The 15th OPSFA is hosted by the Research Institute for Symbolic Computation
which is an institute of the
Johannes Kepler University
in Linz. More information about RISC and its history can be found
The institute is located in the
Castle of Hagenberg,
a romantic medieval castle amidst the lovely, hilly landscape of the
20 km north-east of
the regional capital of
located halfway between Salzburg and Vienna.
Here is a map of the center of Hagenberg
im Mühlkreis. It shows the location of the hotel (Hotel Sommerhaus
— square 2), the lecture rooms (FH2 building — square 1), the
place for the welcome reception (Castle of Hagenberg — square 4), and
the church where the organ concert on Thursday takes place (square 5). For
dinner options, see the list of restaurants
The conference site is the campus of the University of Applied Sciences
which is located in the Softwarepark Hagenberg, centered around RISC.
Lectures will take place in the FH2 building, in the AudiMax auditorium
and in the adjacent lecture halls HS3 – HS6 and SH02. See the
for the location of the building, and scroll down to page 9 "FH2 Ebene 0"
to see the room plan. Lunches will be served in the
same building. You can also take a
through the campus. The student dormitory operates as a hotel during
the lecture-free time and is reserved for the OPSFA participants.
Rooms have been allocated in the
It is located in close vicinity to the conference venue and offers basic, but
good quality rooms with internet access (by cable, no wifi). The rate is EUR
44 per night for a single room and EUR 72 for a double room; these prices
include breakfast. For your convenience, the room reservation is made
together with the
(but payment is done directly at the hotel).
At Linz: For those who prefer to stay in Linz, we refer to the list of
hotels in Linz for individual booking. For commuting to Hagenberg, see
the information on
public transportation. From the center of Linz to Hagenberg it takes about
25 minutes by car.
Linz has a small international
airport (IATA-Code: LNZ) with daily connections to Frankfurt (FRA) and
Düsseldorf (DUS). Many flight booking systems also offer another
"airport" in Linz, LZS, which is actually the central railway station
(Hauptbahnhof) of Linz. Such connections are always via Vienna (VIE), where
one has to change from airplane to train for the last "flight segment"; the
trains leave directly from underneath the airport. The main international
airports nearby Linz are Vienna (VIE, 2 hours by train/car) and Munich (MUC, 3
hours by train/car).
Linz can be reached conveniently by train from Vienna, Salzburg, or Munich, for example.
Please note that there are two different railway companies that offer connections to Linz:
and Westbahn. ÖBB tickets have to be
purchased in advance (either online or at the ticket vending machine / counter
at the train station), while Westbahn tickets are sold on the train. Tickets from
one company are not valid for trains of the other company. If you book the
train connection VIE-LZS as part of your flight, you may only use trains
operated by ÖBB.
We offer a complimentary shuttle
service from the Linz airport and from the train station in Linz to the
hotel in Hagenberg on Sunday (July 21), and in the opposite direction on
Friday afternoon (July 26) and Saturday morning (July 27). If you wish to use
this shuttle, please indicate your arrival / departure dates and times when
you register for the conference.
Otherwise, there is a
connection (bus no. 601) between the airport and the central railway
station of Linz. From there, one has to take a bus
(Postbus no. 311 or 313) and get off at
the station "Hagenberg im Mühlkreis Ortsmitte" (takes about 50 minutes,
EUR 5,50, see the
A taxi from the airport costs about 30 euros to the train station, and about
80 euros directly to Hagenberg.
Austria is part of the Schengen area, which means that citizens from
countries outside the European union may need a visa for entering Austria.
Here you can find out
whether this applies to you, and how the visa application procedure works. In
case you need an invitation letter for this (or for your academic institution
who may request such a letter for funding applications), please contact the
organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.