Conference Date: November 28-30, 2022
Abstract submission opens: April 18, 2022
Poster abstract submission closes: October 15, 2022
Registration opens: August 1, 2022
Registration closes: November 18, 2022
The conference will be held at Van Swinderen Huys in Groningen (www.vanswinderenhuys.nl)
Van Swinderen Huys
Oude Boteringestraat 19
9712 GC Groningen
We plan to have the conference take place on-site in Groningen. Depending on current Covid-19 restrictions and regulations, changes in the conference setting might be necessary and will be communicated immediately.
The most common way to flying to The Netherlands is through Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS).
From Schiphol Airport, the easiest way to travel Groningen is by train. The train station is located directly beneath the airport, within easy walking distance of luggage claim areas. Main rail lines in The Netherlands are operated by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), you will recognize its yellow and blue colors. Please follow the signs that direct ‘to trains’.
Groningen has a small airport: Groningen Airport Eelde (GRQ), which currently only has flights to some popular holiday destinations. Further information and a list of all destinations can be found here.
Groningen Airport is accessible by bus 9 (Groningen – Eelde).
Groningen can easily be reached by train, also with just a few connections from Germany, France, Belgium, England.
Domestic Train Tickets
You will have to purchase a single-use chip card (this is your train ticket) to Groningen at the ticket counter or at the yellow and blue ticket-vending machines that you will find in the luggage claim hall and by every entrance to the train terminal. You can purchase tickets from the machines only by using your Credit Card or a Debit Card with the Maestro logo. The vending machines do not take other Credit Cards or American Debit Cards.
If you use a single-use chip card or OV-chipkaart please make sure you check in and out; hold your OV-chipkaart up against the NS card reader at/near the gates/entrances to the platform.
You can also buy your ticket online and simply print it yourself (see NS website). This allows you to take care of everything whenever and wherever it suits you. All you have to do is complete the journey details, pay for the order, download and print your e-ticket. This means that you can board the train straight away!
Regular domestic Dutch trains do not use seat-reservations. A ticket is valid on the date printed on the ticket on any train on the route.
The journey from Schiphol Airport takes just over two hours and Groningen is the last stop. Direct or connecting trains offer a service to Groningen every 30 minutes. The trains are quite comfortable and (most trains) feature free wireless internet in all classes and 220V AC outlets in first class. Food and drinks are not sold on the trains –though occasionally a rail catering service may be present in one of the carriages for part of a journey. Please note that trains do not operate at night, check the travel planner for early or late flight connections. The travel planner also gives updates on railroad maintenance works or other disruptions and gives alternative routes. For scheduled work this is available 10 days before travel date
Please note that car traffic in the city center is restricted and street parking is very limited. There is major construction work at the southern beltway as well. Also be aware of the numerous cyclists that may not exactly follow traffic regulations. There are multiple parking garages located near the center. More information on car parking in Groningen, including the street parking regulations, can be found here. Read here about the road work in progress and key traffic projects and discover smart travel alternatives.
Taxi Groningen: +31 (0)50 – 549 7676, https://www.taxicentralegroningen.nl/
Taxi Noord: +31 (0)50 – 549 4940, https://www.taxinoord.nl/
Schiphol Taxi Groningen: +31 (0)50 – 850 7519, https://www.schipholtaxigroningen.nl/en/
You might find the website https://9292.nl/en very useful for planning your journey in the Netherlands. The planner combines all available public transport – trains, buses, trams, metro, and boats – to provide an optimal route. It also informs you real-time about the current delays and disruptions in public transport.
Book your stay via Preferred: https://www.preferredreservations.nl/amine-biocat-2022
Preferred Hotel Reservations is the official housing agent for this event. They negotiated special rates and conditions at the hotels for Amine Biocat 5.0 participants. You can click on your preferred hotel from the list to book your hotel. You do not have to login, you will receive login details after you made your reservation. You will need these login details in case you need to change or cancel your booking.