On behalf of the Space Generation Congress 2018 Organising Team, we are pleased to welcoming you to Bremen, the City of Space, to join us for the 17th SGC. The annual SGC brings together delegates and colleagues from government, industry, academia, policy-makers, and entrepreneurs to debate and discuss issues affecting our fast-growing sector.

Please find below a list of commonly asked questions and their respective answers. Further detail can be found in the SGC2018 Delegate Handbook.

Where is the SGC Venue?

Geisteswissenschaften 1 (GW1)
28359 Bremen, Germany

How do I get to the SGC Venue?

By Bus: Bremen can be reached by long-distance coaches from several hundred destinations. The most popular German coach travel provider Flixbus / Meinfernbus provides an overview of their route network (see) as well as a list of destinations connected to Hannover at: https://www.flixbus.de/fernbus/bremen

By Car: The Bremer Kreuz intersection is a major transport hub linking the A27 autobahn (Cuxhaven-Bremerhaven-Hannover) and the A1 Hamburg-Osnabrück-Rhineland autobahn. Bremen can also be reached via the A28 autobahn from East Friesland and Groningen in the Netherlands. The easiest route into the city centre is via the Bremen-Arsten or Bremen-Hemelingen exits from the A1. There is a state-of-the-art traffic management system in the city centre. More information can be found here.

By Train: InterCityExpress, InterCity/EuroCity and InterRegio trains take you right into the city centre of Bremen, into one of the most modern railway stations in Germany. From the station’s north exit, it takes roughly three minutes to walk to the Exhibition and Congress Centre – the venue for the IAC 2018.

By Plane:

Bremen Airport (BRE): The distance from the Bremen Airport to the centre of Bremen is only 3.5 kilometres. You can find the complete list of airlines with the destinations they at this link.

Hannover Airport (HAJ): Hannover Airport is the international airport of Hannover (English: Hanover), the capital of the German state of Lower Saxony and approximately 130 km from Bremen. It is the ninth largest airport in Germany and located in Langenhagen, 11 km north of the centre of Hannover. The city centre of Bremen is reached within approx. 1.5 hours by taking 2 trains (S-Bahn and RE/IC/ICE). You can find the complete list of airlines with the destinations they serve at this link.

Hamburg Airport (HAM): Another nearby international airport is in Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany and approximately 120 km from Bremen. It is located 8.5 km north of the city centre and serves as a base for Germanwings, Condor and easyJet. The city centre of Bremen is reached within 1.5 to 2 hours. There are several connections by train and bus. However, you have to change at least two times. You can find the complete list of airlines with the destinations they serve at this link.

Where can I stay during the SGC?

These are hotels that are close to the university of Bremen at which the SGC will be held and also close to the potential venue for the SGAC cultural night and SGAC Space Night.

7 Things Hotel (2-star hotel) – walking distance to university
Dates available: 25th of September 2018 to 30th of September 2018
Address: Universitätsallee 4, 28359 Bremen
Phone: 0421 69677377

Munte am stadtwald Hotel (4-star hotel) – walking distance to university
Dates available: 25th of September 2018 to 30th of September 2018
Address: Parkallee 299, 28213 Bremen
Phone: 0421 22020

What is included in my SGC Delegate Tickets?

Your Congress ticket includes the following:

  • SGC Delegate Welcome Pack
  • Catering onsite (Lunch and Coffee Breaks)
  • SGC International Night
  • SGC “Space Night”
  • SGC Gala Dinner
  • Free Wi-Fi at the venue
  • Speakers, staff and materials needed for the Congress

Not included with your ticket:

  • Tours and optional excursions
  • Optional Pre-Congress Dinner
  • Any other expenses not directly listed above

What is planned for the evening of SGC?

There are evening events planned each night of SGC.

Optional Dinner

The Optional Dinner on Wednesday, 26th of September will take place at 7pm. It is held at the Ständige Vertretung, a restaurant close to the marketplace at the city centre of Bremen. The cost of the Optional Dinner is not included in SCG ticket price.

