About Venue

About SLU
The international and national organizing committees of ICEEP welcome you to the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the faculty of Veterinary medicine and animal sciences. The faculty is the only one in Sweden with the competence to carry out advanced, large-scale research with livestock and horses as well as clinical research. SLU is considered one of the most prominent in the world regarding research within animal science and veterinary medicine. SLU is ranked top ten among the world’s small universities (THE), as number seven in plant and animal science (NTU) and top three in agriculture and forestry (QS) (2018-2019 rankings).

About Uppsala and Stockholm
Uppsala is the fourth largest city in Sweden with a steadily increasing population of around 190,000 inhabitants. The city retains the charm of a small town while offering major urban opportunities and attractions. Two universities are based in Uppsala; the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Uppsala University.

The Fyris river, the museum of the county of Uppland and the cathedral of Uppsala. (Photo: Anders Tukler).

Uppsala is considered to be the historic and religious centre of Sweden. Five kilometres from the city centre you can still see the enormous graves of three kings buried 1500 years ago and there are traces of Vikings all over the county, including on the SLU campus. Uppsala’s profile as a city of learning, with close proximity to Stockholm and Arlanda Airport and a wide variety of modern and historical experiences lays the foundation for combining scientific meetings and tourism. Here you can walk in the footsteps of director Ingmar Bergman, scientists Carl von Linné (Linnaeus), Anders Celsius and Hans Rosling and Nobel peace laureates Alva Myrdal and Dag Hammarskjöld; Dag also served as the youngest Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The castle of Uppsala. The construction of the castle was initiated by King Gustav Vasa by the end of the 1540s. It has a history of many thrilling events; the Sture murders in 1567 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sture_murders), the abdication of Queen Kristina in 1654 (as queen, Kristina encouraged scientists to come to Sweden, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christina,_Queen_of_Sweden) and several coronations, the last one of Queen Ulrika Eleonora on 1719. Today the castle is the residence of the County Governor of Uppsala County and also a nice place for gala dinners. (Photo: Wikimedia commons).

The mid-conference activity day will be spent in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden where the Swedish Riksdag (parliament) and the largest royal castle is situated (Sweden is a Monarchy). A variety of activities will be arranged and possible to choose between; including an early morning horse ride in the streets of Stockholm, visits to the Royal Stable and Royal Armoury, visits to the ABBA or Avicii museums or a boat trip in the amazing Stockholm archipelago.

The Swedish parliament in Stockholm. The royal castle is to the right and the Royal Opera is enlightened to the left. (Photo: Wikimedia commons).

Skeppsbron in Stockholm. (Photo: Wikimedia commons).

The conference will take place at Ultuna Campus of SLU, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. It is located 6 km south of Uppsala city centre and a conference shuttle will take you there in the morning, and afternoon/evening social activities will start there also. SLU’s and Sweden´s only University Animal Hospital is also situated there, and there will be a guided tour at the top modern hospital in connection with the welcome reception.

The centre of veterinary medicine and animal science at SLU. Photo: SLU.

Conference hotels and how to get to Uppsala
ICEEP has chosen Radisson Blue and Park Inn (both on the same street) as official ICEEP hotels, and conference buses, including an Uppsala guide, will leave from the hotels every morning. The hotels are close to Uppsala’s bus and railway station and easily accessible from Arlanda Airport. Trains and buses run frequently (every 15 minutes) directly from Arlanda airport to the bus and railway station. The trip takes only 20 minutes by train and about 40 minutes by bus. Cost for a bus transfer is about 10 Euro per person and train transfer about 20 Euro. You can also take a taxi straight from the airport to Uppsala for approximately 50 Euro.

The city centre of Uppsala.

Summer in Sweden
Summer days are long and light in Sweden. In the northern reaches, the sky darkens briefly to twilight, then lightens again. There is something alluring about an evening that knows no darkness. It’s hard to imagine a better time for a party, and for Swedes the midsummer festivity is the most important celebration of the year. The local committee will ensure that you can enjoy the light midsummer nights and receive a true experience of the Swedish midsummer celebration.

The shadow of a Swedish midsummer pole. Come to see one for real and experience Swedish midsummer traditions! (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)