The conference will be held at two locations:


Innsbruck is the capital city of the federal state of Tyrol (Tirol) in western Austria, with a population of ca. 125,000 inhabitants. It is situated at 574 metres a.s.l. in the Inn Valley at the junction with the Wipptal (Sill River), which provides access to the Brenner Pass, some 30 km to the south. Innsbruck lies about half way between Munich (Germany) and Verona (Italy). Located in the broad valley between high mountains, the so-called Northern Chain of the Karwendel Alps (Hafelekarspitze, 2,334 m) to the north and the Patscherkofel (2,246 m) to the south.

In the 4th century the Romans established the army station Veldidena (the name survives in today's urban district of Wilten) at Oenipons (Innsbruck), to protect the economically important commercial road from Verona via the Brenner Pass to Augsburg and the bridge (pons) across the River Inn (Oenus). The Counts of Andechs acquired the town in 1180. In 1248 the town passed into the hands of the Counts of Tyrol. Innsbruck became the capital of the whole of Tyrol in 1429 and in the 15th century developed into a centre of European politics and culture as Austrian Emperor Maximilian I resided for some time in Innsbruck in the 1490s. Up to 1665 a branch of the Habsburg dynasty ruled in Innsbruck with an independent court. The university was founded In 1669. In the 20th century, Innsbruck became an internationally renowned centre for winter sports and hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics as well as the first Winter Youth Olympics in 2012.


Seefeld in Tirol is an old farming village, now a major tourist resort about 17 km northwest of Innsbruck, with a local population of ca. 3,300. The village is situated on a plateau at 1,180 metres a.s.l. between the Wetterstein and the Karwendel range on a historic route from Augsburg to Innsbruck that has been important since the Middle Ages.

It was first mentioned in 1022 and has been a pilgrimage site since the 14th century. Seefeld was a popular holiday resort even before 1900 and, since the 1930s, has evolved into a well-known winter sports centre. Nowadays it ranges among the most popular tourist resorts in Austria for skiing in winter, but also for walking holidays in the summer, with more than one million overnight stays each year. The municipality has been a venue for the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics as well as for the first Winter Youth Olympics in 2012. The 1985 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships were also held here, and Seefeld will host this championship again in 2019.


Travel options

By plane

It is recommended to use Frankfurt/Main or Vienna as hub airports. Usually there are four flights a day from both hubs to Innsbruck. Munich could also be an option;

By train/bus

There is a good train connection from Munich main station/Munich airport to Innsbruck (Munich airport to Innsbruck: S-Bahn to Munich main station, Deutsche Bahn/ÖBB to Innsbruck; 2,5 hrs) and two private bus connections:

Local transport in Innsbruck

For transport from Innsbruck airport to the city centre, please use bus line F (every 15 minutes) to “Anichstrasse/Rathausgalerie” (12 min) or to the main railway station (16 min).

From “Anichstrasse/Rathausgalerie” it is 5 min walking distance, via Maria‐Theresien‐Strasse (in a northerly direction), to the Golden Roof in the historic centre and from there to the right another 5 min via Hofgasse and Universitätsstrasse to the SoWi campus (cf. Venue location).

The railway station is also fairly close to the historic city centre and to the SoWi campus. From the station start in a westerly direction to Brixner Strasse and then right (in a northerly direction) via Meinhardstrasse and Sillgasse to the SoWi campus (800 m, 10 min walking time).

Local traffic uses tramways and buses (IVB): Buy tickets before entering the bus. This is possible at the airport, the railway station, the ticket machines at most of the bus stops or at a “Trafik” (newsagent). Single ticket: 2,30 EUR; day ticket: 5,10 EUR; 5-rides-ticket: 8 EUR. Bus or tram drivers also sell tickets but at much higher prices.

Detailed information about the conference venues you will find here.

Transport from Innsbruck to Seefeld (on 2016-09-07)

The conference provides joint transport in course of the field trips which start in Innsbruck and end in Seefeld.

Transport from Seefeld to Innsbruck or Munich

The conference does not provide joint transport. The conference participants should use public transport.

Railway connection Seefeld - Innsbruck: timetable (direct connection) for the afternoon 2016-09-09:
12:16; 12:46; 13:16; 14:16; 14:46; 15:16; 16:16; 16:46; 17:16; 18:16; 18:46; 19:16; 20:16 (travel duration: 37 min.)
(regular price: 5,40 EUR) (No responsibility is taken for the correctness of this information.)

Railway connection Seefeld - Munich main station: timetable (direct connection) for the afternoon 2016-09-09: 
13:15; 16:04; 17:15; 20:04; 21:15 (travel duration varies between 2:10 and 2:22 hours)
(regular price: 34,40 EUR) (No responsibility is taken for the correctness of this information.)

For further connections and special offers see: ÖBB