Venue is the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB)
Where to stay in Halle?
We recommend reservation of hotel rooms as soon as possible and recommend the following four ones: 1) "TRYP by Wyndham Halle Hotel" (address: Neustädter Passage 5, Halle), 2) "DORMERO Hotel Rotes Ross Halle" (address: Leipziger Str. 76, Halle), 3) "City Hotel am Wasserturm" (address: Lessingstrasse 8, Halle), and 4) "B&B Hotel" (address: Hallorenring 9, Halle).
However, you can also easily search availabilities and compare prices online at HRS portal, hotel.de or booking.com. Halle has a good public transport system and the venue is easily reachable by tram.
How to get to N-term 2017?
If travelling from abroad, especially from outside of Europe, you have two options for your inbound flight. You can fly in either either to Leipzig/Halle airport (LEJ) or to one of the two airports in Berlin, Germany (Tegel airport, TXL, or Schönefeld airport, SXF - BER, the main airport of the capital, is not yet completed). Both airports are usually operated as secondary airports after having arrived e.g. at Frankfurt Main airport (FRA) if coming from outside of Europe.
We, however, strongly encourage you to choose Leipzig/Halle airport (LEJ) as final destination, the Berlin airports are on strike from time to time.
NATIONAL and REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION:
Onward journey from the airports is via train to Halle main station ("Halle (Saale) Hbf" or "Halle (Saale) Hauptbahnhof"):
You have the following three options:
1) TXL ("TXL Berlin-Tegel Fl." or "Berlin Flughafen Tegel") to Halle (Saale) Hbf: takes 2 - 2.5 h with one to two changes, two trains per hour
2) SFX ("SXF Berlin Airport" or "Berlin-Schönefeld Flughafen") to Halle (Saale) Hbf: takes 2 - 2.5 h with one to two changes, two trains per hour
3) LEJ ("LEJ LeipzigHalleAirp" or "Leipzig/Halle Flughafen") to Halle (Saale) Hbf: takes 15 min with one to two changes, one or two (late during the day) trains per hour
Timetable and booking can be done at the German Railway (Deutsche Bahn).
You can reach the hotel (hotel "Ankerhof", address: Ankerstraße 2a, Halle) and venue (Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, address: Weinberg 3, Halle:) easily by tram or taxi. We recommend taking a taxt to get to the hotel and the tram or another taxi to reach the venue.
Tram: 30 min, get on the tram line 5 at "Hauptbahnhof" direction "Kröllwitz" and get off at "Weinberg Campus". This is 5 min away from the venue.
Taxi: 15 min, about EUR 15.00
USEFUL COUNTRY INFORMATION and VISA ISSUES:
Citizens of the EU:
EU nationals do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany.
A visa is not required for visits of up to 90 days in an 180 day period for nationals of those countries for which the European Community has abolished the visa requirement. For all others, a visa is required. Please also visit the homepage of the German "Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt)" to find a detailed table of all countries requiring a visa and also more information about visa regulations, as well as a list of German diplomatic missions around the world.
An invitation letter for the purpose of obtaining a travel visa or permission to attend the meeting will be handed out on request after successful registration for the conference.
The climate in Germany is typically temperate and marine; cool, cloudy, wet winters and summers; especially throughout the month of September. Here, daytime temperatures will generally reach highs of around 20°C/67°F. At night the average minimum temperature drops down to around 9°C/49°F. The average daily relative humidity for September is around 75%. However, the Halle area is one of the driest regions in Germany, so, don’t expect too much rain during the meeting.
As in most countries of the European Union, the official currency is the Euro (€).
Please note that there are no general bank hours in Germany. Most banks are open in the morning hours and just a few hours in the afternoon or early evening.
Major credit cards are accepted at most cash points (ATM machines), stores, restaurants and hotels.
English is spoken by the staff of most hotels, restaurants and shops.
Germany's standard time zone is UTC/GMT +1 hour.
All visitors are advised to have valid international insurance before coming to Germany. Citizens of the EU are insured with their EHIC (European Health Insurance Card).
USEFUL SITE INFORMATION DURING THE MEETING:
Internet: Wi-Fi is available for all participants. Please make sure that you are registered with eduroam and have a valid login in order to be able to use an encrypted secure network.
Suggested restaurants for day 1 (pdf download)