General Information

Accommodation

A block of rooms are reserved at some selected ISRSE_36 conference hotels located at convenient locations in Berlin. A free booking service is available here. Note that booking is bindingly and is best done via credit card. Note that economically priced hotel rooms in the ISRSE_36 contingent might be exhausted early, so don’t be late.

Badges

Participants will receive a badge showing their name and company. All participants are kindly requested to wear their badge throughout ISRSE_36, even at social events.

Berlin

Berlin – the capital of Germany – is a city with an 800-year history, full of culture, music, natural beauty, charm and hospitality. The city boasts attractive architecture, with palaces and churches, museums, theatres. Berlin is also a center of high-tech science and home to four universities, research institutes, software companies, space industries and various international enterprises, making it an ideal location for ISRSE_36. Read More

Credit Cards

Visa, Mastercard, Eurocard, American Express, Diners Card and some other credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops. Hotels willingly accept credit cards in order to reserve hotel rooms. Visitors without credit card should be prepared being asked to pay the hotel bill in advance upon arrival.

Conference Language

All presentations will be in English only.

Currency

The currency in Germany is Euro (€). All prices advertised and all payments for ISRSE_36 are required to be done in Euro. Here you may find out the exchange rate to your local currency: Currency Converter.

In Germany, visitors can exchange currencies at offices of foreign exchange brokers, chartered banks and some hotels for example. However, it is advised to have local currency on hand prior to arriving. At the latest, you may exchange your currency for Euros directly upon arrival at the Berlin airport.

Electricity

The standard household voltage in Germany is 220-240 volts – as in most of Europe. Please be aware that compared to North America standard for example, this is twice the voltage that North American electrical appliances are designed for. If plugged into a European outlet without a voltage converter, those devices may provide a nice fireworks display, complete with sparks and smoke.

If your computer, shaver, video camera, iron, or whatever is a multi-voltage model (and most newer ones are), all you’ll need for Europe are plug adapters. If not, you’ll also need to buy a voltage transformer or converter. A German plug (“ein Stecker”) has two round prongs, and a German electrical outlet (“eine Steckdose”) has, quite logically, two round holes for a receptacle. There are two common types of plugs and sockets in Germany: The European norm TYPE C and the traditional one TYPE F. Suitable plug kits are offered at international airports. However, buying it at your local store just around the corner might save some money! Read More

Emergency Calls

All kinds of emergency calls (Fire/Ambulance/Police): 112 (Europe wide, also from mobile phones!)
Police (traditionally in Germany): 110 (Germany)

Insurance

The organizers cannot accept any responsibility for accidents, losses and/or damages pr personal injury which may occur. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for travel, medical and personal accident and luggage insurance in their home country, prior to departure.

Languages

Berlin is multi-cultural, so beside German, many people in Berlin speak English. So don’t be afraid in approaching people in English. You will get the help you need.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones in Germany are usually called “Handys”. Mobile phone use is high, although not quite as in Finland or Italy. Germans love their mobiles and use them frequently.

Germany operates on a GSM network, so if you’re coming from Europe and many other countries, your current mobile will probably work in Germany. If you are coming from North America or parts of Asia, you will probably have a CDMA phone which will not work. For a GSM phone, you need to check whether your phone is unlocked as some phones are network-specific.

Passport, Visa and Vaccination

Participants are kindly requested to check regulations regarding passport, visa and vaccination and, particularly, regarding length of notice for obtaining a visa, if required, with their local travel agency well in advance. In case of doubt, information may be obtained from the nearest German Embassy or Consulate.

All registered persons whose payment has been received by the ISRSE_36 office can request an official invitation letter that confirms registration. If you have already registered, you may request this letter with in email to isrse36@dlr.de.

Payment

Advance payment for hotel, tours and visits must be made in EURO. All conference fees and social events have to be fully paid in advance, preferably via credit card.

Public Telephones

At Berlin airport, you will find an adequate number of public telephone cells for making national or international calls. However, coin-operated phone boxes are becoming increasingly rare in Germany due to the rapid developments in mobile communication. More boxes can be found which work with phone cards. You can buy these cards from the post office or newsagents’ and tobacconists’ shops.

Registration and Information Desk

The online registration will be available here. An on-site registration will be possible at the registration desk directly at the conference venue, the bcc Berlin, in the entrance hall every day from Sunday to Friday. Day tickets can be purchased as an alternative to whole-symposium tickets.

Restaurants and Cafes

In Berlin, and also closed to conference venue bcc Berlin, you will find a lot of excellent restaurants and cafes. Also fast-food restaurants can be found virtually everywhere.
Also be sure the ISRSE_36 catering service will care about your convenience.

Social Events

We would like to encourage all participants to come to the social events organized at ISRSE_36. Especially, we would like to invite you to „Symposium Dinner / Guided Berlin City River Cruise” on Wednesday, 13.05.2015. You will not regret it. All bookings can be done via the online registration.

Shops and Business Hours

In Germany, we have the “Ladenschlussgesetz” (Shops Closing Act) which dictates that shops must be closed on Sundays and public holidays and during workdays (Monday to Saturday) they shall not be opened before 6 am and must close at 8 pm. However, beside the rule there are many exceptions, bakeries and pharmacies for example. Also, at airports and in gasoline stations, you may shop around-the-clock. As a rule of thumb, shops are open from 9 am to 6 pm from Monday to Friday and until lunch time on Saturday. Supermarkets are open until 8 pm usually, even on Saturday.

Taxation

Prices in Germany usually include value added tax (VAT). No additional costs will be charged when purchasing goods or services. The included VAT rate is indicated separately on bills and receipts.

Time Zone

Berlin is in the Central European Time (CET) zone which is UTC + 1 hour in winter time and UTC + 2 hours in summer time (valid during ISRSE-36).

Tipping

Tipping is at your own discretion. In Germany all taxes and tips are included in hotel and restaurant bills. A good service may be rounded up by 5 to 10%. In restaurants, it is usual to at least round up to the next or after next whole-number.

Venue

Berlin Congress Center (bcc) has been selected to host ISRSE_36. It is one of the most modern and successful congress centers in Europe and satisfies the best prerequisites for major international conventions. Read More

Weather and Climate

Berlin has a moderate continental climate, with rather cold winters and warm summers. In mid-May, the weather in Berlin is typically pleasant, with average temperatures of 10°C/50°F (min) and 19°C/66°F (max). So you may experience warm days and rather cool nights. Rain is not uncommon during May, so be prepared.