20th EG/VGTC Conference on Visualization, 4.-8. June 2018, Brno, Czech Republic

For attendees

Volunteer Information

As a student volunteer at EuroVis you are a part of the most important visualization conference in Europe. You will get a chance to hear and meet world-class as well as next-generation researchers as this conference brings together the best and brightest within the field of visualization. This is a golden opportunity to build a network of research colleagues. The student volunteers are crucial to make the EuroVis conference a good experience for the participants. The conference depends on the student volunteers acting as the staff at the various conference events and in lecture rooms. The student volunteer program needs reliable, hardworking, and enthusiastic students to help us make EuroVis 2018 a memorable event for all attendees.

Application Period

The student volunteer application system is open until 16th of March. The first draft of accepted applicants will be notified via email on 23th of March and all other applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

Qualifications

Applicants must be enrolled in a Bachelor, Master, or PhD study program during the 2018 academic year. Selected volunteers will be requested to provide a proof of enrollment.

Selection Guidelines

Every year the conference receives a lot of worthy student volunteer applications, but the number of positions available is limited. The following considerations will influence selections:

  • Success as student volunteer at previous conferences.
  • Preference is given to PhD, then Master, then Bachelor students, though we encourage everyone to apply.
  • The number of volunteers from each institution/research group may be limited to ensure broad participation.
  • Languages spoken by the applicants (excellent English is required, some volunteers speaking Czech will be needed as well).

Benefits

In exchange for approximately 20 hours of work, student volunteers will receive several attractive benefits:

  • Free EuroVis registration, including lunches and social events.
  • EuroVis 2018 proceedings on a USB stick.

Application

To apply for volunteering at EuroVis 2018, please fill out the application form under this link: application form.

Contact

For more information, contact the EuroVis 2018 Student Volunteers Chair Sergej Stoppel from the University of Bergen.

Email: volunteer@eurovis2018.org

Registration

To be announced.

Venue

EuroVis 2018 and all co-located events will take place in Hotel International in the historical center of Brno.

BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hotel International Brno
Husova 200 / 16
602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
https://www.hotelinternational.cz/en/

A lot of other hotels and restaurants as well as sightseeing highlights are within walking distance from the venue.

General Information

Currency

The currency in Czech Republic is the Czech Crown (CZK). Exchange rate is approximately: 26CZK for 1€. Coins appear in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50. Notes are available in denominations of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000.

All major credit and debit cards are widely accepted at shops, hotels, banks and ATM machines. Euros are usually not accepted. Therefore, we recommend having some cash in Czech Crowns.

You can exchange cash in banks (usually some small fee is applied) or at exchange office (where exchange rates can vary) or use an ATM machine to withdraw – there are a lot of them in the city.

Electrical Power and Power Plug

The voltage in Czech Republic, as in most of Europe, is 230V/50 Hz. Czech Republic uses type C and type E sockets.

Transportation

Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic, located in the South-Moravian region. There are several options how to reach Brno – by air, train or car.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is required for entry into Czech Republic. A visa may be required for some countries – please check with your embassy. For more information about visa, please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Letters of invitation required to meet the administrative and legal regulations for participants will be available upon request – please contact: oc@eurovis2018.org

By Air to Vienna or Prague

The recommended way to reach Brno is a flight to Vienna Schwechat airport, and then take the bus to Brno.

There is a direct bus line from Vienna airport to the center of Brno. The bus stop is just in front of Vienna Airport (a few meters from terminal 3 exit). The bus ride to the center of Brno takes approximately two and half hours. Buses depart approximately every two hours. A single way ticket costs 17€. You can check timetables and buy tickets online here. Please note that the tickets should be bought in advance.

For train connections between Vienna airport and Brno, see rail connections. The train journey takes about two hours (including a transfer at Vienna's main train station: “Wien Hauptbahnhof”) and costs around 27€.

