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PESSTO Meeting IV : IEEC Barcelona September 20th-21st 2012

Programme : Thursday 20th

09.30 - 09.35 : Welcome (J. Isern)
09.35 - 10.30 : Data reduction, pipeline etc (S. Valenti)
10.30 - 11.00 : Break
11.00 - 12.00 : Data reduction, pipeline etc -- continuation (S. Valenti)
12.00 - 12.30 : Trieste Archive (R. Smareglia)
12.30 - 13.45 : Lunch
13.45 - 14.30 : PESSTO so far - survey status (S. Smartt)
14.30 - 15.00 : Target and Alert team (S. Taubenberger/A. Pastorello)
15.00 - 15.30 : PESSTO Marshall (D. Young)
15.30 - 16.00 : Break
16.00 - 16.30 : LSQ update (C. Baltay - by skype)
16.30 - 17.00 : SkyMAPPER update (R. Scalzo)
17:00 - 17:30 : Complementary Asiago Classification Program (M. Turatto)
17:30 - 18.30 : Discussion time : Science with PESSTO

21:00: Social Dinner (more information below)

Programme : Friday 21st

09.00 - 09.20 : Supporting imaging and LCs (S. Smartt)
09.20 - 09.40 : VLT supporting proposals (M. Sullivan - by skype)
09.40 - 10.40 : Discussion time : maximising survey - How to deal with external collaborators and requests
10.40 - 11.10 : Break
11.10 - 11.30 : Naming of transients - discussion
11.30 - 12.15 : WISEREP - updates and utilities (O. Yaron)
12.15 - 12.30 : Science talks: SN Hunt121 (S. Valenti)
12.30 - 13.45 : Lunch
13.45 - 14.00 : Science talks: LSQ12btw (A. Pastorello)
14.00 - 14.15 : Science talks: Blue and luminous transients (S. Smartt)
14.15 - 14.30 : Science talks: SN2012ca (R. Scalzo)
14.30 - 15.30 : Discussion time : Other PESSTO targets and issues arising

Adjourn by 15:30

Participants and Registration

PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME, or email Antonia ( or Nancy ( deadline for registration is September 1st 2012.

Franz E. Bauer Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Nadia Blagorodnova Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
Nancy Elias-Rosa IEEC Barcelona
Francisco Förster Universidad de Chile
Santiago Gonzalez Universidad de Chile
Wolfgang Hillebrandt MPA
Tuomas Kangas Univ. Turku
Erkki Kankare Univ. Turku
Cristina Knapic INAF Trieste
Jonathan Mackey AlfA Bonn
Seppo Mattila Univ. Turku
Antonia Morales-Garoffolo IEEC Barcelona
Andrea Pastorello INAF Padova
Nando Patat ESO
Cristina Romero-Canizales Univ. Turku
Richard Scalzo Mount Stromlo Observatory
Riccardo Smareglia INAF Trieste
Stephen Smartt QUB
Ken Smith QUB
Stefan Taubenberger MPA Garching
Massimo Turatto INAF Padova
Stefano Valenti INAF Padova
Darryl Wright QUB
Ofer Yaron Weizmann
David Young QUB

Arriving in Barcelona by plane

There are three airports that serve Barcelona: The Reus Airport, the Girona Costa Brava Airport, and the Prat Airport. The most important and the one we recommendyou travel to (due to its proximity to the city of Barcelona) is the Prat Airport.

Reus Airport

The Reus airport (REU) is about 120 km south-west of the city of Barcelona. To get to Barcelona from REU you can take a bus which will cost approximately 25€. Bus schedules can be found at Bus Schedule REU-Barcelona.You can also rent a car to get to Barcelona. Car rental, flight and other information concerning the Reus Airport can be found at REU.

Girona Costa Brava Airport

The Girona Costa Brava airport (GRO) is about 92 km north-east of the city of Barcelona. Several buses connect the GRO Airport with the city of Barcelona. The cost of a round trip by bus from GRO to Barcelona is approximately 25 €, and the trip lasts about 1h and 15 minutes. You can find the bus schedules here: Bus Schedule GRO-Barcelona . Other information concerning flights and transportation to and from this airport can be found at GRO.

Barcelona El Prat Airport

Finally, the Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN) is about 18km south-east of the city of Barcelona. There are two terminals at this airport T1 and T2. Usually low-cost flights (e.g. Ryanair, EasyJet, etc.) fly in and out of T2 while other flights make use of T1. You can find general information about this airport at BCN
To get from El Prat to the city center

By bus

You can take the AEROBUS shuttle bus that runs daily from 05:30 a.m. to 01:00 a.m. from the airport to the city's main square Plaza Catalunya. Buses on this line operate every 7 to 15 minutes depending on the time of day. Bus fares are : 5.65€ for a single ticket and 9.75€ for a round trip (the return being valid from 1h to 9 days after purchase). The bus ride from the airport to Plaza Catalunya takes approximately 35 minutes.

By train

Get on the Rodalies Renfe (Commuter Trains) line R2 Norte Aeropuerto - Sant Celoni / Maçanet Massanes from the Airport stop to Barcelona-Passeig de Gràcia. The Airport stop faces T2 and is connected to this terminal by a footbridge while T1 is connected to this train stop by a bus service called the Bustransit. The train fare from the airport to the city is approximately 2 €. The train ride from the airport to Barcelona-Passeig de Gràcia is 25 to 30 minutes.

