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The Congress venue is the AGH University of Science and Technology, located 15 minutes from the Main Square, in the centre of Kraków.


The Reception Desk is located in the Exhibition Hall in building S1 (13a Reymonta Str.).


The Opening Ceremony and Special Session take place in the Auditurium Maximum, a modern lecture theatre complex of Jagiellonian University (35 Krupnicza Str.), opened in 2005.


Keynote Lectures are given in building U2 (30 Al. Mickiewicza).


Structured and Regular Sessions take place in buildings: B1, B2 (30 Al. Mickiewicza).


Gerneral Toursit Information


About Poland

Poland lies in the heart of Europe - the geometric centre of the continent is right here. The capital City, Warsaw, is not far from other European cities: Paris and London are 2 hours away by plane, Vienna and Berlin not much more than an hour. Poland's total surface area is 322,500 sq km (312,600 sq km of land, 1,200 sq km of inland waters, and 8,700 sq km of territorial waters). This makes it the ninth-largest country in Europe. Poland is a hospitable and friendly country with countless historical sights, picturesque landscapes, outstanding natural riches and a clean environment. Apart from showing the natural environment, Poland's tourist routes also present the country's cultural and historic sights: mediaeval castles, Baroque palaces, stately homes, places of worship for the various religions and denominations, open-air museums of folk culture, and mysterious prehistoric sites. Polish cuisine is noted for superb sausages, multifarious types of delicious bread, the Polish national dish "bigos", excellent dumplings ("pierogi"), and - of course - bison vodka.

Polish currency and exchange rates

Polish monetary unit is called zloty (zł, PLN). 1 zloty is divided into 100 groszy (gr.) The banknotes come at 200, 100, 50, and 10 zloty, and coins in 5, 2 and 1 zloty, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2, and 1 groszy. The pictures of polish currency are available in www.icsv16.org. Currency can be exchanged in banks or exchange points ("kantor"). Credit cards are widely accepted in Poland, but small shops and newsagents in smaller localities accept cash only. Travelers cheques are not popular in Poland. Now the exchange rate is approximately 1 EUR ≈ 4.5 zloty, 1 USD ≈3.5 zloty.

Weights and measures

Poland uses metric system, in accordance with the International System of Units (SI), whose basic units are: 1 metre (unit of length - 1 m), 1 kilogram (unit of mass - 1 kg), 1 second (unit of time - 1 s). The usual way to measure the temperature is by using the Celsius scale (centigrade, °C).

Polish souvenirs

Shops with regional souvenirs, local handcrafts, contemporary and antique art are found all over the country. Foreign visitors willingly buy amber and silver jewelry, paintings on glass by folk artists, laces and tablecloths from Koniaków and Bobów, articles made of natural color leather, Polish contemporary paintings and graphic art, artistic furniture and pottery, and Polish vodka.

About Kraków

Krakow has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish scientific, cultural and artistic life. The intellectual potential of Krakow is created by 22 universities, nearly 20,000 academic lecturers and 190,000 students. As the former capital of Poland with a history encompassing over a thousand years, the city remains the spiritual heart of Poland. It is a major attraction for local and international tourists and welcomes seven million visitors annually. In 1978, UNESCO added Krakow's historic centre to the list of World Heritage Sites. Kraków is also nationally recognised for museum resources; among them you must see Wawel Royal Castle, the Main Square as the largest in Europe, and the Czartoryski Museum, presenting ancient art, unusual gold ornaments and 13th -18th c. European paintings, including two masterpieces: Leonardo da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine and Rembrandt's Landscape with the Good Samaritan.

Communication in Kraków

The best way to travel around Kraków is to use public transport. Single-way tickets, valid both on trams and buses, cost 2.5 zloty (~0.5EUR).Taxi costs ~20 zloty (5 EUR) for a few kilometres trip (50% more at night).

Emergency

Wishing you a pleasant stay, we would like to remind you of the important telephone numbers. Tourist emergency line is open - between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. from 1st June to 30th September 2009 (English, German and Russian).

0 800 200 300 - Land line – free phone access
+48 608 599 999 - Land line or mobile network, call charges apply

112 - Emergency line from mobile phones

For your convenience two mobile phones are available during the Congress:

+48 602 459 178
+48 604 254 961

In this way you can contact the Reception Desk in case of trouble or you can use one of them to hire a taxi.

Disclaimer

The Organizing Committee accepts no liability for any injuries/losses incurred by participants and/or accompanying persons, nor loss of, or damage to, any luggage and/or personal belongings.



General Congress Information

Reception Desk

Participants registration is possible at the Reception Desk, which is located at the Exhibition Hall, building S1. Opening hours:
Sunday, 5 July 13:00-18:00
Monday, 6 July 08:30-18:00
Tuesday, 7 July 08:30-18:00
Wednesday, 8 July 08:30-18:00
Thursday, 9 July 08:30-14:00

Internet Cafe

For the convenience of participants, an Internet Cafe is set up in Rooms 218 and 219 (B2 building, 2nd floor) during the technical programmee hours. Additionally, wireless internet access is available free-of-charge for all participants within the Exhibition Hall and in almost all B1 and B2 buildings.

Lunches and Refreshments

On Sunday, during registration, snacks and drinks will be served. Lunches and coffee breaks are offered during the other days of the Congress.

Exhibition

The Exhibition takes place at the Exhibition Hall (building S1) on
Monday, 6 July 10:10-18:00
Tuesday, 7 July 08:30-18:00
Wednesday, 8 July 08:30-18:00
Thursday, 9 July 08:30-14:00

Name Badges

All participants are requested to wear their badges during all the Congress activities and social events. Entrance to the Exhibition Hall, where lunches and coffee breaks are arranged is limited to the badge holders only.

Benefits

The full registration fee entitles you to the Book of Abstracts, Proceedings (on CD-ROM), attendance of all scientific sessions and the Exhibition, coffee breaks, lunches, Welcome Reception, Banquet, and the Kraków Sightseeing tour. Student registration fee entitles to Book of Abstracts, Proceedings (on CD-ROM), attendance of all scientific sessions and the Exhibition, coffee breaks, lunches, Welcome Reception, Student’s Party, and the Kraków sightseeing tour. The accompanying person fee entitles you to attendance of all scientific sessions and the Exhibition, coffee breaks, lunches, Welcome Reception, Banquet, and the Kraków sightseeing tour.

Mobile Phones

Congress participants are requested to switch off their mobile phones while in a scientific session.