General Information

Banks and post offices
Business hours differ between banks. Most banks are open from Tuesday to Friday between 09.00 and 17.00. On Mondays business hours start mainly at 13.00 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays banks are closed. Exchange offices (GWK) are open seven days a week.

Regular post offices are open from Monday to Friday, between 09.00 and 17.00. Bigger ones are also open on Saturdays between 09.00 and 12.00/12:30.

Car park
Ample underground parking space is available at the Amsterdam RAI. Congress delegates arriving by car are encouraged to use these facilities.

Certificate of Attendance
Participating delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Climate and dress
The weather in Amsterdam in June is usually sunny with a day temperature of 18- 25°C. Showers may occur. Dress will be informal throughout the Congress.

CME Credits
We are happy to inform you that EAACI will offer Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for the Congress in Amsterdam. The aim of a CME system is to assure a high level of theoretic and clinical competence throughout the working life of medical specialists. At present there is no standardised CME system in Europe. Some countries have established CME systems with legal obligation to collect a certain number of credits in order to practice medicine, while other countries have no system and CME is considered only an ethical and moral responsibility. In the United States the CME system was established over 40 years ago and this concept is well integrated in the American medical community.

The EAACI CME Accreditation Council will review and evaluate CME activities and establish the amount of credits to be given. This will be particularly useful in countries where no CME system is available. The EAACI CME Accreditation Council will guarantee that the CME programmes are of a high scientific and educational standard, and that they are free from influence from industries and in reciprocity with the American system.

The amount of CME Credits that will be assigned to the EAACI Congress in Amsterdam will be announced prior to the event. Participants will also receive detailed information and instructions on how to apply for CME credits in the Congress Bag.

Currency
The local currency is EUR. EUR 1 = USD 1,10
(October 2003, www.oanda.com)

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
Contact us now at the Executive Office for further information on the many great benefits of EAACI Membership. EAACI offers financial support to many of its Junior Members to enable them to attend EAACI Congresses and Summer Courses each year. You too can be one of the successful candidates - see information on travel grants. Do you regularly attend the EAACI Congresses? Did you know that as a member your registration fee is considerably less than that of non-member? Join now and receive the journal ALLERGY every month absolutely free - it's one of the great benefits of membership. More information on membership can be viewed at www.eaaci.net

EAACI Executive Office
P.O. Box 24 140
SE-104 51 Stockholm, Sweden.
Telephone: +46 8 459 66 23
Fax: +46 8 663 38 15
E-mail: executive.office@eaaci.org
Internet: www.eaaci.net

EAACI Travel Grants
EAACI and the Local Organising Committee offer 100 travel grants to EAACI Junior Members and Affiliate Junior Members, with an accepted abstract. As introduced last year a common ”JMA hotel” has been arranged to facilitate social contacts and the use of common transports. Those who are awarded a travel grant will receive free registration to the Congress and part in a double room at IBIS Hotel Stopera Amsterdam, Valkenburgerstraat 68. The Ibis Amsterdam Hotel Stopera is a first class hotel, located in the heart of Amsterdam by Stopera, Waterlooplein and Rembrandtsplein.

Travel costs will be refunded up to 500 EUR on site at the Congress, upon presentation of your ticket and travel receipts. Travel grant recipients who do not wish to stay at the JMA hotel will receive free registration and up to 500 EUR for travel expenses. Those JMAs who do not receive a travel grant but are anyway interested in reserving this hotel at their own expense can contact Congrex and will get places on a first come basis.
The application deadline is 19 January 2004.

The travel grant application should be made in connection with the electronical abstract submission. If the abstract is accepted but your grant application is not approved, the registration fee must be sent to the Congress Secretariat no later than two weeks after the grant notification, otherwise the abstract will not be published in the abstract book.

Electricity
The voltage in the Netherlands is 220 volts. Round European style two-pin plugs are used. Appliances designed to operate on 110/120V need a voltage converter and a plug adapter for two-prong, round-prong plugs with side grounding contacts.

Exhibition
The EAACI 2004 Congress includes a commercial exhibition that starts on 13 June and will be open during the Congress meeting hours. Opening hours: 13-15 June 9.00-17.30. For exhibition invitation and information, please contact the Congress Secretariat at: eaaci2004exhibition@congrex.se

JMA activities
In order to meet the wishes of many JMAs we will this year arrange a special hotel reserved for JMAs (see also information about EAACI travel grants). This will again 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 will again be held on the first night of the Congress in parallel with the Opening Ceremony and the Welcome Reception. Do not forget to fill in your interest to participate when submitting your abstract. 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 for outstanding poster presentations will be awarded. Announcements of the winners of the EAACI Fellowship Awards 2004 will also be made at this session.

