Conference section of the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld
The conference location
The University of Applied Sciences (FH) Bielefeld recently moved to its new location and building opposite to Bielefeld University and started its operation with the Winter semester 2015. This new building spans 60.400 qm, has 15 lecture rooms, and an Audimax that seats 450. Equipped with a modern infrastructure and sufficient and central room for exhibitors, ICON secured a luxurious venue for their second conference. Furthermore, the venue offers sufficient parking-space in the FH's own garage (1,040) and is easily reachable via tram from the city center and main train station.
FH Bielefeld (University of Applied Sciences)
Interaktion 1, 33619, Bielefeld, Germany
Email: gpcdrummen (a) t-online.de
Visas & Co
EU and EFTA citizens and their family members
Citizens of EU and EFTA countries must present valid personal identification, an ID card or a passport. No visa required.
Regardless of their citizenship, family members of EU and EFTA citizens must present a valid passport and they must have a specific residence permit from a Schengen country (no visa required). Otherwise a visa must be obtained.
EU Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
EFTA Countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.
Schengen Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
Rest of the world
Citizens of the US and Canada
A valid travel passport is required. No visa required for stays of up to 90 days.
A valid travel passport is required and in some cases a visa must be obtained prior to entering Germany. For more information, check the column "Visa regulations" for your country in the "Overview of visa requirements/exemptions for entry into the Federal Republic of Germany" from the Federal Foreign Office.
Please be aware of the possibility to apply for a Schengen visa, which covers short‑term stays in the Schengen area of the EU not exceeding 90 days in any 180‑day period.
For more information, see the website of the Federal Foreign Office
Bielefeld does not have a domestic or international airport but is on the train line Ruhr/Cologne - Berlin, so it's serviced at least half-hourly. If you do not come by car, a trip with the highspeed ICE train from a number of airports is inevitable.
Airport Paderborn/Lippstadt (45 km)
Airport Münster/Osnabrück (50 km)
Airport Dortmund-Wickede (110 km)
Airport Hannover (120 km)
Airport Düsseldorf (145 km)
Airport Bonn/Cologne (193 km)
Airport(s) Berlin (403 km)
Please note that although some airports seem far away, it might actually be that you will travel faster to Bielefeld due to a more frequent, direct or faster ICE connection.
All airports are directly serviced by Deutsche Bahn and/or affiliates, metro or tram - and all scheduling can be checked on the Deutsche Bahn site.Travel is relatively fast and takes approximately 1:35 h from Düsseldorf, 1:45 h from Hannover, 2:12 h from Bonn, 2:44 h from Berlin and a whopping 1:52 h from Münster, which is only 50 km from Bielefeld.
Although English words may be entered into the Deutsche Bahn connection finder, the results are sometimes confusing. Please use the following for: Main train station=Hauptbahnhof=hbf; train station=Bahnhof or S-Bahnhof; stop (for train, tram and metro)=Haltestelle; airport=Flughafen.
Bielefeld can be reached via motorways:
A 2 (Dortmund - Berlin)
A 33/44 (Kassel - Osnabrück)
A 30 (Bad Oeynhausen - Amsterdam)
Although there is no speed limit on German motorways, local speed limits do exist. Be aware that when involved in an accident, you automatically share the blame when travelling at speeds exceeding the recommended 130 km/h even if you did not cause the accident (Oberlandesgericht Koblenz Az. 12 U 313/13).
The city center ("Zentrum") and the venue (follow "Universität" and later "FH Bielefeld"can be reached via the city motorway Ost-Westfalendamm (beware of the radar speed traps). The venue has a subterranean parking garage with a capacity of 1,000.
Getting around in Bielefeld is easy and the city is serviced by the local public transport provider moBiel - with four tram lines (and short stretches of underground!) and many more bus routes - up until about 1:00 AM.
All tram lines (1, 2, 3 and 4) pass through the Hauptbahnhof (Main Station) - and stop at Jahnplatz, the main transportation hub in the city's center.
Many bus services stop at Jahnplatz
To reach the venue take tram line number 4 "Stadtbahnlinie 4" with direction "Lohmannshof" till "Universität" (7 minutes).
Please note that a 3 day TOURIST CARD that covers public transport and entrance to many museums is available at significantly reduced rates. See TOURIST CARD. Alternatively, taxis are available, but are relatively expensive.
Taxis are easy to spot because in Germany they are uniformly beige and nearly always from Mercedes!
You can try flagging down a taxi - sometimes that works. However, in Germany it is more common to go to the nearest Taxi stand (many scattered throughout the city) or order one.
You can order a taxi via the following numbers:
+49 (0)521 97 111
+49 (0)521 44 43 66
+49 (0)521 6 51 51
BOOK YOUR HOTEL ONLINE VIA BIELEFELD TOURISM
Bielefeld Tourism has reserved a room contingent for participants, exhibitors and sponsors in hotels within the city center for the nights of 25 Feb– 4 March 2018.
For any further information or for additional overnight stays, please contact Bielefeld Tourism: Tel. +49 521 512750
For more information, see BIELFELD TOURISM