This page contains information for participants. See below for note on accommodation, and how to get to Tübingen.
arrival and registration
While the MLSS officially starts on Monday morning, we are aware that many of you will already arrive on Sunday. For those people, there will be an informal reception at the Max Planck House, and a registration desk open, from 4pm to 8pm on Sunday 25 August. Please feel free to come up to campus, beat the queues on Monday morning, take in the sunset from the porch, and meet some of your colleagues already. Everyone arriving late on Sunday, don't worry, just come up on Monday morning at 8am to register (the registration desk closes at 9am, in time for the opening lecture, so please arrive early)
Here is a map marking the Max Planck House on campus and surrounding bus routes. The best way to campus depends on where you are staying. For most people out of walking distance, the best bus lines will be 4, 17 and 3, with their stops at "Ochsenweide" And "Corrensstraße". We are happy to report that we have secured a conference transport ticket for you, valid for travel on all public transport in the city, for the entirety of the MLSS. You will receive this ticket upon check-in at the Max Planck Haus. So don't buy more than your very first single trip ticket to campus.
How to find us on campus: The Max Planck Campus on Spemannstraße (see map above) is in a leafy residential area on a hill above Tübingen's old town. As you enter the campus on Spemannstraße, you'll see the greenhouse of the MPI for developmental biology on your left. On the opposite side of the road, to the right of the central square, you will find the entrance to the Max Planck House. We will also put up signage. For those of you fond of geocaching, the entrance is at 48°32'10.68''N and 9°03'31.47''E.
Posters will be presented on the evenings of Tuesday 27 August, Thursday 29 August, Tuesday 3 September and Thursday 5 September. A list assigning presenters to those dates will be posted here in due course.
Poster boards are sufficient for posters of up to A0 size, in either landscape or portrait format. Thumbtacks or scotch tape will be provided.
Participants who would prefer to organise accommodation themselves can find a list of hotels, private rooms, apartments and even campsites in Tübingen on the page of the tourist board. Prices for single hotel rooms in town range from about 70 Euro per night to 150 Euro per night.
The following accommodation options are only reserved until 02 June 2013.
We have reserved a limited number of low-cost, multi-occupancy rooms in hostels across town. With the exception of the last point on this list, you can book beds in these rooms directly with the landlords. Staff at all these places generally speaks (sometimes limited) English. When booking online or by phone, mention that you are looking for one of the "MLSS" rooms, otherwise the landlords may tell you they are booked out.
- Appartments Wiedmann offer a total of 12 beds in multi-occupancy appartements for 25 EUR / night. Each appartement is furnished with a self-catering kitchen, the house itself offers no catering (i.e. no breakfast).
- The Viktor-Renner House of the internationaler bund (a German education charity) is offering 22 beds in double and single rooms, ranging from 27 EUR per night to 43 EUR per night. The house offers self-catering kitchens for free use, but does not offer other catering services (no breakfast). [Unfortunately, the website of the house is in German only. The relevant information is that the phone number is +49 7071-55 90-20, the email address is Viktor-Renner-Haus@internationaler-bund.de, the house is located at Frondsbergstrasse 55 72070 Tübingen ]
- Hotel Meteora is a middle-class hotel in town offering 30 beds in multi-occupancy rooms, ranging from 31 EUR per night to 58 EUR per night, including breakfast.
- Finally, we have a joint arrangement with the Tübingen Youth Hostel and the hostel Haus Albblick [website in German only, the house is located quite close to the institute] for 23 beds in multi-occupancy rooms. Unfortunately, neither of the two places has available capacity for the entire duration of the school. So all participants using this accommodation option will have to spend the first week of the school in the Youth Hostel, then the second week in the Haus Albblick. The total cost will be 382 EUR for the total of 13 nights (29.40 per night), including breakfast. To save you all hassle with this double booking, these rooms will be booked jointly by us. To be considered for this option, send an empty mail to Petra Hühnert, with the subject line "MLSS: youth hostel". Beds in these rooms will be assigned by random draw on 8 May 2013. We will generally not be able to respect requests for groups of people to be assigned together in this accommodation option.
The extreme end of the budget options is the campsite on the river banks in town, which costs about 13 EUR per night, for a single person sleeping in a tent, including free showers, free wifi, but no breakfast. We have not been in contact with the site, but if you are on a very tight budget, this is the cheapest commercial option available.Further inquiries about accommodation should be directed to Petra Hühnert.
Transport to Tübingen
The nearest international airport is Stuttgart. If your are arriving on a flight to Stuttgart, the best connection to Tübingen is offered by the bus line 828 (pdf timetable, in German), which leaves directly outside the terminal and ends at the main train station in Tübingen.
Larger, and also within reach of a 2-3 hour train ride from Tübingen is Frankfurt International. The best connection from there to Tübingen is via high-speed rail link from the airport to Stuttgart main station, then on from there with a local train. See "by train" for more information.
Detailed train information is available on the website of Deutsche Bahn. Use the pulldown on the top of that page to select your preferred language, then enter your starting station (e.g. "Frankfurt Flughafen") and end station ("Tübingen Hauptbahnhof") in the relevant fields at left.
The main train station is at the southern end of the city centre, within reach of either bus, taxi or even a walk to most hotels and hostels.
Finding your way to the campus
The tutorials will take place on the campus of the Max Planck Society, in the Max Planck House at Spemannstraße 36. You can find more information on how to get to the campus, including bus links, at this local page, or using the map below.