Local and Practical Information

Workshop Venue

The workshop will be held in the auditorium of the ESO Headquarters building.

Contact Phone Number

(+49) 89 3200 60 (ESO Reception Desk)

Contact Fax Number

(+49) 89 3200 6480

Registration Registration will take place from 8:45 onwards on Wednesday, May 19th, in front of the ESO auditorium. The registration fee of 120 € is payable at the registration desk in cash (€) or by credit card. For payment by credit card, please fill in the form and fax it to the organisers at the secure fax number (+49) 89 320 23 62 (note that this is different from the number given above) or bring it to the registration desk.

The registration fee includes a copy of the workshop proceedings, the welcome reception, bus transfers between the hotels and ESO, and coffee and tea breaks, as well as the buffet lunches which will be provided at ESO on Thursday and Friday (but not on Wednesday).

Welcome Reception

A welcome reception will be held at ESO on Wednesday evening, May 19th, after the last session.

Posters The poster papers will be on display in the poster room (room 114) at ESO Headquarters for the entire duration of the workshop. The display area available per poster is around 100 x 100 cm.

Internet and e-mail Internet and email connection (only via a WEBMAIL service at the home institution) will be available in the poster room. The username and password to be used will be indicated in the "Note to Participants" document in the folder which the participants will receive at registration.

Workshop Proceedings The Workshop Proceedings will be edited by J.R. Walsh and L. Stanghellini. They will be published in the Springer-Verlag series "ESO Astrophysics Symposia". The deadline for submission of manuscripts is 15 July 2004. Here are the Instructions for Authors. There will be some editorial overview exercised.

Geographical Location Munich is located in southern Germany. The ESO Headquarters are situated on the institute campus just north of the town of Garching, which is itself about 20 km north of Munich (overview map; map of Garching). Munich offers excellent public transport. Garching can be reached by bus in combination with U-Bahn (underground) or S-Bahn (commuter train).

How to get to ESO The international airport of Munich (München) is located some 20 km north of Garching. From the airport, you can choose between the S-Bahn+Bus or taxi to go to your hotel. A taxi (recommended) to a hotel in Garching will cost you approx 30 €.

If you arrive by train at the Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof), you can reach Garching by taking the S-Bahn to Marienplatz, then U-Bahn U6 to Garching-Hochbrück, then bus 291 to Garching. Ismaning has a direct S-Bahn connection (S8) from the airport and the Hauptbahnhof.

Travel instructions can be found on the ESO Travel and Local Information pages. See the section "Public Transport" below for more information.

Bus Transfer to the Workshop In the mornings and in the evenings of the workshop, there will be a bus transfer service between the hotels and ESO. See the workshop bus schedule here. Participants who do not want to use the workshop transfer bus can still use public transportation (but not on Thursday! - see the section "Public Holiday" below) and the timetables will be available at the workshop secretariat.

Public Transport See the Overview Table for an indicative summary, with some caveats, of public transport possibilities between the airport, Garching, ESO, Ismaning and Munich city centre. We recommend to consult the electronic time tables of the Munich tranportation network MVV, and of the German Railways.

Public Holiday Thursday May 20th is a public holiday in Germany (Christi Himmelfahrt / Ascension day). This means that shops, banks, the ESO travel agent and the canteen on the institute campus will be closed. There will also be no public transport services between Garching and ESO on this day. Restaurants and cafes in Garching will in general be open.

Lunch On Wednesday May 19th we suggest that you have lunch at the canteen of the Max-Planck Institute, located about 5 minutes walk from ESO (see map. Number 28 shows the canteen, and 37 the ESO Headquarters). The canteen is open from 11:15 to 13:45.

On Thursday and Friday, 20th and 21st of May, a buffet lunch will be served at ESO, since the canteen is closed on both these days.

Security In order to reach the Max-Planck-Institute Canteen it is necessary to pass a security check at the gate on entering the Max-Planck-Institute area. The Workshop name badge together with an identity card / passport has to be shown to allow access.

Bank service There are banks and cash-points in Garching. All main credit and debit cards are accepted (with PIN code). Please note that the banks may close during lunch time and have otherwise opening hours grossly different from shops. All banks will be closed on Thursday May 20th due to the public holiday.

Travel agent The ESO travel agent Carlson Wagonlit, located at ESO Headquarters in room 203, can help you, if needed, to make arrangements for your travel after the workshop. The opening hours are 9:00-16:30 (Wednesday) and 9:00-16:00 (Friday). The travel agent is closed on Thursday May 20th due to the public holiday.

Weather Munich weather in May can be warm and sunny or cool and rainy. Daytime temperatures are typically in the range 10-25 C. For more information, see WeatherOnline.

Useful links Deutsche Bahn (German Railways)
Munich public transport (MVV)
Munich Airport
Munich Tourist Office
Bayerische Staatsoper (The Munich Opera House)
Restaurants in Garching