General Information

BANK OPENING HOURS
Banking hours in Paris are usually from 10.00 to 17.00,Monday to Friday. Throughout the rest of France, banks are usually open from 10.00 to 13.00 and 15.00 to 17.00, Tuesday to Saturday. Banks often close earlier the day before a public holiday. There are ATM machines at the venue as well as an exchange office.

CAR PARK
The Palais des Congrès has an underground car park with direct access to the congress centre. The capacity is 1500 spaces.

CATERING
Several cash bars and cafeterias are available within the Palais des Congrès.

CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE
All attending delegates receive a Certificate of Attendance in the Congress Bag.

CLOAKROOM
A cloakroom is located just outside of the registration area, on level 2. Please make sure that no personal belongings are left there after closing each day.

CME CREDITS
We are happy to inform you that the 22nd EAACI Congress in Paris is accredited by the EAACI CME Accreditation Council and the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), www.uems.be. The 22nd EAACI Congress is designated for a maximum of 36 hours of European external CME credits; Postgraduate Courses 6 credits, JMA Poster Session 2 credits and Main Programme 28 credits. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.
EACCME credits are recognised in Europe and by the American Medical Association towards the Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA). To convert EACCME credit to AMA PRA category 1 credit, contact the AMA. Participants receive detailed information and instructions on how to apply for CME credits in the Congress Bag.

COFFEE BREAKS AND MEALS
Coffee/tea is included in the registration fee and will be served daily. Lunches are not included.

CURRENCY AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE
The official currency in Paris is the Euro.

EUR 1 = USD 1,07 (May 2003).

Currency exchange can be carried out at all bank branches and Post Offices. Bureaux de Change can also be found in large department stores, railway stations, airports and near to tourist sites. Please note: although the exchange rate is fixed, commission rates are not. These must be clearly displayed. A Bureau de Change is situated on level A (=Metro level) in the Palais des Congrès.

DISCLAIMER
The Organising Committee and Congrex Sweden AB cannot accept liability for injuries or losses of whatever nature incurred by participants and/or accompanying persons, nor for loss of or damage to their luggage and/or personal belongings.

EAACI MEMBERSHIP
Take a breather out of your busy schedule to visit the EAACI stand in the Exhibition hall on level 3 during the Congress! We will be happy to hear your comments and assist you in any way we can. This year, as in previous years, we are allocating some seating space to our members so that they can meet and exchange ideas.We will also have an Internet Café for the use of our members only. Come and meet the Junior Member Representative at the “JMA Meeting Point” in the EAACI stand.
Samples of EAACI publications will be on display for your perusal and information on our future meetings. If you have membership questions that need to be answered or simply just want to settle your fee, then come by and meet the staff of the Executive Office. New members are welcome and can be accepted on the spot and receive their membership pin showing their membership in EAACI. Come and enjoy the benefits of being a Member! Remember that after the Congress you can always visit our web site www.eaaci.org and read the latest on EAACI.

EAACI NATIONAL SOCIETY VILLAGE
Last year EAACI hosted for the first time a National Society Village and it was greatly appreciated. Our National Societies did a great job of promoting their societies and meetings. This year we hope to have an even better turnout. EAACI believes that the National Societies will make an important contribution to the climate of scientific exchange as well as to the overall positive experience for the attendees at our Annual Congress. Take the time to visit the Village and meet your colleagues from across Europe. The Village is located on level 3 of the Congress Centre.

EAACI TRAVEL GRANTS
EAACI and the Local Organising Committee have granted 100 travel grants to EAACI Junior Members and Affiliate Junior Members with an accepted abstract. This year we are introducing a new system for the EAACI travel grants. This has been developed based on the request from many JMAs to have a common “JMA hotel” which could facilitate social contacts and the use of common transports. Those who are awarded a travel grant receive free registration to the Congress, up to EUR 500 for travel costs and part of a double room at the Hotel Ibis Porte de Clichy. This is a very nice middle class hotel with a swimming pool, located in Porte de Clichy and easily reached from the Congress Centre by Metro. Travel grant recipients who do not wish to stay at this hotel will receive free registration and up to 500 Euro for travel expenses. This money can be collected on site at the Congress after showing your ticket and receipts.
Please visit the “Cashier/Travel Grant” desk in the registration area from Sunday, 8 June.

EXHIBITION
The EAACI 2003 Congress includes a commercial Exhibition that starts on 8 June and will be open during the Congress meeting hours. The Exhibition is held on levels 2 and 3 of the Palais des Congrès during the following hours:
8-10 June 08.30-17.30
11 June 08.30-12.30

INTERNET CAFÉ
Fujisawa GmbH is pleased to invite delegates of the EAACI 2003 Congress to visit the Internet Café on level 2.

