For more details about a conference, click on its title.  For further information use the links to one of the conference organisers in the listings below. or contact Stuart Sweeney directly.
For a comprehensive list of all the future events look on the International Sonnenberg site.

Date Conference title
24 - 28 May, 2017
The 100th Anniversary of the Russion Revolution at IHS
What do we know and what do we think of how it began?"
22 - 24 May, 2017
Pre-conference Programme: "Nature and health in the Harz" at IHS
11 - 16 June, 2017 Czech conference: “European Reformation in Bohemia”

Flags at the International House

Details of recent conferences

The 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Internationales Haus Sonnenberg

24 - 28 May, 2017

We know how it ended - but what do we know and what do we think of how it began?

A beginning that was a new departure in every field of society; what were its causes, and what was the worldwide echo of the revolutions of February and October 1917? There is agreement that the October Revolution was the beginning of the power blocs which shaped the 20th century and had an impact on every issue of foreign policy and many aspects of domestic policy as well.

Experts on the subject helped us to understand contrasting views of the Revolution, explain the background and distinguish between as yet unfulfilled promises, illusions and power politics.

The conference languages were English and German and several SAGB members attended.

Pre-conference Programme: "Nature and health in the Harz"

22 – 24 May 2017

For the fourth time, there was a pre-conference meeting to make the trip to Germany more worthwhile. On Monday afternoon, Tuesday and Wednesday, the programme took us to various sites and organisations connected with the theme. On Tuesday evening there was also a wine-tasting session with appropriate snacks. The Russian Revolution conference  began on Wednesday evening.

Czech conference: “European Reformation in Bohemia”

11 - 16 June 2017

This was held in Kutná Hora, 70 km from Prague, an important part of Bohemian, German and European history. As well as a few lectures, conference attendees visited the
historic old town, ancient churches and monasteries, castles and palaces, museums and
galleries and also experience musical, commercial and industrial traditions.

International House Sonnenberg

A familiar shot of the
              Sonnenberg site...

Our international centre, in the beautiful Harz Mountains National Park in Germany, provides the opportunity to get to know people of all ages from across the world and from all walks of life in a structured yet relaxed setting.

The International House Sonnenberg is an excellent modern venue. Many bedrooms are en-suite and other facilities include a cellar bar with separate disco, table tennis, and in the winter cross-country skiing equipment is available. During the afternoons, participants can also enjoy walking in the forested hills that surround the Centre.

Members of SAGB can often receive reductions on the cost of single and family rooms at the International House.

Simultaneous translation is available so language presents no barriers, but students of German at all levels will have the opportunity to improve their skills.

Almost all areas of the complex are accessible to wheelchair users.

Conference centre address
Internationalles Haus Sonnenberg
Clausthaler StraBe 11
D-37444 St. Andreasberg/Oberharz

Phone: ++49 (0)5582/944-0
Fax: ++49 (0) 5582/944-100

How to get to Sonnenberg
Sonnenberg's house bus picks up participants at Bad Harzburg station on the day of arrival. There are also occasional bus services from Goslar. The nearest motorway exits are:

  • from the south: Gottingen-Nord
  • from the northwest: Salzgitter-Goslar, Rhuden and Seesen (A7/E45)
  • from the north-east: Braunschweig-Nord (A2/E30)
  • and Bad Harzburg (A395)

The nearest airport is Hannover.