ENIGMA WORKSHOPS AND GENERAL MEETING

We are pleased to welcome ENIGMA members and partners to the University of Lausanne (UNIL, Switzerland) in February 2018!

Here are the main activities that will take place:
February 6-8: Workshop III on Predictive modeling and upscaling of flow and reactive transport in heterogeneous aquifers
February 9-10: Third ENIGMA ITN meeting
February 11: Free day (a day in the Alps for those interested)
February 12-15: Workshop IV on Advanced inverse modeling and stochastic representations of heterogeneous porous and fractured media

Travel
Consider first if arrival to Lausanne is convenient by train (https://www.sbb.ch/en/). If not, then Geneva airport is the closest option (45-50 minutes direct by train; 28 CHF one-way). Another possibility is Zürich Airport (2h20-2h30 direct by train; 79 CHF one-way). Tickets can be bought in multi-language machines at the train stations of the airports.

If you stay in downtown Lausanne, then you are most likely to arrive to UNIL with Metro (M1; 10 minutes). For time table and connections use https://www.sbb.ch/en/ with UNIL-Mouline as destination. You can also use Google Maps. When you arrive at the UNIL-Mouline stop, you’ll see a big shiny building (Géopolis) on top of a small hill. After less than 100 m walk you arrive to the main entrance, take the stairs in front of you and you will arrive very close to the meeting/lecture rooms. Other options than Metro to arrive to Géopolis includes buses (e.g., line 25).

Where to stay
For ESRs: Switzerland is expensive, so there are no cheap options. As you will be in Lausanne for almost two weeks, it might be worthwhile to consider an Airbnb (https://www.airbnb.com/) rental together with some fellow ESRs. Otherwise, the cheapest option is probably Lausanne Guesthouse & BackPacker (http://www.lausanne-guesthouse.ch/). Among regular hotels, then Hôtel du Marché (https://www.hoteldumarche-lausanne.ch/) is probably among the cheapest. Unfortunately, UNIL does not have any guest house for visitors, which means that a private alternative must be sought. I’d guess that the earlier you book, the better the deal.

Third ENIGMA ITN Meeting participants: In addition to regular global services to find a hotel (e.g., booking.com), you’ll find below some options at discounted UNIL rates with instructions of how to book. My recommendation would be to find a hotel that is centrally located in Lausanne (above, below or close to the train station). It is convenient to take a Metro to UNIL and it takes roughly 10 minutes. Most hotels will give you a card for free public transport in Lausanne.

Hotel options with UNIL rate:
Hôtel Elite Lausanne (***): http://www.elite-lausanne.ch/fr/
Offer valid between 8-12/2-2018
Single room: 140 CHF/night
One person in twin/double room: 160 CHF/night
Twin/double room occupied by 2 persons: 175 CHF/night
Triple room: 210 CHF/night
Price includes breakfast and Wifi. A daily tourist tax of 3.10 CHF is added that gives you a free card for public transport. To book at these rates, you need to add “ENIGMA2018” (Code de promotion) when booking on the hotel’s website.

Hôtel des Voyageurs (***): http://www.voyageurs.ch/
Offer valid between 8-12/2-2018
Single room: 145 CHF/night; double room: 185 CHF/night
Price includes breakfast and Wifi. A daily tourist tax of 3.10 CHF is added that gives you a free card for public transport. To book at these rates, you need to contact the hotel individually with code “ENIGMA18” indicated together with credit card information to guarantee the booking.

L’Hôtel: http://www.lhotel.ch/fr/index.php
Offer valid between 8-12/2-2018
Single room: 90 CHF/night; double room: 120 CHF/night
Price includes breakfast and Wifi. A daily tourist tax of 2.60 CHF is added that gives you a free card for public transport. To book at these rates, you need to contact the hotel individually with code “workshop UNIL” indicated together with credit card information to guarantee the booking.

Third ENIGMA ITN meeting

When: 9/2 (8h30-19h on February 9; 8h30-14h on February 10)
Where: Room 2121 in the Géopolis building, UNIL. Metro stop UNIL-Mouline
An ENIGMA dinner will be organised in the evening of February 9 at Café du Grütli (http://www.cafedugruetli.ch/; Rue de la Mercerie 4, Lausanne)
Free lunches and coffee breaks will be organised using our in-house restaurant and catering services.

Click here to download program

Predictive modeling and upscaling of flow and reactive transport in heterogeneous aquifers

Instructors: Jesus Carrera (CSIC), Olaf Cirpka (University of Tübingen) and Marco Dentz (CSIC)
Where: Room 2121 and 2138 in the Géopolis building, UNIL. Metro stop UNIL-Mouline

Food, coffee, etc: During the workshop, all food or coffee breaks will take place in the University cafeteria that is located in the Géopolis building. A table will be booked for the workshop to ensure that we can sit together, but all costs are payed directly by the ESRs to the cashier in the cafeteria. You cannot pay with credit card, so please bring cash (CHF).

The workshop is open to 15 PhD students external of ENIGMA.

Program (to be announced, plan for days between 8h30 and 18h)

Advanced inverse modeling and stochastic representations of heterogeneous porous and fractured media

Instructors: Philippe Renard (University of Neuchâtel) and Niklas Linde (University of Lausanne)
Where: Room 2138 in the Géopolis building, UNIL. Metro stop UNIL-Mouline

Food, coffee, etc: During the workshop, all food or coffee breaks will take place in the University cafeteria that is located in the Géopolis building. A table will be booked for the workshop to ensure that we can sit together, but all costs are payed directly by the ESRs to the cashier in the cafeteria. You cannot pay with credit card, so please bring cash (CHF).

The workshop is open to 10 PhD students external to ENIGMA.

Click here to download program for Workshop IV

Free day for ESRs (a day in the Alps for those interested)

For those interested, there will be the possibility to ski (or do other snow-related activities) in the Alps. The actual location will be decided based on snow conditions (e.g., Portes du Soleil, Les Diablerets, or 4 Vallées). We will take a regular public transport (train) and we will be able to reach the skiing station in less than 1h30. We will probably leave around 7 AM and return around 6 PM. Ski equipment can be rented on place. Expect a price in vicinity of 120 CHF for travel and ski pass; possibly another 80-100 CHF for ski rentals and food. Costs related to this day will be payed individually by each participant using private funds. No costs will be covered by ENIGMA.

Program (to be announced)

External participation in workshops

Participation in workshops III and IV are open to external PhD students (15 additional participants in workshop III; 10 additional participants in workshop IV). There is no cost of attendance, except for costs related to travel, housing, food, coffee etc. that is to be organised individually by the participants. The workshops will be adapted to the current level of the ENIGMA ESRs, which means that applications might be denied for interested students without background in hydrogeology or geophysics. Interested PhD students should write to Niklas Linde (niklas.linde(at)unil.ch) with a short description of who they are, what their background is, and their motivation for attending the workshop. Please indicate if the interest relates to both workshops or just one of them. Confirmation will be sent as soon as possible and registration will be closed as soon as the additional places are filled.

Confirmed external participants in workshop III (up to 15):
Carlotta Brunetti (University of Lausanne)
Przemyslaw Juda (University of Neuchâtel)
Mayumi Claire Hamada (University of Lausanne)
Charlotte Le Traon (University of Rennes 1)

Confirmed external participants in workshop IV (up to 10):
Przemyslaw Juda (University of Neuchâtel)
Kawtar Sabor (Université Pierre et Marie Curie)
Mayumi Claire Hamada (University of Lausanne)
Charlotte Le Traon (University of Rennes 1)