Program Objective –
• Itinerary, setting and logistical considerations that nourish collaboration,
• Team meets people who helped turn Austria’s biothermal energy sector into world leader,
• Cover successful forestry – energy business approaches, advanced equipment and designs,
• Highlight biothermal business opportunities missed by most U.S. equipment makers & foresters
• Balance information gathering with scheduled in-group assessment and evaluation dialogue,
• Facilitate group documentation of the experience, collective findings, and actions they recommend be taken
We recommend arriving Saturday Feb 23 to allow for time change reaction.
World Sustainable Energy Days – Sign-in Tuesday morning at Stadthalle Wels
Trade Show events at Messe Wels GmbH, See https://expoenergy.eu/ne13/?pn=3
A block of rooms is reserved for EBF19 at this comfortable, well situated hotel.
Rooms will be hard to get later!
World Sustainable Energy Days and the connected Trade Show draw crowds, and reserving hotel space in Wels for the events becomes nearly impossible even three months before events begin. Please sign up to secure your room hold in the hotel that EBF19 will be using for our events by December 14.
Jonathan Kays at University of Maryland Extension and Dan Richter at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment were part of 2008 trip sponsored by RPG and Penn State’s Forestry Extension program. It will be great to have them along in 2019, and we appreciate their joining the sponsorship team.
Other association co-sponsors Biomass Thermal Energy Council, Mid-Atlantic Biothermal Energy Council (Also handling registration process) and Vermont’s Biomass Energy Resource Center. We are grateful for guidance and awareness-building help they have provided.
Special note: We sincerely appreciate extra consideration and help we received from every one of the Austrian cooperating partners and organizations throughout the event itinerary and program listings. The Upper Austria Energy Agency is a vital partner with EBF19's connection to World Sustainable Energy Days.
Ground transportation for group activities in Wels and Nϋrnberg
bus for group to EBF19 facility site visits, rail transportation Wels to Nϋrnberg, Germany.
Reception fare first Sunday during orientation - welcome event at Hotel Alexandra with Austrian cooperating partners.
Buffet dinner first Monday evening with Keynote speaker (Dr. Christian Rakos., Propellets.at).
Lunches and Dinners on Tuesday – Thursday as described in WSED program for various events. Registrants pre-select specific agenda items at registration.
Reception fare Friday evening with available Austrian cooperating partners.
Dinner second Monday evening with available German host cooperating partners.
Participation in WSED events and access to B2B days of ENERGYEXPO trade show.
Planned group review and evaluation meetings (2) during the first week, plus
Closing review session to finalize and outline group findings and recommendations
Documentary record of the event electronically provided to each registrant within 15 days after trip ends.
Information and assistance from leadership team and participant co-sponsors before and during the trip.
Registration open now Early bird sign-up ends midnight Sunday November 25, 2018 EBF19 group room hold for reservations through Friday, December 14, 2018 Regular registration ends midnight Sunday January 20, 2019 Full payment must be received by midnight Sunday January 20, 2019 Late registration period with payment made in full by Sunday Feb.3, 2019
Discounts and Registration Pricing –
Discounts available for EBF19 Registration: only one discount may be used per person.
Early bird discount –
Early bird with registration paid by November 25, 2018.
Austria Revisited, except during late registration period.
Regular registration----------------------------------------------- $2975.
Late registration -------------------------------------------------- $3475.
Lodging, transportation and food not listed above, insurance to cover trip or travel risk, medical evacuation or baggage loss/damage, and any other items not listed above. See EBF19 trip Terms and Conditions page under the section EXCLUSIONS.
Other information –
All advance-scheduled presenters for EBF19 are fluent in English. WSED events are presented in or with translation into English. The hotel staff generally is multi-lingual, including English.
Laundry – aside from commercial services, Wels has one laundromat which is located about 2 blocks north of the rail station, or 4 blocks north of the hotel.
Medical facilities – Wels is home to a 1,227 bed facility known as the Wels-Grieskirchen Medical Center.
Money and Banking –
Credit cards are generally accepted in larger shops, airlines and railroad ticketing agencies and café cars, and hotels. Some, like Hotel Alexandra, accept Visa and Mastercard, but not AMEX. Many smaller stores, restaurants and taxi cabs are cash-only businesses. ATMs are readily accessible.
Phone and internet – Service is available and of high quality. HOWEVER, some American phones do not include European “signal bands,” so it is essential to confirm that your plan and equipment will be compatible.
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Resource Professionals Group and other sponsoring parties (We) organized this experience with offers of volunteered help and/or, in some situations, under contract with other parties. We are not responsible or liable for damages resulting from the acts or omissions of those, or other third parties. The Terms and Conditions of this Participant Agreement apply to all persons traveling as part of the EBF19 group trip.
