REM 2015 — Venue
The 16th International Conference on Research and Education in Mechatronics
REM2015 was held at the
of the VfL Bochum — the football club (soccer for Americans, only).
rewirpower-Stadion, Castroper Straße 145, 44791 Bochum
Tram 308 station:
rewirpowerStation; accessible via Küppersweg, too.
This conference proven location is quite near to the city of Bochum.
Its just a 20 minute foot-walk (1.6 km) or a two station tramway ride
(6 minutes; line 308; every 10 minutes).
At Wednesday evening (November 18th) we met REM2015 delegees at the
Café Konkret, Kortumstraße 19 (crossing Kerkwege), 44787 Bochum.
This location is just 100m outside Bochum city (south of Südring) and best
reached by foot (300m from main station). As Cafe Konkret is part of Bochum's
famous Bermuda3eck you'll find a vast
selection of bars, restaurants and
cinemas for diner and entertainment there and nearby.
The location for the conference diner has been
Heinrichs at Henrichshütte Hattingen, Werksstraße 31-33. We had transfer
busses, but some got there
or by tramway line 308 — same as for the conference venue, 32 minutes ride w/o change from there — with
a sportive 1.9km walk along Galerie
Source (four photos):
Stadt Bochum, Presse- und Informationsamt.
Here, in the 9th century Charlemagne set up a royal court at the junction of
two important trade routes, and may hence be considered Bochum's founder. It
was first officially mentioned in 1041 as Cofbuokheim. In 1321 Bochum became
town. It's raise began in 19th century, when the coal and steel industries
emerged in the Ruhr area. The population of Bochum is about 370 000
After the war, Bochum began developing as a cultural and scientific centre of
the Ruhr area. In 1965, the Ruhr University was opened, as the the first
university to be founded in Germany since World War II. 1972 the University
of Applied Sciences was founded as Fachhochschule Bochum.
Since the seventies, Bochum's industry has moved away from heavy industry to
other sectors. Between 1960 and 1980 all coal mines all closed. Other
industries compensated for the loss of jobs. The most important was the
erection of Opel's Bochum plant in 1962, being the biggest new industrial site
in Europe then. However a bit more than 50 years later, General Motors closed
the Bochum Opel factory by end 2014.
The more important is Bochum's growing role as City of Science, with
innovative new companies, now some seven universities and interesting