Published 24 June 2015 by Nadine Gärber
Final Preparations: Lindau calling!
In just a few days, the Inselhalle in Lindau will open its doors to a week full of science and inspirational exchange and education. We, the team of organisers, are very much looking forward to having this incredible number of bright minds here, on our small island.
By now, you’ve probably gone through the numerous different phases of preparation, perhaps even packing. So here we are, about to give you some last minute guidance and lists for repacking your gear.
Perhaps you’ve even gotten around to check this year’s meeting within the last couple of days? If you haven’t by now, we greatly advise doing so. Not only to know what things might interest you most, but to hit the ground running really and, therefore, not miss out on anything you might regret not having known about before. So here is the link to the latest programme for you to go through blow-by-blow.
Actually, it does make sense to start from scratch. As there will not be any shuttles to Lindau that are organised by us, you will have to organise your trip to Lindau all by yourself.
Most likely, you’ll be arriving in Lindau by train. All airports you might be flying into offer connections to “Lindau Hbf” (the train station to head to) via train. You can either buy a ticket at the train stations or via www.bahn.com. You have arrived in Lindau as soon as you see water to your left, to your right and in front on you. Welcome to Lake Constance.
In order to take advantage of everything Lindau has to offer, you need to register with us as soon as possible after your arrival. After your registration, you will be given your name badge that indicates to our staff which events you will attend, your personal agenda and the final programme with last changes and more handy information.
The registration will be in at the meeting venue Inselhalle (Zwanzigerstr. 12, 88131 Lindau) and open on Saturday, June 27th from 3:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Please note that you will have to show a valid ID at the registration desk.
Everything else you need to know
The opening ceremony starts on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. We advise you to come at 2:30 p.m. to get a good seat. For security reasons it is not allowed to bring any large bags into the Inselhalle. For your convenience, there is a depository truck where your luggage will be securely stored just outside to the right of the entrance. You will have to have your name badge and valid ID-card with you for access.
For a google Map with all the important places in Lindau, please click here:
Apart from swimming in beautifully clear Lake Constance, you might fancy some culture on Sunday morning: The City Museum of Lindau offers a free tour in English through their lovely exhibition of German expressionist Emil Nolde on Sunday, June 28th at 11:00 a.m. Please note: You need to be registered as a meeting participant by then to be able to take part in the tours. The City Museum offers another exhibition you might find to be interesting: “The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings: Now and Then” that offers deep insights into the history and the current projects of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.
What to Bring & What to Wear
There is no dress code for the regular scientific sessions. For invitational dinners, you may want to bring something more festive (suits, cocktail dresses). As the lake is great for swimming, you may want to bring swim wear. Some of the local swimming pools even offer free entrance for the participants of the Lindau Meeting. Sunscreen and mosquito repellents are a good idea as well.
Make sure to bring comfortable shoes that are suitable for cobblestone pavement or various weather conditions. A hairdryer as well as a voltage converter (220 volt) or adapter may be useful as German socket-outlets vary from those abroad.
Over the last years one of the events has become particularly popular among all participants: The “Bavarian Evening” hosted by the Free State of Bavaria. For this, it is a great idea to wear a traditional festive costume from your home country. Those of you who own a traditional Bavarian costume (a Dirndl dress for women and Lederhosen for men) are more than welcome to wear that instead.
Lindau has a very special weather with clear blue skies and temperatures in the 30°s changing rapidly to cold thunderstorms. Knowing that weather forecasts are not very reliable for the Lindau region we might just see the complete opposite, the latest forecast (as of Wednesday, June 24th) for the meeting looks as great as this:
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Internet & Phones
There is an internet café with work stations at the meeting. In addition, the meeting venue is equipped with wireless LAN (WiFi). Please check your conference documents (provided upon registration) for further details.
For any requests, be it interviews, scheduling, arrangements of any sort, it would be very helpful if you could bring along a mobile phone so that we will be able to contact you easily. To use a mobile phone in a German network, it needs to support the GSM standard (used all over Europe). The German country code is +49.
The currency used in Germany and many European countries (except Switzerland) is the Euro. Money can be exchanged at airports or at local banks. Credit cards (e.g. Visa, Mastercard) and Maestro/EC cards can be used to withdraw money from ATMs (called “Geldautomaten”) using your PIN. Please check the map to see where to find the nearest ATMs. Cheques and traveller cheques have become rather uncommon and are hardly accepted anywhere.
Please note that our staff is not authorised to hand out any medication. In case of an emergency at the main meeting venue, please contact the staff. A paramedic team is present at the meeting venue and can help with all health related issues. If you have an emergency at a different location, please either contact any of the staff if present, or call 112, the official emergency number that will work in all the EU countries and in Switzerland. During the meeting, you will be covered by a health insurance policy provided by the organisers.
Last but not least
If you want to get a taste of the “Lindau spirit” prior to the meeting, we invite you to take a look at our Facebook page or follow us on twitter @lindaunobel. Throughout the week of the meeting, we will try to post as much intersting content as possible via #LiNo15, this year’s official hashtag. Do join us on this endeavour if you want to!
My colleagues and I will be happy to assist you at the Young Scientist Help Desk should you have any questions. It is going to be a great week, so let’s make the most of it!
And finally, if you haven’t seen them yet, take a look at our new bags, which will soon be yours 😉