The conference will be at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences' premises in Bergen, Norway.
The city of Bergen is located on the western coast of Norway. Even though Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, the population is less than 300.000.
The Old Norse name for Bergen was Bjørgvin. The first element is berg or bjǫrg, which translates to mountain(s). The last element vin, means a new settlement where there used to be a pasture or meadow. The full meaning then becomes something like 'the meadow among the mountains'.
Bergen is often referred to as 'the city among the seven mountains', and many of the suburbs are located on islands.
The city's Hanseatic heritage is documented in the Hanseatic Museum located at Bryggen, a World Heritage Site.
The campus, seen below, as it can be seen from Bergen's highest mountain. Mount Ulriken, where you an get by foot or by cable car
, is the highest of the mountains that surround Bergen. It has an altitude of 643 metres above sea level.
The campus is built around old workshops, where the trains for the railway between Bergen and Oslo were maintained. The railway, Bergensbanen, now following another route into Bergen, is still one of the most spectacular ways to travel between the eastern and the western part of Norway.
If you are going for an even more spectacular trip, you may follow a side track to Bergensbanen, The Flåm Line, which is the steepest standard-gauge railway in Europe. It leads from the mountains down to The Sognefjord or Sognefjorden, which is the largest and best known fjord in Norway and the second longest in the world. It stretches 205 kilometres (127 mi). From Flåm it is possible to take a boat out the fjord and back to Bergen – see www.norwaynutshell.com.
In the mountains surrounding Bergen: Ulriken crowded by hikers during an annual walk to all the seven mountains. Another mountain is Løvstakken – this is what the outlook might be, a night in June:
Scenes from Bergen International Festival: Compagnie Ilotopie performing their play «Water Fools» in Lille Lungegårdsvann. The sound in this video does not make much sene, but more than four thousand people were listening to this through wireless headphones. Finally the band Apparatjik, in one of the concert halls in Grieghallen.