Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Gaia DPAC 2023 (March 13-17, 2023)

Last Update of website: March 10, 2021

Due to the corona crisis this meeting had to be cancelled. Instead, it will take place from March 13-17, 2023. Same place and location. Updates will follow indue course.

The meeting in brief

From March 13 to March 19, 2021, the 4th meeting of the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC) will gather representatives from all Coordination Units and Data Processing Centers of DPAC, as well as from ESA. The meeting will take place at the  University's meeting venue in the beautiful heart of Heidelberg's historical center.

A detailed program of the plenary and splinter sessions will be announced in 2021. The number of participants is limited to 200 and participation is restricted to DPAC members only.

Registration is not open yet. Please take into account that participation requires pre-payment of related fees.

Meeting Venue

The meeting will take place at the "Neue Universität", located in the lively historic city center of Heidelberg. From 2009 until 2011 this historic building has been completely refurbished to become a modern auditorium which provides all contemporary features necessary to run inspiring lectures and meetings. We have booked a variety of lecture theatres and seminar rooms for plenary and special group meetings. WLAN access (EDUROAM, Guest-access) will be available. Coffee breaks (morning/afternoon) and a lunch buffet will be provided every day during the regular meeting hours.

Program and additional information for DPAC members

The latest version of the agenda can be found HERE.

Additional internal information for DPAC members is provided HERE (login required).

A GOOGLE map of important locations is provided HERE.

Social Events

To further link and enhance collaboration between our participants we offer several social events which are all going to take place in the afternoon of Wednesday, March 15. If you want to participate in one of the events mentioned below please mark the respective event on the registration form. Please note that there is a limited number of participants for each event. Participation is not mandatory.

Update Mar 6, 2020: Booking for Social Events not open yet. A GOOGLE map of important locations regarding tours is provided HERE. See also advice given below, e.g. starting point of tour.

1. Brewery Tour with beer tasting and Old Town Guided Tour
After an hour-long guided Tour through the historical Old Town, a master brewer will explain to you everything from the world of beers. Try three types of beer in the "Kulturbrauerei", a brewery cellar with a warm pretzel. After this, a table buffet will be waiting for you in the brewery, offering crispy roast of Schwäbisch-Hall pork on sauerkraut, bacon bread dumplings, braised fillet of veal and barbecued corn poulard on seasonal vegetables, home-made spätzle and buttered potatoes, Mediterranean vegetable casserole with bell pepper, eggplant, zucchini – gratinated with sheep cheese and crème fraîche. Drinks (alc./non-alc.) are at own expenses. The tour starts at "Löwenbrunnen".

2. Wine tasting with Old Town Tour

After a guided Tour through the winding streets and alleys of Heidelberg’s Old Town that will take about one hour, your wine expert will welcome you in the traditional and sociable "Kulturbrauerei”. There, you will be introduced to excellent regional wines from the Seeger (Leimen) and Heger (Ihringen) wineries. During the wine tasting, you can enjoy a lot of tasty treats from snack platters. Your experience will end with a hearty meal with regional treats. The tour starts at "Löwenbrunnen".

3. Old Town and Castle Tour

The combined Old Town and Castle Tour brings history to life. Use a guided Tour through the winding alleys of the Old Town to learn about the many facets of Heidelberg – sleepy squares, Germany’s oldest university, the "Church of the Holy Spirit" and the Jesuit quarter. The funicular railway will take you up to the Castle thereafter. Explore the electoral ruin in a round Tour through the inner courtyard and the Castle garden and visit the famous "Large Barrel". We will provide some snacks during the tour. The tour starts at "Löwenbrunnen".

4. BODY WORLDS – “The Anatomy of Happiness”
Heidelberg is the location of Germany’s oldest university and has been a center of medical innovation for centuries. Walk through the history in the footsteps of medical action and learn about Heidelberg’s diverse history of anatomy: When and where was the first department of anatomy set up? What happened in the early “anatomic theater”? Human health is directly connected to the development of medicine. The tour starts at "Bunsendenkmal" next to the "Anatomiegarten" and ends at the entrance of the new KÖRPERWELTEN Museum (BODY WORLDS museum) in the Altes Hallenbad (Old Swimming Bath), where you can subsequently explore the exhibition “The Anatomy of Happiness” with its roughly 200 unique human exhibits on your own with an audioguide. Entrance fees will have been payed for your already. Entrance tickets will be provided at the meeting.

Registration (not open yet for 2021 meeting)

Please REGISTER HERE if you want to participate in the DPAC 2021 meeting. DPAC membership is mandatory. Participation fees are:

  • Early (until Nov. 30, 2021): 270,- EUR
  • Regular (Dec. 1 - Jan. 31, 2021): 300,- EUR
  • Late (Feb. 1 - Feb. 28, 2021): 350,- EUR

Please note that the registration deadline for the Social Events will be Feb. 14, 2021. 

Local Technical Infrastructure

WIFI will be available at the venue (EDUROAM or Guest Account). Sockets will be provided for your laptop power supply adapters. We will furthermore try to setup videocon/telecon connections to give your external colleagues the chance to take part in the meeting.


In case you have any questions concerning the program of this consortium meeting please contact Michael Biermann (biermann(at) Regarding conference logistics, hotel booking, local infrastructure, travelling to/from Heidelberg etc. please contact the ZAH Scientific Manager, Guido Thimm (

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