Attending the meeting? Meeting information for the IUFRO Seed Orchard Conference 2017
Here you can find program of the conference:
Optional post-conference excursion
An optional post-conference seed orchard excursion will take place on Thursday, September 7th. During this excursion we will visit
- Scots pine seed orchard Långtora,
- seedling nursery and Norway spruce seed orchard Nässja,
- lodgepole pine seed orchard Närlinge, and
- Scots pine demo trial Björklinge.
The fee is 600 SEK (including 25% VAT) and covers bus travel, lunch and coffee breaks.
Accommodation is pre-arranged at the conference venue in Aronsborgs Conference Hotel from Sunday, September 3 till Thursday, September 7. It is part of Registration Package 1 for regular delegates and students (single-bed rooms) as well as for Accompanying persons (double-bed rooms). All rooms have own bathroom, TV, telephone, iron, ironing board and hair dryer.
If you choose accommodation in Aronsborgs Conference Hotel, you will have everything in one place – the conference, meals and lodging. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to engage yourselves in an informal chat with your colleagues “after hours” while relaxing in the heated indoor pool, sauna or gym to which you will have unlimited free access during your stay. You will also avoid commuting to the venue from other places and thus save time.
Included in the registration fee are then all meals starting with dinner on Sunday and ending with breakfast on Thursday.
Reservation of accommodation in Aronsborgs Conference Hotel is made for you automatically when you pay your registration fee via the Conference Secretariat’s Online Payment System (either Registration Package 1 or as Accompanying person). In the latter case, please specify which person you are accompanying so that proper room arrangement can be made for you.
Similarly, since accommodation is part of the registration, no special request is needed to cancel it – this will be done automatically if the registration is cancelled.
You can arrange for accommodation yourself (Registration Package 2 for regular delegates and students). There are several hotels to choose from in Bålsta, and many more hotels in nearby places such as Sigtuna, Arlanda, Uppsala or Stockholm. If you choose the Registration Package 2, you are responsible for all accommodation-related arrangements youself.
If you decide to come by airplane, the best choice is Stockholm Arlanda (ARN), Sweden's largest international airport. Alternatively, you can choose a smaller airport Stockholm Bromma (BMA) located in Stockholm city or Stockholm Västerås (VST). It is about 40 km to the venue (Aronsborgs Conference Hotel) from Arlanda and Bromma and about 60 km from Västerås. You can take a bus, train or rent a car.
For timetables, please check either Swedish State Railways (station Bålsta) or Stockholm Public Transport (choose Bålsta (Håbo) as your destination). Aronsborgs Conference Hotel is about 2 km from Bålsta train station. You can take a taxi or prearrange pick-up by the organizers.
Bus SL 579 goes to Bålsta bus station from Arlanda Terminal 5, Platform 5 (ground floor). Here is the current timetable for your information. Please note that tickets are not sold in the bus; you must purchase them beforehand at the terminal - for instance, in "Information" (Arlanda Visitor Center) or in one of the nearby shops such as Pressbyrån or 7-Eleven. On Sunday, September 3rd the bus departs every hour (at 6:08, 7:08, etc. until 19:08, then at 21:08 and the last one at 22:38) and goes to Bålsta central station directly without any transfer. One-way ticket costs 43 SEK (ca 4.5 EUR) and can be paid by credit / debit card. Call SL Customer Services +46 8 600 10 00 (open 24 hours) if you have questions. Aronsborgs Conference Hotel is about 2 km from Bålsta bus station. You can take a taxi, local bus UL 301 or prearrange pick-up by the organizers.
from Bålsta bus station
Bus UL 301 departs to Aronsborg (the bus stop is called Helgövägen/Aronsborg). It is about 100 meters from the bus stop to Aronsborgs Conference Hotel.
For timetable please call +46 (0)77 114 1414.
The organizers will arrange for transportation from Bålsta station (bus & train station) to Aronsborgs Conference Hotel every hour starting from 15:10 to 20:10 and then again at 22:10 to collect delegates arriving by bus #579 from Arlanda. Delegates arriving by train can also use this option, but in that case please go to the nearby bus station where bus #579 arrives so that we do not miss you.
It is about 2 km from Bålsta train station and bus terminal to Aronsborg. You can order a taxi at Aronsborgs Desk (+46 (0)822 59 59) or directly from Bålsta Taxi (http://www.balstataxi.se, tel. +46 (0)171 500 49). The price of a one-way trip from Bålsta train station/bus terminal to Aronsborgs Conference Hotel is 125 SEK for a small car (up to 4 passengers) and 195 SEK for a van (up to 8 passengers). The price of a one-way trip from Arland International Airport to Aronsborgs Conference Hotel is 665 SEK and 995 SEK, respectively. There are many taxi providers at the airport; however, prices may differ greatly among them.
from Stockholm / Bromma airport
About 45 km / 40 km – highway E18 north towards Enköping. Take the first exit (147) to Bålsta, then turn left towards the center. Drive straight on about 1 km through three roundabouts. Turn left at the sign Aronsborg and continue straight on towards the gates.
from Västerås / Enköping
About 65 km / 35 km – highway E18 towards Stockholm. Take the second exit (147) to Bålsta, then turn left towards the center. Drive straight on about 1 km through three roundabouts. Turn left at the sign Aronsborg and continue straight on towards the gates.
About 40 km - road 263 towards Sigtuna and Håtuna. You will see signs to Bålsta after passing Eriksund. Continue straight on at all roundabouts in Bålsta. Turn left at the sign Aronsborg and continue straight on towards the gates.
About 45 km - road 255 (old E4). Exit at Sigtuna, road 269. You will see signs to Bålsta at junction with road 263. Drive straight on about 1 km through three roundabouts. Turn left at the sign Aronsborg and continue straight on towards the gates.
WeatherBålsta has a humid continental climate with temperatures in early September between 10 to 20 °C. It is difficult to check the weather forecast if you do not know Swedish and if you do not have a Swedish keyboard, but using this link you will get a local 10-day forecast for Bålsta.
LanguageThe conference will be held in English. The official language in Sweden is Swedish but the vast majority of population also speaks English.
Time zoneSweden is located in Central European Time Zone (GMT + 1 hour). Summer time (GMT + 2 hours) is used from March to October.
ElectricityThe standard voltage and frequency are 230 V and 50 Hz, respectively. The power sockets are of type F.
Local currency and exchange rateThe monetary unit in Sweden is Swedish crown (SEK), subdivided into 100 öre. The currency exchange rate in December 2016 is approximately:
1 USD = 9.16 SEK
1 EUR = 9.82 SEK
1 CNY = 1.33 SEK
1 GBP = 11.63 SEK
International credit cards are accepted for payment almost everywhere in Sweden. You can find several currency exchange offices and ATM machines in Arlanda; there are also two ATM machines in Bålsta.