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We warmly welcome you to north of the arctic circle to participate in The Arctic Biophysics Meeting on Epigenetics and Chromosome Dynamics.  At the meeting we will bring together scientists — experimental and theoretical — from statistical and polymer physics, molecular biology, and epigenetics to discuss open problems at the interface between physics and biology. To take best advantage the artic surroundings while meeting new people, we will visit the ice hotel, help organise winter activities,  and have dinner at the Aurora Sky Station. As the meeting is a part of a Swedish-Korean exchange program funded by STINT and NRF, we’re happy to host a large crowd of Korean researchers.

Participants, register here. Deadline: December 7th, 2018.


Any questions? Please contact the main organisers Ludvig Lizana (ludvig.lizana@umu.se) and Jae-Hyung Jeon (jeonjh@postech.ac.kr)

Alexander Grosberg  (New York University)
Kim Sneppen (Niels Bohr Institute)
Hajin Kim (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology,  Korea.)
Giacomo Cavalli (Institute of Human Genetics, CNRS, Univ Montpellier)
Richard Fishel (Ohio State University)
Yuri Schwartz (Umeå University)
Fabian Erdel (University of Heidelberg)
Alistair Boettiger (Stanford University)
Sang Hoon Lee (Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology)
Takahiro Sakaue (Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan)
Stefan Björklund (Umeå University)
Jong-Bong Lee (POSTECH, Pohang, Korea)
Per Stenberg (Umeå University)
Changyong Song (POSTECH, Pohang, Korea)
Eric Libby (Umeå University)
Ludvig Lizana (Umeå University)
Jae-Hyung Jeon (POSTECH, Korea)

11:40                  Bus trip from Camp Ripan to the Ice Hotel
12:00                  Arrival at Ice Hotel and lunch
13:00                  Guided tour/other activities
15:30                  Bus trip from the Ice Hotel back to Camp Ripan

After lunch between 13.00 – 15.30 we recommend the choosing between the following activities:

  • 13:00 – 13:45 Guided tour of the Ice Hotel
    • 13:45 – 15:30 After the tour spend some time wandering the Ice Hotel on your own, visit the shop or enjoy a cup of coffee/snack in the lounge.
    • Price: Included in the conference fee

If you choose to do one of the outdoor activities you will need to be dressed in warm layers. At the Ice Hotel you can rent winter overalls, hats, gloves and face masks at an added cost of 300 SEK.

Time and schedule
The conference starts on Monday (Jan. 21) 9am and ends with conference dinner on Thursday evening (Jan. 24). For those staying the entire time, we recommend that you arrive on Sunday (Jan 20) and leave on Friday (Jan 25). Please let us know if you want to extend your stay in any direction, and we will try to help you.
On Tuesday afternoon, we’ll take break from the talks and take a 20 min bus trip to the Ice hotel. Apart from a guided tour and lunch, you will have the opportunity to try out winter activities. However, as these are not covered by the conference fee, you will have to cover these on your own. But we will help you organise them. More information on this will come.
On Thursday afternoon and evening, we will take another bus trip to The Aurora Sky Station in Abisko (about 1h15 min by bus from Kiruna). Once we’re there we get to borrow proper winter gear and get a tour of the premises.  After  dinner,  we will go out to (hopefully) see some northern lights.
Poster session

On Monday evening, we’ll have a welcome reception and poster session.  All participants are encouraged to bring one.

Travel information
For advice on how to best get to Kiruna, please contact Umeå Congress.
Hotel and conference venue
Camp Ripan will be our main host for the conference (venue and hotel-style cabins).
Conference fee
To cover some of the activities and food, we ask for 1200 sek (= $134 or €115). For that you get:
  • Lunch and coffee breaks Monday – Thursday.
  • Trip to the Ice hotel including guided tour and lunch (Tuesday).
  • Welcome reception on Monday night (buffé with poster sessions).
  • A light dinner on Tuesday evening.
  • Conference dinner on Thursday night during the Aurora Sky Station excursion in Abisko.

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