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Early Bird deadline
22 February 2012

Standard Deadline
18 April 2012

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General Information

Venue and Dates

ESPGHAN  Update 2012 Meeting will be held on Friday 27 April and Saturday 28 April 2012 and will take place at:

München Bryggeriet
Torkel Knutssonsgatan 2
118 25 Stockholm
Sweden

Tel: +46 (0) 8 65820 00
Web: www.m-b.se
E-mail: [email protected]

München Bryggeriet has functioned as a conference and event venue since the 1970s; it is a beautiful old converted brewery located in central Stockholm and is one of the most characteristic elements in the skyline of Stockholm as well as being a greatly appreciated memento of a distant industrial epoch. Beer was produced here for over 100 years to satisfy the thirsts of the Stockholm population and the last bottle ever to be filled was capped in 1971.  Today, the venue has eleven different rooms and halls with a total floor area of 6000 m2 providing excellent facilities for the organisation of professional conferences and meetings.

Congress Language

The official congress language will be English.  The submitted abstracts, full papers, general correspondence and congress sessions will also be in English.

Congress Organisers

ESPGHAN Update 2012
c/o MCI UK Ltd
Durford Mill
Petersfield
Hampshire
GU31 5AZ
United Kingdom 

Tel: +44 (0) 845 1800 360
E-mail: [email protected] 

On-site Secretariat Office

The on-site secretariat and registration office will be open at the meeting venue München Bryggeriet
at the following times:

Thursday 26 April:   15:00 – 18:00
Friday 27 April:   07:00 – 18:00
Saturday 28 April:   07:00 – 16:00

Meeting Materials

A name badge and conference bag will be provided on-site upon presentation of the relevant registration documents.  The name badge must be worn at all times and is to be visible both inside the meeting rooms and sessions and at all events organised during the meeting.   

Lunch and Coffee Breaks

Lunch and coffee breaks are included in the registration fees and are available to all participants:

Lunch – 27 and 28 April plus 2 x coffee breaks per day

Stockholm

Stockholm is built across 14 islands and is often called the Venice of the North. With more foreign visitors than any other city in Scandinavia it is also considered to be the Capital of Scandinavia. Stockholm is situated at the point where the vast Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea and was built on this strategic spot in the 12-13th centuries, enabling the founder to tax merchant vessels going in and out of the lake.

As water covers one third of the city area, the maritime life is an important aspect of the city. There are plenty of bridges, marinas and locks. The water is so clean that you can drink it and catch salmon in the middle of the city. The climate is very much conditioned by the sea winds, so even the warmest summer day will be contingent upon the sea breeze finding its way into the city streets.

Weather

Average weather conditions for April consist of temperatures between 8°C and 16°C with possibilities of the occasional light rain shower.  Current weather conditions and forecasts can be seen on the website www.smhi.se/en/weather

Time Zone

Stockholm is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1)

Banks and Currency Exchange

Banks in Stockholm are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00- 15:00 and on Thursday’s from 10:00-16:00/17:30.  The Swedish currency is the Krona (SEK) and banknotes are distributed in 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 denominations; and there are also coins of 1, 5 and 10 Krona. There is no limit on the amount of Swedish and foreign currency that can be taken into Sweden.

The majority of banks have ATMs, they are called ‘Bankomat’ or ‘Kontanten’, and they accept Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or Cirrus Card. They operate in the same way as those throughout the USA and Europe. There is an option on most to choose the language.

Transportation

Getting to Stockholm

Stockholm as the capital and the largest city of Sweden is very easy to reach by many daily convenient direct flight connections from the major European cities and by direct flights from throughout the world into Arlanda Airport http://www.arlanda.se/en/

There is a regular train service - The Arlanda Express which runs from Arlanda airport to central Stockholm every 15 - 20 minutes throughout the day and takes approximately 20 minutes; single trip ticket fare is 260 SEK for age 26-64 and 130 SEK for students and seniors. Please visit https://www.arlandaexpress.com/fares.html  for further information and scheduled timetables.

There is also a bus service - “Flygbussarna” which takes about 45 minutes from Arlanda, Bromma and Skavsta airports to Stockholm city centre, the ticket fare for an adult is: 99 SEK single trip, please visit www.flygbussarna.se/ for further information and scheduled timetables. The buses take payment by credit and debit cards.

A super shuttle service from Arlanda airport is also available from 180 SEK. For more information and booking please visit their website: http://www.supershuttle.se.

Transportation in Stockholm

Stockholm offers visitors to the city the opportunity to purchase a Stockholm Card, also called the Stockholm Travel Card, which gives free entry to over 75 museums and attractions and unlimited travel by metro, bus and commuter train. It also comes with a guidebook that has maps and all sorts of information about museums and attractions. This might be an option for accompanying persons. The costs for a card for adults are for example for 24 hrs 330 SEK and for 72 hrs 580 SEK. To purchase your ticket prior to arriving in Stockholm please visit the official website http://www.visitstockholm.com/en/Information/Buy--Order/The-Stockholm-card/

For delegates, the recommendation is to purchase an advanced booking slip (“förköpsremsa”), which contains 16 tokens; two will be required to be used for every trip within the city.  Most hotels are located two stops by subway from the meeting venue (München Bryggeriet), and a 5 minute walk from the stop “Mariatorget” (exit “Torkel Knutsson gatan”). A slip costs 200 SEK and for children (<20 yrs) and seniors (>65 yrs) only 120 SEK. Tickets cannot be bought on the bus or train but the slips are available at the entrance to the subway and at kiosks called “Pressbyrån” which are widely available throughout Stockholm. Tickets can also be bought from machines at bus stops but tend to be more expensive. The slip and cards are not valid for transportation from the airport.

VAT Information

The general rate of VAT for goods and services in Sweden is 25%. Certain goods and services are exempt from tax or taxed at a lower rate; 12% for accommodation and 6% for transportation.

Passports

EU Citizens should ensure their passport is valid for the duration of their stay in Sweden.  All other nationalities should check the validity requirements for their passports for entry into Sweden with the Swedish Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence or their travel company.

Sweden is a signatory to the 1995 Schengen Agreement

Visas

All non EU Citizens should check with the Swedish Embassy or Consulate located in their country of residence or their travel company as to whether they require a visa for entry into Sweden. 

Insurance

Participants are advised to provide their own personal travel insurance.  The organisers cannot be held responsible for any damages.

Disclaimer

The Organising Committee and the ESPGHAN Meeting Organisers cannot accept liability for losses of whatever nature incurred by participants and/or accompanying persons or for the loss or damage to their luggage and/or personal belongings.