ISRSE-36 will take place at the Berlin Congress Center (bcc), situated in the heart of Berlin at Alexanderplatz square, within walking distance to the famed Museum Island, the Boulevard “Unter den Linden”, and to Checkpoint Charlie and Brandenburg Gate Monuments, to name just a few sites. Built in the early 1960’s by Hermann Henselmann, Bauhaus-influenced star architect of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the bcc is an exceptional and visionary architectural example of that time. It has been completely refurbished some ten years ago, offers up-to-date presentation and communication infrastructure and now hosts around 50 large-scale conferences every year. See www.bcc-berlin.de/en.
Berlin is a dynamic and creative city where tradition and innovation coexist in a climate of freedom. Germany’s largest city offers a myriad of opportunities in areas such as media, culture, development, science and industry. Since the fall of the Wall on 9 November 1989, the city has undergone rapid and dramatic change. And as Germany’s capital, it is the seat of the German parliament and government. Berlin is renowned as one of the most exciting places in the world. It has been a city of knowledge and culture since the days of Friedrich the Great in the 18th century. The political and cultural developments of the 19th and 20th century are visible throughout Berlin’s cityscape, reflecting both the history of architecture and various approaches to dealing with the consequences of war and destruction. The city reflects the rapid succession of influences and trends, and this juxtaposition and collision of styles makes the city especially appealing to young people from all over the world. They set new trends and, with their individualized lifestyles, are a part of the creative atmosphere the city generates. The city’s night life tempts visitors with countless bars, discos, and clubs – which can stay open all night if they like – and with exhibitions and open-air events.