8th Annual Weight Stigma Conference

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Information for Delegates

Location

Senate Hall, Humboldt University,
Unter den Linden 6,
10117 Berlin,
Germany

Link to Google Maps
Information on travel to the venue is available on the HU website.

**NEW** Travel details from the conference hotel to the venue can be found here: https://weightstigmaconference.com/directions-from-conference-hotel-to-venue/

Accommodation

The official conference hotel is the The Leonardo Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz. The delegate rate is €109/night for a single, €119 for a double/twin room, including taxes. Breakfast is included. NOTE: Reservations must be made by June 22 to secure the conference rate. The hotel has accessible rooms, free wifi, a spa, a gym, among other facilities. It is 2.7km from the conference venue, and is very convenient for public transport. To book, please contact the hotel directly, stating the code “WSC 2022”. Telephone: +49 30 688 322 422. Email: reservations.berlin@leonardo-hotels.com. NOTE: Make sure to specify that your reservation is for the Alexanderplatz hotel – they have several hotels in Berlin. (The code is only good for this hotel.)

**NEW** Travel details from the conference hotel to the venue can be found here: https://wordpress.com/page/weightstigmaconference.com/5128

For other hotels, guesthouses, apartments etc., try Trip Advisor or trivago. For cheaper accommodation, try HostelWorld or AirBnB.

If you are travelling alone and don’t mind sharing, and are in a position to do so, we also gratefully receive ‘donations’ of a spare bed in a twin room to help with financial costs for people who may struggle to attend the conference otherwise. Please indicate your interest on the registration form and we will be in touch to discuss.

Flight advice for higher-weight individuals

There is a Facebook group called Flying While Fat, started by activist Stacy Bias. You may be able to get some tips and ideas here. Also, the website Seat Guru allows you to find out details of seats, widths, leg room, access and other issues by airline and plane type.

Accessibility

The conference venue is accessible to disabled users, and the rooms we have booked have free-standing arm-less chairs and tables. Please contact us if you have any concerns or requests. There is also space on the registration form to provide further information that may help us make the conference more accessible for you. For information about accessible travel and tourism in Berlin, please visit www.visitberlin.de/en/accessible-berlin

Getting to/around Berlin

For great deals on air fairs, try cheapoair.com. For information on travel to and around Berlin, please click here. For additional information about the city and all of its attractions, visit www.visitberlin.de/en.

**NEW** To help combat rising prices, the German government is introducing a special offer ticket for public transport. For a flat rate of 9 Euros, you can travel for a whole month in June, July, or August. Get your ticket here: https://www.bahn.com/en/offers/regional/9-euro-ticket-en

**NEW** Safety considerations

COVID

Masks: In light of the ongoing situation with the COVID virus, we are requesting that delegates wear masks during the conference, except when eating. There are likely a number of participants who are at increased risk of serious complications if they catch the virus, and out of consideration for all delegates, mask wearing will be very much appreciated. Please bring your own masks if possible, but we will have a number available on the door if needed.

Testing: We would also like to recommend that people take a rapid antigen test each morning and not to attend the event if they test positive. You can buy tests quite cheaply now and these will be available at local pharmacies. Please use Google Maps or another mapping application to find the pharmacy nearest your accommodation. Again, we will have a small number of tests available at the registration table, but ideally, testing should be conducted prior to attending the venue.

Heat

The forecast for the 14th and 15th July is 28-29 °C (82–84 °F). As with many public buildings in Germany, the Senate Hall is not air-conditioned. We will provide plenty of water, but you may want to consider bringing battery powered fans or other gear to help you feel more comfortable.

WiFi at the WSC

There are two options to access WiFi during the conference:

1. eduroam: If you are affiliated to a college or university that is part of the eduroam network, then you can easily access the same network at Humboldt University, with the login information and password of your home institution.

2. _Free_Wifi_Berlin: Humboldt University offers access to this network that is available to all, without having to create an account or share personal information. Go to your network preferences and choose: _Free_Wifi_Berlin.

If you have question, please contact us or ask one of the team on site. 

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