General Information

Congress Venue
Marriot Athens Ledra

Congress Dates
Thursday 5th December –Sunday 8th December, 2013

Language
The official language of the Congress is English. All abstract submissions and presentations are to be in English.

CME Accreditation
An application for CME accrediation has been made to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS): www.uems.net.

Airports and Transportation
Athens International Airport ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’ is located approximately 27 km from the city. You can get to/from the airport by taxi, bus or metro.
Taxi: The journey time by taxi is approximately 35 minutes and the flat fare to the city center is €35 during the daytime (05:00-24:00) and €45 during the nighttime (00:00-05:00).
Bus: The 24-hour Express bus X95 will take you directly to Syntagma square in the city center. The bus terminal is located in front of the Arrivals Terminal. Journey time is around 1 hour.
Metro: Take Metro Line 3 to Syntagma in the city center

Local Climate
The temperature during December ranges between 15°C (59°F) during the day to around 8°C (46°F) at night. Daylight is around 10 hours.

Congress Dress Code
Informal for all events.

Banking and Exchange
The Euro is (currently) the official currency of Greece. For a small transaction fee you can withdraw Euro’s from the many ATM machines located around the city. We recommend you use cash when dealing with local merchants as you will get a better deal than if you use your debit or credit cards. Greek banks operate from Monday –Thursday from 8:00am to 2:30pm and Friday from 8am to 2pm. Make sure to bring your passport. You can also exchange money at large hotels and travel agents but note that there will be extra fees and commission.

Visas
All visitors are required to have a valid passport, and for some countries, an entry visa is required. For more information please contact your nearest Greek Consulate or local travel agency well in advance. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa if required.

Letter of Invitation
Official letters of invitation designed to assist with obtaining an entry visa can be requested from the Congress Secretariat, by e-mail or by post. Please note that such letters do not represent a commitment on the part of the Organising Committee or Congress to provide any financial assistance.

Liability and Insurance
The organiser is not able to take any responsibility whatsoever for injury or damage involving persons and property during the Congress. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.

Registration & Accommodation
All participants must submit a completed registration form. Hotel accommodation at special Congress rates will be available to participants on the Congress website. Registration and Accommodation will open shortly.

Congress Secretariat
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Paragon Group
18 Avenue Louis Casai
1209 Geneva Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 5330 948  Fax: +41 22 5802 953
Email: secretariat@ebsc2013.com

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