The first day (Wednesday October 14, 2015) of the conference takes place in ZeM in Potsdam. This is to show you how to get there.
Where is ZeM?
ZeM is located in Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 4, 14467 Potsdam.
It is in walking distance (around 750m) from Potsdam Hauptbahnhof (main station). Please see this map.
When you arrive at Potsdam main station exit the station in the direction of the city center (Zentrum). Follow the big road with the tramway. You should cross a bridge. From the bridge you should be able to see one of Potsdam's highest buildings, "Mercure Hotel." If you can see this, your are looking in the right direction. Follow the road on its right side. Mercure Hotel should be one the left side of the road. Opposite of the hotel you should then also be able to see the building shown in the image below (please click on the image to enlarge). In the very right corner of the image you can even see parts of the Mercure Hotel. Please beware the photo is taken from another angle than you will arrive from.
Go left (clockwise) around the building and then follow its long side (which at this point should be on your right hand side). If you follow the long side of this building you will see the old socialist cubical building in which ZeM is located. Please click on the image to enlarge:
Once you arrive at the corner of this building you should see a sign "GALERIE". Please click on the image to enlarge:
The ZeM is next to the red "GALERIE" sign in the background of the image.
Which train to get to Potsdam?
To get from Berlin to Potsdam you take the s-train number S7 to “S Potsdam Hauptbahnhof”. S7 serves all major s-train stations in Berlin:
Ostkreutz, Warschauer Strasse, Ostbahnhof, Alexanderplatz, Friedrichstrasse, Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Zoologischer Garten, Charlottenburg, Westkreuz.
Please find all stops here. The train goes every 10 minutes most of the day.
To find out your individual itinerary to get to Potsdam please refer to http://fahrinfo.vbb.de/bin/query.exe/en.
How long does it take?
From Ostkreutz it takes 55 minutes to get to Potsdam.
From Alexanderplatz it takes 46 minutes.
From Hauptbahnhof it takes 40 minutes.
From Zoologischer Garten it takes 33 minutes.
And so on and so on.
To get to Potsdam you need to buy a VBB ticket with the fare zones ABC (Berlin is AB and Potsdam is Zone C) from VBB selling points or one of the many self-service ticket machines (plan in some more time to figure out how these machines work). If you plan to do only one more travel except from the return trip Berlin – Potsdam it is worth to buy a day ticket (they call it daily ticket).
My hotel is near the conference venue in Berlin close to Potsdamer Platz. How do I get there?
From the Ibis Hotels in Anhalter Strasse you will depart from S Anhalter Bahnhof, take S1 direction “Wannsee” and go until the final destination. There you will change to S7 direction “S Potsdam Hauptbahnhof” on the same platform. Travel time to Potsdam is 44 minutes. You can find this travel on the page of the public transport system of the Berlin-Brandenburg area if you click here. If you are situated closer to S Potsdamer Platz please change the query accordingly.
Please refer to http://fahrinfo.vbb.de/bin/query.exe/en to find your own travel schedule.