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GOC Meeting, Cambridge , April 11th - 12th, 2019


  • Fee: £65 with dinner, or £35 for the meeting only
  • Link to pay by credit or debit card
  • Note that this is also the sign-up for dinner on Thursday evening
  • Deadline: Thursday March 28th, or until full (max 50 people)

Consortium dinner

Thursday 11th April at The Riverside Restaurant, University Centre, Granta Pl, Cambridge CB2 1RU (same venue as the meeting).

Planned Schedule

  • 9am-5pm Thursday April 11th
  • 9am-5pm Friday April 12th
  • Note: 2 days only.
  • We'll be running to a pretty tight schedule - many people will have already have been at the Biocurator Conference plus pre-meeting meetings.

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 (details 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 and whether you will be booking accommodation (or have booked) at the Double Tree hotel using the discount code, so we can get an estimate.

Name Organization Are you planning to attend the GOC meeting I am going to stay at the Double Tree Hotel (Yes/No)
Seth Carbon LBL Yes No
Alex Ignatchenko EBI (Cambridge) Yes No
George Georghiou EBI (Cambridge) Yes No
Sandra Orchard EBI (Cambridge) Yes No
Maria Martin EBI (Cambridge) Yes No
Michele Magrane EBI (Cambridge) Yes No
Valerie Wood PomBase (Cambridge) Yes No
Giulia Antonazzo FlyBase (Cambridge) Yes No
Helen Attrill FlyBase (Cambridge) Yes No
Chris Mungall LBL Yes Yes
Judy Blake Jackson Lab Yes Yes
Birgit Meldal EBI (ComplexPortal / IntAct) Yes No
David Hill Jackson Lab Yes Yes
Harold Drabkin Jackson Lab Yes Yes
Gaurab Mukherjee Jackson Lab Yes No
Alan Bridge SIB (UniProt / Rhea) Yes TBC
Anne Morgat SIB (UniProt / Rhea) Yes TBC
Lionel Breuza SIB (UniProt) Yes TBC
Marc Feuermann SIB (UniProt) Yes TBC
Patrick Masson SIB (UniProt / ViralZone) Yes TBC
Midori Harris PomBase (Cambridge) Yes No
Huaiyu Mi USC Yes Yes
Edith Wong SGD Yes No
Suzi Aleksander SGD Yes No
Stacia Engel SGD Yes No
Mike Cherry SGD Yes No
Felix Gondwe SGD Yes No
Ruth Lovering UCL Yes No
Suvarna Nadendla ECO (Instit for Genome Sci) Yes No
Antonia Lock PomBase (Cambridge) First day only No
Malcolm Fisher Xenbase (CCHMC) Yes No
Christina James-Zorn Xenbase (CCHMC) Yes No
Petra Fey dictyBase Yes TBD
Sabrina Toro ZFIN Yes No
Achchuthan Shanmugasundram FungiDB Yes
Kimberly Van Auken WormBase Yes Yes
Alayne Cuzick PHI-base Thursday a.m only No
Paul Sternberg WormBase Yes TBD
Eric Douglass LBL Yes No
Eva Huala TAIR/Phoenix Yes No
Pascale Gaudet SIB/USC Yes TBD
Paul Thomas USC Yes Yes
Peter D'Eustachio NYUMC / Reactome Yes Yes
Laurent-Philippe Albou USC Yes TBD
Tremayne Mushayahama USC Yes TBD
Alexander Diehl University at Buffalo Yes Yes
Nick Brown FlyBase Yes No


Colin Logie Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences Yes TBC

NOT attending (please indicate if you will attend remotely):
Nomi Harris (LBNL)--it will be difficult for me to attend remotely due to the 8-hour time difference.
Mary Dolan (Jackson Lab) will attend remotely
Tom Hayman (RGD) will attend 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


  • BOOK discounted accommodation at the Double Tree Hotel for the nights of the 10th-12th April (checkout 13th).
    • Address: DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge City Centre, Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RT, UK (about 10 seconds from venue, overlooks the river)
    • £186.00 per room per night based on single occupancy
    • £196.00 per room per night for double occupancy
    • Breakfast included (there will be no breakfast provided at the meeting).
  • Discounted booking ends 13th March 2019 and rooms block booking will be released.

  • 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. ~£150-240/night. Approx. 30 minute walk to meeting venue.
    • Hotel du Vin. 15-19 Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1QA. Tel: +44 (0) 1223 227330. 10 min walk from the meeting venue. Approx. £200/night.
    • Royal Cambridge Hotel. Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PY. Tel: +44 (0)1223 351631. 10 min walk from the meeting venue. email: reservations.cambridge@sjhotels.co.uk. Approx. £160/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.

  • Millworks: just across the green from the meeting venue. They define themselves as "an eclectic modern brasserie". You can get good food while being close to the river Cam. Not to be confused with The Mill (see below).
  • The Mill: cosy pub nearly adjacent to the meeting venue, with a good selection of beer and food. Not to be confused with Millworks (see above).
  • 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 quieter
  • 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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