Another option is a flight to Prague, to Václav Havel airport, and then use the bus or train to get to Brno. There is a bus line connecting Prague airport and Brno, with a bus transfer at Prague’s main bus station. The entire bus journey takes around three and half hours. A single way bus ticket costs 11€. You can check timetables and buy tickets online here. Please note that the tickets should be bought in advance.

You can find other means of transit between Prague airport and Prague city center here.

By Rail

You can reach Brno by train with direct connections from several European capitals, including Berlin, Bratislava, Hamburg, Prague and Vienna. More destinations can be reached with transfer at Prague or Břeclav. For connections and ticket prices, see the website of Czech Railways.

By Air to Brno

There is also a small airport on the outskirts of Brno city, operating flights from London, Munich and Eindhoven. For details, see the website of Brno airport.

Transportation from Brno airport to the city center is covered by bus line E67 departing every 30 minutes. The journey to the city center takes about 30 minutes.

By Car

Car traffic is not limited in the city center, so you can reach the conference venue comfortably by car. Parking is available directly at the venue hotel or at nearby parking lots.

It is necessary to have a highway sticker for highways, which is for sale at the border crossings, petrol stations and post offices.

Please note that in the time of EuroVis2018, the D1 highway between Prague and Brno will be under reconstruction, so most probably there will be heavy traffic and possible delays due to traffic jams.

Brno Public transport

The city itself is served by a dense network of public transportation services, including buses, trolleys and trams, that covers the entire city. You can find timetables and journeys online here.

The nearest stops to the conference venue are “Česká” (at the heart of city center) and “Šilingrovo náměstí”, each covered by multiple tram lines.

Paper tickets for public transport can be bought at yellow ticket machines at most stops or directly from the driver (please note that drivers accept only Czech cash).

There are several options for public transport tickets:

  • transfer ticket valid for 15 minutes – 0.75€ (20 CZK)
  • transfer ticket valid 60 minutes – 0.90€ (25 CZK)
  • unlimited ticket valid for five days – 10.00€ (250 CZK)

Taxis

Brno has various taxi companies. Here's a small selection of them:

  • City Taxi: +420 777 014 004
  • Impuls Taxi: +420 724 006 666
  • Top1 Taxi: +420 844 110 110

Accommodation

Brno offers a wide range of accommodation options, ranging from hostels to luxury hotels. The organization committee arranged several pre-booked options for attendants, which are listed below. When booking the accommodation in one of these hotels, please use the EUROVIS 2018 password for communication, which will ensure you the discount we agreed with them.

Important Notes

Please contact the hotels receptions directly via the links below. We cannot guarantee the prices when using third-party providers.
Try to book the accommodation as soon as possible because the number of reserved discounted rooms in these hotels is limited.

Hotels

Hotel International – conference venue
Single room – 83 EUR per night
Double room – 100 EUR per night
Breakfast and entrance to wellness and gym is included.

Hotel Slavia (distance to the conference venue 300 m)
Single room – 64 EUR per night
Double room – 72 EUR per night
Breakfast included.

Hotel Sharingham (distance to the conference venue 1800 m)
Single room – 75 EUR per night
Breakfast included.

We are also trying to arrange the possibility to stay at the student dormitory to optimize your budget with a basic accommodation solution. We will update the information about this option soon.

About Brno

Brno ( /ˈbɜːrnoʊ/ in English) is the second largest city of the Czech Republic and it is the the county city of the beautiful South Moravia region. With around 400 000 inhabitants, Brno is still a rather small city with a friendly, cosmopolitan atmosphere.

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The city offers dozens of historical sights to see. The cityscape is dominated by the Špilberk castle (literally across the street from conference venue) and the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. Another architectural monument is the functionalist Villa Tugendhat, which has been included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. You can visit also the Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady and the neighboring Augistinian Abbey, where the founder of genetics – Gregor J. Mendel – was living and working on his research.

For more information about Brno and sightseeing tips, see the website of the touristic information center. In addition, you can download this comprehensive Brno guide in pdf format.