FIRST BIOMICS SUMMER WORKSHOP

The First BIOMICS Summer Workshop took place from the 17th to the 19th of July at the University of Debrecen in Hungary.

The purpose of this workshop was to enable project partners to present the main findings from the first year of BIOMICS research to each other and to external ICRN and UCOMP guests. 

We are delighted to report that this workshop was a great success and a fruitful knowledge exchange.

See the agenda below. In the Abstracts section we will be adding the power point presentations that were presented as well as video coverage of each presentation and any relevant work-in-progress papers.

Agenda 

Abstracts and Presentations

Download Proceedings

Useful Information for Participants

Hungary is part of the European Union and the Schengen Zone. The local currency is Hungarian Forints (HUF).

1 EUR is worth approximately 300 HUF, 1 GBP is worth approximately 350 HUF.
One should be able to use their bank card almost everywhere without problems, but currency exchange is also possible in bureaux de change. 

 

Meeting place

The meeting will take place in the Institute of Mathematics building, 4th floor, room no. 402. 

Maps

Accommodation

Participants are encouraged to book their own accomodation. Some Hotels within walking distance of the university:

Alternatively, one can visit http://eng.debrecen.hu/home/guide/accomodation for a more complete list of Hotels in Debrecen.  

Transport

One can fly directly to Debrecen, or fly to Budapest and then take a train or shuttle bus to Debrecen. 

Flights to Debrecen:

WizzAir flies directly to Debrecen: 

From London LTN: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
From Dortmund: Monday, Friday
From Eindhoven: Tuesday, Saturday

From Debrecen airport one can take a taxi. Alternatively, one can take the shuttle bus which stops at several places in Debrecen. For more information, see
From Budapest to Debrecen
By train


From the airport, take bus no. 200 E to Ferihegy railway station. You can purchase tickets for the bus from the vending machines in front of the airport, at the bus stop. Alternatively, you can use the same bus to travel to Kőbánya-Kispest railway station, which has a bigger ticket office. 


Once you are at the Ferihegy railway station, cross the overhead pedestrian bridge to platform "A". You will be travelling in the direction of Cegléd, Szolnok and Debrecen, so where you see a "Cegléd felé" sign, that's platform "A". You can purchase your ticket at the ticket office right there on the platform. The ticket office is located under the stairs, it is open from 6am to 6pm. If you arrive outside these hours, you can purchase the train ticket from the vending machine on the platform.

It is recommended that you take an Intercity (IC) train, which is faster and safer than regular trains. For an IC train you need to buy a ticket AND a seat-reservation from Ferihegy to Debrecen. The seat-reservation costs about an additional 600 HUF (about 2 EUR). They also accept debit cards if you do not have forints.

Once you have your ticket, you just need to board the IC train, and you will arrive in Debrecen about 2 and a half hours later.
You can check train schedules here: http://www.mav-start.hu/english/index.php

Upon arrival in Debrecen, take the tram: it stops right in the front of Debrecen railway station and it drops you in front of the university. Many hotels are on its route, as well. 

By car

Take the M3 and M35 highway to Debrecen. If you are coming straight to the University then exits "Debrecen-Észak" and "Józsa" are the most convenient. 

By shuttle bus

There are several shuttle bus services from Budapest to Debrecen, e.g. 
http://www.civistranszfer.hu/index.php?lang=en

  
Public transportation in Debrecen:

The tram stops at the University (Egyetem stop, right after Klinikak stop) The tram runs between 4:40 and 23:00, about every 5-10 minutes. There are several buslines, as well. For details, see http://www.dkv.hu/en

Important note: Due to some construction going on in Debrecen, during the Workshop the tram is not going. Instead, there will be buses with the sign V (for Villamos = tram) running about every 5 minutes on virtually the same route. For the exact route, see http://www.dkv.hu/uploads/files/1V_P%C3%B3tl%C3%B3_%C3%BAtvonal.pdf

A ticket bought in advance costs 300 HUF, this is valid for both the bus or the tram for one journey. You can buy the tickets from the driver, as well. In this case it would cost  400 HUF, and the driver does not necessarily have any change, so please have the exact amount on you. Alternatively, one can buy a block ticket of 11 tickets for 3000 HUF at most kiosks, newspaper stands or post offices. 

All these tickets need to be validated

Other type of tickets are: 

1-day ticket costs 1200 HUF

3-day ticket costs 2400 HUF

airport transfer ticket 500 HUF

For more details, see http://www.dkv.hu/en/fares

City of Debrecen 

Debrecen is the second largest city of Hungary, its roots date back so far as the 13th century. It is a center of culture and education for a long time. The University is located in the middle of a huge green area (Great Forest -- Nagyerdő), where one can spend time visiting the Zoo, the thermal spa, the Botanic garden, or simply can take a walk.

In the city centre there are several places worth visiting, which are 5 minutes walking distance from each other. For example Great Church (Nagytemplom), Déri múzeum (exhibiting the famous Munkácsy Trilogy). For people having sweet teeth, visit Kismandula Cukrászda or Mandula Cukrászda

For further information about Debrecen, visit
http://eng.debrecen.hu
http://eng.debrecen.hu/tourist
http://eng.debrecen.hu/home/guide/travelandtransportation