Monday, 29 July 2013

ISR School: Accommodation Considerations

When planning an effort such as the US Incoherent Scatter Radar School, then a things are essential, but sometimes hard to get right. Our US colleagues got the accommodation issue nailed spot-on! Everyone, teachers and students, will stay at this place, which is an interesting hotel in the sense that it provides large mini-apartments instead of normal hotel rooms. These apartments include a small kitchen, dining table, desk, separate bedroom and bathroom.

This setup is perfect for our radar school, because the radar school is built heavily around group work and hands-on experience for students. During the week, there will be lectures in the mornings, and group work in the afternoons. At some point in the late afternoon, shuttle buses will bring everyone back to the accommodation. Students can then easily meet and work together in their respective rooms or the lobby, which would be very hard to arrange, if everyone would stay in different hotels scattered across town – no matter how small the town.

A short walk around the accommodation reveals all kinds of services from coffee shops, fast-food and proper-food restaurants, and a super market. I guess we won't go hungry then.

The hotel's shuttles are on stand-by to bring everyone in tomorrow morning, even though I suspect the 07:30 am shuttle might not prove popular.

Photos: Thomas Ulich.

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