The conference venue

The ETSF YRM 2017 will be held at the Institut Català d’Investigació Química (ICIQ) in Tarragona, Spain. ICIQ is a newly established research institute focused on becoming a centre of excellence for chemistry. Its objectives include to facilitate knowledge and technology transfer to chemical, pharmaceutical and energy industrial sectors as well as to train the future generation of scientists in the field.

Tarragona is a popular tourist destination, located southwest of Barcelona at the mediterranean sea. Having served as the capital of the “Nearer Spain” province during the Roman republic, it has a rich cultural and archeological history, including a UNESCO world heritage site.

Getting there

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  • By plane via Reus Airport: Reus Airport (REU) is the closest airport to Tarragona and particularly well connected to the UK. A bus ride to Tarragona takes 20-30 minutes.

  • By plane via Barcelona Airport: Barcelona el Prat (BCN) is Spain’s second largest airport. Tarragona can be reached in 65 minutes via a bus service leaving from terminal 1 (get off at Tarragona, Imperial Tarraco). Busses leave every 30-60 minutes between 9am to 11pm (the schedule for June will be available 1-2 months in advance). Tickets are 13 EUR one-way and can be bought both online and from the bus driver.

  • By train via Camp de Tarragona: Tarragona-CAMP is served by the AVE high-speed train. The station is located 8km north of the city and is connected via bus (every 30 minutes, get off at Imperial Tarraco).

  • By train to Tarragona: Tarragona station is served both by local and national trains. From Barcelona city, the easiest and cheapest way to Tarragona is the train departing from Barcelona-Sants. It takes 1h10min to Tarragona, runs every 30-90min and can only be booked through the Rodalies Website (not the RENFE one) .

  • By bus to Tarragona: Long-distance bus lines, such as Eurolines, ALSA, HIFE, etc. are often the most economical option if you arrive from other parts of Spain or southwestern Europe. They all go directly to Tarragona’s central bus station, Imperial Tarraco.


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  • Participants will be hosted at Hotel SB Express Tarragona (see Tripadvisor).

  • Rooms are booked for five nights, starting from Sunday, the 4th of June. Check-in starts on Sunday at 3 pm, with check-out on Friday, the 9th, before noon. The hotel reception is manned 24 hours a day.

  • To ICIQ by bus: Take Bus 54 from Francesc Macià to Joan Serra

  • To ICIQ on foot: Follow the way indicated in blue (~1.7km)