2nd Bulletin

We are now less than 2 weeks away from the start of the workshop. We will be regularly updating the website to try to provide the most recent information for travelling to Aachen and the conference, so please also check our web-page. We look forward to meeting everyone in Aachen.

If you have not paid the conference fee yet, please do so now!

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us in case of questions.

1. Program

You can find the scientific program linked from our web-site or go directly to indico
The social program will be

  • A reception (with food) on Sunday, 18:00 at the Suermondt-Ludwig Museum, unfortunately this page is only in German. The address is Wilhemstraße 18.
    We will offer a guided tour through the museum at 19:00 and 20:00.
  • Monday evening (18:30) Walking tour through the city.
  • Wednesday evening (18:30) Tour of the cathedral
  • Thursday (13:00 to 18:00) Excursion to a coal mine (surface mine).
  • Thursday 19:00 Conference dinner at the Frankenberg castle.

The workshop will end on Friday around 13:30.

2. Registration

Registration will be possible on Sunday evening between 18:30 and 20:30 (during the reception), on Monday morning before the start of the conference (8:30 to 9:00), and during the first coffee break. Please try to register early.

3. Speakers

We will use our indico page to store the talks. You must upload your file before your talk. You may even upload it now. Please take note: The time slot of your talk in the indico schedule includes the time for discussion! If, for example, you have a 20 minute timeslot, please prepare a 15 minute talk and reserve 5 minutes for discussions. There will be proceedings for the workshop. Please be prepared to submit your contribution before the end of October. Further details will be provided at the workshop.

4. Travel to Aachen

Connecting from the Airport to Aachen

From Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, or Cologne use the train to Aachen Main Station (Aachen Hbf). We have uploaded train schedules for Sunday to our web-page. They can be found on the menu bar under Travel. The schedule is also available online. There are trains of different comfort and speed. In the order of fastest to slowest these are ICE, IC, IR, RE, RB. We want to point out one connection from Frankfurt to Aachen: The IC connecting through Mainz (Frankfurt → Mainz → Cologne → Aachen) has a very scenic section between Mainz and Cologne along the river Rhein through a narrow valley with many castles.  It is an UNESCO world heritage site.

You can get tickets at ticketing machines at the train stations. Cash, credit cards and EC-cards (Maestro) are accepted. Or you can book and print your ticket online at bahn.de using your credit card. You can also get a ticket from the personnel on the train, but it costs extra. Tickets for standard fares are valid for all connections with the same class of trains (ICE,IC,etc.).

For bus connects from the Maastricht Airport to the city of Aachen, you will find the bus stop in front of the terminal. The bus driver will sell the tickets.

For people traveling from the Brussels airport to Aachen, it is recommended that you take the local train to “Brussel Midi”. From there you will take the Thalys (French high speed train) to Aachen. It is convenient during the day, but there are no connections in the early morning or the evening. Tickets are available on online.  Alternative routes can be found bahn.de.

From the Train Station to your Hotel

Both recommended hotels, Ibis HauptBahnhoff and Ibis Marschiertor hotels, are in walking distance, around 300 m, from Aachen’s main station. Leave the station through the main entrance and turn right on the main street for Hotel Ibis Hauptbahnhof. You will see the hotel at the next major crossing. For Hotel Ibis Marschiertor turn left on the main street. After about 300 m you will see the ‘Maschiertor’ at the right, on old city gate. The hotel is to your left behind a small green.

5. Moving around Aachen

All the conference locations are within walking distance of your hotels, so is the city center. A map of the locations can be found here. You will also find it on our web-page. It is a 20 to 25 minute walk from any of the hotels to the conference site (Super-C).

Brochures and other touristic information on the city here can be found on the City of Aachen website.

6. Weather

The current weather forecast looks quite good. One should expect temperatures around 20° C (68° F) in the daytime. There is always some probability of rain. An up-to-date weather forecast can be found here.

7. Restaurants

Restaurants can be found throughout Aachen, however the largest concentration of restaurants is located near the city center and on Pontstraße (see the map above Super-C).

8. Electrical Power

The German power grid uses 230 V AC, 50 Hz. German electrical outlets are compatible with connector of Type C, Type F and the new CEE 7/7 (Type E & Type F).


Bulletin prepared by Achim Stahl