The JMA Symposium is entitled ”Uncovering neuro-immunological influences in allergy and clinical immunology” and contains the latest data presented by junior and senior scientists. One of the Allergy Forums will be dedicated to the five best JMA abstracts. We will also introduce two JMA Educational sessions on ”How to present at scientific meetings”, with experienced speakers and where extensive time is allocated to questions and discussions.

As usual we will have a JMA Business meeting where topics of particular importance for us will be discussed and current activities reported. Finally we will have a JMA corner where all JMAs are warmly welcome to meet up.

Please go to the EAACI JMA Website for updated information on our activities: www.eaaci.net

Language
The official language of the Congress is English. No simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Local time
During the Congress, Amsterdam will be two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Meals
Coffee/tea is included in the registration fee and will be served daily. Light sandwich lunches will be served in the poster area and there will be several catering sites within the Congress Centre.

Official Carrier
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is official carrier for this event and is offering special congress fares to all participants.
These congress fares offer reductions of up to 15-20% depending on the fare type, route and space availability.
Congress fares are valid for all flights to Amsterdam operated by KLM.
Bookings can be made by phone directly with KLM.
 

Phone numbers or e-mail addresses for booking tickets for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Events:

 

· Belgium: 02 6617070
· France: 08 90 710 710
· Germany: 0180 5214201
· Italy 199 414 199
· Switzerland 0900 359556 (0900-FLY KLM)- 0,50CHF per minute
· Austria 0900 359556 -0,88 EUR per min)
· NL: 020 4747 747
· Sweden 8 58799757
· Denmark 70 100 747
· Norway 22643752
· Finland 020353355
· Portugal 707 222 747
· Spain 909 222 747
· Australia 1300 303 747 (Sydney, ask for Marina Nicod)
· UK specials.direct@cygnific.com , mentioning:
  - name event
  - program reference number CUA..
  - UCC number: NL…..
  - departure/return travel date
  - class of travel: Economy or Business Class
  - full name and address
  - credit card number – name of cardholder if different from     passenger name
  - FD number if applicable

To be eligible for appointed fares travelers should always mention the following:
· Name of the event
· CUA 39
· UCC NL235163

Passport and Visa
Participants are advised to make their own arrangements with respect to entering The Netherlands. Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation in order to obtain a visa and authorization to attend the Congress should direct a request to the Congress Secretariat in Stockholm at eaaci-visa@congrex.se before 30 April 2004.

Programme Navigator
The Congrex Abstract System offers the Congress delegates a way to view the Scientific Programme and to plan for their participation in advance. This service has been highly appreciated among EAACI delegates for the last years. Using this Internet-based service - Programme Navigator - participants can search for invited speakers, abstract authors, word in lecture titles, sessions and easily find and select the presentations of interest. The result of the selection is the Personal Planner, which can be viewed and printed by the delegate. The Personal Planner is an agenda for the Congress, specifying date, time, location and presentation title for the selected presentations. This information is presented in a calendar format. The Programme Navigator is available on this web site one month prior to the Congress.

Professional Conference Organiser
Congrex Sweden AB has been appointed the official congress organiser for this event. The Congrex Group works internationally with subsidiaries in The Netherlands and Sweden as well as licensed partners throughout Europe and North and Latin America.

Smoking Policy
In accordance with the EAACI policy, this is a non- smoking event.

Transportation
Transport to the Amsterdam RAI International Exhibition and Conference Centre: From the inner city The Amsterdam RAI is located in the southern part of Amsterdam and can easily be reached by tram or metro from the inner city. Depending on where you are staying, the ride will usually take about 15 minutes (exit at Amsterdam RAI Europaplein).

From Amsterdam Central Railway Station: You may take the Amstelveen express tram 51 (travelling time: 12 minutes; exit at Amsterdam RAI Station) or tram 4 (travelling time: 30 minutes; exit at Amsterdam RAI Europaplein). From Schiphol Airport From inside Schiphol Airport you may take the train to the Amsterdam RAI railway station (direction Lelystad Centrum or Hilversum/Utrecht). This takes about 10 minutes. The walk from the RAI Railway Station to the Amsterdam RAI Conference Centre is approximately 7 minutes.

From the highway: If you are travelling by car you may take the ring road around Amsterdam (A10). The Amsterdam RAI is indicated on signboards, which indicate the route to the Amsterdam RAI car parks. The Amsterdam RAI is located right next to the A10 at exit S109.

Venue
The XXIII Congress of the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology will be held at:
Amsterdam RAI
Europaplein NL-1078
GZ Amsterdam
Telephone: +31 20 549 12 12
Fax: +31 20 549 18 48
E-mail: raimarketing@rai.nl
Internet: www.rai.nl