2017 Cambridge GOC Meeting Logistics

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GOC Meeting, Cambridge , October 2-4, 2017

Ride share for airports Thursday Oct 5



  • Please register at: 8:30-9am Monday 2nd October at Cambridge University Centre, Hicks Room.
  • The meeting will be £120 in total (£85 for meeting only). Please bring cash (GBP). You will receive an invoice upon payment at registration.

Consortium dinner

Planned Schedule

  • Monday October 2nd:
  • Meeting will run from 9am to 5pm.
    • 12:30-1:30pm Lunch at the University Centre (paid for individually).
    • 5:00-8:00pm Mixer:Posters & Pizza.
  • Tuesday October 3rd:
  • Meeting will run from 9am to 5pm.
    • 12:30-2:00pm Lunch (picnic/sandwiches)
    • 7:30pm Consortium dinner (drinks paid for individually).
  • Wednesday October 4th:
  • Meeting will run from 9am to 12:30pm.
    • 12:30-1:30pm Lunch at the University Centre (paid for individually).
    • Afternoon: Optional workshop(s)

Meeting Venue and Directions

  • Address Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RU


By Plane

(see taxi options from airport in section below)

Arriving from London Heathrow airport

The bus is the cheapest option from Heathrow Airport: there is an hourly bus to Cambridge which leaves from stops at both Heathrow Central Bus Station and Terminal 5. You can check the National Express website for timetables and prices. The journey takes around two hours and arrives at Parkside, Parker's Piece.

A faster way to travel would be via taking the London Underground Piccadilly line from the airport to London King's Cross. You can then travel by train from London King's Cross station to Cambridge (the train ticket is approximately £20).

Another option to reach King's Cross is to take the Heathrow Express to Paddington station and change to the London Underground Circle or Hammersmith & City lines. Note that this option is more expensive (around £25, plus £20 for the King's Cross-Cambridge trip) and not much faster than the underground one. If you arrive during the weekend and you book well in advance you may find cheaper tickets for the Heathrow Express service.

However you reach King's Cross, the trip from there to Cambridge, depending on which train you pick, takes between 50 minutes to 1h and 20 minutes. Add at least 20 minutes to this if you plan to use this occasion to take a picture at Platform 9¾, as there will most certainly be a queue!

You can check trains and times from King's Cross at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/default.aspx.

Arriving from London Stansted airport

This is the nearest airport to Cambridge, an around 30 minute trip. Depending on your time of arrival, you will find every half an hour or hourly a direct train to Cambridge, which takes approximately 30 minutes to reach the town. The cost of a one-way ticket is £10. You can check trains and times on http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/default.aspx. You can also download the trainline app on your phone if you want to get e-tickets directly on your device. Just remember to activate the ticket before going on the train.

An alternative to the train for arriving in Cambridge from Stansted is via using the National Express coach service. You can check their website for times and prices. The airport bus stops at Parkside, Parker's Piece.

Arriving from London Luton airport

You can go to the National Express website to see timetables and prices of buses from Luton to Cambridge. The ride takes approximately 2 hours. The airport bus stops at Parkside, Parker's Piece.

Arriving from London Gatwick airport

The best way to get from London Gatwick airport to Cambridge is to take the train. There is a frequent service from Gatwick to St. Pancras station, which is adjacent to King's Cross station, where you can catch a train to Cambridge. Check train timetables from Luton at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/default.aspx.

N.B. If you arrive at Cambridge via train, you will need your train ticket to exit the station.


If you prefer to reach Cambridge from any airport via a taxi transfer, a company that we can suggest is Kenway. You can make a booking enquiry through their website or by sending an email to info@kenwaycars.org, specifying airport, flight number, and a destination address.

If you need a taxi company once in Cambridge, you can use companies like Panther taxi (01223 715715) or Camcab (01223 704704). There is Uber in Cambridge, but since the taxis are quite cheap, a Uber ride can often cost the same or more (in rush hours) than a regular taxi ride.

From London City Center

In case you are going to spend some time in London before coming to Cambridge, you have a few options for coming here.

