3rd international symposium on Computational Life Science
October 4-5, 2007 University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
 

 

Conference Location

CompLife 2007 will be held at the Boothzaal of the University Library, Heidelberglaan 3, University of Utrecht.

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Utrecht is the fourth largest city in The Netherlands. It is famous for the Dom Tower of Utrecht, belonging to the former cathedral, and the canal structure in the inner city. You can view the city from a canal boat, or enjoy a drink and a meal at a waterside quayside. As Utrecht is a student city there are many pubs and cheap restaurants. For the gourmet-eater, there are quite a few excellent, but more expensive, restaurants including the Michelin star carying Karel V. Utrecht has an active cultural life with its several theatres, a classical music centre, the rock club, Tivoli, and several arthouse cinemas.

Utrecht University is the largest university of The Netherlands. It is based in the inner city with the main campus area on the east of the city, were the conference will be held. The campus features quite a few buildings designed by famous architects such as Rem Koolhaas. The Universities Library Building (UB) were the conference is held is one such building, designed by Wiel Arets.

Travel

Because of its central location, Utrecht is well connected to the rest of the Netherlands. Regular Intercity trains travel to all major Dutch cities and most international train connections go via Utrecht. If you plan to fly, the easiest is to take a plane to (Amsterdam) Schiphol Airport, from which there are direct trains to Utrecht that take 32 minutes.

For traveling around town there is an extensive bus system, for which it is worthwhile to buy a Strippenkaart, consisting of 15/45 strips which are validated by the driver or by a machine. Trips within the old town cost two strips, trips to and from the University campus cost 3 strips. There are two buslines that connect the inner city with the campus, lines 11 and 12, during the day they both go every few minutes.

If you come by car, be warned that parking is expensive in Utrecht, and driving around twon is difficult because of many one-way streets. It is probably best to park your car at your hotel or on the campus and travel around by bus.