Locations, transport, accommodation...
The Higher Education Summit 2020 will take place in Bern, Switzerland’s capital city. The “old town” (Altstadt) of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; its medieval urban substance is well preserved and you can take a stroll under the arcades and encounter lots of fountains, historic towers, and sandstone buildings along the way. The old town is nestled in a bend of the river Aare, which offered Bern’s citizens excellent protection for many centuries.
During the summer, the river Aare offers the “ultimate” swimming experience – the “Aareschwumm”. While drifting down the river with the current, enjoying the crystal clear water from the lakes of Brienz and Thun, fed by Alpine glaciers, experienced swimmers have a unique view of the capital’s Houses of Parliament and other buildings. More information on all activities in and around the Aare can be found here.
Getting around Bern is easy using the public transport system (which is free when booking a hotel room in Bern); or if you wish to be more independent and get some exercise, Bern offers a large bike sharing network with over 200 stations and 2,400 bikes and e-bikes. More information can be found here.
GETTING TO BERN
The city of Bern lies in the heart of Switzerland and can be reached by train, car, or airplane.
We encourage all participants from Europe to travel to Bern by train. There are regular, direct train connections to all larger Swiss towns, as well as to Europe’s most important cities. For train schedules consult the website of the Swiss Federal Railroad.
For participants arriving by plane there are three airports within a 2-hour train ride to Bern and one small airport in Bern. Further information here.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF BERN
The University of Bern was founded in 1834, emerging from the conversion of an academy with four faculties into a formal university that now features eight faculties. Some of its famous Alumni include Albert Einstein, Theodor Kocher, and Anna Tumarkin.
Sustainability is one of the University of Bern’s strategic pillars. It is the home of excellent disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary research and teaching with an international focus on topics such as the climate and climate change, responding to challenges of global change (North-South relations), and the regulation of world trade. Further key sustainability-related foci are biodiversity and water and energy resources. In addition, the University of Bern has been supporting the integration of sustainable development into teaching in numerous ways and is continuously adapting its operations with the SDGs in mind.
The University of Bern’s over 18,000 students and approximately 7,000 employees are spread across several neighborhoods in and around Bern, which leads to an interesting integration of the University into the city.
The Higher Education Summit will be held at the University of Bern’s UniS building, which is located within a very short walking distance from the western exit of the main train station.
The UniS Building used to be a maternity hospital with a varied architectural history that is still largely visible in the renovated and supplemented complex. Have a look at the University of Bern’s architectural guide to learn more about the history of UniS.
An additional venue will be the University’s “Kuppelraum” on the 5th floor of the main building.