Grand Challenges in Computational Biology
Joint BSC - IRB Barcelona Conference

Barcelona, 2-4 June 2008

General Information


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The conference will be hosted by the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC) in the heart of downtown Barcelona (C. del Carme, 47. 08001 Barcelona). Talks will take place in the Sala Prat de Riba. (Venue Map)

Sala Prat de la Riba IECSala Prat de la Riba IEC

How to arrive?

By plane

The El Prat airport is situated 20 km from the Barcelona city center.
To go by train from the airport take Line 10 of the local train service (RENFE Rodalies) as far as the mainline station “Barcelona Sants”, which has connections with the metro system (Line 3, green). Take the metro in the direction to "Canyelles" and get off at the station called "Liceo".

Aerobus: This special service is clearly signposted at the stops outside the terminal and it takes you to "Plaça Catalunya", at 5 minutes walking distance from the venue.

By taxi the journey time is 30 minutes at an approximate cost of 25 €.

By train

Go to “Barcelona Sants” mainline station (metro stop “Sants Estació”) which has connections with the metro system (Line 3, green). Take the metro in the direction to "Zona Universitària" and get off at the station called "Liceo"

By metro

Take Line 3 (green) in the appropriate direction, and get off at the station called "Liceo".

By bus

Routes 41, 55, 141 (Pl. Catalunya stop)
14, 18, 59, 91 (Rambla stop).

Further information:


No special accomodation options have been agreed by the conference organization, but there is large number of hotels available close to the venue.

Help in finding accommodation in Barcelona can be obtained through the following websites:

For more information about Barcelona, you can also consult the IRB Barcelona web section "Living in Barcelona".

Please note that june could be a very busy period in Barcelona.


Lunches on 2nd and 3rd June will take place in Fresc CO restaurant (Carme, 16 ‐ 08001 Barcelona) a nice 2 minutes walk from the Institut d’Estudis Catalans. For more information about this restaurant, please visit the following link.

Lunch will be available from 13.00. Lunches are included in the registration fee, conference badge is required.

Visit to MareNostrum

For those participants interested, a MareNostrum visit will take place at the Torre Girona building on Tuesday (3rd) at 05:30h. For security reasons, only a group of 30 people will be allowed to visit these facilities at the same time. Please let us know if you are interested in visiting the MareNostrum supercomputing during the registration process, in order to set up the appropriate groups..

No special transport from the venue to MareNostrum has been arranged, but there is a direct Metro link (Line 3 Green from Liceo to Palau Reial). More detailed information will be given to the interested people.

Official Letter of Invitation

Official letters of invitation designed to help overcome administrative difficulties in certain countries will be sent on request. It must be understood that such letters cannot grant any financial support. Requests should be made by e-mail or fax to the Conference Secretariat and should include the participant's full mailing address and fax number.


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