11th J-PAS Meeting
14 -18 September 2015 / Santander, Spain
11th J-PAS Collaboration Meeting - Instituto de Física de Cantabria (IFCA), Santander
We invite all J-PAS members to the 11th J-PAS Collaboration Meeting. The 11th Meeting will take place at the Instituto de Física de Cantabria (IFCA, CSIC-UC) in Santander, Spain
NOTE: For the convenience of participants travelling to Santander on Monday 14th morning, the first day sessions will start after lunch time.
Registration deadline: 20 August 2015 27 August 2015
Abstract submission deadline: 20 August 2015 27 August 2015
Hotel reservation: 20 August 2015
The city: Santander is a city of 190,000 inhabitants, it feels more like a town because it is so walk-able and easy to get around. The city has a number of beautiful, and natural beaches along the Cantabrian Sea that offers a quick get-a-way year round. In addition, there are many undeveloped beaches outside the city to explore. If you don't have a car, you can take a ferry from downtown Santander (Reginas) across the bay for a couple euros each way. The ferry makes 3 stops
Outside of Santander: Santander is surrounded by mountainous countryside that is lush and green. It is easy to get away without going too far and feel like you are in Picos de Europa.
Food: Food is an essential tradition, especially here in Cantabria. The people take culinary arts very seriously and because of this the food is exceptional. Local fresh fish and top quality meats are readily available, along with produce from local and non-local regions. Santander also has a number of outdoor markets that occur throughout the city in various neighbourhoods once or twice a week. These markets sell local produce, meats, fish, cheese, and other items.
For local restaurant suggestions, view our recommended restaurant, bar and cafe guide.
Shopping: If you like to shop, downtown Santander won’t disappoint -- it is filled with shops, cafes, restaurants, grocery stores, a few movie theatres, and parks. There surely is something here for everyone.
Tourist destination: Santander in the summer is a favorite tourist destination for many southern Spaniards due to its beaches and climate. While the rest of Spain is hot with high levels of humidity, Santander usually has a nice breeze to help cool off a hot summers day.
International connections: Santander offers easy access to international travel via Santander Airport or the Bilbao Airport (which is 1 hour and a 20 minutes away). The Santander Airport just a few kilometers outside of Santander offers daily flights to a variety of national and international destinations. Currently three airlines fly out of Santander: Ryanair, Iberia, and Air Nostrum. Within two hours can be in a variety of EU destinations, like London, Paris, Italy, other parts of Spain.
The mountains: Or why not go visit Picos de Europa since it is only an hour and a half away. Potes is a popular destination to start, although there are many interesting little villages to explore and good authentic local Spanish food to discover.
Getting around Spain: The roads across Spain are in relatively good condition. There are many free roads, as well as some toll roads. Public transportation (buses/trains) are also available to travel to multiple destinations.
Festivals: Throughout the year there are many festivals and activities that occur in and around Santander. Spain is a country that likes a good party. In many occasions these festivals include elaborate parades with people dress in costumes to recreate something of the past or something that represents their cultural/religious heritage.
Summer Festivals: In the summer, Santander is filled with festivals and things to do. During the summer there are public stages throughout the city hosting different events, as well as festivals in the surrounding local towns. Click here for info about 2015 festivals.
For more information take a look a video about Santander and Cantabria: Turismo Cantabria
There are a number of hotels conveniently located within a 30 min walk radius of the meeting venue. You can find a list of recommended hotels here. J-PAS meeting participants are expected to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. We strongly recommend that you book your room as early as possible because Santander is a very popular summer destination.
In order to facilitate an affordable accommodation during a week that is still considered to be high touristic season, we have negotiated a special price of 65.97 EUROS (single occupancy) or 88,56 EUROS (double) with the Santemar hotel (breakfast included, VAT included). The Hotel Santemar is a four star hotel located meters away from the famous Sardinero beach making it an ideal location to enjoy the beach and explore the city. There are frequent buses that run to and from downtown Santander where you can enjoy its exclusive shopping and nightlife. There is also a bus line (7c2) that connects directly the Plaza Italia (meters away from the hotel) with the Cantabria University Campus (where the IFCA is located). Please fill this booking form and send it directly to the hotel using any of the following e-mail addresses:
If you choose to book with the Santemar hotel, please mention in your email the reference 'J-PAS' in order to get the special room tariff. This offer will be available until 20 August 2015. If you book the Hotel after 20 August 2015, we can not guarantee there will be rooms available at this hotel.
