Social Events / Networking

Join us at ICRA@40 for a special edition marking the 40th anniversary of the ICRA Conference, the largest international conference on robotics and automation. In a single-track symposium-like format, ICRA@40 will bring together senior and younger generation of academics, industry and practitioners to reflect on what we have achieved over the past 40 years and beyond, and debate on where we are at present, and where we are heading in the future.


The events will last 4 days, and will be divided into 8 half days of plenary sessions, entailing a series of prestigious keynotes on all core topics to robotics and automation, from design and control of robots to the new AI tools and materials for the next generation of robots. The event will seek to engage all attendees in participating in numerous panels and debates about important issues like the role of robotics and automation in society and its ethical grounds, the role that AI is taking in the field and its industrial relevance, and many more. 

ICRA@40 will give the floor to practitioners, from well-established industries to young start-ups, through industry pitches to present use cases which have successfully shaped our field or form open problems for the future.

Authors are invited to contribute by submitting Late-breaking abstracts and videos of their most recent work, which will be presented in poster/multimedia sessions.


The conference offers multiple travel grants for those in need of financial support to attend the conference, see Travel Grants.


ICRA@40 has at heart to present the core value of networking and dissemination of ICRA conferences. Authors and attendees will hence have multiple opportunities to network, through interactive panels and debates, luncheons with leaders and many other social events for minorities, students and industry representatives.

Luncheons with Leaders

Join us for exclusive luncheons with leaders in academia and industry from Monday through Thursday during the ICRA@40 conference. This is a unique opportunity to engage with top professionals and discuss the latest trends and innovations in robotics and automation.



  • Monday: Luncheon with Academic Leaders

  • Tuesday: Luncheon with Industry Experts

  • Wednesday: Luncheon with Keynote Speakers

  • Thursday: Luncheon with Innovators


Registration: Invitations will be sent out on a first-come, first-served basis to registered attendees. Don’t miss this chance to connect with the pioneers in the field.

Social Events

ICRA@40 is pleased to announce a series of social events designed to foster networking and collaboration among attendees. Below is a list of events inspired by the RAS Events at the 2024 IEEE ICRA:

  • Welcome Reception: Kick off the conference with a casual evening of networking.

  • Gala Dinner: An elegant evening to honor achievements in robotics and automation. Access to this event is invitation only.

  • Happy Birthday ICRA Party: This event promises to be a memorable milestone for our community, featuring festivities and reflections on the journey of ICRA. (details below)

Note: Dates and times for these events are to be determined.

Gala Dinner

An elegant evening to honor achievements in robotics and automation.

Celebrate 40 years of ICRA at the Gala Dinner on Tuesday, September 24th, at the Laurens Church.


  • Date: Tuesday, September 24th
  • Venue: the Laurens Church
  • Registration: Capacity is limited to 350 attendees. Access to this event is invitation only

Happy Birthday ICRA Party

Celebrate 40 years of ICRA at the Happy Birthday ICRA Party on Wednesday, September 25th, at the Rotterdam Cruise Terminal. This event promises to be a memorable milestone for our community, featuring festivities and reflections on the journey of ICRA.


  • Date: Wednesday, September 25th
  • Hours: 19.30 – 22.30
  • Venue: Holland America Line Cruise Terminal

Farewell ICRA Party

Join us for the Farewell Party on Thursday, September 26th, at Ahoy. This event will be the perfect conclusion to our conference, offering a final opportunity to network and celebrate with peers and colleagues.


  • Date: Thursday, September 26th
  • Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Venue: Rotterdam Ahoy

Join us in celebrating this significant occasion and connect with fellow professionals in a unique and exciting environment.

For more information and to stay updated on the latest event details, please visit the ICRA@40 Social Events Page.