Location and Climate
The 2017 TERMIS-EU conference sessions take place at the modern Davos Conference Centre. The Congress Centre is located in the middle of Davos town, between the mountains of the Parsenn and Jakobshorn ski regions. Davos is a famous Alpine ski resort and also holds many international summer sports events.
The Congress Center hosted the World Economic Forum for the last 30 years attended by economic and political world leaders. It also hosts many other conferences including the annual AO course for fracture treatment for the 1st two weeks of every December (over 2000 attendees).
The weather in late June / early July is generally nice with daily temp. of 20-25°C. It is usually 5-6°C lower than the lowlands of Zurich. It could however be more chilly, rainy and even a quick snow fall! A light raincoat could perhaps also be needed.
Latest local weather can be found on the Davos website.
If you are sporty bring running trainers, the lake has a 4 Km flat path around it (time from 13 minutes if you are a pro- 20 minutes normal to 30 minutes for beginners, or a 1hr walk). There are also excellent mountain runs.
Bring walking boots to go for mountain walks at the weekend or shorter walks on the free afternoons. Davos Tourism can offer you many walking routes.
You can also hire mountain bikes, but take a helmet also, especially if you are a presenter and have not presented when starting your ride.
Exhibition & lecture room plans & photos
Free Travel on Mountain Rail & Cableways and lots more!
Davos guarantees diversity - free of charge! The new Davos Inclusive Card entitles you in summer to free travel on mountain rail & cableways. And that's not all: a very wide range of services and leisure attractions are also available free of charge or at discounted rates.
"Davos Inclusive" applies exclusively to guests staying at least one night in commercially rented accommodation (hotel, holiday apartment, group accommodation)
The second Davos University course, March 1928, with keynote speaker Albert Einstein
Some History of Science City Davos
The Fridericianum, a kind of grammar school for tuberculosis sufferers was founded in Davos as early as 1878 and soon after the turn of the century, Carl Dorno opened the first, small research institute. In 1923, Davos doctors organised the first international congress. The Physical-Meteorological Observatory followed in 1925. In 1928, Albert Einstein opened the Davos university courses, which were intended to mobilise internationally renowned persons from politics and science. This elevated Davos to the status of a congress city and it began to be recognised as a meeting point for the intellectual elite.
Davos has a strong tradition of congresses, the most modern congress centre in the Alps and, thanks also to the World Economic Forum (WEF) and AO Foundation, is a source of outstanding international profile in both economics and healthcare. Each December the Davos Congress Centre is host to almost 2000 medical professionals who explore the newest developments in trauma and musculoskeletal surgery during the AO Courses run by the Davos based AO Foundation, a world-wide network of surgeons, originally founded in 1958, with its research Institute set up in Davos in 1959. The AO Research Institute Davos annually hosts the eCM single session conference on themes that recur every four years at the Davos Congress centre and the congress often leads to high level papers in the Not-for-profit Open Access eCM journal. Every five years, the International Pyrheliometer Comparison (IPC) campaign is held at the Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos, founded in 1907 in Davos (World Radiation Center PMOD/WRC) - to ensure world-wide homogeneity and calibration of official WMO solar radiation measurements. Snow and avalanche experts from all over the world gather at the WSL Institute of Snow and Avalanche Research, SLF founded in 1936 - to progress in snow science and snow safety. At the Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF, founded in 1905) a new vaccine against cat allergy was recently developed and the Institute hosts annually the World Immune Regulation Meeting at the congress centre for about 7-800 participants. The Institute is world renowned in immunology. Finally, in 2008 a fifth research institute came into being: the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos. GRF emphasizes on the development of methodologies of risk assessment, education and reduction.