Pricing and Inclusions:
The Registration fee is a per person charge. The trip includes items as listed under the title “What is Included” on the page EuroBioFor 2019 – The Proposal. No breakdown of trip component costs is available. Content or timing of events may be adjusted due to unforeseen conditions beyond our control; changes of that type will not result in price reduction or refund. Cancellation fees, if relevant, are applied toward RPG's unrecoverable payment commitments for lodging reservations, event registrations, ground transportation and internal administrative costs.
EXCLUSIONS – Registration fee does not cover:
Transportation scheduling, ticketing services or cost of travel to Hotel Alexandra in Wels, Austria, or for return trip home; Lodging; Travel Insurance of any type; Rescue and/or medical evacuation charges. (included in better travel insurance packages); Charges for excess or over size baggage; Fees or taxes related to visa, airport departure, border control or customs; Meals & other food unless expressly listed as part of EBF19 or WSED activity plans for events you select; Drinks (alcoholic or not); Tips for staff at lodging and eating establishments; Personal expenses such as laundry, communication charges and optional activities; Cancellation or no-show charges for registration, WSED events or hotel,
Maximum enrollment, and professional make-up of participant group:
We can handle 30 registered participants. We reserve the right to modify the group size, either smaller or larger, at our sole discretion. Our intended experience is that the group be balanced across building energy design and forest management professionals; some space is also planned for people working in clean energy finance, economic development/business development agencies, and others working in thermal energy supply contracting, or considering development of a new firm for that purpose. From each sector we will fill early slots on a first come first served basis, while reserving the right to fill later spaces at our discretion to maximize the potential for successful interdisciplinary evaluation of the technologies, methods and results the group will observe.
Reservations and Payments:
Payment in full is required to participate in the group activities. When your payment is received at registration We will send you a receipt and confirmation of registration. If all EBF19 places have already been taken, We will may accept requests to place your name on a standby list in the order received. If space becomes available before the final deadline has passed, we will attempt to notify you by email or telephone. With your timely response it may be possible for you to complete the registration and payment process and join the trip; however, we can make no guarantees of any type under these circumstances.
Cancellation fees, if relevant, are applied toward RPG's unrecoverable payment commitments for lodging reservations, event registrations, ground transportation and internal administrative costs.
Cancellation by You; No-show:
Any notice of Cancellation must be submitted in writing by email, fax or overnight courier, and your cancellation date will be the date on which we receive your notice. Cancellation will result in forfeiture of a portion of the registration amount (cancellation fee) as liquidated damages and to cover settlement of obligations created in holding your space. Cancellation fees will be applied as follows:
• If we receive your cancellation notice sixty-eight (68) to fifty (50) days prior to group check-in date, we will return your payment, less a ten percent (10%) cancellation fee.
• If we receive your cancellation notice forty-nine (49) to twenty-six (26) days prior to the group check-in date, we will retain thirty percent (30%) of the registration paid as a cancellation fee.
• If we receive your cancellation notice twenty-five (25) or fewer days prior to the group check-in date, we will retain fifty percent (50%) of the registration paid as a cancellation fee.
Your individual decision not to participate on the trip due to State Department warnings, fear of travel, illness or any other reason will be deemed a cancellation. If a flight or other delay for any reason prevents you from joining the Tour on the Tour departure date and time, you will be considered a no-show, and we cannot provide a full or partial refund or credit toward a future Tour, but you may join the Tour late if you wish.
Cancellation fees, if relevant, are applied toward RPG's unrecoverable payment commitments for lodging reservations, event registrations, ground transportation and internal administrative costs.
Insurance for Trip Cancellation and unexpected Travel/Medical issues is recommended:
We recommend that you purchase insurance to protect you against losses due to cancellation, lost baggage, medical or other unfortunate occurrences. We have no relationship with or interest in any providers, but can suggest some names if requested. Coverage varies, so ask the selling company questions about what is covered by a particular policy you consider. If you decide to not purchase insurance coverage, any financial loss associated with your investment in travel arrangements loss of baggage, costs for medical treatment or evacuation, etc. will be your sole responsibility.
Passports and Visas:
You are solely responsible for complying with passport and visa requirements. For U.S. travelers, international travel requires a passport valid six (6) months beyond your intended return travel date. Check the U.S. Department of State website for the latest passport and visa requirements.
Cancellation or Substitution by Us:
We will try to keep the itinerary as it was developed; however, a change might be required due to factors beyond our control. We may in our sole discretion substitute an event venue or mode of transportation. If a planned presenter cancels, or a site visit becomes unavailable, We will make every effort to find a replacement. No refund, in part or in whole, will be made if we must make changes of this type.
We reserve the right to cancel EBF19 in advance because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate, or if we believe there might be a risk to the safety, health or welfare of participants, lead team or others.
Under those conditions, We will not be liable for any other costs, damages or refunds of any kind for any loss, delay, inconvenience, disappointment or expense whatsoever beyond repayment of your paid registration fee.
