Your venue to Saas-Fee
The venue: Saas-Fee, Canton of Valais, Switzerland
Saas-Fee is summer and winter village located at the end of the Saas Valley. Nicknamed the Pearl of the Alps, the village is surrounded by 14 peaks above 4,000 meters, including the Dom (4,545 m) and the Allalinhorn (4,027 m). It is one of about 14 Swiss resorts that are free of all road traffic. The village is located at close to 1,800 m altitude above sea level, and August is usually a good time of the year for hiking and to discover famous Swiss summits.
Traveling to Saas-Fee upon arrival in Switzerland
The resort is at equal distance (roughly three hours by train) from Geneva, Zurich and Milan (Malpensa) Airports. You can book your travel online within Switzerland using the Swiss Federal Railroads website, from your point of arrival in Switzerland (e.g., Geneva or Zurich Airports) to your destination, which is the arrival station of the Saas-Fee bus-station (“Saas-Fee, Busterminal”). The website is easy to use, so once you have typed in your departure station (e.g., Geneva Airport) and arrival station (“Saas-Fee, Busterminal”), you can select your ticket options. Please note that return tickets are only available for same-day travel in Switzerland! If you are using a travel agency to plan your trip, it is likely that the entire travel from your home to Saas-Fee may be booked simultaneously (this depends on the travel agency…).
Conference Hotel and Booking Instructions
The meeting will take place at the Schweizerhof Hotel, where a block of rooms has been set aside for the meeting. All meals, coffee breaks, plenary sessions and possible breakout meetings will take place in the hotel. Based on the 4 nights/5 days of the meeting, prices at the hotel range from CHF 850.— (shared double rooms) to CHF 990.— (single rooms), which include the room, half-board (breakfast and evening meal) and all taxes, plus free us of all cable cars and public transport in the Saas valley during your stay.
Registration, abstract submission, and fees
Although we have set a deadline until June 15, 2021, for registration of participants, due to limited space at the meeting (we will try to keep the number of persons below 30) we recommend that you register as soon as possible by using the downloadable registration form.
A registration fee of CHF 100.- will be charged to all participants upon arrival in Saas-Fee (cash only, we unfortunately have no facilities to charge credit cards).
In addition to submitting their abstract to the organizing committee, attendees are also expected to book their room at Hotel Schweizerhof by the same deadline.
A workshop in times of COVID-19?
We will organize a workshop in a somewhat uncertain situation. We do so as we feel that face-to-face meetings are becoming more important than ever again and as Switzerland now again allows meetings of up to 50 persons as of April 19, 2021.
A workshop was also organized in August 2020 at Saas Fee, with a strict safety concept in place at the hotel and holding the venue in a room where we can keep distances an aerate the room regularly. Distances will also be maintained at breakfasts and dinners. We plan to organize PCR tests to guarantee that all participants are healthy when they arrive and that they will stay healthy during the workshop.
Further information, including a preliminary program, will be forthcoming towards end-June 2021. If in the meantime you have additional queries regarding this event, please contact one of the following workshop organizers:
Prof. Markus Stoffel, University of Geneva