By other means of transportation

Although we highly recommend you get into the city center of Barcelona by train or by bus, it is also possible to rent a car, catch a cab or hire a private bus. The cab fare from the airport to the city is at least 20€.

How to get to the PESSTO meeting

The PESSTO meeting will be held at the IEEC (Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) or Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia. The IEEC has its headquarters at the Nexus Building (Carrer del Gran Capità 2-4, Barcelona), which is located beside the UPC’s (Po-lythecnic University of Catalunya) North Campus in Zona Universitaria, a few blocks away from the Avda. Diagonal, one of the main avenues of access into and out of the city: Nexus Building

You can get to the Nexus building from downtown via

-METRO: Zona Universitaria (L3). You have to get off at the last stop Zona Universitaria, from Plaza Catalunya. This will take you about 17 minutes.

-BUSES: 75, 54, 60, 213, 22, 33, 7

-FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat) or short distance trains: The ferrocarril line you can take is the L6 Reina Elisenda line that goes from Plaza Catalunya to Reina Elisenda. Get off at the last stop of the line (Reina Elisenda) and then take number 68 or 22 bus to stop ID 550 or the number 75 bus to stop ID 295 and then walk to the Nexus.

-CAR/TAXI: You can drive to the Nexus if you like, but we do not recommend this option as it is complicated and expensive to park near the building. You can also catch a cab to get to the Nexus but this will be more expensive than the metro, train or bus.

If you stay at Residencia Torre Girona (see below Where to Stay), the Nexus building is 10 minutes away from the Residencia by foot.

File: How to get to the Nexus Building

Where to stay

Residencia Torre Girona

We have made a block reservation at the residence hall Residencia Torre Girona for 25 single and 5 double rooms for the nights of the 19th, 20th and 21st of September. These rooms will be booked until August 1st. If you wish to stay here, confirm by emailing ( or calling the Residencia(+34933904300) and letting the administration know you are coming to IEEC for the PESSTO meeting that will be held in Barcelona the 20th and 21st of September. Please note that the block reservation is for the nights of the 19th, 20th and 21st of September. If you wish to stay longer you will have to let the administration of theResidencia know.


If instead of staying at the residence hall you prefer to stay in a hotel closer to the city center, below you can find a list of websites with hotel chains that have price agreements with IEEC. Note that Hoteles Catalonia and Abba Hoteles have several hotels throughout the city of Barcelona. You can choose whichever one suits you best.

-Hoteles Catalonia

-Abba Hoteles

-Hoteles Vincci

If you wish to stay at one of the Catalonia or Abba hotels, contact them directly (contact info on their web pages). If you wish to stay at the Hotel Vincci Arena, contact Ana Lupia ( In any case, when you contact the hotel you wish to stay at, let them know you are coming to a PESSTO meeting at the IEEC.

Where to eat

There are several bars, cafes and restaurants just outside the Nexus building.
On Jordi Girona street, there are several places to eat, for example:
  • -Julivert meu & Pati Blau both have catalan food.
  • -A nice (and expensive) Basque restaurant, Zure Etxea.
  • -Or two good Frankfurt bars.
On La Alfambra street, there are several places to eat, for example:
  • -El Triton with daily menu, fairy decent food (don't mistake with El Triton on Trias i Giró street, both are the same restaurant but the part of the restaurant on Trias i Giró street is expensive).
  • -Blat i cafe & Versalles - sandwich and salad bars (cheaper and lighter food than what you get at the other places mentioned).
  • -Sal i prebre - catalan food.
An alternative is the bar in the basement of the Nexus building, which offer also a daily menu.

The social dinner will be on the evening (21:00h) of Thursday 20th of September at Can Culleretes restaurant, considered one of the oldest restaurants in Catalonia and Spain. The menu is served at a fixed price of 25 euros where attendants will be able to choose first and second course from a variety of catalan dishes. A list with courses availables will be provided during the meeting.

About Barcelona

General Information

Below you can find a couple of links to web-pages about tourism and weather in Barcelona:

Festivity of La Mercè.

One of the most important festivals in Barcelona is celebrated during the last days of the month of September: La Mercè. A series of concerts and other activities (most of which are free) take place throughout the city of Barcelona for approximately 5 days around the 24th of September to celebrate the Festivity of Mare de Deu de la Mercè (Patron Saint of Barcelona). You can find more information and the 2012 programme here: La Mercè 2012. You might want to have La Mercè in mind to book your accommodation for a bit longer than just for the PESSTO meeting :) .

Public TransportationThe web page of general metropolitan public transportation of Barcelona which includes buses, tram, metro and FGC is TMB.

Using the Metro: You can either buy a one-way ticket which will cost you around 2.00 Euros or buy a T-10 (1 zone) ticket which includes 10 tickets, so you can travel on any means of transport (metro, tram, ferrocarrils, or bus). This is an integrated ticket and it allows you to interchange means of transport during the next hour and 15 min (right after you pass you card through the first transport system, you can change means during the next hour and 15 min). Take into account that it cannot be the same bus, metro or tram line. Here is a map of the Barcelona metro system:

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