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.
The Palais des Congrès has an underground
car park with direct access to the congress
centre. The capacity is 1500 spaces.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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|
Fujisawa GmbH is pleased to invite
delegates of the EAACI 2003 Congress to
visit the Internet Café on level 2.
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.
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.
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.
OFFICIAL CONGRESS ORGANISER
|Congress participants||No colour|
|Local Organising Committee||Red strip|
|EAACI Executive Committee||Red strip|
|Speakers and Chairpersons||Red strip|
|Accompanying Persons||Yellow strip|
(marked Accompanying Person)
|General Practitioners Programme||Purple|
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.
The EAACI 2003 Press Room is situated on
level 2 of the Palais des Congrès.
REGISTRATION DESK AND CONGRESS SECRETARIAT
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
Exhibitors can buy tickets for the Congress
Evening at the Louvre at the Social Events
Desk (EUR 120).
According to EAACI policy, this is a nonsmoking
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.
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.
There are several public telephones in the Palais
des Congrès de Paris. Telephone cards can be
purchased at tobacconist’s and post offices.
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.
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.
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
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