Location and Conference Venue
Public transport: Airport - Downtown Frankfurt - Conference venue
Click here to find travel information and timetables of RMV public transportation service in Frankfurt (note that WISC 2014 offers reduced admission for public transportation).
Frankfurt Airport has two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2; they are connected via free Skyline shuttle trains (it takes 2 minutes from one terminal to the other).
Frankfurt Airport has two railway stations, both located at Terminal 1. The Airport Regional Railway Station offers urban railway lines S8 and S9 into downtown Frankfurt (approximately 15 minutes) or to Frankfurt's central train station (approximately 10 minutes). The Long Distance Railway Station is right next to Terminal 1, with high speed intercity trains (ICE) leaving in all directions.
Taxis are available outside both terminals; a cab ride into Frankfurt's city center takes approximately 20 –30 minutes and costs around 30 Euro. Rates are based per car, not per passenger, and there are no extra fees for luggage. If you go from Frankfurt to the airport, just tell the cab driver your airline, and he will know at which terminal to drop you off.
The conference will be held at Campus Westend, direction: Grüneburgplatz 1, 60323 Frankfurt am Main.
For a Campus map click here.
To reach Campus Westend, take subway lines U1/2/3 or 8 (northbound) and exit at the subway station Holzhausenstraße (about 5-10 minutes walk from the Campus).
Conference On-site Registration and Check-in will be located at the Casino (see map). Registration hours are: Wednesday, 6 August: from 11:00 am to to 6:00 pm; Thursday, 7 August – Friday, 8 August: from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday, 9 August: from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Please note that all conference participants must wear name badges at all times while attending the conference.
Below you find a brief summary of the history of the historical site of IG Farben bulding, which today is the site of Goethe University's Campus Westend.
The IG Farben Building
The IG Farben Building or the Poelzig Building was built from 1928 to 1930 as the corporate headquarters of the IG Farben conglomerate in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It is also known as the Poelzig Ensemble or Poelzig Complex, and previously as the IG Farben Complex, and the General Creighton W. Abrams Building. The building's original design was the subject of a competition which was eventually won by the architect Hans Poelzig.
On its completion, the complex was the largest office building in Europe and remained so until the 1950s.The IG Farben Building's six square wings retain a modern, spare elegance, despite its mammoth size. It is also notable for its paternoster elevators.
The building was the headquarters for research projects relating to the development of Nazi wartime synthetic oil and rubber, and the production administration of magnesium, lubricating oil, explosives, methanol, and Zyklon B.
After WWII, the IG Farben Building served as the headquarters for the Supreme Allied Command and from 1949 to 1952 the High Commissioner for Germany (HICOG). It became the principal location for implementing the Marshall Plan, which largely financed the post-war reconstruction of Europe. The state apparatus of the Federal German Government was devised there.
The IG Farben Building served as the headquarters for the US Army's V Corps and the Northern Area Command (NACOM) until 1995. The US Army renamed the building the General Creighton W. Abrams Building in 1975.
The US Army returned control of the IG Farben Building to the German government in 1995. It was purchased on behalf of the University of Frankfurt by the state of Hesse, which committed €25 million to the restoration. In recognition of the original architect, the University renamed the main building the Poelzig Building and its ancillary buildings and surroundings the Poelzig Complex. The restoration work started in March 1998, and the formal reopening as the Poelzig-Bau was celebrated on October 26, 2001.
After its renovation in 2001 the Goethe University started to relocate from its old Campus in Frankfurt Bockenheim to the new campus located around the IG Farben building.
About the Goethe University Frankfurt
Goethe University was founded in 1914 as a unique “citizens’ university,” financed by wealthy citizens in Frankfurt, Germany. Named in 1932 after one of the city’s most famous natives, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, today the university has over 41,000 students. Looking at the timeline of Goethe University’s history, it is clear that the last decade has produced significant changes for the university—and that there is a clear forward momentum.
Once considered a liberal or left-leaning institution, Goethe University is perhaps best known as the birthplace of the influential Frankfurt School, part of the Institute for Social Research—which spawned some of Europe’s leading thinkers of the 20thcentury (including Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Jürgen Habermas, Herbert Marcuse, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Martin Buber, and Paul Tillich).
Because of racial and political tensions during the Nazi era, close to one-third of the university’s academic staff were dismissed during this period—more than at any other German university. Goethe University also played a major role in the student protests of 1968 that led to widespread educational reforms in Germany and across Europe.
In recent years, Goethe University has maintained its reputation in the social sciences, but added important new facilities and research institutes in the natural sciences as well as law, history, languages, humanities, the arts, and economics. Its “clusters of excellence”, interdisciplinary research centres, have helped to sharpen the university’s academic profile, achieving outstanding results in diverse areas ranging from natural sciences to medicine and humanities and social sciences (“The Formation of Normative Orders”).
In 2001, the university was the first major university in Germany to become a foundation university, meaning that the state of Hessen would still provide funding to cover most of the annual budget but the university would be able to establish a private endowment and enjoy full administrative autonomy in matters such as faculty appointments. Goethe University now has a robust alumni association and has raised €145.5 millions and created more than 50 new endowed and visiting professorships—an important re-affirmation of the university’s identity as a “citizens’ university”.
The state of Hessen is investing a total of €1.2 billion to help create a true campus environment in Frankfurt with three distinct locations: Campus Westend for the humanities and social sciences, Campus Riedberg for natural sciences, and Campus Niederrad for medicine.
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