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General Information

BANKS AND POST OFFICES

Business hours differ between banks. Most banks are open from Monday to Friday between 08.00 – 12.30 and again 13.30 – 15.30. Certain banks remain open until 17.30 on Thursdays. On weekends banks are closed.

Business hours are mainly 09.30 – 20.00.
Cash machines are available in the Congress Centre.

Regular post offices are open from Monday to Friday 08.00 – 18.00.

BUSINESS CENTRE

The Business Centre is located in the main foyer, ground floor. There is a
photocopier, fax and stations for personal laptops with access to the Internet at your disposal.

CATERING

Several cash bars and cafeterias are available within the ICM. In the exhibition area there will be a Bavarian "Biergarten" where all delegates can
buy food and drinks.

CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE

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

CLIMATE AND DRESS

The weather in Munich in June is usually sunny with a day temperature of 18-27°C. Showers may occur. Dress will be informal throughout the Congress.

CME CREDITS

We are pleased to announce that the EAACI and the WAO will offer
Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for attending the World Allergy
Congress in Munich. The goal of a CME system is to assure a high level of
theoretic and clinical competence throughout the working life of medical
specialists. The EAACI Accreditation Committee is the body responsible for
credit evaluations of EAACI events and establishes the amount of credits
available. The European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) accreditation
body, EACCME, will be responsible for validations of European Credits. This is
particularly useful in countries where no CME system is available.

Through a reciprocity agreement signed in 1999 and renewed until 2006 by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the UEMS, EACCME credits will be available to U.S. doctors. Doctors from the US who wish to receive ACCME
accreditation will need to convert their European CME credits by contacting
Marilyn Maldonada at the AMA, telephone 800-621-8335 or 312-464-
4941. US doctors do not automatically earn CME credits unless they contact
the AMA upon their return.

The EAACI CME Accreditation Committee guarantees that the CME
accredited programmes meet high scientific and educational standards,
that they are free from industry influence and that they meet reciprocity
guidelines with the U.S. System.

The WAC 2005 in Munich has been assigned 30 CME Credits for the Congress in full. Participants will receive detailed information and instruction on how to apply for CME credits in their Congress bags.

For more information please contact:

EAACI CME Accreditation Committee
Technical Secretariat
Dr. Alfonso Negri
Via Ripamonti 129-2141 Milano, Italy
Tel +39 02 56601242-268
Fax +39 02 56609045
Cell +39 3484020698
E-mail: a.negri@cme-icap.it

COFFEE BREAKS AND MEALS

Coffee/tea is included in the registration fee and will be served daily in the
exhibition areas. Lunches are not included but sandwiches are offered
during lunch hour on Monday 27 June, Wednesday 29 June and Thursday 30
June by Astellas pharma europe to the visitors of the poster exhibition.

CURRENCY

The local currency is EUR. EUR 1 = USD 1.23
(October 2004, www.oanda.com).

DGAI MEMBERSHIP

Contact the DGAI booth in the village of national societies for further
information if you want to join and become a member of the German
Society for Allergology and Clinical Immunology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Allergologie und Klinische Immunologie DGAI). DGAI offers support for young
researchers to travel to congresses as well as to organise small meetings of
working groups. For students and residents the first three years of
membership are free. You will receive the official journal of the DGAI
“Allergo-Journal” and have reduced registration fees at the German allergy
congresses.

For further information please contact the DGAI secretariat: Erika Ratzinger
E-mail: RatzingerErika@t-online.de

DISCLAIMER

The Host 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 AND WAO EXHIBITS

Visit the EAACI and WAO booths in the registration area on the ground floor of the ICM.

In the EAACI National Society Village member societies will promote their
societies and upcoming meetings as well as the EAACI Congresses in 2006
and 2007. Other displays will include World Allergy Day, World Allergy
Congress 2007, Interasma, and WAO Member Societies bidding on the 2011
Congress.

EAACI MEMBERSHIP

The EAACI stand is located between the Registration area and the National
Society Village. If you have questions regarding membership in EAACI that
need to be answered or you simply want to settle your fee, then come by
and have your questions answered by Deirdre Öwerström or Chelsin Ledesma from the Executive Office. If you would like to become a member in EAACI then we can assist you with your application at the stand. Membership
applications can be processed directly at the stand so that you can proudly wear your EAACI membership pin during the Congress. This year, as in previous years, we are allocating some seating space to our members so that they can relax during the Congress. Members can also keep up to date with their e-mails by using the specially designated computers for the use of our members only. Samples of EAACI publications will be on display for your perusal as well as information on our future meetings and courses. We have also designated a special area for our Junior Members where a Junior Member Representative will be available to answer questions about JM activities.

We hope to see you at the EAACI stand. Come and enjoy the benefits of
being a Member! For more information on membership please see page 21 in the Final Programme. Remember after the Congress you can always visit our web site www.eaaci.net and read the latest on EAACI.