By Train

Cambridge is directly connected to London King's Cross and London Liverpool Street. You can check trains and times at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/default.aspx and download the trainline app on your phone if you want to get e-tickets directly on your device.

N.B. If you arrive at Cambridge via train, you will need your train ticket to exit the station.

By Bus

Check National Express website to see timetables and info. The bus services stop on Parkside, Parker's Piece.

By Car

If you arrive by car a suggestion would be to use the Park and Ride services (detailes at http://cambridgeparkandride.info/), as parking in Cambridge is a nightmare.


Please add your name to the table if you intend to attend the meeting, the dinner (Tuesday), so we can get a headcount estimate.

Name Organization Are you planning to attend the GOC meeting Are you planning to attend the GOC dinner Are you planning to bring a poster? (indicate number)
Valerie Wood PomBase (Cambridge) Yes Yes Yes, 3
Midori Harris PomBase (Cambridge) Yes Yes
Paola Roncaglia EMBL-EBI Yes Yes
Petra Fey dictyBase Yes Yes
Suzanna Lewis BBOP (LBNL) Yes Yes
Chris Mungall BBOP (LBNL) Yes Yes
Seth Carbon BBOP (LBNL) Yes Yes
Eric Douglass BBOP (LBNL) Yes Yes
Helen Attrill FlyBase (Cambridge) Yes Yes
Giulia Antonazzo FlyBase (Cambridge) Yes Yes
Nick Brown FlyBase (Cambridge) Yes Yes
Ruth Lovering UCL Yes Yes
Rachael Huntley UCL Yes Yes Yes (1)
Nancy Campbell UCL Yes Yes Yes (1)
Barbara Kramarz UCL Yes No Yes (1)
Sandra Orchard EBI-UniProt, GOA, IntAct Yes Yes
Birgit Meldal EBI-IntAct Yes Yes Yes (1)
David Hill GOC/Jackson Laboratory Yes No
Mary Dolan GOC/Jackson Laboratory Yes Yes Yes
Paul Thomas GOC/USC Yes Yes
Pascale Gaudet GOC/neXtProt Yes Yes
Mike Cherry SGD Yes Yes
Stacia Engel SGD Yes Yes
Edith Wong SGD Yes Yes
Sabrina Toro ZFIN Yes Yes
Shur-Jen Wang RGD Yes Yes Yes, w/Liz, (1) signaling
Elizabeth Bolton RGD Yes Yes Yes, w/Shur-Jen, (1)
Kimberly Van Auken WB/Caltech Yes Yes No
Michele Magrane EBI-UniProt, GOA Yes Yes
Tony Sawford EBI-UniProt, GOA Yes Yes
Penelope Garmiri EBI-UniProt, GOA Yes Yes
George Georghiou EBI-UniProt, GOA Yes Yes
Alex Ignatchenko EBI-UniProt, GOA Yes Yes
Maria Martin EBI-UniProt, GOA Yes Yes
Marc Feuermann SIB Yes Yes
Patrick Masson SIB Yes Yes
Sylvain Poux SIB Yes Yes
Jacky Hayles PomBase Yes Yes
Huaiyu Mi USC Yes Yes
Astrid Laegreid NTNU Yes Yes No
Marcio Luis Acencio NTNU Yes Yes Yes (1)
Susan Tweedie HGNC Yes (Mon. only) No Yes (1)
Suzi Aleksander TAMU/EcoliWiki Yes Yes

NOT attending (please indicate if you will attend remotely):

Peter D'Eustachio
Doug Howe
TAIR representative (Attending remotely)
Harold Drabkin (Attending remotely)
Moni Munoz-Torres
Alice Shypitsyna
Rebecca Tauber (for ECO) (Attending remotely)
Judy Blake (Attending remotely)

Group Photo

Remote Attendance

Please join us via Zoom.

  • iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +18333021536,,976175422# or +16507249799,,976175422#
  • Telephone:
    • +1 650 724 9799 (US, Canada, Caribbean Toll) or +1 833 302 1536 (US, Canada, Caribbean Toll Free).
    • UK toll free +44 (0) 80 0031 5717.
    • Switzerland toll free +41 800 002 622
  • Meeting ID: 976 175 422


  • Cambridge is a small, busy city and accommodation is limited. Please book early, as the beginning of October is drop-off time for the students and lots of worried-looking parents will be in town.

  • We have a block allocation of rooms at The Royal Hotel (5-10 min walk from the meeting venue). They will only hold until the 1st August, so book early! The allocation is from the Sunday 1st-Thurs 5th. After this date the rooms will not be held but can still be booked at the discounted rate. There are an extra 10 rooms allocated for 30th September for those attending the signalling workshop.
    • Royal Cambridge Hotel. Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PY. Tel: +44 (0)1223 351631, email: reservations.cambridge@sjhotels.co.uk
    • The special room rate for the The Royal Cambridge Hotel cannot be accessed via the hotel website. Please contact the hotel directly via email or phone.
    • To book phone +44 (0)1223 351631 or e-mail reservations.cambridge@sjhotels.co.uk. To get the discount rate, please quote CAMB63710
    • Rates:
      • twin/double room - £160 per room per night included breakfast and VAT
      • single room - £130 per person per night included breakfast and VAT

  • If you wish to book something else, here are some other options:
    • Ibis Cambridge Central Station. 2 Station Square, CB1 2GA Cambrige. Tel: +44 (0) 1223 320960. Prices range from ~£80-£150/night. Approx. 30 minute walk to meeting venue.
    • Tamburlaine Hotel. 27-29 Station Rd, Cambridge CB1 2FB, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 1223792888. Quote University of Cambridge code LCCUNI to get a discounted rate (~£210-£220/night). Approx. 30 minute walk to meeting venue.
    • Double Tree by Hilton. Granta Place Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RT, United Kingdom TEL: +44 (0) 1223 259988. Located opposite the meeting venue, but has some building work going on at the moment and is on the more expensive side.
    • Hotel du Vin. 15-19 Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1QA. Tel: +44 (0) 1223 227330. 5-10 min walk from the meeting venue. Approx. £200/night.

Food and drinks

In Cambridge there are many restaurants, of many kinds. In fact, it can get really difficult to pick one! Here are some suggestions, to make your life a bit easier. Please keep in mind that, since the meeting will be in the first week of the University term, you may have some trouble in getting tables in some places.

  • Millworks: really close to the meeting venue. They define themselves as "an eclectic modern brasserie". You can get good food while being close to the river Cam.
  • The Anchor: also close to the meeting venue, serving traditional British pub grub. Pink Floyd had their first gigs in this pub. If you are lucky you can get a table with a nice view over the river.
  • Vedanta: very good Indian restaurant on Regent street, but small, so it's good to book in advance!
  • The House: a good and cheap Thai restaurant, again on Regent Street.
  • The Eagle: the pub where Francis Crick announced on February 28th, 1953 that he and James Watson had "discovered the secret of life" (the structure of the DNA).
  • Aromi: in case you want to have a slice of Italian pizza and a good coffee, maybe together with some Sicilian cannoli or some ice cream. There are two Aromi restaurants in the city centre, very close to each other, and they sell different products. They are both usually very busy!
  • Sticks'n'sushi: Japanese restaurant in the city centre, with nice sushi and a cool atmosphere. A bit on the pricey side.
  • Las Iguanas: Latin American restaurant on Quayside with a vibrant atmosphere. Always with a 2-for-1 cocktail offer, in case you just want to go there for drinks. It does get a bit noisy with loud music, so not great if you look for something quiet.
  • Thaikhun: in case you still want to stay in the Quayside area, this is a good Thai restaurant, still with an interesting vibe, but more quiet
  • Six: if the weather is good, you can get a nice view of Cambridge, either from the rooftop bar, or from the restaurant that is on the floor right under the bar (so, unlike the bar, it's covered).

What constitutes a good coffee is of course really subjective, but here are some suggestions in case you are desperate:

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