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General information

Audio-visual set-up in meeting rooms

The organisers do not provide computers for any speaker. When giving an electronic presentation, speakers must provide their own computers. The organisers are not responsible for the safety and security of speakers' computers.

The plenary session room has three large screens, of which the outer two show the same image. These screens can be connected to two pieces of equipment from the multiset {laptop,laptop,visualiser,visualiser}. The room also has a sound system with three microphones. All other rooms have one screen and one data projector. The data projectors support both VGA and HDMI connections. Presenters requiring an alternate connection must provide their own adaptor.

Internet access

The University of Bern provides Eduroam on its campus. If your institution participates in Eduroam, please connect to this network. If not, please ask for the wifi voucher code from the registration desk. Then connect to public-unibe, select the menu item Guest Login and register with your cell phone number and voucher code. You will receive your access code by text message (SMS).

Local area

Visit the site of Bern tourism for more information about Bern. The average temperature in Bern in July varies between 25°C by day and 13°C at night. Meeting room temperatures and personal comfort zones vary widely. It is recommended that you bring a sweater or jacket to the sessions.

Membership

SIAM members save significantly on full registration for the SIAM Conference on Applied Algebraic Geometry 2019! Join your peers in supporting the premier professional society for applied mathematicians and computational scientists. SIAM members receive subscriptions to SIAM Review, SIAM Unwrapped and SIAM News and enjoy substantial discounts on SIAM books, journal subscriptions, and conference registrations. To pay the reduced conference fee, join SIAM before registration via the SIAM membership site.

If you are a SIAM member, it only costs $15 to join the SIAM Activity Group on Algebraic Geometry. As a SIAG/AG member, you are eligible for an additional discount on this conference, so you might want to consider joining the activity group.

Free student memberships are available to all students who attend an institution that is an academic member of SIAM, are members of student chapters of SIAM, or are nominated by a regular member of SIAM.

Poster session

The date and time for the poster session will be announced in due time. For information about preparing a poster, please visit this site.

Transportation

Trains

The most convenient way for travelling to Bern is by train. Check the websites of
the Swiss railway company SBB;
the Germany railay company DB;
the French railway company SNCF; and
the Austrian railway company ÖBB.
If you travel by train into Switzerland, it may be cheaper to book with one of the latter three companies.

Local public transport

Bern's public transport system is outstanding. Many hotels offer a complimentary public transport ticket valid throughout zones 100 and 101 of the Libero network. For more information, see this page. For planning your local travel, you can use the SBB site above, or get Directions at Google Maps.

Airports

The nearest airports are:
Bern Airport near Bern, with a bus+train connection to the central station (small, only European destinations);
EuroAirport near Basel, with a regular bus connection to Basel railway station (mostly European destinations);
Zurich Airport near Zurich, with a direct train connection to Bern; and
Geneva Airport near Geneva, with a direct train connection to Bern.

Driving directions

If renting a car, please obtain a map and directions from your rental car company. Another option is to visit Google Maps, or another similar web site. We highly recommend that you contact the hotel or visit their web site for driving directions. Note, however, that parking space is extremely limited and usually subject to a fee. See also this site.

Visa information

Attendees have the responsibility to obtain travel visa well in advance when necessary. See this site for information from the Swiss authorities.

Letter of invitation

Participants in need of a letter of invitation to assist in the visa application process, please contact us by email to the organizers. If you have are not planning to present at the conference, or are not yet an accepted author and need a letter of invitation before acceptance notifications are sent, please attach to your letter:

  • Brief curriculum vita (including your date of birth and a list of publications over the past 3 years.)
  • Brief statement why attending this conference would help your research and career.
  • Letter of recommendation. Have a senior person (e.g. Ph.D. advisor, head of department, president of a mathematical society) write a brief letter of recommendation on appropriate letterhead. This letter is not needed if you have a minimum of twelve entries in MathSciNet. If this is the case please state so and include your "MR Author ID" in your message to us.