6th International Conference on Natural Language Processing, GoTAL 2008
Gothenburg, Sweden, August 25-27, 2008



GoTAL: Practical Information

GoTAL - 6th International Conference on Natural Language Processing

Gothenburg, Sweden

25-27 August 2008



New 20080820: The conference will be held in HC4 (and HC1 for parallels) at Hörsalsvä:gen 14 which is located at the Campus Johannberg of Chalmers. There will be signs to follow from the tramstop called Chalmers. Also, here is a map of the Chalmers, Johanneberg Campus where you can find Hörsalsväen. And here is a map where there is a red dot at the actual location of HC4 at Hörsalsväen.

New 20080630: Here is a map with the location of Hotels and the conference venue (= Chalmers). Walking distances are about 10-15 mins from Scandic Rubinen/City Hotel to Chalmers, and about 10 minutes from SGS to Chalmers.




Registration and payment

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Please complete registration and payment here

Registration - Technical Sessions

Please register online for the GoTAL 2008 conference as well as for the social events.

Registration fees (in SEK) [1 SEK = 0.11 EUR]:


Early bird
(before June 29, 2008)

(before August 13, 2008)











Additional Banquet Tickets                





The conference fee includes V.A.T. of 20 % of the gross amount in accordance with the Swedish tax legislation. Information about Refund of value added tax to foreign companies here ?

The GoTAL conference fee for delegates include

* admission to the conference

* a copy of the conference proceedings

* daily coffee and lunches

* welcome reception, excursion and banquet dinner

An accompanying person can optionally register for

* welcome reception - free of charge. Please indicate your participation on the registration form for planning purposes.

*excursion and additional banquet ticket. Tickets for the banquet dinner can be booked on the registration form at a price of SEK 875. On-site availability is not guaranteed

Please note that the fee for accompanying person does not include admission to the sessions.

Additional proceedings

Additional proceedings will be sold on-site at the price of 600 SEK (availability not guaranteed).


To register using bank transfer (invoice) please use:


To register using credit card please use:


Cancellation and Changes

Cancellations should be received in writing by e-mail to the registration office, latest July 27, 2008. The cancellation fee is SEK 600. There will be no refund for cancellation received after this date. 

Change of name:
If you are unable to attend, your registration can be transferred to a colleague within your own organization. An administration fee or SEK 1200 and an invoice fee of SEK 350 will then be charged. Please inform the registration office by e-mail, latest August 11. All changes received after this date, can only be made on-site at the venue when the conference starts.


Participants applying for student fees will be asked to show a proof of their student status (the university identity card) on-site.

Confirmation & Receipt

The e-mail confirmation received after completing the registration serves as a payment receipt. No other receipt will be issued.

Proof of attendance.

A proof of attendance will be included in the conference folder.


You are requested to arrange your own health and travel insurance. The conference organization accepts no liability for injuries/losses of whatever nature incurred by participants and/or accompanying persons, nor loss of, or damage to, their luggage and/or personal belongings.


Due to several events in Goteborg in the same time frame as the GoTAL conference, it is very important that you made the hotel reservation early!

Scandic Rubinen

The hosting hotel for GoTAL 2008 attendants is the four-star Scandic Rubinen, which is located in the city centre. GoTAL attendees enjoy discounted room rates.

Single room: SEK 1450 (EUR ~ 155) (breakfast and all service charges included)

Booking reference number: CHA240808

The number of rooms is limited and the hotel cannot guarantee bookings after the 30th of June. Please note that you cannot do your room reservation through the Scandic Rubinen’s web page. The web page is only for individual/private bookings, not for groups. You can make your reservation either by: 

More information: Scandic Rubinen

City Hotel

Single room: SEK 795 (EUR ~ 85)
(breakfast and all service charges included)

Booking reference number: GoTAL/CHALMERS

The number of rooms is limited and the hotel cannot guarantee bookings after the 30th of June. You can make your reservation either by:

More information: www.cityhotelgbg.se

SGS Apartments

As a budget alternative, we have reserved a block of rooms at SGS Apartments (Youth Hostel), intended primarily for student attendees. The number of rooms is limited and the hostel cannot guarantee bookings after the 30th of June. All the rooms are fully furnished and have a private bathroom. Rates include linen, towels and cleaning upon departure. No breakfast is provided, however a kitchen is available.

