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Information in English

A Premiere

With the first Swiss Congress of Historical Sciences, the Swiss Society of History (SSH) is creating a new platform for Swiss historical sciences. This first Congress of Historical Sciences is being organized by the SSH and the Institute of History at the University of Bern. It is the beginning of a series of such congresses which are planned to be held regularly, biennially or triennially, in conjunction with one of the Institutes of History in Switzerland. It is the aim of this new platform to promote dialogue amongst historians in Switzerland and abroad. In addition to the academic exchange within the field, the congress will provide the most recent results of historical research and show the relevance of historical concepts on contemporary developments for persons interested in politics and political science, as well as for the press and the general public.


The theme of the first Swiss Congress of Historical Sciences is “Times of Change.” A general view of all of the lectures and panel discussions is available here.


A form for online registration may be found here. Pdf-registrations forms sent by normal postal service should be mailed to the following address:

Congress of Historical Sciences
bern incoming GmbH
Amthausgasse 4
CH-3011 Bern


Thursday, 15 March 2007

14.00h Opening session
15.00 - 17.30h Panel discussions
17.30h Cocktails
18.30 - 19.30h Lecture by Wolfgang Reinhard
19.30h Stand-up oriental supper in the entrance hall of the university main building

Friday, 16 March 2007

08.30 - 09.00h Coffee and croissants in the entrance hall of the university main building
09.00 - 10.00h Lecture by Françoise Thébaud
10.00 - 10.30h Break
10.30 - 13.00h Panel discussions
13.00 - 15.00h Stand-up lunch
15.00 - 17.30h Panel discussions
17.30h Cocktails
18.00 - 19.30h Political science panel
20.00h Sit-down dinner at the “Old Tram Depot” restaurant

Saturday, 17 March 2007

08.30 - 09.00h Coffee and croissants in the entrance hall of the university main building
09.00 - 11.30h Panel discussions
12.00 - 13.30h Stand-up lunch
13.30 - 14.30h Lecture by Arlette Farge
14.30 - 17.00h Panel discussions
17.00h Cocktails


On foot

Here you will find a detailed plan of the immediate surrounding area of the conference site as well as the entrance to the main university building at Hochschulstrasse 4.

The main university building can be reached on foot from Bern’s main train station within 5 minutes.

By bus

Those traveling with the local public transportation take bus no. 12 to the stop “University” (“Universität”). Line no. 12 extends from the “Zentrum Paul Klee,” via the main train station, to the last stop “Länggasse.” The corresponding timetable may be found here.

By automobile

Bern is connected to the network of the European Highway 4 (E4) as well as to the national motorway network and can therefore be reached by automobile without any problems. Plan your drive here online.

Most of the inner city of Bern is reserved for pedestrians; automobile access to the hotels, however, is guaranteed. It is recommended to use public transportation.

Here you will find a detailed plan of the 8 public parking buildings, 6 of which are located in the inner city. Details concerning the parking facilities are regularly updated and, in addition, you can calculate the parking costs online. Shortly after leaving all motorway exits, the signs of a management control system indicate how many empty spaces are available in the various parking buildings.

By train

It is most convenient to travel with the Swiss Federal Railways. Bern is directly linked with all international train schedules and is the only European capital city to be serviced by all three high-speed trains, the TGV, the ICE and the Cisalpino.

By air

The city of Bern is close to the intercontinental Zurich Airport (direct trains every 30 minutes, travel time 75 minutes) and the Geneva Airport (train connections every 30 minutes, travel time: 110 minutes).

The local airport in the city suburbs is the international Bern-Belp Airport with daily connections to many important European cities. The Bern-Belp airport is 20 minutes (9 km) from the city center, is small and therefore enables rapid clearance upon arrival and departure.


Reservations for accommodations can be booked via the congress registration form. Various price categories are available. It is of course also possible that you prefer to make your own reservations in the hotel of your choice.

Accompanying social program

Do you want to (re-)discover the city of Bern – on paths via well-known landmarks leading on to less well-known places of interest? “StattLand” is offering exclusive walking tours conducted in English for congress participants, enabling a historical glance “behind the scenes.” Stories, anecdotes and hard facts supported by research provide a deeper insight into the historical and contemporary city of Bern.

Participation in this program can be noted on the regular registration form.

Visit the new permanent exhibit on Einstein

Albert Einstein was living in Bern when he created his famous formula E=mc2 in 1905. In 2005/2006 the Major Exhibition held in Bern to celebrate the Centenary of the Relativity Theory surpassed all expectations: it was seen by over 350,000 visitors. Reason enough for the Historisches Museum in Bern to present the Exhibition of Einstein's Life and Work under the name “Einsteinmuseum” in concentrated form as a permanent exhibit.

Meeting point

Saturday 17th march 2007
10:00 - 11:00
Historisches Museum, Helvetiaplatz 5, 3005 Bern