SOURCE: http://www.FORAMS2010.uni-bonn.de/sites/congress_useful_information.php
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Accommodations

Accommodations can be booked through the T&C congress office during online registration. Alternatively, there are many hotels near the congress venue (University of Bonn, Main Building at the Hofgarten) in all price classes, which can be readily found using the internet. These range from the inexpensive and moderately priced city hotels to luxury hotels nearby. Attached please find a list of places to stay with complete internet addresses and www links.
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Official language

The official language of the congress is English. All oral and poster presentations can only be given in English.
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Clothing

In regard to clothing choices, please note that the weather in Bonn in early September can range from hot and sunny to moderately cool and rainy. As in many European cities, the charming pedestrian zone of Bonn is covered with flat, but uneven historical paving stone, which would argue for good walking shoes.
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Congress venue

University of Bonn, Main Building (Hauptgebäude der Universität Bonn), Regina-Pacis-Weg 3 (Hofgarten), 53113 Bonn, Germany
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Electricity

The electricity voltage in Germany is 220-240, and electrical plugs have two round pins. Even if your computer or other electric appliances has an internal converter and will run on 220-240 volts, you will probably need a plug adapter for the German outlets.
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Language

In regard to getting around in Bonn, hotel personnel, shop owners, and individuals, especially in the city center, do speak some English, but of course a little bit of German on your part will go a long way.......
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Lunch options

Because the bustling, pedestrian-only city center of Bonn is just across the street from the congress venue, there is a wealth of places nearby, where you can have lunch. These range from typical German food to global fast food, and from traditional Bonn cuisine (Em Höttche at the Marktplatz) to gourmet sushi. You will surely find a cafe, restaurant or typical sausage stand, for your personal food preference and price class.
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Money

The monetary currency in Germany is the euro (€); the smallest unit is the euro cent. You can exchange money when you first arrive at the airport or better yet withdraw money in euros from one of the many automated bank teller machines (ATM's) at the airport or in Bonn using your credit card or EC debit card. All major department stores and hotels will accept globally recognized credit cards (e.g., Visa, MasterCard). However, not all shops or restaurants will take them; more common is the use of bank debit cards such as an EC debit card (Maestro). Some businesses taxis, for example almost always accept cash only. Hence, it would be advisable to keep some euros on hand. Please note, however, that many stores will not accept large 200 and 500 EURO bills. The largest, commonly used euro banknotes are the 50 Euro bills.
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Parking

During the week, parking is extremely limited on the streets near the University's Main Building and also difficult to find on the narrow, commonly one-way streets in the city center. However, if you wish to drive to the congress venue, you may be able to find parking in the underground parking garage of the University (Uni-Tiefgarage), which you enter via the Stockenstrasse before passing through the Stockentor.
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Registration packet

You can pick up your registration packet at the start of the congress on Sunday afternoon, September 5th, at the Main Building of the University of Bonn. The registration packets will be available to later arrivals at the registration desk throughout the congress. Registration will start on Sunday, September 5 at 12:00 in the main building of the University (see map)
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Transport from the Cologne-Bonn Airport

The city of Bonn is very easy to reach, by air or by rail. You can fly into the following airports:

  • Cologne-Bonn Airport. This is the closest airport to Bonn, which is served by many low-fare airlines from many parts of Europe and the US. There is frequent and regular shuttle-bus service to the center of Bonn.
  • Frankfurt International Airport (ca. 1 hour by high speed train)
  • Düsseldorf International Airport (ca. 40 minutes by train)

Bonn has excellent railway connections, as it is situated on a major north-south line and is only a brief train ride away from the international rail hub of Cologne.

From the Cologne-Bonn airport, the cheapest way to the center of Bonn is by the airport bus, line no. 670, which will drop you off near the main train station in Bonn. This bus currenlty costs (6.30 euros) and runs every 20 minutes (peak times) or 30 minutes (non-peak times and weekends). Otherwise, of course, you can take a taxi directly to your hotel, which may run between 35 to 50 euros. Please note that if you reserve accommodations during registration with the T&C congress office, you will receive free a transport pass (the Congress Ticket), which will allow you unlimited usage of public transportation (buses, street cars, city trains) for the duration of the congress. This pass can also be used on the Cologne-Bonn airport bus.
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Time zone

Germany is on Central Europe Standard Time, which is GMT + 1:00.
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Visas

Since visa requirements vary from country to country, we request that each participant check with his or her local German consulate in regard to whether a visa is required.
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