JMA ACTIVITIES
In order to meet the wishes of many JMAs, we have this year arranged a special hotel reserved for JMAs, the Hotel Ibis Porte de Clichy. This will allow JMAs to meet more easily and to arrange social activities as well as facilitating common transports.
The JMA Poster Session is now becoming a tradition and is held on the first night of the Congress, on June 7, between 18.30 and 20.30 in parallel with the Welcome Cocktail, in Salle Passy at level 1 in the Palais des Congrès. This session is aimed to promote the work of the EAACI-JMAs in an informal atmosphere where contacts with senior experts as well as fellow JMAs are supported. Poster prizes sponsored by Pharmacia Diagnostics will be awarded for outstanding poster presentations.
The JMA Forum (MS 3) is this year entitled “Molecular Control Mechanisms in Allergic Diseases” and contains the latest data presented by Junior and Senior scientists. We will also introduce a JMA Educational session on “How to write a scientific paper” and “How to write a grant application”, where experienced speakers will discuss these processes and where extensive time is allocated to questions and discussions. In this session we have also invited a representative from the European Union who will present the Marie Curie grant programme. This session will be held on Sunday 8 June, 15.30-17.15 in room 342B. The JMA Business meeting, where topics of particular importance for JMAs will be discussed and current activities reported, is held right after the Educational session, at 17.30 in room 342B.
Finally, we will have a JMA-corner situated in the EAACI official stand. Here you can meet the JMA working group members as well as other JMAs, get information about our activities and use a computer with internet connection for JMAs only! Come and visit the EAACI stand with the JMA-Corner on level 3.

LOCAL OPENING HOURS
The local opening hours for shopping are 10.00-19.30 without interruption at midday for big stores. Some of the smaller stores may close at lunch time. Most pharmacies are open during these hours but there are some that stay open later.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
Metro and RER stations are adjacent to the venue. The motorway, le péripherique, which connects to the airports, is nearby.

LOST AND FOUND
Please contact the General Information desk in the registration area in the case of personal belongings being lost or found.

MESSAGE BOARD / MEETING POINT
Personal messages can be placed on the message board in the registration area.
Please check the board daily to pick up any message left for you.

MOBILE PHONE POLICY
Please respect the EAACI policy and switch off your mobile phone in all meeting rooms and in the exhibition and poster areas.

NAME BADGES
Your personal badge is your entrance ticket to all sessions, to the exhibition and to all social events. Please remember to always wear your badge at the Palais des Congrès de Paris. If you have lost your badge, a new one can be purchased against proof of your original registration, from the Congress Secretariat at a cost of EUR 50.
IdentificationName Badges
Congress participantsNo colour
(full registration)
Local Organising CommitteeRed strip
EAACI Executive CommitteeRed strip
Speakers and ChairpersonsRed strip
PressBlack strip
(marked Press)
ExhibitorsGreen strip
(marked Exhibitor)
Accompanying PersonsYellow strip
(marked Accompanying Person)
StaffBlue strip
(marked Staff)
General Practitioners ProgrammePurple

OFFICIAL CONGRESS ORGANISER
Congrex Sweden AB has been appointed Official Congress Organiser for this event. The Congrex Group works internationally with subsidiaries in The Netherlands, the United States and Sweden as well as licensed partners throughout Europe and Latin America.

PRESS
The EAACI 2003 Press Room is situated on level 2 of the Palais des Congrès.

REGISTRATION DESK AND CONGRESS SECRETARIAT
Opening hours:
Saturday7 June08.00-21.00
Sunday8 June08.00-19.30
Monday9 June08.00-19.30
Tuesday10 June08.00-19.30
Wednesday11 June08.00-16.00

Registration includes:
The registration fee for delegates includes admission to the Congress and the Exhibition, Congress documentation, daily tea/coffee, the Paris Orientation Tour, the Welcome Cocktail and the Congress Evening at the Louvre.
The registration fee for accompanying persons includes the Paris Orientation Tour, the Welcome Cocktail and the Congress Evening at the Louvre.
Please note that the accompanying person’s fee does not include admission to the scientific sessions, nor does it include the Congress documentation.
Exhibitors can buy tickets for the Congress Evening at the Louvre at the Social Events Desk (EUR 120).

SMOKING POLICY
According to EAACI policy, this is a nonsmoking Congress.

SOCIAL EVENTS DESK
Information on the social events of the Congress is available at the Social Events Desk in the registration area. Here you can also purchase tickets for social events. If you are already booked for social events, the admission is registered in the bar code on your name badge, which has to be worn at all times during the Congress.

TAXIS
Please find below telephone numbers to some taxi companies available in Paris:
Coursheure  01 48 11 68 89
Taxis Bleus  0891 70 10 10
Taxis G7  01 47 39 47 39
Taxis can be hailed in the street. An illuminated white light on the roof shows that the taxi is available. A small light lit below means that the taxi is occupied.

TELEPHONE
There are several public telephones in the Palais des Congrès de Paris. Telephone cards can be purchased at tobacconist’s and post offices.

TIPPING ADVICE
10% is a good average for tipping. Only tip if you are satisfied with the service you have received. Restaurants always include a 15% service charge on your bill.

TOURIST INFORMATION
You will find tourist information in your Congress bag. The Tourist Information Desk in the registration area and in your hotel will be glad to answer any questions.

VENUE
The Palais des Congrès de Paris is located at Porte Maillot close to the Etoile and the Bois de Boulogne, and is connected by Metro, RER and buses to the city centre, airports and railway stations. A bus service (every 15 minutes) connects the Charles de Gaulle Airport to the town centre and the Congress Venue.
Palais des Congrès de Paris
2, Place de la Porte Maillot
FR-758 53 Paris Cedex 17, France
Telephone: +33 1 40 68 22 22
Fax: +33 1 40 68 27 40
www.palaisdescongres-paris.fr