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Venue: Steklov Institue's main lecture hall,
Highest School of Economics is a big research university
which has many buildings in different parts of Moscow. The
Faculty of Mathematics's address is Vavilova, 7. The
Steklov Institute is situated in 20 minutes of walking
(straight along Vavilova street) from Vavilova, 7.
The participants of the conference are housed either in
the building of Faculty of Mathematics or in the
Steklov Institute (MIRAN), ninth floor, Gubkina str. 8, Moscow
Getting there from the airport
There are three international airports
in Moscow: Sheremet'yevo (KLM, Air France, Aeroflot),
(British Airways, Iberia, Lufthansa) and Vnukovo (Air Berlin, Germanwings).
All three are connected to Moscow through a high-speed railway,
called Aeroexpress, with moderately priced tickets (approx. $12).
Taxi to Moscow would cost $100-$150, and during the day
it can be very slow due to traffic jams.
The Aeroexpress timetables are available
from their official site: [ Sheremetyevo | Domodedovo | Vnukovo ].
The point of arrival is a rail terminal, which is connected
to a subway station: Byelorusskaya
for Sheremet'yevo, Paveletskaya for Domodedovo, and
Kievskaya for Vnukovo.
The map of
Moscow Metro (subway) is found in Wikipedia.
You should go to the orange (Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya) line,
if you go from the green line, you change at Tretyakovskaya-Novokuznetskaya,
if you go by the brown line, you change at Oktyabr'skaya.
The HSE Faculty of Mathematics (Vavilova, 7)
building is about 200 meters from
the Leninskiy Prospect metro station, and Steklov
Institute is 1300 meters from Akademicheskaya
and 1900 meters from Leninskiy Prospekt.
The whole building, which is the highest building in
the neighbourhood, belongs to Academy of Sciences.
HSE uses only 2-nd floor (Laboratory of Algebraic Geometry)
3-rd floor (Faculty of Mathematics) and 10-th floor
(the hotel). The entrance to these 3 floors is separate
(from the left); you have to show your documents to
the guard below and take the elevator. It is marked with
"Профессорская Гостиница ВШЭ" (professors' hotel of HSE).
The Vavilova, 7 building is 200 meters from the
Leninskiy Prospect metro station.
The Laboratory of Algebraic Geometry has a
separate page with more maps and directions
to the site.
Vavilova street is distinguished by having
one of the tram lines, rapidly disappearing in Moscow.
The tram line goes from the Universitet metro station
to Oktyabr'skaya. The Steklov Institute can be reached from
Vavilova, 7 by going straight along the street, as shown on the
map here. The distance is approx. 1800
meters (20 minutes of walking). You can also take the tram. The tram
driver sells the tickets for $.80, and they are sold cheaper
at special stands.
As you go along Vavilova towards Steklov, on your right hand you see
a huge building of pink brick; this is your clue that Gubkina street is
next and you should turn right and enter the Steklov Institute,
after you pass this (very long) building.
For directions to Steklov, please see the maps
on the webpage of Steklov Institute. You can take the tram
from the Universitet metro station, or walk.
The district where the Steklov and HSE belong is
situated south-west of Moscow center, within 60-90
minutes of walking from Kremlin and Saint Basil. This part
of the city is known as "Akademicheskij rayon"
(academic district), because of predominance
of Academy of Science establishments.
Most of it was built in 1950-ies, by German
prisoners of war and prisoners of GULAG.
The style is known as "stalinist Empire style",
because Stalinist architectors of this time
tried to model their building after the XIX century
Empire style (the neo-classical style which was in
fashion in the first half of XIX century).
Highlights of this style include the Ploshchad' Gagarina
(formerly Kaluzhskaya Zastava) and, of course,
both within easy walk from Steklov and HSE (1 | 2). Many Academy institutes on
Vavilova street, also build in 1950-ies, are
striking specimens of the Stalinist Empire style,
embellished with peculiar symbolic images.
Other popular walks include
the Observation Platform in Sparrow Hills, situated next
to the University, which provides a
beautiful view of Moscow from above,
and the Novodevichiy convent next to the
Moscow river, founded in 1524,
Donskoy Monastery, 1591, 20 minutes of walk north from the Vavilova, 7
building, and Danilov Monastery (1303), about 35 minutes east ( 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 )
Shopping and restaurants
There is an enormously huge hypermarket (Auchan) next to the
Vavilova 7 (HSE hotel) place. The areas near the metro
stations are full of small shops and fast food stands.
The Leninskiy Prospect street between Steklov
and the Leninskiy Prospekt metro is a busy avenue
with many kinds of shops and restaurants. To go to
Leninsky Prospect from Gubkina, 8 you should
follow the Gubkina street further from Vavilova;
Leninsky prospect is 100-150 meters from here.
Most shops in Moscow close up very late in the evening,
and many of them work during the night.