Pre-trip

  1. If you have any time in Zürich before or after consider a few places:
    1. http://www.hiltl.ch/en/
    2. VERY NICE (not too exerting) HIKE at Uetilberg
    3. Fancypants chocolate
      1. Sprüngli
      2. Läderach

Sunday May 22

  1. 3:00PM @ Hotel St. Josef
    1. Hirschengraben 64, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
  2. 9:00PM Dinner

Monday May 23

  1. 9:00AM-12:00PM @ University of Zürich (UZH) @ Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zürich, Switzerland Room KOL E 13
    1. 9:30AM-10:00AM Welcome and Introduction to UZH with Dr. Yasmine Inauen, Director, International Relations Office
    2. 10:00AM-10:30AM Promotion of Young Researchers at UZH with Dr. Claudine Leysinger, General Manager, Graduate Campus
    3. 10:30AM-10:45AM Coffee Break
    4. 10:45AM-11:15AM University Politics – the role of VAUZ with Dr. Wolfgang Fuhrmann, Co-President of VAUZ
    5. 11:15AM-12:00PM Introduction to the Swiss Education System and Discussion with Prof. Philippe Gonon
    6. 12:00PM-1:30PM Buffet Lunch
  2. 1:30PM-5:00PM @ Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH [Zürich], “Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich”)
    1. 1:30PM-2:30PM Welcome and Introduction @ ETH: ML E 13 Sonneggstrasse 3
      1. Discussion on current issues in education and research in Switzerland with Anders Hagström
    2. 2:30PM-3:00PM Refreshment Break @ Faculty Club HG J, Dozentfoyer
    3. 3:00PM-4:00PM Meeting with Professor Jonathan Levine @ ML E 13
      1. Professor of Plant Ecology, Institute of Integrative Biology, Dept. Environmental Systems Science
    4. 4:00PM-4:45PM Meeting with VT alumnus Giovanni Sansavini @ ML E 13
      1. Professor of Reliability and Risk Engineering, Dept. of Mech. and Process Engr.
  3. 7:00PM Dinner

Tuesday May 24

  1. 7:36AM @ Zurich HB
    1. Bahnhofplatz 15 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
  2. 8:47AM @ Basel SBB
    1. Centralbahnstrasse 10, 4051 Basel, Switzerland
  3. Hotel Bildungszentrum 21
    1. Missionsstrasse 21, 4055 Basel, Switzerland
  4. Universität Basel (“UniBasel”)
    1. Petersplatz 1, 4003 Basel, Switzerland
  5. 3:00PM School of Arts (HFGK) on Dreispitz (a.k.a. “Academy of Art and Design HGK” a.k.a. “Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst – HGK FHNW”)
    1. Freilager-Platz 1,4023 Basel, Switzerland
  6. “after-work time” (drinks and food served)
  7. Dinner

Wednesday May 25

  1. 9:21AM Basel SBB
    1. Centralbahnstrasse 10, 4051 Basel, Switzerland
  2. 10:37AM Gare de Strasbourg-Ville
    1. 20 Place de la Gare, 67000 Strasbourg, France
  3. 11:00AM Université de Strasbourg et pause café dans le jardin intérieur
    1. 4 Rue Blaise Pascal, 67081 Strasbourg, France
  4. 11:30AM Discours de bienvenue de Mme Catherine FLORENTZ, Vice-Présidente Recherche et Formation doctorale, Mme Béatrice MEIER-MULLER, Directrice de la Direction de la Recherche
  5. 11:45AM-1:00PM Discussion
  6. 1:15PM Repas au restaurant universitaire 32
  7. 2:30PM Début du « Campus Tour »
  8. 4:00PM Visite d’un studio du Collège doctoral
  9. Dinner
  10. 9:21PM Gare de Strasbourg-Ville
    1. 20 Place de la Gare, 67000 Strasbourg, France
  11. 10:39PM Basel SBB
    1. Centralbahnstrasse 10, 4051 Basel, Switzerland

Thursday May 26

  1. 7:59AM Basel SBB
    1. Centralbahnstrasse 10, 4051 Basel, Switzerland
  2. 8:56AM Bahnhof Bern
    1. Postautostation 1 3011 Bern, Switzerland
  3. 9:30AM Embassy of the United States of America Bern
    1. Sulgeneckstrasse 19, 3007 Bern, Switzerland
  4. Lunch
  5. 1:00PM Bahnhof Bern
    1. Postautostation 1 3011 Bern, Switzerland
  6. 5:17PM Stazione Capolago-Riva San Vitale
    1. Strada Nuova 6825 Capolago, Switzerland
  7. Welcome and Steger Center at Villa Maderni Overview
  8. Dinner

Friday May 27

  1. 7:47AM Stazione Capolago-Riva San Vitale
    1. Strada Nuova 6825 Capolago, Switzerland
  2. 8:50AM Stazione Milano Centrale
    1. Piazza Duca d’Aosta, 1, 20124 Milano, Italy
  3. 10:00AM-2:00PM Politecnico di Milano (“PoliMi”) @ Aula Magna Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32, 20133 Milano, Italy
    1. 10:00AM-10:45AM Introduction to Politecnico di Milano by Francesca Fogal (International Relations and EU Projects Office)
    2. 10:45AM-12:00PM Meeting with Prof. Paolo Biscari, Director of the Politecnico di Milano PhD School
    3. 12:00PM-12:30PM Guided tour of the Campus
    4. 12:30PM-2:00PM Meeting with Politecnico di Milano PhD students and brunch
  4. Free evening
    1. Really consider going to the top of the Duomo
      1. free/cheap to walk up
      2. costs for elevator
      3. to enter the inside of Duomo, must have covered shoulders and knees

Saturday May 28

  1. 8:40AM-9:26AM Train from Riva (Capolago – Riva San Vitale) to Bellinzona (capital of Ticino)
  2. Saturday morning market in Bellinzona
  3. CONSIDER SEEING Montebello Castle
  4. 12:30PM Lunch at Grotto San Michele of Ristorante Castelgrande
  5. 4:03PM-4:47PM Train from Bellinzona (capital of Ticino) to Riva (Capolago – Riva San Vitale)

Sunday May 29

  1. Free day.
    1. Some may consider going to sister vineyards Gialdi-Brivio (gialdi-brivio.ch)
    2. Could swim in Riva (http://www.ticino.ch/en/commons/details/Lido-Comunale-Riva-San-Vitale/1530.html)
    3. Gelato places
    4. Bikes from the villa (bike up the mountain)
    5. hike up the mountain
    6. Baptistery

Monday May 30

  1. 8:28AM Stazione Capolago-Riva San Vitale
    1. Strada Nuova 6825 Capolago, Switzerland
  2. 8:51AM Stazione Lamone-Cadempino
    1. Via Stazione 1 6814 Lamone, Switzerland
  3. 9:20AM-1:30PM Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (“SUPSI”, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Italian Switzerland)
    1. Via Cantonale 2C, 6928 Manno, Switzerland
  4. 2:30PM-4:30PM Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)
    1. Via Giuseppe Buffi 13, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland
  5. Free time in Lugano
    1. consider going to Manor (dept store) for many EXCELLENT chocolates that are more reasonably priced
      1. truly when i (Michael) bring a selection back to share with people here at home, the favorites are almost always these little store-brand slightly hazelnut chocolates

Tuesday May 31

Wednesday June 1

Thursday June 2

  1. Depart