< Impacts2019-General

International Conference
"Impacts and their role in the Evolution of Life"
Tällberg, Siljan area, Sweden, 10 - 13 June 2019


Please see the Venue & Access page for details.

Please see the Venue & Access page for details.

During the conference it will be summer, although pollen seasons of different plants arrive later in Sweden than in Central Europe. If you have a pollen allergy, check with your doctor about possible medication during your trip to Sweden. For a pollen forecast consult the pollen forecast from the Swedish Museum of Natural History. By choosing "Borlänge" ayou should get a good forecast. If you have any food allergies, please inform the local organisers (mentioning it on the registration form will do).

Banks are usually open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 16:00. Most banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Please note that there is NO bank service nor a cash mashine in Tällberg. Thus it is good to get some cash at the airport.

Climate and clothing
The climate of Dalarna is more continental than most of Sweden since it is relatively far from large bodies of waters moderating temperatures. As a result, summer is normally warmer than many areas much further south in the country. The average overall temperature in June is 15 degrees centigrade, the average max temperature being 21 degrees C and the minimum 9 degrees C. Precipitation in June amounts to around 58 mm, with around 36 percent of chance of presentation on the average. Bring your umbrella and a light raincoat in case of occasional showers. Nordic twilight is present, with sunlight around 19 hours a day and dusk going over directly in dawn. Please take some good shoes for walking to geological sights with you (no high heels and flip-flops please).

Forget Swedish crime novels and the stories peddled by Fox News. Sweden and, especially Tällnberg are really still very safe places. The most common problems to hit foreigners are pickpocketing and car break-ins. Also drunken rioting can be a problem, especially on Fridays and Saturdays, but is mostly restricted to larger places. If you want to report a crime, contact the local police station. The net police station is located in Rättvik and it is located at Torggatan 17. In case of non-emergency the country-wide police phone number is: +46 77 114 14 00. Reception hours of Rättvik police: Tuesday and Thursday 09:00-11:30 and 12:30 to 15:00 For emergencies call 112. Usually operators speak English.

Dangers and annoyances
We do not plan any extreme activities, so people should be safe if they take care and wear good shoes at the excursion. Participants will take part in all activities of the conferemce at their own risk and the organisers do not have any liability for accidents or illnesses affecting any attendee(s) due to those activities.

Dress code
There is definitely no dress code at the conference (these things are reserved for events like the Nobel ceremony in Sweden). But you might want to dress a bit smarter at the conference banquet.

Tap water is safe eveywhere in Sweden. There are many local microbreweries in Sweden and the fully licened hotel bar offers a good selection. Swedish cider has become popular recently, but is a bit of an aquired taste. There is no significant amount of grape wine grown in Sweden. At celebrations where a buffet is served, it is common to eat the first (fish) course of a Swedish buffet with a small glass of strong liquor - "the fish must swim"(often accompanied by a small song, a "snapsvisa"). Please note that alcoholic drinks (apart from light beer) are only sold in state-owned liquor stores "Systembolaget". If alcoholic drinks are served at a restaurant, ou are not allowed to bring them outside. Consumption of alcoholic drinks bought outside is strictly forbidden at Hotell Dalecarlia.

Driving in Sweden
Car headlights must be lit at all times (even during the day and the Nordic twilight). Traffic drives on the right. Speed limits range from 90-120 km/h on main highways,60-80 km/h on smaller roads and 30-60 km/h in towns and cities. Your vehicle must carry a warning triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, and wheel chocks. Seat belts are compulsory in front and rear seats.

> Credit cards are accepted at most petrol stations. Sometimes petrol stations are unmanned and open 24 hours a day. For emergency car repairs call the "Assistancekåren" service, toll-free within Sweden, phone: 020 912 912 (number available within Sweden only). In case of road emergencies call 112.

Please note that:

  • Speed limits are strictly enforced by the police and speed limit violations can result in lose of driving licence
  • DO NOT drink even minute amounts of alcohol before and during driving. The legal limit of alcohol in the blood is zero and there is a zero-tolerance policy on drink-driving, which is punished by heavy fines and/or imprisonment.
  • Take warnings for animals crossing the road serious. Especially moose are dangerous - they do not think that cars are dangerous for them.
  • Distances between petrol stations can be large in the countryside.
Parking is a problem in big cities, but in Dalarna, this is less of an issue. There is a parking lot close to Hotell Dalecarlia

. Further information about driving in Sweden can befound on the following website.

