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  • January 1, 2018: Call for proposals posted
  • February 1 - April 1 April 8: Proposal submissions accepted
    (extended one week to April 8 to avoid the coincidence with Easter)
  • June 1: Notifications sent to proposal submitters
  • June 1: Registration opens
  • July 1: Participation confirmation due for all accepted proposals
  • July 4 August 4: Conference hotel block reservation officially ends
  • September 1: Early bird registration deadline
  • October 24 – 27: Conference


The main conference venue is the famous Grieg Hall (Grieghallen in Norwegian), centrally located in Bergen, Norway. The Grieg Hall will be used for all Thursday, Friday and Saturday sessions. The opening session on Wednesday will be in the University Aula.



Scandic Hotels

Blocks of rooms have been reserved at special rates for ISSOTL18 at three Scandic Hotels within walking distance from the conference venue. Scandic Hotels is the largest hotel operator in the Nordic region and all hotel reservations always include all taxes, free WiFi and a prize-winning extensive breakfast buffet!

All Scandic rooms are booked via this link (you can change language, dates and number of guests/room). Our block reservation code includes free cancellation and rebooking (se details on the booking page).

Note: Our block reservation has officially expired, but Scandic Bergen City can still be booked at the conference rate via the link above, but only if and as long as the hotel has available rooms.

You may also want to check out the same hotels on any of the big booking sites, since there are sometimes a few discounted rooms available.

Scandic Bergen City (700 meter from Grieghallen)
     Single 1.390 NOK/night (incl VAT, breakfast and WiFi)
     Double/Twin 1.590 NOK/night (incl VAT, breakfast and WiFi)

Scandic Byparken (350 meter from Grieghallen)
     Single 1.490 NOK/night (incl VAT, breakfast and WiFi)
     Double/Twin 1.690 NOK/night (incl VAT, breakfast and WiFi)

Scandic Neptun (900 meter from Grieghallen, in the city centre)
     Single 1.390 NOK/night (incl VAT, breakfast and WiFi)
     Double/Twin 1.590 NOK/night (incl VAT, breakfast and WiFi)

CityBox Bergen

CityBox Bergen is a budget hotel situated across the street from Grieghallen. Their prices are between 645-1200 NOK/night depending on the room. You can find prices, check availability and book on their web pages:
Note: This hotel does not include breakfast in the price, but breakfast can be bought in the nearby café at about 140 NOK or you can buy something to go at the nearby supermarked.



Bergen Airport (BGO)

The Bergen Airport at Flesland, 30 minutes south of the city centre, offers several non-stop flights to destinations within Norway and Europe. The major transfer cities for international travel are Oslo, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.

Directions from Airport

  • Light Rail (Bybanan)
    The Bybanen costs only 37 kroner (NOK) for a one-way ticket, and is a comfortable and safe 45 minute ride from the airport to the city center. It leaves from right outside the arrivals terminal, every ten minutes and more often during rush hour periods. You need to purchase your ticket before embarking; there are automatic ticket machines on the platform that require a credit card.
  • Airport Bus (Flybuss)
    The Flybuss costs 115 kroner (NOK) for a one-way ticket, and takes 25 minutes with typical traffic conditions to the city center. It leaves every 15 minutes from outside the arrivals terminal. The closest stop to the conference hotels and Grieg Hall is Olav Kyrres gate (pronounced Oolav Sheer-ess ga-tay). You can buy your ticket at the automatic ticket machines at the bus stop with a credit card or purchase your ticket with credit card or Norwegian cash on the bus (with a 35 kroner surcharge).
  • Taxi
    You can take a taxi between the airport and city center. Expect it to cost no less than 450-550 kroner (NOK) – this is not a guaranteed price, but our estimate based on experience.

More information available at VisitBergen



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

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