Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987

"Then I say the Earth belongs to each generation during its course, fully and in its right no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its existence"

Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Buckminster Fuller, philosopher, futurist and global thinker (1895 - 1983)


Getting around

Cologne is well connected and you can go everywhere by tram/subway, bus, and the suburban railway. KVB is the local mobility company with many available lines and ticket options. The tram is the best way to get around the city besides walking. You can purchase tickets on the tram or at the stations, for all of Cologne simply select price category 1b on the ticket machine of the stop or in the KVB vehicle and pay with coins or card. A one-way ticket in a single zone will cost you 3 EUR, while a one-day Cologne pass gives you free transportation and costs 9 EUR (and also offers other benefits). 

Please use tram lines 1 and 9 to get to the Conference venue, TH Köln Deutz Campus, and get off at the “Deutz Technische Hochschule” station.

Getting around from the airport

When you arrive by plane at Cologne airport you should take an “S-Bahn” (suburban railway) to go to the city centre. The airport has a train station “Köln / Bonn Flughafen”. The trains S13 and S19 connect the airport with the downtown area. Cologne’s Main Station is “Köln Hbf”. The tram station (underground) of the venue is “Deutz Technische Hochschule”. The venue is only 1 stop from “Köln Messe /Deutz”.

To get to the venue from the airport please take the S13 or S19 train to “Köln Messe / Deutz”. You arrive at rail track 9/10. Walk to the underground track 2. Please take tram line 1 or 9 to “Deutz Technische Hochschule”.

If you are traveling by train, you will arrive at the Main Station “Köln Hbf” or at the station “Köln Messe /Deutz”. From there follow the same instructions as previously mentioned, take the S13 or S19 and then the tram line 1 or 9. 

If you are arriving by car, please use address Deutzer Ring 5, Cologne (Visitor parking lot) for navigation. Your destination is TH Köln Deutz campus, the SDEWES2020 conference venue.


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