The full address of this location is as follows:

Ständige Vertretung im Flett Gastronomie GmbH
Böttcherstrasse 3-5
28195 Bremen, Germany

Cultural Night

The 2018 SGC Cultural Night will take place on Thursday, 27th of September. This night is an opportunity for the delegates to present their home countries and share cultural aspects like music, food, stories or other aspects of their culture with fellow delegates. Delegates from the same country or region are encouraged to coordinate with each other to come up with ideas for the representation. All are welcome to wear a traditional outfit of their home place. Light snacks and beverages will be provided by SGAC. Delegates are also encouraged to share a national dish, snacks, spirits or drinks with the group. The location for this event will be announced as soon as it is confirmed.

Space Night

The 2018 SGC Space Night will take place on Friday 28th of September from 7 pm to 10 pm. The event will take place at the integration hall of the ZARM (Centre of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity: under the drop tower. The delegates will gather together for a reception followed by a dinner.

The full address for this locations is as follows:

ZARM, University of Bremen
Am Fallturm 2
28359 Bremen, Germany

Closing Dinner

The 17th Space Generation Congress Closing Dinner will take place on Saturday, 29th of September at 7 pm. The event will take place at the Bremen City Hall. Attire for the Closing Dinner is formal attire or one’s country’s formal, traditional attire.

The full address for this location is as follows:

Bremen City Hall
Am Markt 21
28195 Bremen, Germany

Are there any SGAC activities during IAC?

Yes! SGAC will be have several activities during IAC (in addition to SGC). 

We are planning to host two events at the Global Networking Forum, two Sunday (30 September 2018) workshops (Space Exploration Workshop and Young Professional Development), a booth reception, and an alumni event.

How can I get around in Bremen?

In general, the easiest and cheapest option for getting around in Bremen is public transport, which is provided by BSAG, When leaving the airport from the main entrance, one can walk directly towards the tram stop. It belongs to the general public transport. To reach the central railway station, which is the closest stop to the IAC venue, take the tram with the label “6 Universität” (this route takes 16 minutes). This same tram goes to the University of Bremen, the location of the SGC. This takes 21 additional minutes. More information on public transport and BSAG can be found here.

What currency is used in Bremen?

The official currency in Germany is the Euro (€), the approximately exchange rates (values may vary) are listed below:

1 USD = 0.84 Euro
1 GBP = 1.14 Euro
1 AUD = 0.63 Euro

Do I need a VISA for Germany?

The federal foreign office (Auswaertiges Amt) handles the applications and the process for getting a visa. EU nationals do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany. Generally speaking, all other foreigners (Non-EU nationals) require a visa for stays in Germany. However, a visa is not required for visits of up to 90 days in an 180-day period for nationals of those countries for which the European Community has abolished the visa requirement. Since 14 May 2008, the fee for all types of visas has been EUR 60. An overview of visa requirements/ exemptions for entry into Germany can be found here.

As a rule, missions require between two and ten working days to decide on an application for a short stay visa. Applications for visas entitling the holder to a longer stay or to take up gainful employment may take several months to process. During the peak travel season there may be a waiting period for making an application to a German mission. Persons requiring a visa to enter Germany should therefore submit their applications in good time.

For more details on the visa process please following link.

Who can I contact in case of an emergency?

Dial 112 for Police, Ambulance, and Fire

What is planned during the SGC2018?

SGC will last three days, the 27th through 29th of September, 2018. A schedule of events during the Congress can be found here:

When should I arrive for SGC2018?

Programming will start promptly at 09:00 on 27 September 2018. Arriving a day early will help in getting oriented to the town of Bremen and allow for sightseeing before the Congress kicks off.

What is the dress code for the conference and evening events?

The dress code for the Congress is business casual. Attire for the Closing Dinner is formal attire or one’s country’s formal, traditional attire. Attire for the evening events are also business casual, and for International Night please feel encouraged to wear traditional clothing from your home country. Please note that punctual attendance is required for all sessions. This requirement is to show respect for the speakers as well as for SGC Working Group peers.

What do I need to bring to the conference?

  • EventBrite registration receipt
  • Laptop or notepad
  • Passport or ID
  • Business casual and formal attire

How much shall I plan for my discretionary spending during SGC?

While individual preference may vary with regard to discretionary spending, exchange rates are as follows. The official currency in Germany is the Euro (€), the approximately exchange rates (values may vary) are listed below:

1 USD = 0.84 Euro
1 GBP = 1.14 Euro
1 AUD = 0.63 Euro