XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Sociology on the move, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 2010


Practical information


On behalf of the Organising Committees we are delighted to welcome you to the 17th ISA World Congress of Sociology in Gothenburg, Sweden, 11-17 July 2010.

We hope this information helps you with your visit to the congress and we look forward to welcoming you to Gothenburg.

Getting to Gothenburg

There are two airports that serve the Gothenburg area, Landvetter Airport and Göteborg City Airport. On most travel sites you can search fares at both airports.

Landvetter Airport
Landvetter Airport is the international airport of western Sweden and the second largest airport in the country, with scheduled non-stop routes to some 40 direct routes.

Getting to and from Landvetter Airport

- by Bus
Airport Coaches take you from/to the airport in twenty minutes in either direction.
The cost is 80 SEK one way for adults, or 150 SEK for return ticket. The busses depart outside the international transit hall. For more information visit www.flygbussarna.se

- by Taxi
The taxi station is located just outside the international transit hall. We recommend Taxi Göteborg, VIP Taxi or Taxi Kurir. Cost approximately 390 SEK, ask for fixed price.

- Car Rental
There are four car rental agencies available at the Airport. Pick-up and drop-off points are inside the parking garage unless otherwise agreed.

• Avis, phone: +46 (0)31 94 73 30
• Budget, phone: +46 (0)31 94 65 00
• Europcar, phone: +46 (0)31 94 71 00
• Hertz, phone: +46 31 (0)94 60 20

Göteborg City Airport
Göteborg City Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in Sweden.

Getting to and from Göteborg City Airport

- by Bus
Airport Coaches take you from/to the airport in thirty minutes in either direction. The time table of the airport coaches fit in with the timetables of all regular flights. The airport buses depart from Nils Ericson Terminal, 2 hours before the scheduled flight departure. The journey costs 60 SEK one way for adults, or 110 SEK for return ticket.
For more information visit www.flygbussarna.se

- by Taxi
There is a taxi station at the airport. Taxis and limousine service can also be booked via the airport traffic office. Costs approximately 345 SEK, ask for fixed price. We recommend Taxi Göteborg, VIP Taxi or Taxi Kurir.

- Car Rental
The following companies offer services from Göteborg City Airport:

• Avis, phone: +46 (0)31 92 61 95
• Hertz, phone: +46 (0)771 21 12 13
• Europcar, phone: +46 (0)770 77 00 50
• Sixt, phone: +46 (0)31 18 01 00

Transportation in Gothenburg
Getting around the city centre of Gothenburg is easiest on foot, but the city has busses, trams and boats.

Ticket for trams and buses
A single ticket in Gothenburg costs 25 SEK (approx. 2.50 Euros). You need to buy a ticket before you start your journey. Please note that you are not able to buy tickets directly from the driver in the area of Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille. You can buy tickets from newsagents such as Pressbyrån, 7-Eleven or anywhere the Västtrafiken sign is displayed.

You can also buy tickets by text message (if you have a Swedish mobile phone operator) and via credit card on board (one way). If you are going to travelling several times you can buy a short-term top-up card. This card enables you to travel wherever you want within specified areas, and as much as you want, within one or three 24-hour periods. They are valid on all Västtrafiken vehicles, including all trains except the X2000. For more information on trams and buses please visit www.vasttrafik.se

Island ferries
Gothenburg is close to the sea and taking a trip around the islands outside Gothenburg is always an experience. The Island ferries go from Saltholmen to all the islands in södra skärgården. There are three ferry lines: Brännö Rödsten line, Vrångö line and Förö line. If you would rather visit the city and harbour, take the Älvsnabben harbour ferry over Göta River.

If you take the tram to Saltholmen, just use the same ticket for travel on the island ferries.Älvsnabben harbour ferry goes to Lilla Bommen - Rosenlund - Lindholmspiren - Slottsberget - Eriksberg – Klippan.

Making your way to the Congress Venues
The congress is taking place at Svenska Mässan and in 5 different university buildings in the city centre, all within walking distance (5-25 minutes walk) but also easy to reach by trams.

Svenska Mässan Artisten
The Swedish Exhibition Centre & Congress Centre
Entrance 8
Mässans Gata 8, SE-412 51 Göteborg
Tram: 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 13. Stop: Korsvägen
Walking distance is 2 minutes from Korsvägen.
School of Music and Drama
University of Gothenburg
Fågelsången 1, SE-405 30 Göteborg
Tram: 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 13. Stop: Korsvägen
Walking distance 3-4 minutes from Korsvägen

Faculty of Arts University of Gothenburg
Renströmsgatan 6, SE-405 30 Göteborg
Tram: 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 13. Stop: Korsvägen
Walking distance is 3-4 minutes from Korsvägen.
School of Business, Economics and Law
University of Gothenburg

Vasagatan 1, SE-405 30 Göteborg
Tram: 2 from the stop Korsvägen to the stop Handelshögskolan. A 13 minutes ride.
Walking distance is approx. 20 minutes from Svenska Mässan.

