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Conference Venue

The IHK Haus der Wirtschaft (House of Economics) is a centrally located venue with bright, modern seminar and plenary rooms with huge glass facades. The IHK Haus der Wirtschaft is located at the Friedrichsplatz, a green square in the middle of Karlsruhe, which is also adjacent to the State Museum of Natural History and the largest shopping center in Karlsruhe. Most of the key attractions of Karlsruhe, such as the Palace with its beautiful gardens, the Botanical Gardens, the Market Square with its popular pyramid, and the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany are within walking distance of the conference venue.



Karlsruhe – at the heart of Europe

Karlsruhe is located in attractive natural surroundings near the Black Forest, the Palatinate Mountains and the Vosges Mountains in neighboring France. The city has excellent transport connections, with the A5 and A8 motorways linking Karlsruhe with the entire European road network. The IC and ICE high-speed trains stop at Karlsruhe central station, as does the TGV, meaning that Paris is only three hours away. Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport offers flight connections with many European destinations, while Frankfurt International Airport is just an hour away with the ICE.

Karlsruhe – business and high tech centre

The city is at the heart of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion, one of the most dynamic and successful economic regions in Europe. Over 2,500 companies are active in the IT and media sector alone. Karlsruhe is well known as the city of researchers: Carl Benz, inventor of the automobile, was born here; while physicist Heinrich Hertz discovered electromagnetic waves at the city’s university. Today, one of the most prominent think tanks is Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), a merger of Karlsruhe Research Centre and Karlsruhe University.

Karlsruhe – home to art and culture

Visitors to Karlsruhe will not be disappointed by its cultural attractions. The city is home to a number of excellent museums. In addition to the Baden State Museum (Badisches Landesmuseum), located in the Karlsruhe palace, there is the State Art Gallery (Staatliche Kunsthalle), Municipal Gallery (Städtische Galerie) and Natural History Museum (Naturkundemuseum). Karlsruhe’s ZKM | Centre for Art and Media – Germany’s answer to France’s Pompidou Centre – offers a unique cultural experience. As the world’s first interactive museum, it invites visitors to join in and be amazed. Every year, the international art scene comes together for the art KARLSRUHE art fair.

Karlsruhe – a green city with savoir-vivre

Karlsruhe combines urban flair with attractive parks and natural landscapes. Shoppers flock to the busy shopping streets and the largest indoor shopping center in southern Germany. Just a few minutes away, green oases such as the municipal gardens (Stadtgarten) and the riverbanks along the Rhine are ideal for enjoying a walk or a quiet break. Lovers of good food will find plenty to tempt the palate in Karlsruhe. Renowned for their outstanding quality, restaurants specializing in the traditional cuisine of Baden offer dishes prepared with locally grown ingredients.

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Visa Application

In case you need to apply for a visa to enter Germany, you may require a confirmation letter to confirm that you are registered as a participant of the conference. The MFI 2016 organizing committee has been in close contact with the Federal Foreign Office in Germany to be able to provide a simple and accessible way for you to obtain your a confirmation letter that will be accepted by your local embassy.

The Federal Foreign Office will tell the embassies to accept a digitally signed letter that will be provided by us. For this, the required personal information – full name, address, date of birth, gender and (if applicable) passport id – will be sent to the local embassy. Please note that we also need to know the embassy you have contacted or will contact in your visa application process.

To obtain your letter, you will have to submit some information. A form to supply your data will be available when the registration opens.

The Federal Foreign office has let us know that the participants should contact the embassies soon to be able to get a visa in time.