Informations about our next workshop and meetings in Winterthur (CH)
The next workshop and meeting of COST Action ES 0802 will take place at the School of Engineering at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, 2011/09/19-21. Bruno Neininger, one of the local organisers, provided some informations:
We are delighted to host the next meeting of our action dealing with the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in Atmospheric Research. The meeting will be held in close proximity to our campus in Winterthur.
We have already had very productive workshops in Brussels, Braunschweig, Andenes, Cambridge, Cyprus and Lannemezan. Thus, the benchmark for the forthcoming event is set. In Winterthur we can offer you easy access, a nice hotel, a city with a special character, and very suitable conference facilities at the Technora- ma, the Swiss Science Center. You are all invited to wander freely through the Center, for example during the coffee breaks. Unfortunately the facilities on campus are unavailable as a location to host our event as it takes place right at the beginning of the new semester, when the entire campus is bustling with students.
As many of you know, the registration process is divided in three steps: first the date for the next meeting is established (set since Cambridge, confirmed in Cyprus) you can register informally via doodle.com/r26qf8nn6p8utby7. Then e-COST officially invites the members of the action to register, and finally we, as the regional organizers, require registration payment in order to organize the details and set the budget. All members will have their payments reimbursed by COST. For guests, registration on our website is sufficient.
The detailed program for the individual workshops of the four working groups and the MC meeting will be defined by the working group leaders and the chair of the action. You will find regular updates on workshop.cost-uas.net. As the regional organizers we simply provide the framework program for the event: a welcome on Sunday evening, two full days of workshops on Monday and Tuesday, and a shorter program on Wednesday. On Monday evening we hope to demonstrate a flight with UMARS and others who wish to present their UAS. The airfield is only a short distance from the Technorama and we will decide ad- hoc, depending on the weather conditions and your interest. On Tuesday evening you are all invited to join us for the social event, a delicious buffet with a selection of Spanish Tapas. The social event will take place at the hotel in which we were able to negotiate special conditions for your accommodation. Other hotels are within walking distance.
Winterthur is easily accessible both from Zurich Airport and Zurich Main Station. Tickets for the train may be purchased either at the self-service ticketing machines or at the ticketing counters if you are unsure about the type of ticket to get. Upon arrival at the Park Hotel you will be provided with free access to the public transport system of Winterthur. In particular, you will be able to make use of the bus from the hotel to the Technorama and back, a journey of approximately 16 minutes. You will find all the necessary information on our registration page or on the web. Otherwise please do not hesitate to contact us (see below).
In the week before our meeting in Winterthur, the ETH Zurich (The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) will host the UAV-g Conference (see: www.geometh.ethz.ch/uav_g/index), which some of us will also be attending. At the end of our workshop there might be an opportunity for an informal session to discuss with colleagues from NAERS www.naers.org. After all, there are many key issues that apply to both manned and unmanned small aircraft.
School of Engineering
About the event location: the city of Winterthur is located north of the larger city of Zurich. Both Turicum and Vitodurum were founded by the Romans. Its more recent history is closely linked to heavy industry and companies like Sulzer, or railway manufacturing. It is widely unknown that most early ship engines were in fact manufactured in the factories of Winterthur. In 1874 this lead to the establishment of the Technikum Winterthur, the oldest technical university in Switzerland. Since then Winterthur has undergone dramatic change: the heavy industry has disappeared, but the school has remained, albeit as the ZHAW – School of Engineering of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. The school has undergone a radical transfor- mation from an industry provider to a service provider. As somebody who is not a native to the city, you will enjoy the diversity of the city: in the post-war era many workers from southern Europe moved to the city in search of employment and a better life. Many of those families stayed on and still live in Winterthur today.
We look forward to welcoming you all in Winterthur. We hope to see many colleagues and guests and that we may have inspiring meetings during these three days, bringing us closer to interesting applications of UAS in atmospheric research!
Contacts if you need any assistance:
Secretary of the Center of Aviation and Traffic Systems
Tamara Petralli: +41 58 934 67 61
Marketing & Communications
Luana Covre: +41 58 934 75 58
Questions concerning content
Bruno Neininger: +41 58 934 69 13 (mostly re-directed to my mobile phone)
Hanfried Hesselbarth: +41 58 934 69 09