Future Earth meetings: Core Projects and Science and Engagement Committees

Jun 2016
until Jul 2, 2016
Bern & Thun, Switzerland

In June, Future Earth's Core Projects will meet in Bern, Switzerland, while Future Earth's Science and Engagement Committees will meet in Thun. These events will be followed by a meeting of the Future Earth Governing Council in July. Find a detailed description of these meetings, including travel and lodging, below.


Future Earth Core Projects days
27-28 June 2016
Place: Bern, Switzerland
Participants: Core Projects, Science and Engagement Committee members, Secretariat

See the Core Project days draft agenda

Future Earth Science and Engagement Committee meeting
29-30 June 2016
Place: Thun, Switzerland
Participants: Science and Engagement Committee members, Secretariat

See the SC-EC meeting draft agenda

Core Projects IPO day
29 June 2016

The IPO day will cover five themes:

  • IPO funding
  • IPO communication: website, press releases, social media etc.
  • working with the co-chairs and SSC members
  • science policy interface
  • collaboration between IPOs

The IPO day will take place Hallerstrasse 6 (Raum 205).
Please confirm your attendance to: miia.ylostalo@futureearth.org

Future Earth Governing Council meeting
1-2 July 2016

Place: Thun, Switzerland
Participants: Future Earth Governing Council
Hosted by: Swiss Academy of Sciences (ProClim-Forum for Climate and Global Change)


Dr. Thorsten Kiefer
Global Hub Director-Paris
Future Earth
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie
4 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 44 27 61 35

Miia Ylöstalo-Joubert
Coordination Officer, Future Earth- Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 44 27 61 30

Local host:
Dr. Urs Neu
ProClim- Forum for Climate and Global Change
Swiss Academy of Sciences
House of Academies
Laupenstrasse 7, Postfach
CH-3001 Bern, Switzerland
Office:  (+41 31) 306 93 52        

Hannah Ambühl, ProClim
Tel. +41 (0) 31 306 93 56

Logistical Information

Future Earth Core Projects Meeting Venue:
Hotel Kreuz Bern
Zeughausgasse 41
CH-3000 Bern

Venue of Future Earth Science and Engagement Committee Meeting:
Hotel Freienhof
Freienhofgasse 3
CH-3600 Thun

A pre-paid group booking has been made for the 8:30 AM train for the morning of 29 June.
Please be at the Bern railway station at 8:15.
If you miss the train, you will have to pay for the new ticket yourself.
The train station is a short walk from the hotels.

Accommodations in Bern:
A block booking of up to 90 rooms has been made at four hotels. All hotels are centrally located in Bern at just a few minutes walking distance from the railway station. Further information about travel arrangements and accommodation will be sent by email.

For questions concerning travel and hotels, please contact: miia.ylostalo(at)futureearth.org

Hotel Kreuz
Zeughausgasse 41
CH-3000 Bern
Tel: +41 31 329 95 95

Hotel Bären
Schauplatzgasse 4
3011 Bern
Tel: +41 31 311 33 67

Hotel Bristol
Schauplatzgasse 10
3011 Bern
Tel: +41 31 311 0101

Hotel Bern
Zeughausgasse 9
CH-3011 Bern
Tel: +41 31 329 22 22

Accommodations in Thun:

Hotel Freienhof
Freienhofgasse 3
CH-3600 Thun


The city of Bern is near the intercontinental airports of Zurich, Geneva and Basel. Train ride from Zurich, Geneva or Basel to Bern takes approximately 1 - 2 hours. Trains leave every hour/half-hour.

Bern’s small airport has only a few regular international flights from/to European destinations. In both Zurich and Geneva airports, the train station is located inside the airport. In Basel airport, a shuttle bus links the airport to the Basel train station. From Basel train station you can take a train to Bern.

Train information:

Travel to Thun:
Train ride from Zurich airport will take about 1 h 40 min. Trains leave about every half-hour.

Social Programme

Excursion to Crans-Montana
Sunday 26 June 2016
Departure time: 07:30 from Bern
Return time: 19:00 to Bern
Approximate cost: 60 Swiss francs

Download the flyer for the excursion

Social gathering on Monday evening 27 June:
The reception starts at 6.30pm. It will take place in PAGES’ garden (Falkenplatz 16, weather permitting) or at UniS (Schanzeneckstrasse 1).
Please confirm your attendance to: miia.ylostalo@futureearth.org

Boat dinner on lake Thun
Wednesday 29 June 2016

General Information:

Visa to enter Switzerland:
For information on entry visa to Switzerland, please see the Swiss Federal Office for Migration website: http://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/bfm/en/home/themen/einreise/faq.html

If you need a visa support letter from the local host, please contact Miia Ylostalo-Joubert:

Time Zone:
CEST (UTC + 2 hours)

Electric plugs and socket:

  • Voltage (volts) : 230 V
  • Frequency (hertz) : 50 Hz 
  • Plug type : C/J

Average temperatures in June:

  • High: 23°C/75°F
  • Low: 12 °C/55°F
  • Precipitation: 10 cm/4 in

Local currency:
The official currency in Switzerland is Swiss Franc (CHF)
1 CHF = 0.9 EUR or about 1 USD (March 2016)

BERN: A University Hospital, Inselspital, is located 15 mins walk from the hotels.


THUN: Spital Thun - Krankenhausstrasse 12 - 3600 Thun