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Accommodation options

Hotels
Our hosts have created a booking platform where you can find an extensive list of hotels in Heilbronn and the surrounding area. The hotels in the city of Heilbronn are either within walking distance to experimenta and the Ecsite camp or can easily be reached by local transportation. Most of the hotels in surrounding cities (e.g. Neckarsulm, Weinsberg, Bad Wimpfen) can be easily reached by public transport. These hotel allocations are guaranteed until 3 May* and will expire after this date. We recommend booking well in advance to ensure you can stay in a hotel closer to the Conference venue and experimenta.

*with the exception of the Park Hotel (guaranteed until 28 February) and Welcome Hotel Neckarsulm (guaranteed until 4 April)

Youth Hostel Heilbronn
The modern Youth Hostel is located in the centre of the city and only 500 metres away from both the main station and experimenta. The rates are €33.70 / bed in a shared room / night (including breakfast). Do not register online via "Check availability". Instead register by e-mail: JH-Heilbronn@jugendherberge.de or by phone: +49 7131 172961 using the password “ECSITE 2022”. After booking, the guest receives a confirmation of reservation and is at the same time a contractual partner of the youth hostel. Cancellation is free of charge in writing until 18:00 on the day before arrival. Membership in the Youth Hostel network / Jugendherbergswerk is not required for this booking.

Stay with an experimenta colleague
There are a limited number of free places to stay, as the colleagues from experimenta have warmly invited Ecsite participants to come and stay at their homes. If you are interested, you can request the list of contact details directly from the experimenta team at ecsite.hospitality@experimenta.science. Enjoy the Conference experience from the comfort of a home environment, with a host who knows their way around the city!

New to the network?

Every year, we welcome over 100 newcomers to the Conference and in 2021 we had over 400 new registrations! The Ecsite network is a friendly, approachable, science engagement family where everyone can learn and share from each other. Whether this will be your first Ecsite Conference or your 33rd, there will be opportunities for everybody to get involved. Our sessions are naturally interactive, so you'll leave with a lot more connections than you started with!

Hospitality Grant

The aim of the 2022 Ecsite Conference Hospitality Grant is to express solidarity with science engagement institutions that have been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. It will support these organisations wishing to send their staff members to the 2022 Ecsite Conference, taking place in Heilbronn, Germany on 2-4 June by offering selected candidates free accommodation from 1-5 June 2022. It is oriented towards younger employees and excludes those in top-management roles. You can now apply for free Conference accommodation for young professionals until 23 February. We have also changed the age limit for grant participants: while we will continue to give priority to those under 35 years old, anyone is now eligible to apply, despite their age, as long as they fulfil the grant criteria. Read more information and the rules here or apply straight away

Conference venues

Pre-Conference and main Conference registration desk: The Ecsite Camp at Theresienwiese, Theresienstraße 74072 Heilbronn, Germany

Main Conference, Gala Dinner and Farewell Party: The Ecsite Camp at Theresienwiese, Theresienstraße 74072 Heilbronn, Germany

Pre-Conference: Bildungs Campus, AIM Bildungscampus 6, 74076 Heilbronn

Speakers Reception: Bildungs Campus, Aula Bildungscampus 7, 74076 Heilbronn

Nocturne, Newcomers Breakfast: experimenta science centre, Experimenta-Platz, 74072 Heilbronn


 

About our Host

The host for the 2022 Ecsite Conference is experimenta, Germany's largest science centre, situated in the heart of the city of Heilbronn next to the river Neckar in Southern Germany. A new spectacular building constructed of glass and steel is joined to the old restored storage building of a former oil mill. Its Science Dome is a unique combination of theater and planetarium with a 360° surround 3D dome projection screen as well as a revolving auditorium. On the top of the science centre is an observatory. In the permanent exhibition, visitors can explore new discoveries and carry out experiments at 275 interactive exhibits. Additional space is provided for special exhibitions. In four creative studios, visitors can discover their talents in several hands-on workshops on media and engineering. Experimenta also has a wide variety of laboratories offering programmes for classes as well as for individuals, from kindergarten age to secondary school students as well as for adults. The Maker Space is a place where young inventors can design, experiment, build and interact with each other. The science stage offers special programmes designed for children up to the age of 10. In the student research centre, young explorers are guided through their first scientific projects.

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