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General Assembly 2019

The 5thNCCR PlanetS General Assembly will take place from Monday, 28 January to Wednesday, 30 January 2019. For the second phase of the NCCR the organizers decided to choose a new venue – Beatenberg instead of Grindelwald where the last 3 General Assemblies took place.

Hotel Dorint Blüemlisalp in Beatenberg. (Photo zVg)

The main attraction of Beatenberg is its location. “From our hotel you have a fantastic view of the Lake Thun and the Bernese Alps with Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau,” says NCCR project assistant Janine Jungo, who organizes the stay at the mountain hotel “Dorint Blüemlisalp”. Beatenberg is 1200 metres above sea level, just 10 km away from Interlaken. “So, the journey is about the same as before,” says Janine Jungo.

Beatenberg is said to be the longest village in Europe. From the first to the last house it is 7 km, from village border to village border even 12 km. But with only 10 hotels and about 100 holiday apartments there are much fewer tourists than in Grindelwald. About 1300 residents live in Beatenberg, the most famous is Erich von Däniken who thinks that aliens visited Earth and made contact with humans in antiquity and prehistoric times. With more than 60 million copies in 32 different languages the 83 year old author sold more books than any other Swiss writer.

All NCCR members are supposed to attend the General Assembly, the NCCR Head office will cover their accommodation and travel expenses. The NCCR associates and CSH Fellows are invited to join, but have to be funded on local level. The program is set up by NCCR Co-Director Stéphane Udry and NCCR Science Officer Yann Alibert. As usual it consist of overviews of what has been achieved so far, scientific hot topics, different workshops and a lot of discussions among the participants.

“There will be a little change compared to the previous General Assemblies”, says Yann Alibert: “On the second day we will have a mingling afternoon.” As requested by many, there will be the possibility to enjoy a few hours outside in the fresh mountain air and go up to the Niederhorn at almost 2000 metres above sea level.

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About Beatenberg and the hotel Dorint Blüemlisalp:


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