ELECTRICITY

The voltage in Germany 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 WAC 2005 Congress includes a commercial exhibition taking place in
hall C1 from 27 June to 30 June. Opening hours: 09.00-17.00.

INTERNET CAFÉ

The Internet Café will be located in the exhibition area of hall C1.

ITALIAN PARTICIPANTS

Promoviaggi S.p.A. has been appointed the official agency for Government Authorisation for Italian participants. You may contact them at the following address:

Promoviaggi S.p.A.
Viale Gian Galeazzo, 3
201 36 MILANO, Italy
Telephone: +39 02 581 891
Fax: +39 02 837 3448
E-mail: promoviaggi@promoviaggi.it

JUNIOR ACTIVITIES

A warm welcome awaits young investigators and allergists at the World Allergy Congress in Munich. In order to meet the needs and wishes of our younger participants, we have arranged travel grants, low registration fees and a special budget-friendly hotel reserved for junior members (see also information about EAACI travel grants). The Juniors' Hotel concept allows junior members to meet more easily and to arrange social activities as well as facilitating shared transport arrangements. The Junior Poster Event will be held on the opening evening of the Congress in parallel with the Opening Ceremony and the Welcome Reception. This session is aimed to promote the work of young investigators in an informal atmosphere, where contacts with senior experts as well as young fellow investigators are encouraged and facilitated.

Poster prizes will be awarded for outstanding poster presentations in each category. Do not forget to tick the box to indicate your interest to participate in the Junior Poster Event when submitting your abstract. The Junior Poster Event is followed by a free social event for all under-35s attending the congress, at a Bavarian pub with a buffet and dance. On Thursday we will have the Junior Member Symposium "Allergy: nature or nurture?" - this session contains the latest data presented by junior and senior scientists, on a programme chosen by the EAACI junior member working group. One of the Free Communication sessions will be entirely dedicated to the five best junior abstracts. We will also have a junior researchers' educational session on "Biostatistics:What you should (not) do!", with experienced speakers and plenty of time set aside for questions and discussion. For EAACI junior members and associates, we will have the usual JM Business meeting where topics of particular importance for us will be discussed and current activities reported. Finally there will be a JM corner in congress centre, where all young investigators are warmly invited to meet up. Please go to the EAACI JM Web site 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 AGENT AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

For hotel reservations and group allotments, please contact:

Interplan
Congress, Meeting & Event Management AG
Albert-Rosshaupter-Straße 65
81369 Munich, Germany
Phone: +49-(0)89-54 82 34-0
Fax: +49-(0)89-54 82 34-44
e-mail: wac2005@interplan.de

LOST AND FOUND

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

LOCAL TIME

During the Congress,Munich will be two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

MEALS

Coffee/tea is included in the registration fee and will be served daily. There are several bars and restaurants available within the ICM.

MED-ALL-YOUNG

A programme for medical students interested in allergy For medical students with an interest in allergy the Munich Society for Fostering Research and Education in Allergology and Dermatology (“Verein zur Förderung der Forschung und Fortbildung auf dem Gebiet der Allergology und Dermatologie e.V.”) together with the German Society for Allergology and Clinical Immunology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Allergologie und Klinische Immunologie DGAI) will support a programme for medical students not yet directly involved in allergology but with an interest in allergy.

The students will have free access to the Congress on Monday 27 June, where they will be guided by active congress participants through several sessions and the poster exhibition. They are also invited to join the Opening
Ceremony and the Welcome Reception. This programme will be organised by: Kilian Eyerich, Stefanie Förster and Stefanie Lubitz at ZAUM – Center for
Allergy and Environment, Technical University Munich.
E-mail: zaum@lrz.tum.de

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 Congress 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 ICM. 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.

Identification delegates:
Neutral Congress delegates
Black Press
Green Exhibitors
Yellow Accompanying persons
Blue Staff

OFFICIAL CARRIER

The Star Alliance Members are pleased to be appointed as the Official Airline Network for the World Allergy Congress 2005. To obtain details and conditions on Star Alliance™ Conventions Plus discounts and participating airlines*, please contact your local Star Alliance Member and quote the following Event Code LH006S5.

When making your travel plans please present confirmation of your registration on proof of attendance and ensure that the Event Code is listed on your ticket. For further information about Star Alliance Members please visit: www.staralliance.com/conventionsplus

*Participating airlines for this event: Air Canada, Austrian Airlines, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Varig. Special offers are available for ANA.

PASSPORT AND VISA

Participants are advised to make their own arrangements with respect to entering Germany. 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 wac2005visa@congrex.se before 10 May 2005. Please be informed that a letter of invitation will only be issued to registered delegates and when Congrex Sweden AB has received full payment.

POSTER EXHIBITION WITH LUNCHES

There is a Poster Exhibition in the exhibition area. Posters will be displayed
there Monday 27 June to Thursday 30 June. Sponsored by ALTANA PHARMA.

All delegates attending the poster exhibition during the lunch hour on Monday 27 June, Wednesday 29 June and Thursday 30 June will be treated to a sandwich lunch by ASTELLAS.