112 is the general emergency line throughout the European Union (similar to 911 in the U.S.) The number can be dialed from any phone, and the call is free. By the way: Sweden was the first country in the world introducing a general emergency money.

Swedish cuisine is autochtonous with minor influences from Germany (from the Hanseatic times), and France (due to the king Karl Johan Bernadotte. Swedish "husmanskost" denotes traditional Swedish dishes with local ingredients, the classical everyday Swedish cuisine. Pork and fish are widely used, nowadays also beef and lamb. Starters are usually a bit down-to earth like the traditional pea soup (ärtsoppa), many varieties of salmon (such as gravlax, inkokt lax, fried, pickled) of herring (most commonly pickled ("Glasmästarsill", "inlagd sill"). Traditional main dishes include fishballs (fiskbullar), meatballs (köttbullar), potato dumplings with meat or other ingredients (palt), potato pancake (raggmunk), varieties of porridge (gröt), a fried mix of pieces of potato, different kind of meats, sausages, bacon and onion (pytt i panna), meat stew with onion (kalops), and potato dumplings with a filling of onions and pork (kroppkakor). As desserts, fruit and marzipan cakes (princesstårta) dominate.

Sometimes it is common to eat pea soup with pancakes at Thursday evening. In older times kitchen maids had the afternoon off on this day, so the food had to be pre-pepared.

The traditional Swedish buffet "smörgåsbord" consists of three parts. The first part are different kinds of fish (pickled herring, salmon). Then one goes over to the warm dishes (meatballs, "Janssons frestelse"), finishing off with the desserts. It is common to take a new plate with each course.

Coffee is usally served after each meals and often free in restaurants (kaffe ingår). Bread and butter is also frequently put on the table before meals and included in the meal price.

Sweden is an associate member of the Schengen agreement which exempts travelers from regular personal border controls between 13 European Union (EU) countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Estonia) and two European Economic Area (EEA) countries (Norway and Iceland). However, border controls on the trains between Denmark and Sweden and boats from Germany have been introduced and are likely to remain for some time. People living in Great Britain and Ireland are subject to personal border controls upon entry to the Schengen area. Border controls can, however be imposed on travellers from all states.

A list of countries whose citizens DO NOT need a visa to visit Sweden can be found here. If you need a visa, please start the paperwork AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Not only can handling times be long, but it might be difficult to find the embassy responsible for citizens of your nationality and location. In many cases, Swedish embassies do not hold consular offices and the visa applications are handled by embassies of other countries. This can delay procedures. Please note that invitation letters are only issued for invited speakers and selected poster presenters.

Hotel Dalecarlia offers free wireless connections, most restaurants and Swedish Railways usually do. However, some trains to Dalarna are old, so you should not bank on a wifi connection during your train ride. Free Wifi is getting more common also in Sweden in cafes and restaurants.

Laundry facilities
There are no laundries in Tällberg.

Lunches, breakfasts and dinners are served in the dining room at Hotel Dalecarlia, if not announced differently.

Medical Services
In case of emergency, call 112 (general emergency). For non-emergency cases contact the local surgery (våcentral) in Rättvik, Centralgatan 1. Opening hours Mon-Fri 08:00 - 17:00, phone contact Mon-Fri 07:00 - 16:00. Phone contact: ++46-(0)24849 47 28.

If you are a citizen of any of the Nordic, EU/EEA countries or Switzerland, you have access to essential health care if you register beforehand at a social insurance office in your home country and obtain a European Health Insurance card. If European health insurance cards are not yet issued in your country,ask for a form E128, or a form E111. With this form you only pay the normal patient fee, just like all Swedes. People from non-European countries are strongly encouraged to obtain a travel health insurance.

It is worth to remember that many drugs sold over the counter in other countries are available on prescription only in Sweden (this includes contraceptives). People using medication constantly are advised to bring it with them.

Sweden does not have the Euro, but an own currency, the crown (krona, plural koronor) abbreviated SEK. Coins exist at 1, 2, 5 and 10 SEK, notes at 20, 50, Sveriges Riksbank.

