Biocuration 2016

The Ninth International Biocuration Conference will be held in the hometown of the Swiss-Prot Database, Geneva, Switzerland, from April 10-14, 2016.

General information/venue

For those who registered for the Swiss-Prot 30th anniversary cruise dinner on Sunday, 10 April 2016:
The cruise boat will be departing from the Quai du Mont-Blanc 1, 1201 Genève

  • Boarding: 19:15
  • Departure: 19:30
  • Arrival: 21:30-21:45
Please, be on time. No boarding will be possible after the boat has left!

There are still rooms available at Hotel Best Western Strasbourg (tel: 00 41 22 906 58 00, email:
Please do not forget to mention you are coming to the Biocuration conference, and you would like to benefit of the special price for the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. To book and receive the special rate please click here

Conference venue

Campus Biotech Geneva
9, chemin des mines
CH-1202 Geneva

Registration and Information Desk Hours

Campus Biotech Geneva , main entrance , ground floor

Sunday April 1015:00 – 18:30
Monday April 117:45 – 18:00
Tuesday April 127:45 – 19:00
Wednesday April 137:45 – 18:30
Thursday April 147:45 – 13:00
Please check at the information desk for any special request and assistance

Speaker Room – Laptops Charging Room Hours

Building H, 1st floor, room 191-175

Sunday April 10On demand
Monday April 117:45 – 18:00
Tuesday April 127:45 – 19:00
Wednesday April 137:45 – 18:30
Thursday April 147:45 – 13:00

Conference Badges

You must wear your name badge and security badge at all time while on the Campus Biotech premises. It identifies you as a participant to the conference organizers and staff. It allows you to ENTER and EXIT the building. Security badges must be returned at the end of the meeting.

No Smoking Policy

The entire building is a no-smoking area. Designated smoking areas are located outside the building. Please wear your badge to exit and re-enter the building.


Lifts are located, behind the main reception, after you have passed the magnetic doors on the left.

Inside the building

Keynote presentations and talks will be given in the Auditorium located in building H8. The posters will be presented in the hall of building H8.
Workshops will happen at different locations in the building:

  • WS 1, 2, 3 and 4: in the auditorium
  • WS 5 and 6: in room (H8)144-165
  • WS9 and 10: In building B1, 6th floor (B1-06)
  • T7 andT8: in building B3, 5th floor (B3-05)

Lunches, Coffee Breaks and on site Events

Your participant badge gives you access to coffee and lunch breaks and on site social events. These will all take place in the forum (first floor).

Social Events:

  • Sunday April 10: Swiss-Prot 30th anniversary- Cruise dinner organized by the SIB Swiss-Prot group
  • Monday April 11: During the poster session a bar will be set up. Locally brewed beer and soft drinks will be available for a fee in the forum from 17:30 till 19:00.
  • Tuesday April 12: Cocktail dinner will take place in the forum from 19:00 till 22:00

Speaker Room and laptop charging room

Room (H8) 191-175, is available to all the speakers to check their presentation. A technician will be present in the auditorium to assist and check if the presentation will present correctly on the local IT infrastructure. Speakers are requested to bring their presentation on a USB key . The same room is available at all times during the sessions for laptop charging.


The normal electric current in Europe is 230V/50 Hz. Switzerland uses different plugs then the rest of Europe. Please make sure to bring a suitable adapter.


Free high-speed wireless access is provided during the conference. Please use the following credentials to access the network:
Password: welcomecampus

Public transportation and taxis

The closest tram/bus stops are called "Maison de la Paix" (tram 15 stop) and « Mines » (bus 1 or 25 stop). There are two ways to come to the Center from the Cornavin train station. Buses 25 or 1 stop right in front of the main entrance.
From tram 15, stop “Maison de la Paix”: walk downhill for about 100 meters (2minutes), towards the lake, then turn left on "Avenue Blanc". At the end of the street (about 300 meters), you will reach the main entrance of the building at 9 chemin des Mines.
All hotel rooms in Geneva include a free mobility ticket, which gives you unlimited use of all public transport in an around the city for the duration of your stay. Please, ask for it at your hotel.
Taxis can be called at: + 41 22 331 41 33

Emergency Assistance

In case of any emergency during the day, please contact the Information desk. During non-conference hours please contact your hotel/reception desk. Phone numbers for emergency situations in Switzerland include:
General Emergency Line: 112
Fire service: 118
Police: 117


Guests are responsible for arranging their own transportation from the airport to the hotels and vice versa.

Geneva International Airport (GVA) has travel connections to major cities worldwide. At the arrival of Geneva airport (in the baggage claim area) you can obtain a free ticket for Geneva's public transport.