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Congress Information:

Contact:

Mondial & Cititravel Congresos
Rosselló, 303, ático 1
08037 Barcelona – Spain
Tel. +34 932 212 955 – Fax. + 34 934 592 059
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Attendance Certificate: 
All participants will receive an attendance certificate which will be included in the congress documents.

Badges: 
You will receive a personalized badge when collecting your registration documents. During the congress this badge must be clearly visible at all times and grants access to the scientific sessions, social events and the exhibition area.

Official language: 
The official language of the congress is English.


Visitors Information:

Barcelona:
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is one of the major Mediterranean cities and the second largest city in Spain. There are many reasons which explain why it has attracted visitors from all over the world for many years. There are many ’Barcelonas’ to be explored: the old town with Roman walls, the gothic district with palaces and churches from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, the well structured Eixample district, the heart of Modernism, and the new Olympic Barcelona. 

Additional information on the following web pages:
_ Aerobus (airport transportation bus): http://www.aerobusbcn.com/index.php/en.html 

_ Barcelona airport: http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Barcelona/en/Home.html

_ City council: http://www.bcn.cat/en/ihome.htm

_ Public transportation (TMB): http://www.tmb.cat/en/home 

_ Tourist office: www.barcelonaturisme.com

_ Train service (Renfe): http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/index.html 

How to get to Barcelona:

You can get to Barcelona by many means of transport. Here is some information about the options available to help you decide which type of transportation suits you best.

_ By plane
Barcelona´s Airport, El Prat, is located just 12 kilometers outside the city. Many European and domestic airlines operate flights from the El Prat airport, which has also become an important hub for low-cost carriers in recent years. 

_ By train
Barcelona has direct railway links with a number of cities, including Paris, Zurich and Milan, and the high-speed trains run to Madrid, and southern and eastern Spain. The city’s major railway station is Estació de Sants. Most trains departing and arriving in Barcelona stop there. 

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_ By car
The motorway and road network will take you anywhere in the city. It is worth bearing in mind that the traffic can be heavy at the main entry points of the city during rush hours.

Barcelona is located 150 km from La Jonquera, the French border. The French motorway network connects to the AP-7, N-II and C-32 Barcelona motorways. You can enter the city via the ring roads or the Avinguda Meridiana which leads to the center. From the south, if you're entering from the rest of Spain, join the AP-2 motorway and enter the city via the Avinguda Diagonal.

_ By bus
The Barcelona Nord bus station handles most of the city´s national and international connections. Buses also depart from Estació de Sants Railway Station and other areas of the city.

Banks: 
Official opening hours of banks in Spain are from 8.30 to 14.00 from Monday to Friday, they are closed in the afternoon. It is possible to change foreign currency into Euros in the main city hotels.

Climate: 
Barcelona enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild, sunny winters, warm summers and relatively low rainfall. The average temperatures in June are 18/20ºC (minimum) and 24/26ºC (maximum). Our sunny spring days are ideal for strolling along thepromenades or sitting out on restaurant or café terraces.

Credit Cards, Currency and Exchange: 
All major international credit cards are accepted. Foreign currency and traveler's checks can be exchanged in Spain at banks and foreign exchange offices. Cash-point machines accepting major international credit cards and charge cards are available at most banks. The Spanish currency is the Euro.

Electrical power: 
A 2-pin round adapter is necessary for electrical appliances. The electric current used is 220 volts/50hz.

Entering Spain: 
Visitors from other European Union member countries may enter Spain using either passport or their national identity document. Visitors from other countries must have a valid passport and a visa if required. Inquiries regarding visas can be directed to Spanish diplomatic representatives abroad. On request, the Congress Secretariat will be pleased to send a letter of invitation to individual scientists. Invitations of this kind are intended to assist potential delegates to raise their travel funds or obtain visas. The letters do not imply any commitment or responsibility on behalf of the Congress to provide financial support such as travel/health insurance. Delegates requesting a letter of invitation must pay through bank transfer, no credit card payment will be accepted.

Insurance: 
Congress participants are advised to arrange their own health and travel insurance prior to travelling to the Congress. The Congress Organisers will not assume any responsibility for accidents, losses or damages, as well as for delays or modifications in the programme, caused by unforeseen circumstances. No claims for indemnity from the organisers shall arise for contractors or participants in case of cancellation, for any reason, of the entire Congress.

Public Transport and Car Rental: 
Barcelona has a good, comprehensive public transport network, with special ten-trip and one, two or three-day tickets valid on bus, metro and local trains. Taxis are abundant. Free parking is very limited in the city center and car parks are expensive, so car rental is only recommended to use outside the city.

For additional information, please visit the web page: http://www.tmb.cat/en/home 

Shopping: 
Normal trading shopping hours are Monday to Saturday from 9.00 to 13.00 and 16.30 to 20.00; however, in the city center of Barcelona and shopping malls, many shops stay open all day from 10.00 to 21.00.

Tipping: 
Service is generally included in restaurant bills. A 10% tip is customary to show appreciation of services provided. 

VAT: 
There is a variable value added tax (VAT) of 10% to 21% applied to most items and services but in most prices you will see it included. When it is not included, this should be clearly indicated.