The venue of the 17th International Congress of Comparative Endocrinology – ICCE 2013 is the:
Universitat de Barcelona
Metro stop: Palau Reial L3 (green)
The School of Biology is located on the Pedralbes Campus opposite the Palau Reial, and as such is well connected with the various public transport systems in the metropolitan area.
The School of Biology at the University of Barcelona was established in 1974, making it a pioneering institution in Spain. It first appeared as a result of increasing knowledge in the field of life sciences at a time of relentless diversification. Soon other schools of Biology appeared, vastly improving our capacity to develop better-qualified biology professionals. An obvious example of this was the division of the original Natural Sciences degree into two separate courses, Biology and Geology, more than twenty years earlier in 1952. Both were to become established amongst the science schools and still exist in many universities.
Indeed, there is history behind our School of Biology, which is associated to the creation of the Natural History chair at the University of Barcelona in 1899. And perhaps it is no coincidence that this position was held by Odón de Buen (1863-1945), known both for his controversial nature and radical Darwinism. At the time this clashed with strongly conservative feelings that were arising in Barcelona as a reaction to the growth of materialism and atheism in the field of natural sciences. However, that was nothing but an extension of a virulent polemic then spreading throughout Europe. The opening of the main building of the School of Biologyin Barcelona in 1982 coincided with the centenary of Darwin's death, and there was an echo of old times in the memorial ceremony that filled the University auditorium with an audience of three generations exuding almost total devotion.
How to get to the Congress Venue from the Airport:
On arrival at Barcelona’s El Prat Airport, you have the following options to get to the Congress Venue:
By bus: Take the Aerobus in front of your arrival terminal (there are buses available in both T1 and T2 terminals) and get off at Plaça Espanya (Barcelona). The trip takes approximately 30 minutes, and buses run every 15 minutes from 6:00a.m. to 12:30a.m. Tickets can be purchased on the bus. If you take the Aerobus back to the airport, remember to check that you are taking the bus corresponding to your departing terminal. Once you are at Plaça Espanya you have to take the metro (L3) direction Zona Universitària and stop at Palau Reial.
By train: The train service actually operates from T2 terminal at the Renfe (Cercanías/Rodalies) suburban train station. If you come from T1 there is a shuttle bus service departing in accordance with train arrival times and linking the two terminals every 6 or 7 minutes, the journey lasts approximately 10 minutes. Once you are in the airport train station, take the train from the airport and get off at Sants Estació (main railway station in Barcelona). The trip takes approximately 30 minutes (airport to Passeig de Gràcia station), and trains run every 30 minutes from 6:08 a.m. to 23:08 p.m. From Sants Estació railway station, you have to take the metro (L3) direction Zona Universitària and stop at Palau Reial.
By taxi: Taxis in Barcelona are black and yellow. They may be ordered by phone, found at authorised taxi stands or flagged down in the street. Please always check that the meter is running. Taxis must usually be paid in cash although some accept credit cards. Rates vary depending on the time of the day (T1 rate for night-time and weekend/public holidays, and T2 rate for day-time journeys).
Additional charges are applied for airport services and luggage.
For more information on public transport please click the following link: