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ISSOTL 2018 Attendee Information

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The dynamic online program is formatted for desktop and mobile browsers, and is linked from the Program page or through this direct link: Just before the conference, the final program booklet will be also available as a PDF on the Program page, but note that the dynamic online program will be updated if the program changes.  



The main conference venue is the famous Grieg Hall where all sessions, except the conference opening session, will take place. The conference opening session (and reception) will be in the University Aula (see the online map).



The conference registration desk is located directly inside the conference entrance to the Grieg Hall (see the online map). The conference registration desk is open all four conference days, for exact times see the overview program on the Program page.

Note: Attendees whose first conference event is the Opening Session in the University Aula should stop by the conference registration desk in the Grieg Hall if possible to collect your nametag and conference gear. There will not be any registration desk at the University Aula.



This year the Student Engagement interest group, in partnership with the conference organizers, are facilitating a Buddy program to connect newcomers with returning conference attendees. The Buddy program relies on experienced conference attendees generously giving of their time and advice to new attendees. What makes ISSOTL special are the people and making new members feel welcome is part of building the community we cherish. Those who have been to ISSOTL in the past, please consider being a Buddy this year! All newcomers are welcome including students, academic/administrative staff, faculty, etc.

The Buddy program is a low-stakes, casual opportunity to connect people. We will facilitate the matching process and encourage the following:

  • At least one virtual contact before the conference, such as via email or Skype
  • At least one in-person meet-up early in the conference, such as during coffee breaks or meals
  • Newcomers to ask questions
  • Returning attendees to share experiences, suggestions on sessions/events to attend, and ways to become more involved

We are also planning to organize an informal dinner during the conference for participants of the Buddy program—stay tuned for details!

Please sign-up by Oct 3, 2018 via this google form: We will be in touch shortly afterwards regarding the matching.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Ostrowski (, Rachel Guitman (, or Lucy Mercer-Mapstone ( of the Student Engagement interest group.



  • All First timers, take note of the New to ISSOTL meet and greet session on Wed, Oct 24 at 16.00-17.00 (before the opening plenary). See the program for additional details.
  • Student attendees, take note of the Student Welcome Event, an informal meet and greet for all student attendees, on Thu, Oct 25 at 11.00-12.30. See the program for additional details.



  • Pre-conference workshops (Wed):
    These longer, interactive sessions require pre-registration during the registration process and have enrollment limits.
  • Plenary Keynote sessions (Wed, Thu, Fri, and Sat):
    We have invited speakers who will inspire and challenge us to consider teaching and learning from a variety of perspectives. You won’t want to miss them!
  • Concurrent sessions (Thu, Fri, and Sat)
    During each of the 11 concurrent sessions (labelled A-K), there will be a mix of panels, paper presentations and workshops. It will be hard to choose from among so many interesting sessions, but you can only be in one place at a time! If you are torn between options, consider finding someone with similar interests who is going to one of the options. You can go to the other and exchange notes afterwards.
  • Poster session and reception (Fri)
    This is an amazing opportunity to peruse visual representations of research, chat with researchers, and mingle with the larger ISSOTL group — all in a relaxed, social environment.



  • Be prepared for rain!  The rumors are true: it rains a lot in Bergen. You can take a peek at weather statistics here. Real Bergensers rely on raincoats rather than umbrellas, since wind often accompanies our rainy weather, but bring both, as well as water-resistant shoes or boots.
  • Get ready to connect!  Don't forget to pack chargers and cables for any devices you depend on. International delegates will also want to look into appropriate adapters/converters. Norway uses the Europlug; check this link for information and a picture.
  • For presenters: Carefully review the information on the Presenter page, especially the statement on ISSOTL's conference pedagogy.
  • Plan to explore the city and region!  Bergen is nestled between seven mountains - one of which makes for an easy hike with spectacular views from the city center - and the fjord. Visit Bryggen and the old Hanseatic houses on the port, explore little cobblestoned streets, eat some traditional Norwegian fish soup! Bergen has art museums and a leprosy museum, design shops and music clubs, Norway’s modern dance company and a fantastic House of Literature with multiple daily events. Explore the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding region by train or ferry. To find out more about Bergen and surrounds, check out



ISSOTL18 is hosted by University of Bergen and bioCEED – Centre of Excellence in Biology Education.

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