SB@NL2014 Symposium

SB@NL2014 Systems Biology Symposium


Systems Biology: Tackling Complexity through Data Integration

2014 December 15-16 (Monday – Tuesday): Symposium days
        2014 December 17 (Wednesday): ERASysAPP business meetings

Symposium webpages with further information
→ Programme
→ Speakers
→ Organisation
→ Registration & abstract
→ Sponsors & communication

Two venues
The scientific sessions during the daytime of both symposium days will be held at the Tongersestraat 53 (building of the University Maastricht), while the Monday evening programme (reception, dinner and after-dinner presentation) will take place in hotel l’Empereur.
Detailed description of both locations and the route between them are given  below.

Venue 1: University of Maastricht building at the Tongersestraat 53

School of Business and Economics (SBE),
University Maastricht
Tongersestraat 53
6211LM Maastricht
The Netherlands



The School of Business and Economics (SBE) is located in a former Jesuit monastery, built in 1923. It is within easy walking distance of the main town square, the Vrijthof, in Maastricht’s inner city.

SBE website
Google Maps 1
Google Maps 2 (Streetview)

Venue 2: Amrath Grand Hotel de l’Empereur
Amrath Grand Hotel de l’Empereur****
Stationsstraat 2
6221BP Maastricht
The Netherlands

T:+31-43-321 3838
Travel directions to the hotel

This four-star hotel is located directly opposite Maastricht’s central railway station. The hotel is built in Jugendstil style, has been fully modenised and is located in a very cosy quarter of Maastricht, with many restaurants, bars and shops.
Hotel reservations should be made through the online symposium registration form (and not with the hotel) and the costs for your hotel room for Monday night will be covered from the ‘all-inclusive’ fee. Additional nights (Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday) can also be reserved through the registration form and should be paid into the symposium’s bank account (see the registration page).
When you arrive on Monday morning at the railway station and don’t want to carry your luggage you may drop is off at the hotel (provided you have reserved a hotel room for that day).

Travel between venue 1 and venue 2
Both venues are located in the centre of Maastricht, but on either side of the river Maas (Meuse). It takes about 20 minutes to walk from one location to the other. The walking route can be seen in this Google Map.
It is also easy to travel by bus (busline nr 3) in about 10 minutes between the two locations. See sketchmap of the busroute.

Travel to Maastricht
Travelling itineraries from various airports and railway stations in the region can be found at the SBE website (but ignore the specific instructions for freshmen/incoming students), at the FEMS2015 website, or at the MECC website. Please be aware that you will need to travel another 10-20 minutes from the railway station to the symposium venue (Tongersestraat 53). When you arrive on Monday morning at the railway station and don’t want to carry your luggage you may drop is off at the hotel (provided you have reserved a hotel room for that day).
Please be aware that the Belgian railways have announced a general strike on Monday 2014-12-15!

Five previous symposia
The SB@NL2014 symposium is the 2nd symposium jointly organised by the partners of the Netherlands Platform for Systems Biology (SB@NL). The SB@NL symposia continue the series of four annual NCSB symposia held in the years 2009-2012.

New features for SB@NL2014
Firstly, the fact that the Dutch systems biology community has joined forces with the bioinformatics community in the new Netherlands Bioinformatics and Systems Biology research school (BioSB), a bioinformatics session will be part of the SB@NL2014 programme.
Secondly, we are making a move from a nation-wide symposium towards a European symposium: this year partners in Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany will be invited to join the symposium.
And last but not least, we will also literally move towards Europe: SB@NL2014 will be held near to the three-country-point (NL-BE-DE) in the south-east corner of the Netherlands. The times they are a-changin…, but our aim remain the same: to bring together systems biologists and to showcase excellent research.

Timeline (yyyymmdd):

20140623 Meeting of the symposium committee
20140623 Symposium dates fixed
20140709 Symposium venue fixed
20140722 Outline of programme + shortlist of invited speakers
20140725 Symposium website online (pages: general, programme, organisation)
20140829 Registration webpage online and call for registration emailed
20140914 Invited speakers published on webpage
20140929 Abstract submission page online and call for abstract submission emailed
20141124 Deadline abstract submission (extended from 20141110)
20141124 Deadline registration
20141208 Final programme and abstract book available
20141215 Opening of the symposium
20141216 Announcement poster prizes
20141216 Closing of the symposium
20141217 ERASysAPP business meetings
20141222 Post photo’s on website