PiE is a bi-annual conference on the measurement, monitoring, and managing of in situ particle size and sediment concentration in the aquatic environment. The meeting is organized by Sequoia and a local organizer somewhere in Europe. PiE 2014 will be in Esbjerg, Denmark and it co-sponsored by University of Copenhagen and the MacArtney Underwater Technology Group. For more information on the conference click here. Read on to learn more about the host city of Esbjerg, the venue for PiE 2014, and some activities that are planned.
Esbjerg – PiE host city:
With a population of ~75,000 Esbjerg is Denmark’s 5th largest city. Situated on the SW coast of Denmark, in the northern part of the European Wadden Sea area and with easy access to the North Sea the city is a magnet for beach lovers, bird watchers, tourists, and the offshore industry. Some of the largest offshore wind turbines in the world are being shipped out from Esbjerg, and offshore oil rigs frequently appear in the port for overhaul and service. With 2 universities there’s a vibrant student community and atmosphere. Esbjerg can be reached by car, bus, train, ferry or plane. Esbjerg airport, with daily connections to Aberdeen and Stavanger is less than 15 km from the city centre. Denmark’s 2nd largest airport, Billund, is 50 km away. Billund Airport has multiple daily connections to e.g. Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris, London and Copenhagen. You can also fly in to Copenhagen and take the train from Copenhagen to Esbjerg, a 3-hour trip. If you are arriving from the U.K. you might consider taking the ferry from Harwich to Esbjerg.
Esbjerg itself is one of Denmark’s youngest cities, created from scratch after the Danish defeat to Germany in the 1864 war. Amongst other losses, this resulted in Denmark losing its main access port to the North Sea, Ankona to Germany. Denmark thus desperately needed a new port for access to the North Sea for export purposes, and Esbjerg was chosen.
Esbjerg Conference Hotel – PiE Venue:
The PiE conference venue boasts an auditorium seating 125 people, lounge area, restaurant, several bar areas and free wifi throughout the facility. Esbjerg city centre less than 3 km away is easily accessible by foot, bus, taxi or bicycle. The venue also has 40 single or double hotel rooms, which are available for PiE participants at a cost of DKK 650 / 90 Euros per night incl. breakfast and WiFi. In Esbjerg there’s plenty of other lodging options, e.g. Hotel Britannia ( http://www.touristonline.dk/hotelsindenmark/hotelbritannia/details.do?language=gb#faneblad=beskrivelse ), CABINN Esbjerg (http://www.touristonline.dk/hotelsindenmark/cabinnesbjerg/details.do?language=gb#faneblad=beskrivelse), or Hotel Ansgar ( http://www.touristonline.dk/hotelsindenmark/hotelansgaresbjerg/details.do?language=gb#faneblad=beskrivelse ), all in the city centre.
The Maritime and Fisheries Museum – the venue for the PiE conference dinner:
The Maritime and Fisheries Museum ( www.fimus.dk ), 3 km from the conference facilities is the venue for the PiE conference dinner. Sit down for a delicious dinner with a view of the North Sea. Take a stroll through the museum and check out the fish and seals at night, and discover the story of the Danish West coast.
The Wadden Sea National Park:
The Wadden Sea National Park, Denmark’s largest national park with an area of almost 1500 km2 (http://danmarksnationalparker.dk/english/waddensea/) begins just outside Esbjerg city limits. Birds are everywhere in the national park, as is Denmarks largest herd of seals. As for particles, the Wadden Sea has plenty of those, ranging in size from tiny clay particles to big seals. Widespread muddy and sandy tidal flats abound. Large plankton blooms on the tidal flats makes it an ideal location for studying the interaction between biology, physics and geology – all kinds of particles! We’ll talk a lot more about this during the excursion to the park on Wednesday 8 October.
For more information on the conference including how to register to attend click here.