Practical information


European nationals traveling to Germany do not need a passport or national ID card. It is, however, highly recommended to bring some form of identification, especially when arriving by plane.

UK nationals with a passport endorsed British Citizen do not require a visa and must have a passport valid on arrival. If their passport is endorsed British National (Overseas), British Overseas Territories Citizen or British Subject with the right of abode in the UK a visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days; passports for these endorsements must be valid for three months beyond intended departure, with the exception of British Subjects, who need a passport valid on arrival. Other passport holders require a visa and three months validity on their passports.

Non-European citizens traveling to the Schengen Area need to apply for a short-term Schengen visa under “tourist” specification. The borderless region known as the Schengen area includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. All these countries issue a standard Schengen visa that allows the holder to travel freely within the borders with a valid identity card or passport.

A passport valid for at least three months after period of intended stay is needed for those who require a visa. Generally, visa exempt nationals must have a passport valid for period of intended stay (other than EEA nationals).


Germany is part of the Euro (€) zone. It is also possible to use credit cards to cover our day-to-day expenses, usually without additional fees. It is recommended, however, to make a cash withdrawal as smaller shops and public transit occasionally will not accept credit cards or electronic payment.


Germany is in the Central European Time Zone. Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1). Like most states in Europe, Summer (Daylight-Saving) Time is observed in Germany, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour; 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2. Note: this does not affect the 1 hour time difference to London, which changes to BST in summer).


Potsdam has a humid continental climate with warm summers and no dry season. Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from -6°C to 25°C and is rarely below -15°C or above 31°C. The warm season lasts from May 27 to September 6 with an average daily high temperature above 20°C. The cold season lasts from December 2 to March 6 with an average daily high temperature below 5°C.





To call German telephone numbers from outside Germany, either from a landline or a mobile phone, you will need to add the international dialing code, which is 0049 (or +49), followed by the telephone number you require (excluding the regular first 0 of German numbers, however). To make calls within Germany, dial the number you require without adding the international country dialing code. Before travelling to Germany you should contact your telephone service provider to activate the international roaming service (if it is not already activated automatically), otherwise especially Northern American travelers might not be able to phone or receive calls.


A free access to Wi-Fi network will be provided to conference participants. There are numerous Internet points and cafés offering Internet access. In many hotels (especially higher-category ones) a direct Internet connection is provided in the rooms. In addition, in Germany you will find Wi-Fi access available in many airports, hotels, train stations, and other public places where travelers pass through or stop off.


The voltage in Germany is 230 V which is the same voltage used in France and the United Kingdom. The plugs used in Germany are C or E. Plugs/sockets are usually an issue when it comes to traveling, so always make sure you travel with a universal plug adapter.

Germany uses DVD Region 2. DVD Region 2 is used in Europe, the Middle East, and Japan. Note that a region 2 DVD cannot play on a DVD player supporting another region. There are, however, some region free DVD players available that can be used to overcome this.

Germany uses Blu-ray Region B. Blu-ray Region B is used across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.


The organizers do not accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. All participants are strongly advised to take out their own personal insurance before travelling to the conference. Hospitals and doctors in Germany are obliged to treat you regardless of your health insurance status, so review your health insurance plan to determine what medical services it would cover during your trip. Especially Non-European nationals will need to pay – although usually a reasonable sum – for any health services.