ICES Annual Science Conference 2019

Practical information

Here's a selection of practical information to make your trip to the ASCs in Gothenburg, Sweden as easy as possible.


The ASCs venue is Svenskamässan/Gothia towers, which is situated near the stop ”Korsvägen”. This is a large conjunction where local transportation is easily accessible. There are two stops that serves the venue; Korsvägen and Scandinavium.

The venue is cash free and all major credit cards are accepted.

Sustainbality is very important to Svenskamässan/Gothia towers. There is an extensive sustainablity policy, including reduction of feed waste, accessibility and ISO 20121​. Read more about the policy here​

Wardrobe at the venue
There will be a supervised wardrobe at the conference venue on Monday 9 and Thursday 12 September, for storage of luggage. On Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 the wardrobe will be unsupervised.



Gothenburg Landvetter Airport is the closest airport to the ASCs. You may find some useful information on their website.

Airport transfer

From the airport to the city, it is possible to take busses, that are are cash free. Either pre-book online or pay with credit card on the bus.


All taxis at the airport are approved suppliers by Swedavia and will give you a fix price to the city centre.


There are direct ferries to Gothenburg from Kiel, Germany and Fredrikshavn, Denmark. These ferries are operated by Stena Line. The ferry terminal in Gothenburg is situated in the western/central part of the town, with good access to local transportation to Svenska Mässan and hotels in the city. 


The central station in Gothenburg is situated in the central part of town. Several companies operates here, such as SJ, MTR Express, Öresundstågen, NSB. There are other train companies, an easy way to find out is through Deutsche bahn.

Local transportation

Buses, trams, local ferries are runned by Västtrafik.
On the buses you can use the app ”ToGo”, or purchase a travel card pre-paid or use in the machines onboard. To be able to use the app you need a Visa or a Mastercard, other cards are unfortunately not accepted.

Visiting Sweden

Citizens of a non-EU country, may need a visa. Countries where the nationals require a visa to visit Sweden are listed on the Migration Board website.

Safe environment

Sweden is an open, multicultural society making for a vibrant, international environment. The political, economic and social environment is stable and the country was ranked no. 1 in the Reputation Institute Country RepTrak... Topline Report 2018. Sweden is seen as the most ethical country with high transparency and low corruption as well as the country with the most progressive social and economic policies. The country consistently appears near the top of the United Nations Human Development Index, which ranks countries according to life expectancy, education and standard of living. Swedish tax legislation require delegates to pay their conference fee including Swedish VAT, which may be reimburshed according to specific regulations. EU residents can apply for VAT refunds at the tax office in their home country. For questions regarding VAT-refund, please contact Swedish tax office.

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Facts about Sweden

Capital: Stockholm

Government: Constitutional monarchy and Parliamentary democracy

EU member since 1995

Population: 10,1 million (2018 estimate)

Currency: Swedish krona (SEK)

The Global Innovation Index 2018 ranked Sweden the third most innovative country in the world

For further information about Sweden, please go to Visit Sweden

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