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Click here to download a conference flyer in your choice of blue, green or purple.


Weather forecast

We are, of course, hoping for ideal weather – mild temperatures and clear skies! Needless to say, the weather at this time of year is far from predictable. After an unseasonably hot mid-April across Europe, it looks as if the temperatures are dropping again to around 15/16 ºC and, sadly, we may have some rain towards the start of the week. We recommend keeping your eye on the MeteoSwiss website for more up-to-date forecasts and detailed information.


Main venue

The conference will be held in the University of Bern’s Hauptgebäude (‘main building’) not far from the main station. You can walk here easily from the main conference hotels or take the #12 bus (direction Länggasse) one or two stops and get off at Universität. The way to the building will be signposted with “X” balloons like this:

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Either download this PDF map or refer to the one here:

The registration desk will be on the 4th floor of the building in the foyer of the Kuppelraum (‘dome space’). Plenary sessions will be in the Kuppelraum itself, while parallel sessions will be in either the Kuppelraum or Room 331 on the 3rd floor.


Presentation technologies

We are asking everyone to use their own laptops and/or share with the other presenters in each session, please. We will not have built-in or permanent computers in the presentation rooms. Both rooms are nonetheless set up for projecting slideshows, with VGA (with sound cable) and regular HDMI jacks. If your laptop is not compatible with these, do please bring your adaptors with you.

Please also note that we will not have printing facilities available in the main venue. If you are planning to use a handout please come prepared (we recommend 100 copies for plenary presentations and 50 for parallel presentations). Alternatively, there are several copy shops just up the road from the Hauptgebäude; from closest to furthest:


Wifi and internet access

We have two options available for accessing the internet: “eduroam” or “public-unibe”.

  1. If you are already using eduroam at your home institution, you can also use it freely while at the University of Bern. Please note that you always need to set up eduroam before you leave and while connected to your home institution.
  2. If eduroam doesn’t work for you, all guests may otherwise use the wireless network public-unibe. Passwords will be supplied in your delegate pack. Here’s what you’ll need to do: find the public-unibe network; select “Guest Login” and register with your mobile number and the password; you will receive an access code by text message (SMS). Once registered, the connection will stay active for 7 days.


Lunch venues (coupon system)

All registered delegates will be given three CHF 20 lunch coupons (one for each day of the workshop) valid for one of four restaurants near the conference venue. Just give your coupon for that day to the restaurant staff. If your bill is over CHF 20, you will just need to cover the difference. The restaurants (all with decent vegetarian options) are:

  • Grosse Schanze: buffet-style restaurant (immediately across from the main venue)
  • Namamen: Japanese ramen bar (about a five minute walk)
  • Vapiano: Italian self-service restaurant (about a five minute walk)
  • Veranda: fixed daily menu (about a ten minute walk)

Either download this PDF map or refer to the one here:


Conference dinner

Our conference dinner on Friday will be held at 7:00 pm at the Restaurant Zunft zu Webern in the heart of the Altstadt (‘Old City’) – Bern’s medieval city center. Thanks to our sponsors, the dinner is heavily subsidised. There will be one or two glasses of wine made available at the start of the meal, but anything more will need to be paid for directly, please. Either download this PDF map or refer to the one here to find your way:


Thursday evening recommendations

On Wednesday we have the CSLS Reception where there will be drinks and snacks; on Friday we have the conference dinner. This leaves Thursday open for your own arrangements and explorations. Depending on your budget, we recommend these two options which combine some nice sightseeing with the possibility of food. If you are in hostel or hotel, your free travelcard (“Bern Ticket” – see Accommodation page) will cover these short trips:

Rosengarten – a short ride on the #10 bus from the main station (direction Ostermundigen); a lovely park with an outlook down across to the Old City and beyond. There is an open-air café and a restaurant (Tripadvisor link).

Gurten – a short ride on the #9 tram from the main station (direction Wabern), followed by a short walk up a hill to the Gurtenbahn (a funicular) up to the top of the mountain (aka hill). There are differently priced eateries; we recommend the buffet-style, self-service Tapis Rouge (Tripadvisor link).

If you are not in the mood for sightseeing and are just looking for an affordable bite to eat, here are some easy-to-reach options:

Pangäa – within walking distance from the main station; nice garden seating (if the weather’s good); a variety of international menus. (Tripadvisor link).

Kleine Schanze – also near the main station;  a public park next to the Bundeshaus (‘Federal Palace’); commands a spectacular view across to the Alps (on a clear day); an open-air café. (Tripadvisor link).

Pittaria – a five minute walk from the conference venue; offers a variety of Lebanese meat-based, vegetarian, and vegan meals. (Tripadvisor link)

Finally, there are many take-away shops and grocery stores (look for Migros or Coop) on the subterranean level of the main train station if you are looking for a quick and affordable meal.


Bern Tourism Office

The Bern Tourism office is at the ground level of the main station. You can get there with the #12 bus (direction Zentrum Paul Klee) and get off at the stop Bahnhof. Alternatively, you can take the elevator next to the restaurant Grosse Schanze to the subterranean level of the main station, follow the corridor connecting the platforms, and take the escalators in the main hall (with the large timetables) to ground level. Either download this PDF map or refer to the one here:


Medical Emergencies

Should you find yourself in need of medical attention, there is an emergency clinic (City Notfall) at the main train station which is open every day from 7.00 am until 10.00 pm. There is also a pharmacy in the main train station which is open from 6.30 am until 10.00 pm every day. The emergency room at the nearest hospital Inselspital is open 24 hours. Either download this PDF map or refer to the one here: