Frequently Asked Questions


How much is the registration fee?

Information about registration, including the registration guide, fee schedule and more can be found on our Registration and Guidelines page.

Do you have scholarships available?

The GLP OSM 20129 Developing Country Scholars Travel Grants applications process is now closed.

When will registration open?

Registration is now open! You can find more about the process, related documents and more on our Registration and Guidelines page.

When will I be notified regarding acceptance of my submitted abstract?

We sent notifications of abstract acceptances on December 12th. If you did not receive an email with the status of your submission, please contact the conference organizers.

How many people are expected to attend the OSM?

We expect approximately 700 participants to the GLP OSM 2019 in Bern.

What is new for the 4th GLP OSM?

GLP Is pleased to offer an array of new formats (innovative and immersive sessions) as well as expanded training and workshop opportunities and field trips.

Will you offer a mobile app this year?

Yes, the scientific program will be available via Whova, our app for the OSM available for both iOS and Android devices. 

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How do I request a letter of invitation for my visa application?

Invitation letters for your visa application will be given out after completing the registration for the meeting. See if you require a visa to attend the OSM based on your country here.

If you do require a visa, please provide us with a copy of your passport after registration and the intended Swiss representation in your country (which you can determine here) where you will apply. Thereafter, the organising committee will write your invitation letter and send it to both you and the Swiss representation. Some participants will be required to provide the Swiss representation with further documents in order to enter Switzerland. Find more information about what documents you need to submit if you require a visa here.

When can I reserve my hotel room?

The sooner the better! In collaboration with Bern Welcome, the OSM has reserved a wide array of hotel rooms in Bern. Book before mid-March through the link below to make sure you get your room at a special rate. OSM Booking Link

What is the closest airport?

Zürich Airport is the nearest and convenient, as you can reach Bern directly by train in just over an hour. Basel EuroAirport and Geneva Airport are also fairly close and offer fair flight prices.

What is the weather typically like in Bern in April?

The term “Aprilwetter” (April weather) is used colloquially in Switzerland to describe variable weather conditions. You could spend a week in bright sunshine or watch the last snowflakes of the winter fall. In other words: pack warm clothes as you might need them!

What are the Terms and Conditions of the conference?

Please download our current Terms & Conditions to find information on:

  • Registration payment options and details, 
  • Cancellation policy,
  • Limit on the number of papers that can be presented,

and more.

What is the Code of Conduct for the conference?

Please download our current Code of Conduct for the OSM. We look forward to welcoming you to the OSM in a spirit of curiosity, friendliness, compassion, empathy, and respect. 



How do I register for the GLP OSM 2019?

Please log into your ConfTool OSM 2019 account ( or if you are a new user, create a user account. After logging into your account, please please select ‘Register for the Conference’ from the Overview page to begin registration.

What does my registration fee include?

The registration fee includes access to all keynotes, sessions, the poster reception, all conference meals, and the conference dinner.

May I bring a guest?

Registered attendees may purchase guest passes for CHF 150. A guest is a spouse, friend, or adult child who is not a land system scientist. Registered guests may not attend any workshops, plenary sessions or the conference dinner. Please do not bring guests to the OSM without approval from the OSM organisers.

Is childcare available?

Individual childcare is available on request. Please specify how many children and their age(s), and the OSM organizers will contact you with further details. 

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