Electronic Participation (ePart) Conference

In 2012, the IFIP ePart and EGOV conferences are hosted by the University of Agder, Norway. The local hosts are from the Center for eGovernment at the Department of Information Systems. The conferences will take place at the University campus in Kristiansand.

The address of the venue is Gimlemoen, Kristiansand.

Some impression of the University of Agder campus and surrounding of Kristiansand:

Impression of Kristiansand, Norway

The University of Agder

The University of Agder (UiA) is one of Norway's youngest universities, but its roots span 170 years of history. In 2011, the University of Agder has approximately 9,600 students and 1000 employees. The University is spread over two campuses and offers more than 150 study programmes.

Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences is responsible for study programmes, research and dissemination in the fields of business administration, economics, organisational theory, political science, social work, development studies and information systems. The department of information systems offers degrees at the bachelor, master and Ph.D level. The department has had a long-term focus on eGovernment and eParticipation and recently established a Center on eGovernment.

Conference Venue – Gimlemoen

The Gimlemoen campus of the University of Agder is located relatively close to the city center (15 to 20 minutes walking distance). Gimlemoen is a modern campus that was opened in 2001. All sessions will be held in the B building where 6 rooms of varying size will be at our disposal, as well as open spaces suitable for technical exhibitions, posters, but also coffee and tea breaks and lunches. All technical and catering facilities are available at Gimlemoen.
Gimlemoen is easily accessible by foot, cab, or by public transportation.

Travelling to the University of Agder

UiA is accessible by plane with daily direct flights from Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Oslo, by train from Oslo and Stavanger, and by ferry from Hirtshals in North Denmark. For more information, get directions here.

Cab fare to the downtown hotels is 200 NOK on weekdays in daytime, 260 in late evenings and at weekends. This is equivalent to 27 / 35 Euros or 33 / 44 USD. Cabs take major credit cards (Visa, Diners, Master).  Tip could be 5 %, but to and from the airport there are fixed prices, so tips are not really expected.

Official Language at IFIP ePart 2012

English is the official Language for the conference. No simultaneous translation will be provided.

Climate

The weather in Norway in early September is usually fairly mild. The average temperature is around 15 degrees Celsius.

Kristiansand impression 2

For actual weather conditions visit: http://www.yr.no/place/Norway/Vest-Agder/Kristiansand/.

Currency & Banking

The currency in Norway is Norwegian kroner (kr). Credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops. Electricity Standard power supply in Norway is 220V/50Hz (two-pin power outlet).

SOCIAL EVENTS

The city of Kristiansand is proud to sponsor the conference reception at Christiansholm Castle. The Castle is located in the city center, close to the conference hotels.

The Galla dinner will be held at the newly opened Kilden Performing Arts Center, just a short walk from the conference hotels.