Campus Haga (Samfak)
The Faculty of Social Scienes
University of Gothenburg
Sprängkullsgatan 25, SE-405 30 Göteborg
Tram: 2 from the stop Korsvägen to the stop University of Gothenburg
Handelshögskolan. A 13 minutes ride and a short walk of 100 meters. Walking distance is approx. 20 minutes from Svenska Mässan.
Campus Linné – Learning Centre
Annedalsseminariet & Mediehuset
Seminariegatan 1, SE-405 30 Göteborg
Tram: 2 from the stop Korsvägen to the stop Seminariegatan. A 16 minutes ride and a short walk of 100 meters. Walking distance is approx. 30-35 minutes from Svenska Mässan.

See more information on venues locations

Map of Venues and Hotels

map of venues and hotels

Public Transportation System for Trams and Trunk Bus Lines

Public Transportation System
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General Information

Brief history about Gothenburg (Göteborg)

Trade, shipping and international contacts have characterised Gothenburg ever since it was grounded in 1621. In 1731, the Swedish East India Company began trading with the east. In the 19th century, Gothenburg became industrialised, largely due to the arrival of Scottish and English businessmen.

Modern-day Gothenburg with its wide boulevards, parks and stone buildings was built towards the end of the 19th century. The shipyards grew large in the 20th century, but declined at the end of the 1970’s and are now transformed into residential areas and offices for people to enjoy the harbour atmosphere.

Climate and weather
The climate in Gothenburg is varied, and each season brings its own charm!
In the summer, June–August, the temperature is often around 20–25 degrees during the day. The days are long (around 18 hours in July) and the nights are light. The sea is generally warm enough to swim in from July. Fore weather forecasts please visit www.smhi.se

The Swedish currency is the krona. There are a 100 öre in 1 krona (1 Swedish Krona = 100 öre). For update on exchange rates please visit www.oanda.com

Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere. You can use the credit card on buses, trams, taxis, restaurants and shopping. The chip and pin is the common method.

Cash machines (ATM) are common and accept major credit and debit cards. They can be found in the main shopping centres, the airport and in the main streets such as Kungsportsavenyn.

If you bought an item in Sweden worth more than 200 SEK, and you are flying out of the EU, you are eligible to a VAT refund. Present the goods (unused and with the price tags attached), your passport and ticket/boarding pass, Global Refund receipt and the shop receipt to the customs at
the airport, www.globalrefund.com

Sweden uses 220 V AC, 50Hz. Round European style two-pin plugs are used. Laptops from US using only 110 V will need a transformer.

Emergency number
To call ambulance, police or fire brigade, simply call 112.
Main police station, +46 (0)31 114 14 (24 hours)

Foreign exchange
Forex is the largest foreign exchange company located at the airport, the Central Station, Nordstan Shopping Centre, Kungsportsplatsen and Kungsportsavenyn 22.

General opening hours
Attractions from 09.00 or 10.00 hrs – 17.00 or 18.00 hrs
Banks (weekdays) from 10.00-15.00 hrs, large city branches from 10.00-17.00 hrs.
All banks are closed during weekends and on public holidays.
Most shops are open Monday-Friday from 10.00–18.00 hrs, on Saturday from 10.00–16.00 hrs, on Sunday large shopping centres and retail centres are open from 12.00-16.00 hrs.

Sweden is one of the countries with the highest Internet usage in the World. Central Gothenburg has a wireless Internet access. Outside the centre there are many cafés, hotels and other locations where you can surf wirelessly. There are a number of Internet cafés around the city where you can hire PCs, including the Central station. An internet café will also be available in the foyer at the Svenska Mässan, entrance 8.

Medical services
Emergency healthcare:
Capio Axess Akuten, Södra Allégatan 6, +46 (0)31 725 00 75, www.capioaxessakuten.se
CityAkuten, Nordstadstorget 6, +46 (0)31 10 10 10, www.cityakuten.se
Emergency dental care:
Tandvården Göteborg, Akuttandvården, Odinsgatan 10, +46 (0)31 80 78 00

We recommend that you use one of the following taxi companies:
- Taxi Göteborg +46 (0)31 65 00 00
- VIP Taxi +46 (0)31 27 16 11
- Taxi Kurir +46 (0)31 27 27 27

10 % of the bill or taxi fare is the usual and much appreciated.

