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.

Click here to download program for Workshop III

Material of day I by Jesus Carrera

Material of day II by Olaf Cirpka

Material of day III by Marco Dentz

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

Lectures of day I by Philippe Renard

Lectures of day II by Philippe Renard

Lectures of day III by Niklas Linde

Exercise 5 by Niklas Linde

Lectures of day IV by Niklas Linde

Exercise 6 by Niklas Linde

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

Skiing: Some ESRs and a few senior researchers have indicated that they want to go skiing. Given current conditions, I recommend that we leave for 4 Vallées (Verbier is part of this system). It is a world class ski area and it is very convient to reach by public transport. We could leave at 7h50 (platform 3) and we would then arrive to Le Châble at 9h17. From their we can get up the ski system. We can either get rental equipment in Le Châble or on our way by stopping in the village of Verbier. If we take the train back 16h48, then we would arrive in Lausanne at 18h10. Each of you need a Snow’n’Rail 4 Vallées/Mt-Fort – 1-day ski pass (124 CHF). This ticket pays the train and the ski pass for the full day over the vast domain (culminating at 3300 m). It also gives 15% discount for renting gear at Inter Sport.

https://leisure.sbb.ch/storefront/product?productId=1123561213

There is an Inter Sport rental shop in Verbier and we can get off there and rent, or we may decide to rent in Le Châble in a non-Inter Sport shop. If we choose the latter, then we will be faster on our way up. There is currently 355 cm of snow at the top and 85 cm in Verbier (unfortunately no significant amounts of new snow planned until Sunday). Please have a look on the ski map here: https://snow.myswitzerland.com/snow_reports/Valais/Les4Vallees-165. I will be at the main hall of the train station 7h35-7h45 to help with the purchase of the ski+train ticket as needed. We can get lunch at various restaurants.

At the moment, I think it is only myself (Niklas), Jan-Olof, likely Tanguy, and perhaps only a few ESRs (e.g., Veronika) that will join.

Hiking: I have understood that most ESRs prefer to do a hike on Sunday (and some prefer to visit Geneva or do other things). Depending on what you want to do, I can try to assist you (however, I will join the ski group). One option is to go to Verbier on a pedestrian path. There are winter hikes available and you get a stunning view from Mt. Fort (3300 m), but this becomes pretty expensive. Another option is hiking/snow shoeing in the Jura Mountains. I generally like to go to La Givrine for cross-country skiing and from there you can hike to Vermeilley or Pré-aux-Veaux for lunch/something warm to drink. This is a nice and easy hike in a forest, but without gorgeous views of the Alps. There are also numerous Jura options with views of the Alps. Also, a visit to Lac de Joux is very nice and it is easy to reach Le Pont. There are also various options to rent snow shoes. More locally, there are some very nice shorter hikes to do in the Lavaux (UNESCO heritage), for example from Cully to Rivaz with a view of the wine stocks, the lakes and the Alps. I suggest that we discuss this over lunch and then see what type of activity you prefer (how cold, how long, and how much travel).

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)
Diane Doolaeghe (University of Rennes I and Itasca)
Alejandro Romero Ruiz (University of Lausanne)

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)
Luca Guillaumot (University of Rennes 1)