If the trip must be interrupted or canceled while in progress, our liability shall be strictly limited to refund of the recoverable cost of any unused portion of your paid fees.
Partial Participation by Your Choice:
If you decide, for any reason, to limit your activities, to omit certain parts of the trip, to not consume meals or not accept informational documents or other goods that are included in the trip, you will not be entitled to any refund for those unused parts of the Trip. We may, at our sole discretion, attempt to provide replacement informational materials.
We assume no liability for loss of or damage to baggage or personal effects in transit to, from or during EBF19.
Expected Registrant Conduct:
Participants are responsible to respect the authority of and follow directions of the Leadership Team and co-sponsor representatives; to act in accordance with applicable rules, laws and regulations, and to conduct themselves in a professionally appropriate manner throughout the trip. Registrants whose condition or behavior renders them unfit, in our sole discretion, to participate further with the group may be excluded from some or all remaining group activities.
Unfitting conduct may include, without limitation, any behavior that, regardless of its cause, is inappropriate, disruptive, offensive or interferes with trip programming or activities. Or which could constitute a hazard or embarrassment to the group as a whole, individuals associated with the trip in any way, or other people encountered during the trip. Under these circumstances the responsible individual may forfeit further engagement with the group, without receiving a refund of registration fees, travel expenses or any other type of reimbursement.
Limitation of Liability and Damages:
In no event will We be liable for any injury, loss, claim, damage or any special, punitive, exemplary, direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages of any kind, whether based in contract, tort, strict liability or otherwise, that arise out of or are in any way connected with the trip, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.
Travel Advisories and Warnings:
It is your responsibility to become informed about the most current travel advisories and warnings by referring to the U.S. State Department’s travel website at travel.state.gov.
We are not to be held responsible for any personal injury, property damage or other loss, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity which may result from any matters beyond our control, including but not limited to delay or cancellation that causes you to miss all or any portion of the trip, acts of God, acts of government, war, terrorist acts, riots, disaster, weather extremes or strikes.
Assumption of Risks and Release:
By participating on the EBF19 trip, you will be undertaking certain activities from which may arise risks, including but not limited to those associated with travel, food allergies, language based misunderstandings and more. By your registration for and payment of fees for the trip you are documenting your agreement that you expressly assume all of these risks and dangers, and you hereby expressly agree to forever release, discharge and hold Resource Professionals Group LLC and its Members, trip co-sponsors, cooperating volunteer hosts, agents, employees, officers and directors, harmless against any and all liability, actions, causes of actions, suits, claims and demands of any and every kind and nature whatsoever which you now have or which may hereafter arise out of or in connection with the trip or participation in any activities in which you become involved while on the trip.
You agree to present any claims against us within ninety (90) days after the trip ends and to file any suit within one (1) year of what you view as a causal incident; and you acknowledge that this expressly limits the applicable statute of limitations to one (1) year. In lieu of litigation and jury trials, each of which is expressly waived, any dispute concerning, relating or referring to this Participation Agreement, the trip Proposal or web-site trip descriptions, either on line or on paper, or any other descriptive information about the trip shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration in Montrose, Susquehanna County, PA, according to the then existing commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association. Such proceeding will be governed by the substantive law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The arbitrator(s) and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, justification for, applicability, enforceability, or formation of this Participant Agreement or its parts, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this Participant Agreement is void or voidable.
General: You hereby consent to the capture and publication of pictures, audio and/or video of you and your name without compensation in documenting EBF19 activities and outcomes, in media releases about the completed trip and in documents used to develop future trips.
Facsimile or scanned transmission of any signed document shall be deemed delivery of an original.
If there are any conflicts between this Participant Agreement and the Itinerary, trip web-site or other publication, this Participant Agreement shall apply.
All applications are subject to review and approval. We reserve the right to decline to do business with anyone on a nondiscriminatory basis.
Active Elements, Medical Conditions and Special Assistance:
You are responsible to know your individual limitations to exertion, food allergies, etc., and keep your activities and choices within them while on the trip. You agree to tell us on the Registration Data Form (or inform the leadership team if you become aware of such a condition later) about any existing illness, disability, pregnancy or any other condition which could create a health hazard for yourself or others during the trip, or for which you could need medical attention or special accommodation while traveling with the group.
Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate limited special needs provided that: you disclose those needs when registering; that We determine that We are capable of providing the necessary assistance; and that We notify you of that decision.
We regret that we cannot provide for inability to perform ordinary daily activities, such as walking, bathing, and dining. Nor will We physically lift or assist you on to or off any vehicles. If your special needs exceed our ability to help, you may have the option to provide a companion who takes full responsibility to independently provide the needed assistance. Call us to discuss those arrangements.
We reserve the right to decline acceptance of anyone we consider unsuitable due to fitness level. We also reserve the right to remove you from the trip at your own expense, if your condition is such that it could create a hazard to you or others, or otherwise impact the enjoyment of other passengers.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)