Tourist information
Tourist information can be found in the following locations:
Main office: Kungsportsplatsen 2, +46 (0)31 61 25 00
Branch office: Nordstan Shopping Centre, +46 (0)31 61 25 00
For further information about Gothenburg and what the city has to offer please visit, www.goteborg.com/en

Travellers with disabilities
Public transportations poses few problems but most trams have often one carriage which is low enough for wheel chairs. Most hotels have good disabled facilities, with top-end establishments providing access to all areas e.g. swimming pools and spa facilities.

Registration Information
Svenska Mässan is centrally located in the city centre of Gothenburg.
The registration desk and congress secretariat is located in the foyer at Svenska Mässan.
Address: Entrance 8, Mässans Gata 8 in Gothenburg (approx. 100 meters from Korsvägen).

Please note that if we have not received your payment, you will have to pay by credit card in order to be able to attend the congress. Please make sure to settle any open balance before leaving for Gothenburg, Sweden.

Opening hours of the registration desk
On site registration starts on Sunday, 11 July at 10:00 hrs.

Svenska Mässan, entrance 8
Sunday, July 11
10:00 – 20:00
Monday, July 12
07:00 – 18:00
Tuesday, July 13
08:00 – 18:00
Wednesday, July 14
08:00 – 18:00
Thursday, July 15
08:00 – 18:00
Friday, July 16
08:00 – 18:00
Saturday, July 17
08:30 – 15:00








Each delegate will receive a name badge upon registration. For security reasons, all delegates are requested to wear or bring their badge during all the congress activities.

The exhibition is located in Hall H at Svenska Mässan and will be open during the congress days. The opening hours are:

Svenska Mässan, Hall H
Monday, July 12
08:30 – 20:00
Tuesday, July 13
08:30 – 20:00
Wednesday, July 14
08:30 – 20:00
Thursday, July 15
08:30 – 20:00
Friday, July 16
08:30 – 20:00
Saturday, July 17
08:30 – 14:00







If you have been given an ISA grant this will be handed out at the cashiers’ at the registration desk on Wednesday, 14 July and Thursday, 15 July at 08:30-17:00 hrs. Please bring a copy of your passport, your boarding pass and a copy of your ticket/e-ticket in order to receive the grant.

You will be able to connect to Internet and use the computers (PC) in the internet café at Svenska Mässan. Wireless Internet, free of charge, will be available in the exhibition hall. Login information will be received at the registration desk.

Neither lunch nor coffee is included in the registration fee. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés all around the city centre of Gothenburg. Dedicated only for delegates to buy coffee and lunch are The Café Haga, located at Campus Haga, and Svenska Mässan.

Opening Ceremony and Reception
The Opening Ceremony is taking place on Sunday, 11 July at 16:30-18:30 hrs at Svenska Mässan. The Opening Ceremony is available for all pre-registered delegates but not for accompanying persons. The Reception starts at 18:30-20:00, also at Svenska Mässan. Finger food and drinks will be served.

Party, July 16
All delegates are invited to join for an evening with entertainment. You will have the opportunity to mingle and party with your colleagues from all over the world at Restaurant Trädgår’n in the city centre of Gothenburg.
The price/person is 500 SEK and includes a cold plate and 2 glasses or wine/beer/non alcoholic.
Sign up for the Party no later than 11 June as places are limited. Unfortunately we will not be able to sell tickets to the Party onsite.

Photocopy service is only possible at Svenska Mässan during the opening hours of the registration desk.

Technical Information
All lecture halls are equipped with a projector and laptop (PC) for PowerPoint presentation which is equipped with Windows XP or Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2007. Internet access is not available.
Some halls are equipped with sound system. If your hall does not have a sound system and this is needed for your presentation, please contact, upon arrival, one of the following persons for your allocated venue.

Campus Haga and Linné: Suzanne Lundström              +46 (0)702-99 65 05
Handels:                         Kristian Ferrara                     +46 (0)739-63 02 02
Artisten:                         Cecilia Johansson                  +46 (0)735-99 08 91
Humanisten:                   Claes Winberg                       +46 (0)708-77 88 24
Svenska Mässan:           Tommy Lundström                +46 (0)702-77 88 18

Sightseeing Tours
The meeting point for most of the tours are outside entrance 8 at Svenska Mässan. Please make sure to be ready at given start times below:

Start Time
End time
Göteborg City Tour by Bus
13 July
Visit the Fish Auction
14 July
Volvo Study Visit
15 July
15 July
16 July





If tickets are still available you are welcome to buy tickets onsite at the registration desk on a first-come first-served basis.

The Organising Committee and Congrex Sweden AB accept no liability for any injuries/losses incurred by participants and/or accompanying persons, nor loss of, or damage to, any luggage and/or personal belongings.
Delegates are advised to take out their own insurance to cover personal possessions, travel and cancellation as the Congress does not cover individuals against cancellation of bookings, theft or damage to belongings.