Single room: SEK 420 (EUR ~ 47)
Double room: SEK 540 (EUR ~ 60)

Booking reference number: 123702

You can make your reservation either by:

More information: www.sgsveckobostader.se

Other alternatives

The map below shows more lodging alternatives at central Gothenburg. You can also use the Official City Hotel Reservation Service. Also, a conference attendant recommended the following hotel-price comparison site with a students/teachers rebate scheme: Hotels Combined Gothenburg.


General information

Conference site

GoTAL 2008 will take place at campus Chalmers University of Technology.
Visiting address: Hörsalsvägen 14, lecture rooms HC1 and HC4
Please find more information under the link Venue at the GoTAL 2008 conference site.

Arrival in Goteborg

Please see Travel Information at the GoTAL 2008 conference site.

Climate and Dress

The weather in August is mostly sunny and warm with the average temperature of 20-25°C (68-77° F). Bring light clothes and a woolen sweater as well. You may also need a light raincoat.
Dress will be informal throughout the conference.

Currency and Credit cards

The currency in Sweden is the Swedish Krona, SEK. Major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops.
The exchange rate is (March 2008):
1 EUR = 9.45 SEK
1 USD = 6.10 SEK


Electricity in Sweden is 230 volt European standard (two round pins).


The official language of GoTAL 2008 is English. Simultaneous interpretation is not available.

Passport and visa

Sweden is a member of the Schengen Agreement. To find out if you need a visa for entry to Sweden, visit the Swedish Migration Board or contact the Swedish Embassy or a Swedish Consulate in your country. If you need an invitation letter for visa purposes, please send a request by email to gotal@cse.chalmers.se.


Each participant will receive a name badge upon registration. For security reasons all participants are requested to wear their badges during all the activities and social events during the conference.


Coffee and lunches are included in the registration fee during the workshop and conference days.

Special Diets 

We can accommodate most dietary requirements if these are indicated to us upon booking.


For inquiries regarding social events, hotel accommodation and general information, please send an e-mail to the conference secretariat, gotal08@cse.chalmers.se.
Phone: +46 31 772 1692, Fax: +46 31 772 3663


Service charges are always included and extra gratuities are not necessary unless you will show your appreciation for a good meal or special service.

The Local Conference Committee wishes you a pleasant stay in Goteborg

Social programme

Monday Aug 25, 19.00: Welcome Reception – Palace, Hosted by the City of Göteborg

Lord Mayor of Göteborg would like to welcome all the delegates at a reception in the Dickson Palace.

The palace was built by Oscar Dickson and his princess from Greece in 1859. The house served as an apartment to the family, with it's 3 floors and over 30 rooms.



Tuesday Aug 26, 15.00: Conference dinner in the historical stone fortress Carlsten at the Island of Marstrand (dinner served at 19.00)

By the streamer Bohuslän at 15:00 from Stenpiren, on a tour through the Gothenburg archipelago to the Island of Marstrand.

BOHUSLÄN is the last remaining passenger steamer on the west coast of Sweden, and the largest active Swedish vessel powered by a reciprocating steam engine.

The Steamboat Society was formed in 1966 with the aim of rescuing the passenger steamer BOHUSLÄN (built in 1914) from scrapping, a task that has proved succesful beyond our wildest expectations.

Through the peace in Roskilde in 1658 the region of Bohuslän, and also Marstrand, turned Swedish. The city of Marstrand had long since been an important place for merchants and commerce. To defend Marstrand the king Carl X decided to build a fortress on the highest top of the island. Dragging and carrying rocks to the construction site was hard work. To get sufficient manpower the new punishment "the Marstrand labour" was introduced into the Swedish law. Criminals who would join the working staff came to Carlsten from all over Sweden