Practical information

 Credits / ECTS / examination

Together with the precourse study material we recommend 5 ECTS for attendance at MESB22. If required, an optional exam can be taken at the end of the last day. The student will be handed a certificate, confirming their attendance (and passing the exam if taken).

 Course prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites to attend the course. The precourse study material will include introductory material to the use of R and MATLAB (plus installation instructions and licenses), for those who have not used those softwares before. You should of course have interest in computational approaches, as this will be a major focus of the course.

 Computer access

The students should bring their own laptop computer. This can be Windows/Mac/Unix. If required, a temporary license for MATLAB will be distributed. All software should be installed prior to the course, instructions will be given in the precourse study material.

WiFi access will be via the Eduroam network. If a student does not have Eduroam access via their home university, temporary login credentials will be provided.

 Student presentation

 Introduction

On the first day, each student will briefly (2 mins) present themselves and their research and/or research interest. For this, each student should prepare a 1-slide PowerPoint. Further instructions will be given in the precourse study material.

 Poster session

On the third day, each student will present a poster of their research. During registration, they will have submitted an abstract related to this work. The poster should not be larger than A0 portrait format (width x height: 841 x 1188 mm).

Posters will be hanged on the morning of the third day, before the first lecture, and will be removed after the last lecture of the third day.

 Location

MESB22 is hosted by the Systems and Synthetic Biology group of the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

All lectures, computer exercises, coffee breaks and poster session will be held at the Chemistry building on the Chalmers campus in Johanneberg. The exact rooms will be indicated in the schedule. You can enter the building at Kemigården 4, 412 58 Gothenburg, the nearest tram/bus stops are Kapellplatsen, Chalmers and Chalmers tvärgata (bus only).

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 COVID-19

Please keep yourself informed regarding existing COVID-19 regulations here and here. MESB22 will follow the guidelines from national and local government, and currently (April 2022) there are no COVID specific restrictions to enter Sweden, nor face mask or vaccine mandates.

During the course, you should stay at home/in your hotel and avoid contact with others if you have symptoms that may be COVID-19.

 Travel and arrival information

Gothenburg is serviced by Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT), located 20 km from the city center.

 Arriving via Landvetter Airport

Taxis are located in front of the airport, with fixed prices for rides into different parts of the city. A taxi ride to Chalmers should cost approximately 495 SEK.

A more economical option is the airport bus (managed by Flygbussarna) that stops just outside the airport and takes you to Gothenburg in about 20 minutes for 119/215 SEK for a single/return ticket (return is valid for 3 months, and tickets are cheaper to buy online).

If asked, the bus driver can give you a free 90 min ticket that can be used for onward travel within Gothenburg with Västtrafik, the region’s public transport system. To make your way to Chalmers, get off the airport bus at Korsvägen, and take tram 6 (Länsmansgården) or 8 (Frölunda torg) for a direct connection to Chalmers.

Note: You cannot pay with cash on the airport bus.

 Arriving via Central Station

Gothenburg Central train station is located approximately 4 km away from Chalmers. Upon exiting the central station, keep walking straight to locate the tram and bus stop. Take tram 7 (Tynnered) for a direct connection to Chalmers.

The taxi service is located just outside the exit on the left hand side.

 Getting around Gothenburg

The public transport in Gothenburg is run by Västtrafik, please refer to them for times and schedules.

Note: You cannot pay with cash on public transport, while only trams have machines that accept credit cards!

Most convenient is to use the Västtrafik To Go app (iOS/Android). You don’t need to make an account, but your phone should be connected to the internet as long as your ticket is valid, so this only works with non-Swedish phones if you accept dataroaming. A ticket costs 35 SEK and is valid for 90 min on all Västtrafik busses and trams inside Gothenburg. Your 5th ticket in 7 days with the app is 7 SEK!

Alternatively, you can get a contactless pay-as-you-go Västtrafikkort travel card. This card can be bought and recharged in many shops (Pressbyrån, 7-Eleven, etc.). The fee structure is the same as for the app: 35 SEK for 90 min inside Gothenburg.

To make our way to the course dinner on 24 August, we will take a ferry ride, which you should pay for by any of the two options above.

 Hotels

Participants are responsible to book their own accommodation. We do not provide any pre-booked rooms, but below are a number of suggested hotels. This is by no means an exhaustive list of options, you can also find many other alternative accommodations. Regardless, do not wait with making reservations, as hotels are filling up quickly.

 Below 500 SEK/night

Slottsskogens Hostel and Hotel - from 235 SEK/night
Linnéplatsens Hotel and Hostel - from 320 SEK/night

 Up to 1000 SEK/night

Aston Villa - from 635 SEK/night
Quality Hotel Panorama - from 928 SEK/night
Comfort Hotel - from 1000 SEK/night

 Over 1000 SEK/night

Elite Park Avenue Hotel - from 1010 SEK/night
Scandic Rubinen - from 1036 SEK/night
Hotel Allén - from 1039 SEK/night
Hotel Riverton - from 1121 SEK/night
Hotel Vasa - from 1167 SEK/night

 Visit Gothenburg and Sweden

 Weather

Late August in Gothenburg means sunrise at 05:55 and sunset at 20:30, the average temperature is around 17 °C, but could vary between 10 and 22 °C, so make sure you bring appropriate clothing. To make our way to the course dinner, we will take a ferry ride, while the BBQ will be served outside on a pier, so you are recommended to bring some warm clothing for the evening.

 Currency

Swedish uses the Swedish krona, indicated with SEK or kr, and 10 SEK is currently worth roughly 1€/$. The use of debit and credit cards is very common and widely accepted (Visa/MasterCard), so as visitor you are recommended not to exchange large amounts of cash.