The 4th Asia-Pacific Space Generation Workshop (AP-SGW 2017)

Practical Information


To assist with your planning and participation, this page contains useful information about the 4th AP-SGW. Here you'll find out what you need to know about the workshop, important information about your arrival and getting around the city of Bengaluru. More information will be posted here as we get closer to the workshop and a delegate book outlining the information below in more depth will be sent to the registered participants.

About Bengaluru
Language
Climate and Expected Weather
Transportation To/From Bengaluru
Currency and Banking
Electric Plugs and Converters
Insurance
Dress Code
Getting Around
Tourism in Karnataka

About Bengaluru

The cosmopolitan city of Bengaluru is dubbed as the as the "Silicon Valley of India" (or the "IT capital of India") because of its role as the nation's leading information technology (IT) exporter. Bengaluru has highest percentage of engineers in the world , with more than a million IT professionals making the city their home. Located on the Deccan Plateau in southern India, it is the third most populous and the second fastest-growing major metropolis in India.

 

Bengaluru, "The Garden City of India"

Over the decades Bengaluru has emerged as the “Aerospace hub of India” as the various Indian aerospace and defense organizations such as Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Bharat Electronics (BEL), National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Aeronautical Development Establishment of Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) are headquartered in the city . It is also home to various prestigious scientific research institutes like Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) and Raman Research Institute (RRI). It is a demographically diverse city and have operations of  global aerospace companies like Airbus, Boeing, GE, Safran, Rolls Royce and UTC Aerospace Systems.

In the last few years India has witnessed a boom in space focused startups. Bengaluru has emerged as India’s space startup hub too with almost all startups which are focused on space launch or satellite fabrication have a presence or headquartered in Bengaluru like Team Indus, Dhruv Space and Earth2Orbit.

Air transport in Bengaluru is served by Kempegowda International airport which is about 40km from the city center and is the third busiest airport in India connecting across the world. Air conditioned buses and taxis are operated to connect the city with the airport.

The time zone is UTC+5:30 (Indian Standard Time Zone).

 

The ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru. Credits: ISRO

The main building of the premier Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.  


Aerial View of Bengaluru

Language

English, Kannada and Hindi are the most widely spoken languages in Bengaluru. English is fairly understood by most people around India.

 

Climate and Expected Weather 

Bengaluru enjoys a moderate climate throughout the year with distinct wet and dry seasons. The coolest month is January with an average low temperature of 15.1 °C (59.2 °F) and the hottest month is April with an average high temperature of 35 °C (95 °F). Bengaluru receives rainfall from both the northeast and the southwest monsoons and the wettest months are August to November. In August, most of the rainfall occurs during late afternoon/evening or night and rain before noon is infrequent. November is relatively a very pleasant month, with average high and low temperatures around 27 °C and 18 °C respectively. Owing to occasional rains, it is likely to become cool during morning and night, and hence keeping a summer jacket or cardigan shall suffice.

 

Transportation to/from Bengaluru

FLIGHTS

Kempegowda International Airport is about 35 kms from city centre, is the third busiest airport by passenger traffic in the country, behind the airports in Delhi and Mumbai and is the 35th busiest airport in Asia. The airport serves as a hub for AirAsia India, Air India Regional and Jet Airways. It is also a focus city for IndiGo, Air India and SpiceJet. The major airlines serving the airport includes: 

Air Arabia   Alliance Air   IndiGo Oman Air  SpiceJet  
Air France  British Airways  Jet Airways Qatar Airways SriLankan Airlines
Air India Cathay Dragon  Kuwait Airways     Saudia Thai AirAsia 
AirAsia  Emirates Lufthansa Scoot Thai Airways International 
Air Mauritius Etihad Airways Malaysia Airlines SilkAir  TruJet
AirAsia India
 GoAir Nepal Airlines    Singapore Airlines  Vistara

TRAINS

The major Railway station,which caters to needs of the city people is KSR Bengaluru City Railway Station. It has about 110 trains originating and crossing per week, and most of the luxurious trains like Rajdhani Express for various destinations start from here. To curb the traffic on this railway station, an additional railway station, Yesvantpur Railway Station was promoted as a satellite station. It handles about 70 trains per week, with most of them originating from here.

The other important railway stations in Bengaluru include:

1. Krishnarajapuram
2. Bengaluru Cantonment
3. Baiyyappanahalli
4. Yelahanka

For more details and reservation, please visit the Indian Railways Website : https://www.irctc.co.in

Electric Plugs and Converters

 

India uses 230 Volts, 50 Hz alternating current as the power source. Plugs and sockets have either grounded / earthed 3 Pin connections (Type D) or ungrounded 2 pin connections (Type C).

Currency and Banking

The local currency in India is the India Rupees (code: INR, symbol: ₹). You can exchange all major currencies (USD, Euro, AUD, etc) into INR at the airport after landing. Expect a rate around 0.016 US Dollars per rupee, or about INR 63 per US Dollar.

Bills, currently in circulation, are available in the denomination of 5,10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 2000 ₹.

[For Reference:- http://www.xe.com/currency/inr-indian-rupee]


Insurance


We strongly recommend that participants arrange for their own overseas travel insurance. The organizers of AP-SGW shall not be liable for the arrangements and costs associated with any accident, injury or illness.

 

Dress Code

Working Group sessions and informal events:  Formal or Casual Business attire

International Night: It’s a night dedicated for each delegate to present to the others delegates a brief presentation of your country and share representative music, typical food, or whatever you prefer. If you want to bring your traditional clothes, you are welcome to do so. Ideally, you should organise this with the other delegates from your same country. If weather permits, International Night will be held outdoors and warmer clothing is recommended.

Closing Dinner: Formal attire or your local/national costume. The annual Closing Dinner will be attended by high-level speakers and heads of space agencies. Jeans, sandals, and t-shirts are not permitted.

While Travelling: Loose comfortable casual pants, shirts, kurtas, preferably cotton light-coloured clothes.

 


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