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Karlsruhe is – by European standards – a young city, having been founded in 1715.

Its unique layout with the former Duke's Palace in the center, as well as the many parks and gardens, make Karlsruhe a beautiful and lively city.

Among the major cultural attractions are the world famous Center for Art and Media Technology (ZKM) and numerous museums.

In addition, Karlsruhe is the gateway to the romantic Black Forest, to the old university town of Heidelberg and to the beautiful Alsace region with its capital Strasbourg in France.

The conference will be held in the new Auditorium Maximum (click for pdf-file with map) on the campus of the University of Karlsruhe, conveniently located less than 1 km from the city center and palace. Poster Sessions will be held in the hall directly adjacent to the Auditorium Maximum. The Registration Desks will open Monday, July 26, at 11:00 am.

The conference site is in walking distance from two tram stops and can be reached from the main railway station (departure at the forecourt) via

tram line 2 (direction Wolfartsweier-Nord) and S4/S41 (direction Heilbronn/Eppingen/Bretten-Gölshausen) stop: Durlacher Tor"


tram line 3 (direction Siemensallee) stop: Kronenplatz/Universität".

A one-way-ticket costs 2 EURO, a 5-day-ticket valid Monday through Friday, will be issued at the conference desks and is included in the conference fee.


 How to Reach Karlsruhe 

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Arriving by Air

Karlsruhe is easily accessible via Frankfurt International Airport, one of Europe's major international airports. There is a direct train connection from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Karlsruhe. Upon arrival follow the signs to "Fernbahnhof" (long-distance trains). Departure 7:53, 8:53, etc. until 21:53 (odd hours: through train to Karlsruhe, even hours: change trains in Mannheim, same platform); arrival in Karlsruhe Hbf (Main Station) 65 minutes later.

Arriving by Train

Karlsruhe is a major Intercity Express (ICE) train stop with hourly connections to Frankfurt (1 hour), München (3 hours), Zürich (3 hours), Hamburg (4.5 hours), Berlin (5 hours) and Paris (5 hours, 3 direct trains per day).

For details see

Arriving by Car

Karlsruhe is at the junction of the major freeways A5 Hamburg-Karlsruhe-Basel, A6/A8 (Paris-) Saarbrücken-Karlsruhe-München.

Please note that parking facilities on the conference site are not available. The nearest parking lot is within ~ 10 min. walk from the conference site.

Within Karlsruhe many locations are served by the public transportation system (Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (KVV).
For details see: (Homepage of KVV)


 General Information 

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Visa formalities

All participants from the E.U. entering Germany must possess a valid identity card. For others a valid passport is required. No visa is necessary for citizens of most Western countries. Participants, particularly from Eastern Europe and overseas, are advised to consult the nearest German consular office.

If a formal invitation letter is needed please contact the conference office well in advance.


The organisers cannot accept any liability or responsibility for death, illness, or injury to the person or for loss of or damage to property of participants and accompanying persons which may occur either during or arising from the conference. Participants are advised to make their own arrangements in respect of health and travel insurance.


 Excursions and Tourist Information 

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Because of the good public transit system many attractions of Karlsruhe (pdf file, 3.8 MB) and the surroundings are within easy reach. Visits should be planned on an individual basis.

Furthermore, a wide variety of attractive arrangements and excursions is offered by the tourist information center.

You can contact the information service at:

Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress-GmbH
Festplatz 9

D-76137 Karlsruhe

Tel. ++49 721 37 20 53 92
Fax ++49 721 37 20 53 99