There are three social events programmed this week. Participants who wish to join these activities are kindly requested to notify it and pay the requested amount during their registration at the meeting venue.
On Wednesday 16th the Santander City Council honours us with an invitation to have some drinks and snacks after the afternoon sessions end (19:00h). The reception will take place at the conference venue, in the same room where coffee breaks are served daily. All participants are invited to participate in this free event.
On Thursday afternoon we have organized a small boat trip across the Santander Bay, which is considered one of the most beautiful bays of Spain. The trip will take one hour. Free drinks will be available on board. Information about the boat can be found here. The trip starts and ends in the renovated Gamazo Dam (see map), landmark in the city of Santander and declared of Cultural Interest (BIC) for its history and the challenge for the engineering of the time. The price per person will be 11€ (VAT included).
The social dinner will be held on Thursday the 17th September at Deluz, a restaurant near the Santemar hotel (map here), at 22:00. Dinner will be a fixed-menu, three-course meal consisting of:
- Mushroom risotto with parmiggiano cheese
- Hake fillet with lobster cream
- Apple pie
Drinks and coffee are included in the total price, 25€. An alternative menu can be prepared for vegetarians or people with known allergies: please notify us at the registration desk on arrival.
Conference venue and meeting rooms
Due to the large number of registered participants, the main meeting room will take place at the Conference Room of the "Three Towers Building" of the University of Cantabria. The Three Towers Building is located at a three minutes walk (marked with a blue line in the map) from the Instituto de Física de Cantabria. There are two nearby bus stops, also visible in the map. Participants who are lodged in the city centre or the Santemar hotel may want to use the 7C2 bus line which stops at both bus stops.
Additionally, during all the week two meeting rooms and an office will be made available at IFCA for working group meetings. One of the meeting rooms can accommodate up to 45 people whereas the smaller one is adequate for 10-15 people max. If you need to use any of these rooms or to work in the visitor's office, please contact in situ with any member of the LOC.
WiFi connection during the meeting
WiFi connection will be available at the conference venue through the EDUROAM (https://www.eduroam.org/) service. Most academic institutions both in America and in Europe participate in the EDUROAM world-wide roaming access service. Please contact your system administrator in advance to ask for an account if you haven't one already. Additionally, at the IFCA building an independent visitor WiFi network is available on request.
Travel info: Getting to and around Santander
The Santander Airport (SDR) has flights to destinations within Spain (Barcelona (El Prat), Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife (South), Sevilla, Valencia) and outside of Spain (Brussels (Charleroi), Dublin, Edinburgh, Frankfurt (Hahn), London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo), Paris (Beauvais), Rome (Campino)). There are three airline companies which fly to Santander: Ryanair, Air Nostrum, and Iberia.
To get from the airport to downtown Santander, there are three transportation options:
- Taxi (20 euros)
- Bus (1.5 euros). The bus stop is located in front of the arrival terminal. Buses depart from the airport at staring at 6:40 AM, and then they run every half an hour between 7:00 AM and 11 PM. This bus goes directly to the central bus station in downtown Santander (see map).
- Car Rental
The Bilbao Airport (BIO) is an hour and a half east of Santander. The Airport has many daily connections to international destinations. There are three ways to get to Santander:
- Shuttle bus: the conference will organize one shuttle bus from/to Bilbao Airport on the morning of June 17 and on the afternoon of June 19. People interested should let the LOC know during the registration. The exact departure times of this bus will be announced in due time.
- Taxi (~ 120 euro)
- Bus to Termibus (the downtown bus station, 1.50 euros) - From Termibus, take Alsa (the national bus service) to the Santander Bus Station (10 euros).
- Car Rental
Santander can also be reached by train (RENFE) from Madrid.
Alsa (the national bus service) offers bus service throughout Spain, including to the French border (Irun-Hendaye).
Public transportation in Santander
In Santander, the local bus service is provided by Servicio Municipal de Transportes Urbanos de Santander.
- The bus costs 1.10 euros.
- 10 Trip TUS BonoBus cards can be purchased at tobacco shops and some newstands for 6 euros.
- Depending on the bus line, the bus can run between five to twenty minute apart.