.

ISDE Social Evening attendees will have an opportunity to explore the full museum at no additional charge.

Scottish Cuisine

We will welcome you with a glass of sparkling wine, followed by a culinary journey with a selection of local Scottish cuisine. Surgeons Quarter chefs will prepare traditional food using the finest local ingredients, showcasing Scotland’s rich and diverse flavors. Food will be served as finger buffet with a selection of wine, beers and soft drinks to accompany the meal.

Local Entertainment

Actors from the Real Mary Kings Close will portray surgical characters from days gone by – each character will mingle and reminisce what their life and work was like. This can include a renowned physician during the worst outbreak of the plague in Edinburgh, Edinburgh’s first Plague Doctor, “the Foul Clengers” who were cleaning houses of people affected by the plague in the deadly 1645 epidemic.

The evening will also feature traditional Scottish music, including live performances of traditional folk songs and lively cèilidh dances. Please proceed to The Deacon Suite at The Prince Philip Building from 9pm.


We encourage guests to embrace the Scottish spirit by dressing in semi-formal or traditional Scottish attire.


Tickets for this event can be purchased during the registration process. 

Getting There

Bus no. 2 every 15-30 mins (12-minute bus ride)

See Transport for Edinburgh app.

Waverley train station is in the heart of the city centre with trains from all major cities. The station is located roughly a ten-minute walk from the venue.

Bus services frequently passing the venue: 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 30, 31 and 33.

Or if you prefer to walk, Surgeons Quarter is a ten-minute walk from most city landmarks.

Johnnie Walker Journey of Flavour Experience

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2024
Time: 17:00 – 18:30 or 17:20 – 18:50 (tour time allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to availability)
Venue: Johnnie Walker Princess Street, 145 Princess Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BL
Ticket cost: USD 40 per person

What To Expect

The Johnnie Walker Journey of Flavour Tour is a fantastic, interactive and immersive 90-minute tour using storytelling, performers, projections and music to tell the story of Johnnie Walker and how the whisky is created.

Throughout the tour you’ll be served three delicious whisky cocktails tailor-made to your flavour profile, and of course you can opt for a dram or a non-alcoholic mocktail if you’d prefer. 

Please note: This experience is highly immersive and uses a combination of flashing lights, media, music, sensory moments and special effects that may not be suitable for all audiences.

Tickets for this event can be purchased during the registration process.


Getting There

Located in the heart of Edinburgh city centre’s West End, Johnnie Walker Princes Street is a 15-minute walk from both Haymarket Station and Edinburgh Waverley Station, or 30-minute tram or airlink bus ride from Edinburgh Airport.

Welcome Reception

Date: Sunday, September 22, 2024
Time: 17:15 – 19:30 
Venue: ISDE 2024 Exhibit Hall at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
Ticket cost: Included in the registration fee for the delegates / USD 55 for additional tickets.

Join us for drinks, canapes and networking to celebrate first day of the ISDE 2024 Congress!