SEALS 20 Zurich, Switzerland

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Program of the 20th SEALS meeting, Thursday, June 10 to Friday, June 11, 2010

The conference rooms are located on the 1st floor of the main building (KOL) of the University of Zurich. The easiest way is to use the main entrance ("Eingang Rämistrasse") on Rämistrasse 71 and go up the winding staircase, which will lead you directly to the conference rooms and registration/coffee area. Signs will be put up at the main entrance.

The closest tram stops are: ETH/Universitätsspital, line 6 from the main railway station ("Hauptbahnhof") direction "Zoo", or lines 9 and 10 (from the airport, direction "Hauptbahnhof"), and Kantonsschule (lines 5 and 6). Most hotels are within walking distance from the university. Please consult the location map for your individual route planning or contact us if you are not sure how to find the conference venue.

Due to a few last-minute cancellations we had to reschedule a couple of talks, hopefully not causing too much inconvenience to the speakers.

Conference program (updated)

The conference dinner will be held on Thursday, 10.6. from 7 pm in the Atrium ("Lichthof") of the main university building. Look forward to a rich Thai buffet prepared by the Chiang Mai Thai Shop. The buffet is included in the conference fee. Drinks other than mineral water will be available at affordable prices.

Traditional Swiss dinner at the Le Dézaley restaurant in the Old Town of Zurich, Friday, June 11, from 7 pm

Please let us know as soon as possible whether you plan to join the dinner, so we can make the necessary arrangements and reservations. The cost will be around 40-60 CHF, depending on individual consumption.

Click here for the menu. Please let us know in advance if you have special needs, which will be arranged if ever possible.

The restaurant is an easy 10-minute downhill stroll from the university.

Sightseeing on Saturday, June 12, 2010

Morning program: 10 am - 12 noon (free of charge)

A walk through 2000 years of history in Zurich

On an easy two hour walk covering 1.2 km (0.8 miles) you will see a number of buildings and locations which are representative of Zurich's rich history. The customs station of the Roman Empire (50 BC - 400 AD), churches and monasteries of the Middle Ages (800 - 1200 AD), the places of early urban democracy (from 1351), of the schism and reformation of the Christian church under the great reformer Hyldrich Zwingli (1524) and of the early industrial wealth starting in the 18th century. The program includes major attractions as well as less-known and usually hidden locations of Zurich's history, such as the underground chambers of the Wasserkirche.


Haus zum Rech (Neumarkt 4) - Spiegelgasse - Münstergasse - Grossmünster (burial place of the patron saints Felix and Regula) - Wasserkirche (execution of the patron saints) - Fraumünster - Wühre - Storchenplatz (Roman baths) - Strehlgasse - Lindenhof (former Roman fort and royal castle of the Middle Ages)

The walk is guided by Dr. Niklaus Schatzmann (PhD in History, University of Zurich)

Meeting point 10 am at the main entrance, University of Zurich

Please let us know whether you are interested in joining this historical stroll through Zurich.

Late afternoon/evening program:

Boattrip on Lake Zurich to Rapperswil, dinner

4 pm (open end) (cost: CHF 38 for public transport for the whole day 1st class on all lines within the canton of Zurich, not including food and drinks)

A trip of about two hours by public boat (snacks and cold drinks available on board) takes us to the small town of Rapperswil, which boasts a charming medieval town, a castle and an monastery, besides peaceful lakeside promenades and a number of cosy restaurants in the old part of the town as well as near the lakeside. The choice of restaurants where you can have dinner includes lake side places offering fresh fish from the area and Swiss cuisine, Italian pizza nd pasta, Spanish food or authentic Chinese at the Mandarin Garden. For low key/low budet emergency food there's also the ubiquitous hamburger place with the yellow M.

The return trip isdone by train, which takes around 40 minutes. Thrains leave from the station just a few steps across the road from the boat pier every 10-20 minutes (S5 or S7). The tickets are valid throughout the day on all means of public transport in the canton of Zurich, 1st class where available (boats, trains, but not on tramways and buses).

This trip is not a fully organized and guided tour, but of course we will be around with suggestions and assistance whenever necessary.

Meeting point is at 4 pm at the boat pier Bürkliplatz which is located at the end of the Bahnhofstrasse by the lake.

Please let us know as soon as possible whether you plan to join this trip so we can make the necessary arrangements.