< Tartu2017-General

Summer school
"Formation of complex molecules in space and on planets - From interstellar clouds to life"
Tartu, Estonia, 17 - 22 July 2017


The lectures will take place at:

Estonian Biocenter
Riia 23b
EST-93810 Tartu
Phone: EE-50411 Tartu
Phone +372 737 4100

The venue can be found on the Map of University buildings. It is number 31. The file has 1.5 MB, so be patient.....

Lectures take place at the Estonian Biocentre, Riia 26b in the main lecture room. The lecture room is equipped with a PowerPoint projector, audio equipment and overhead projector. If lecturers need some other technical devices, they should contact the organisers in good time. The venue of the poster session will be announced in due course.


For guests at the Hotel Dorpat will be served at the hotel. People at the Academus hostel can make their own breakfast at the room. Lunches and dinners will be in the restaurant of the Cafe Vilde if not announced seperately in the programme. The farewell dinner will be held in Hotel Dorpat also.


Participants will have the choice between accommodation in single or shared double room at the Hotel Dorpat (en-suite bathrooms), or in hostel rooms at the Academus hostel (basic accommodation, en-suite bathrooms). Hotel Dorpat and Academus Hostel offer free wireless internet. Lecturers will be offered single room accommodation in Hotel Dorpat.

Academus Hostel
The rooms at Academus have a WC and shower, 2 single beds, TV set and free WiFi. There is also a small kitchenette. The kitchenette includes a kettle and kitchenware. Free WiFi. The staff are there 24 hours a day, if you need any assistance. Washing masshines and dryers are available. Breakfast is NOT included, but you can cook your own breakfast in the room.

Pepleri 14
EE-51013 Tartu
Phone: +372 5306 6620
Fax: +372 7362 606
E-mail: hostel@campus.ee
Website: http://www.academus.ee/

Hotel Dorpat
The rooms at Hotel Dorpat are equipped with two single beds 90x200cm, air conditioning, flat-screen TV, high speed WiFi and cable Internet, direct-dial telephone, writing desk, blackout blinds, underfloor heating in bathroom, shower and hairdryer. Breakfast is included in the hotel price. The hotel is at 20 minutes walking distance from the venue and next to the coach station.

Soola 6
EE-51013 Tartu
Phone: +372 733 7180
Fax: +372 733 7181
E-mail: info@dorpat.ee
Website: http://www.dorpat.ee/?lang=en

GPS coordinates:
L-Est coordinates: X:6474171.4 Y:659815.5
Geographical coordinates: B:58 degrees 22' 43.39'' L:26 degrees 43'56.84''

Access to the the venue

By air

The best way is first to fly into Tallinn Lennart Meri International Airport at Ülemiste (IATA code: TLL). There are good and cheap connections to Tallinn from many different European airports. Flights are offered by different airlines directly as well as Air Baltic (via Riga). The airport is very close to the city near Lake Ülemiste. Coming from outside Europe you probably have to change at Frankfurt, Amsterdam or London. Tartu has also limited flight connections to Helsinki on Sundays and Mondays (at time of writing). It is operated by Finnair and bookings can be made on Finnair homepage or through travel agents.

If you arrive in on Tartu Airport, you can take the shuttle bus operated by Tartaline for EUR 5,- from the Airport to your accommodation. Information and booking instructions can be found at the Tartaline website.

Arriving at Tallinn Airport it is best to take one of the frequent buses and check the following website for information. The distance is 180 km and the travel time about 2:30 h. Please make sure that you put in "Tallinn Airport" (Tallinna lennujaam). There is an English version of the site as starting station.The tickets could be purchased in advance, especially on Fridays and Sundays. However, if the plane is late you lose the ticket, so it might be better to buy them upon arrival. The vending machine takes credit cards.

Riga airport has more numerous connections with rest of Europe than Tallinn has, so considering Riga is an option. There are about 6 bus services a day between two cities (250 km apart), both ways; see Lux Express or Ecolines for schedules and tickets. Some buses depart from airport but not all, so check Riga coach station as a departure point as well.

Arriving at the bus station you are almost in front of Hotel Dorpat. To go to Academus Hostel, walk back the road where thebus came in, passing the Statoil petrol station to your left. At the intersection turn right, at the next une left onto "Riia". After 600m you turn right onto "Pepleri". The hostel will be reached after 100m to your right (Pepleri 14).

By bus

There are several connections from different cities to Tartu. From Tallinn main bus station there are frequent connections to Tartu. The travel time is about 2.5 hours, Information about timetables and sale of tickets is found here.

It is also possible to travel the whole way to the summer course by bus from Russia or Central Europe. An advantage is that these bused usually are very comfortable (often even with wireless internet on board) and also very cheap. The disadvantage is the long journey time. So these are an alternative only if you do come from St. Petersburg or Riga or want to combine your visit to the course with a trip to the Baltic. There are frequent and inexpensive bus services from St.Petersburg to Tartu. Lux Express is one of the operators. The travel between these cities takes 6-8 hours, and the company also operates services Warsaw-Riga-Tarrtu (22 hours) and Königsberg-Riga-Tartu. Another bus company offering coach travel to Estonia from many places in Europe is Ecolines.

Arriving at the bus station you are almost in front of Hotel Dorpat. To go to Academus Hostel, walk back the road where the bus came in, passing the Statoil petrol station to your left. At the intersection turn right, at the next une left onto "Riia". After 600m you turn right onto "Pepleri". The hostel will be reached after 100m to your right (Pepleri 14).

By train

Tartu has a train station so travel to Tartu by rail is also possible. Infos and timtables can be found at the Estonian railways service or at the excellent server of the German Railways. From the Tallinn Lennart Meri International Airport you have to walk to Ülemiste station (1 km walk). To do so, exit the airport walk out in the front to the main road and pass "Hotel Ülemiste". You will soon see a huge shopping center "Ülemiste keskus". The station is on the far side of the centre across the road. If you make astop-over in Talinn you can also use the city center station "Balti jaam".

About 8 trains operate per day between Tallinn and Tartu, of which 5 are express trains. Trains are usually new and convenient.Arriving at Tartu, walk out of the station and turn right ont "Vaksali" road. After 300m turn left ont Vanemuise road. After walking straight for 700m turn right onto "Pepleri" if you want to go to Academus Hostel. The hostel is on the left after 50m. To continue to Hotel Dorpat walk on for another kilometre to the river and turn right. The hotel then is 200m further at the riverside. However, since the buses from Tallinn airport directly go to the hotel, I only recommend the rail journey if you hate going on buses and/or are a die-hard railway enthusiast.

Directions in Tartu

For directions in Tartu (how to move between different places) you can downlowad instructions here.

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