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Aachen Council meeting

May 15 @ 3:00 pm - May 17 @ 1:30 pm CEST

IBF Council meeting and Balint Conference 15-17/May 2020.



The German Balint Society (Deutsche Balint Gesellschaft – DBG) feels honoured to host the IBF Council Meeting in spring 2020. Aachen is a historical town with a Roman history and the place where Charlemagne was crowned in 800 A.D. The beautiful Aachen cathedral became the first building in Germany recognised as UNESCO world heritage in 1978. Since 1950 the International Charlemagne Prize is awarded annually for the most valuable contribution to European understanding. Today Aachen also is well known as a student city with more than 50.000 international students in a city with 250,000 inhabitants. The RWTH is assigned as an university of excellence.


For 23 years the DBG has organised one of its annual Balint conferences in Aachen. The conference venue is a student meeting place located in the old centre of Aachen and surrounded by coffeehouses and restaurants.

For those who want to see some of the famous places in the old centre, we offer a guided walking tour on Friday evening (without fee). After sightseeing we invite all participants and accompanying persons for a social evening with a buffet.


As usual for all IBF conferences the various Balint groups will be conducted in English by experienced international group leaders. As a second track we will offer Balint groups, leadership training and a supervision group in German. On Friday, after the opening of the conference, Dr. Phillip Herzog will give a talk „Patience and Politics – Establishing Balint Work in Medical Training in Germany“.


The IBF Council Meeting is scheduled for Saturday after lunch from 1.30 to 3.30 p.m. (during this meeting the German speaking Balint groups will have another group session). That way all international Balint groups will have four Balint sessions during the conference and the German speaking Balint groups will have five Balint sessions. On Sunday before the closing of the conference we invite all conference participants to a large/ fishbowl group for a mutual Balint case.


As all IBF Balint meetings should provide time for professional/personal exchange and to meet each other, we will have an excursion on Saturday afternoon, starting at 3.30 p.m. Aachen is located close to the low mountain range „Eifel“. Directly after the Council Meeting, buses will take us to the Eifel and to Lake Rursee. We will have a boat trip during which coffee and cake will be served. Then the buses will drop us at the old Eifel village of Monschau, where we will do a short round walk, followed by a nice three course dinner at Hotel Horchem. Our buses will drop us back at the conference venue at 11 p.m.

Please note that the excursion is not included in the conference fee and needs an additional booking. All accompanying persons are welcome to join the excursion but need a booking in advance, too. The total fee per person for the excursion is 55,00 €. Dinner is included, drinks are not included.


For the conference application and booking of the excursion, please use the PDF-form on the IBF- or DBG-website. The Deadline for application is 15th April 2020.

It helps our administration if you apply as soon as possible.


We are looking forward to welcome you soon in Aachen

On behalf of the organizing team

Guido Flatten


Program of IBF Council Meeting



15TH MAY 2020

14.00 – 15.30 Registration

15.30 – 16.00 Welcoming speech and opening of the conference

16.00 – 16.40 Lecture: Patience and Politics – Establishing

Balint Work in Medical Training in Germany“,

Dr. Philipp Herzog / Schwerin

16.40 – 17.00 Coffee break

17.00 – 18.30 Balint groups, leadership training group, supervision group

18.30 – 20.00 Walking tour through the old city of Aachen from 20.00 Come together with buffet




09.00 – 10.30 Balint groups, etc.

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30 Balintgroups, etc.

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.30 IBF-Council Meeting

14.00 – 15.30 Balint groups, etc. in German,

(for non-IBF-Council participants)

15.30 – 23.00 Excursion (additional booking is required)

15.30 Departure from the conference venue

17.30 – 19.00 Boat trip on Lake Rursee with coffee and cake

19.30 – 20.00 Walk through the old village of Monschau

20.00 – 22.00 Dinner at Restaurant Hotel Horchem

23.00 Return to the conference venue




09.00 – 10.30 Balint groups, etc

11.00 – 12.30 Balint large group

12.30 – 13.30 Feedback, closing of the conference






  • Balint group, English speaking
  • Balint group, German speaking
  • Leadership group, German speaking*
  • Supervision group, German speaking*

* if required with Russian translation




Katholische Hochschulgemeinde (KHG),

Pontstr. 74-76, 52062 Aachen




For hotel booking please contact tourist office Bad Aachen,

Tel.: 0049-241-1802950 + 51.

The conference venue is located in the old city of Aachen and

many hotels are within walking distance.




Aachen is located in the heart of Europe close to the border of the Netherlands and Belgium. It is surrounded by a few international airports. To reach Aachen with connecting trains you need about

1.5 hour from Düsseldorf/ Germany

1.5 hour from Köln-Bonn/ Germany

2.0 hours from Frankfurt/ Germany

2.0 hours from Brussels/ Belgium

1.5 hour from Liege/ Belgium

1.0 hour from Maastricht/ Netherlands




Mrs. Vanessa Gahre

ConEvent GmbH

Veritaskai 6, 21079 Hamburg

Tel.: 040 466500222

E-Mail: tagung@balintgesellschaft.de

Monday – Friday: 9.00 – 15.00



195,00 € for DBG or IBF members

220,00 € for non- members

50,00 € for students

In case of cancellation we charge 50,00 € for administration.




55,00 € for the excursion on Saturday (3.30 p.m. – 11.00 p.m.)

Please make an additional booking also for an accompanying person

– including bus transfer, boat trip with coffee and cake, and dinner (drinks are not included)




via PDF application form online on




or see below




to Sparkasse Celle


IBAN: DE31 2575 0001 0054 5047 33

Deadline: 15th April 2020


If you have questions regarding application and payment, please contact Mrs. Vanessa Gahre via tagung@balintgesellschaft.de

If you have questions regarding Balint groups, leadership or excursion, please contact myself via flatten@balintgesellschaft.de



You can download the Aachen flyer

You can download the application form by clicking here.


May 15 @ 3:00 pm
May 17 @ 1:30 pm


Vanessa Gahre