Local and Practical Information

Workshop venue

The workshop will be held at ESO in the New Auditorium “Eridanus”. Please walk through the ESO main entrance and follow the signs to the workshop area.

Instructions for travelling to the workshop venue

We advise all participants to travel to the workshop venue with the underground train (U-Bahn), line U6. The U-Bahn station in Garching is centrally located and within close reach of all hotels and is indicated with a large blue "U"-sign. Take the underground train (U-Bahn) line U6, with destination "Garching Forschungszentrum" (Garching Research Campus) - this is the last stop on the line. Exit the station at the rear end of the train, go up the stairs towards the street, straight on for about 500 meters (see also this map). On your left you will find ESO with the gradual gangway to the main reception desk after entering ESO premises. 

For participants lodging in Garching it is cheaper to buy a card with 10 strips called “Streifenkarte” and to stamp one strip per journey before entering the train or after entering a bus. One “Streifenkarte” costs 13 EUR which can be used for 10 rides within Garching. You can purchase these cards at any Ticketing Machine (Fahrkartenautomat) at the airport, inside the metro/train stations or from bus drivers if you use a bus (nos. 292 or 230) instead of the metro.

Travelling to Garching

Garching lies about 13 km north-east of Munich and 17 km south-westof Munich international airport  (Franz Josef Strauss). Please follow these instructions to travel to Garching.

We recommend to consult the electronic time tables of the Munich tranportation network MVV, and of the GermanRailways.

Contact phone and fax number

Contact phone number: +49 89 320 060 (ESO Reception Desk)
Contact fax numbers: +49 89 320 23 62

Contact workshop organizers: imbase17@eso.org


Registration will take place on Monday, 03 July, between 08:30 and 09:15 in front of the ESO Auditorium.


We will have available in the meeting room a Windows laptop and a Mac laptop with standard presentation software (PowerPoint). Please bring your presentation on a memory stick (pdf preferred) and give it to one of the ESO persons wearing a yellow badge well before the session in which you talk. Using your own laptop is strongly discouraged.

Poster Papers

The poster papers will be on display ouside in front of the auditorium foyer. If the weather is too bad posters will be displayed in the hallway close to the auditorium entrance for the whole duration of the workshop. The display area is limited to standard A0 (841 x 1189 mm; 33.1 x 46.8 inch, portrait orientation) size or smaller. There will be two dedicated poster sessions, one on Tuesday evening and one on Thursday just before lunch. Poster prizes will be awarded to the three best posters.

Internet and email

Open wireless internet is available in most parts of the ESO building. Guest password and credentials are indicated in several places on the walls. Also available is eduroam.


A light lunch - sandwiches/fingerfood/salads - will be provided every day, except Wednesday, and is included in the registration fee. It will be on-site at ESO. We have made arrangements for a buffet-style such that all special dietary requirements are hopefully covered.

Social Events

  • WELCOME RECEPTION/POSTER SESSION - Tuesday Night (4th of July)

    With Beer, Brezeln and Fingerfood in front of the Auditorium at ESO after the last session.

  • WORKSHOP DINNER - Thursday Night (6th of July)

    The workshop dinner will be held in the Georgenhof restaurant - http://www.georgenhof-muenchen.de/ - in Munich-Schwabing, Friedrichstraße 1, on Thursday 6 July, 7pm.

    Address:  Friedrichstraße 1, 80801 München

    All workshop participants who confirmed their attendance to the dinner will receive a voucher at the time of registering. Please do not loose your voucher, as it needs to be shown at the restaurant.

    The dinner includes free mineral water and a buffet (incl. fish, chicken, pork). Any other additional drinks have to be paid by the participants. The cost for accompanying persons is 40 EUR which may be paid IN CASH directly at the restaurant.


    From Garching: Take the U-Bahn (Underground) U6, direction "Klinikum Grosshadern". Leave the U6 at the station "Giselastrasse" and take the exit in travel direction of the train (should be labelled 'Georgenstr.'). Once above ground, continue on the main street for ~100m. Then, turn right into 'Georgenstrasse'. After ~250m you'll reach, at right hand side,  Friedrichstr. You have reached the restaurant "GEORGENHOF" which is at Friedrichstr. no. 1. This is the location on google maps.

    Single-Tageskarte (XXL) 8,80 €   if you are travelling alone. This is a day-pass, meaning it will be also valid for the return trip. Or

    Gruppen-Tageskarte (XXL) 15,90 €    if you team up with up to 5 people. This day-pass is valid for a group of people <= 5 persons.

    Tickets can be purchased online - check here

    Departure time of the U6 in Garching: 18:13   18:23   18:33

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.


Munich weather in July tends to be warm (20-30 deg Celsius), with sunshine, but it could also rain. So you should come prepared for this. For more information, see Weather Online.

Useful links

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