Cash machines (ATMs), in Swedish "Bankomat" or "Sedelautomat", are frequent in Sweden, but there is no one in Tällberg. Currency exchange offices, however, are more elusive, especially after business hours. Banks often do not offer very good rates, since there is not much exchange business any more due to the widespread use of credit cards. The latter are very widely accepted, but sometimes this does not include "Diners" and "Amex" due to their higher fees for businesses.

Nordic Twilight
During the conference days are long in Sweden. Although the hotel and the hostel have curtains, some people might find it hard to sleep. So some sleeping cover for the eyes could be a good thing to bring. On the otherhand, the long evenings makes romantic night walks in the village, down to Siljan lake and up to "Digerberget" possible.

The poster session will be held on Monday 10th June, 2019. DIN A0 in portrait format should be OK. Participants will be allowed a 4 minutes presentation for their posters (no discussion). The presentation will take place in the Hjortnäs lecture room. Powerpoint slides can be used. For a smooth run of these poster talks, they are asked to bring their talks on a memory stick or CD-ROM. There is no possibility to print posters in Tällberg.

Post office
The closest one is in Rättvik at the ICA Supermarket "Fiolen" Vasagatan 2 79530. It opens from 08:00 to 22:00 Mon - Sun.

Public holidays
There are no official public holidays during the conference, but June 6th is the National holiday in Sweden. Midsummer Eve and Midsummer Day are on June 21st and 22nd, respectively. On these 2 days the whole country comes to a complete standstill.

Registration will be at the lobby of Hotell Dalecarlia on 9th June 2019from 14:00 to 20:00 and from 08:00 to 09:00 on 10th August 2019 at the Hjortnäs lecture hall. Later arriving participants can get their material in the lecture room during coffee breaks.

Dalarna a very nice area with lots of interesting sights. Since we do not have a lot of time during the conference you should plan some extra time before and after the event. Highlight include

Information about these sights can be found at the Dalarna Tourist Office website. There is no tourist office at Tällberg though.

Shops generally open 09:00 - 18:00 (Mon to Sat), supermarkets longer and also on Sundays abd public holidays. Most popular souvenirs are:

  • Dala horses
  • Special food: smoked reindeer, salmon, cheeses, moose sausages
  • Handicraft items
  • Fruit jams, especially from the arctic cloudberry (hjortron) and lingonberry (lingon).
  • CDs with Swedish folk songs and dances
  • Aquavit (spicy brandy)
  • For children: Brio quality toys and children books by Astrid Lindgren, Gösta Knutsson and many others.
  • Outdoor equipment and clothing (often of very high quality in Sweden)

Taxis are safe and cheating tourists is still not very common in Sweden. It is thus wise to remember the following points:

Prices are not uniform, taxi operators can set their own rates. Take a close look at the price list, which is posted on the right side rear door. Here you will find rates for the base fare the waiting charge, and the pre-kilometre charges. Some times fixed prices (fast pris) exist ad surcharges for accessing railway stations and airports in big cities can be charged. All in all, going by taxi is expensive in Sweden.

For calls to Sweden: Dial +46 (the country code for Sweden), then the are code followed by subscriber's number. If you want to make a call from Sweden, dial 00 + the country code + area code + the subscriber's number.

The GSM network works on frequencies of 900 MHz and 1800 MHz (dependent on the carrier). If you are taking your mobile phone with you, make sure that it is able to work on these.

Central European daylight saving time (UTC + 2) will be in force during the meeting. There is no time shift between Germany, France and Sweden and a 1 hour time shift between London and Sweden. If it is 1 o'clock in London and 2 o'clock in Frankfurt it is 2 o'clock in Tällberg.

Tipping is less common in Sweden than in the rest of Europe. In restaurants, service is included in the bill, but if you get a good service in a restaurant where the bill is sent to the table you can tip 5-10 %. In case of bad service it is OK to give nothing.

Ladies' rooms are marked with "Damer" and Gentlemen's rooms with "Herrar". Unisex teilets are becoming more common in Sweden though.

Please see the Venue & Access page for details.

The electricity supply in Sweden is 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. European-style 2-pin plugs are in use.

Weights and measures
Sweden uses the metric system.

All the information given above is to the best of our knowledge. However, we cannot accept any liability for inadvertently false or incomplete information on this site.

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