PRESS OFFICE

There is a Press Office in the ICM during the Congress days.

Room: C112
Telephone: +49 (0)89 949 71401
Fax: +49 (0)89 949 71402

Welcome to the Opening Press Conference on Monday 27 June, room
21 from 12:15 to 13:30!


Press Agent:
MasterMedia GmbH
Bodelschwinghstr. 17
22337 Hamburg, Germany
Telephone: +49 40 50 71 130
Fax: +49 40 59 18 45

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 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.

Click here to open the Programme Navigator

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.

REGISTRATION DESK AND CONGRESS SECRETARIAT

Opening hours:

Sunday 26 June - 09.00-21.00
Monday 27 June - 08.00-19.00
Tuesday 28 June - 08.00-19.00
Wednesday 29 June - 08.00-19.00
Thursday 30 June - 08.00-19.00
Friday 1 July - 08.00-15.00

THE REGISTRATION FEE FOR DELEGATES INCLUDES:

Admission to the Congress and the Exhibition
Congress Documentation
Daily tea/coffee
Public Transportation Card
Munich Orientation Tour, 26 June
Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception, 26 June
Congress Evening/All-Congress Event, 27 June

THE REGISTRATION FEE FOR ACCOMPANYING PERSONS INCLUDES:

Public Transportation Card
Munich Orientation Tour, 26 June
EUR 50 discount on one Social Tour of your choice
Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception, 26 June
Congress Evening/All-Congress Event, 27 June

Please note that the registered accompanying person’s fee does not include admission to the scientific sessions or the Congress documentation.

Exhibitors can buy tickets for the Congress Evening/All-Congress Event at
the Social Events Desk at a price of EUR 70.

SMOKING POLICY

This is a non smoking 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.

SPEAKERS' PREVIEW ROOM

There is a speakers' preview facility on the first floor of the ICM, opposite
room 14. Here speakers can check and register their presentations before the
sessions.

Opening hours:

26 June - 09:00-21:00
27-30 - June 08:00-18:00
1 July - 08:00-14:00

Sponsored by ALMIRALL

TAXIS

A taxi station is located in front of the ICM. The telephone number of the
central taxi service is +49 (0)89 21610. Taxi fares are strictly regulated in
Germany. Please make sure that the driver puts on the taximeter. Please note: Most of the taxis in Munich do not accept credit cards!

To pre-book taxi transport to and from the airport please contact:

Taxiservice München
City-Garage München
Mobile telephone:
+49 (0)175 48 12 862

TOURIST INFORMATION

You will find tourist information in your Congress bag. The Munich Tourist
Office desk in the registration area and in your hotel will be glad to answer any questions.

TRANSPORTATION

The official Congress badge (please see logo and text on the back of the badge) will serve as a pass entitling you to free use of the Munich public transportation system (MVV).

To the ICM International Congress Centre:

From the inner city It takes approximately 20 minutes to travel from downtown Munich to the ICM on the underground line U2. Stop at Messestadt West.

From the Airport:

It takes approximately 30 minutes to get from the Munich Airport to the
ICM. By taxi the cost should be around EUR 50,00.

You can also take the train S8 to Ostbahnhof (direction Maisach/Nannhofen), change into the underground U5 to Innsbrucker Ring (direction Laimer Platz) and finally change into underground U2 to Messestadt West (direction Messestadt-Ost). This takes about 35 minutes.

From the highway

The ICM is located in direct connection with the A94 motorway, the ring road
around Munich.When travelling on the A94, exit München-Riem or Feldkirchen
West. ICM is then indicated on signboards, which also indicate the route to the Car Park West.

TRAVEL GRANTS

EAACI and WAO have awarded a total of 140 travel grants and DGAI 20 travel grants.

EAACI Travel Grants for EAACI Junior Members and Affiliate Junior Members (JMAs) based in Europe (including Turkey and CIS).

WAO Travel Grants for presenting authors aged 35 or under who are
based outside Europe, Turkey or the CIS and are not EAACI members, but
belong to a WAO Member Society located outside Europe. Those who have been awarded a Travel Grant will receive free registration to the Congress, shared accommodation in a twin-bedded room (up to 4 nights) and travel costs refunded up to 500 EUR (EAACI Travel Grant) or up to 700 EUR
(WAO Travel Grant). Hotels for juniors and fellows have been arranged to
facilitate social contacts and the use of common transports.

DGAI Travel Grants include free registration and travel costs refunded up to 500 EUR.

Travel costs will be refunded on site at the Congress, upon presentation of
your original ticket and travel receipts.

VENUE

The WAC 2005 is held at:

ICM-International Congress Centre Munich
Messe München GmbH
Messegelände
DE-81823 München, Germany

Telephone: +49 89 949 230 23
Fax: +49 89 949 230 29

Email: info@icm-muenchen.de
Web: www.icm-muenchen.de

Click here to view a map of the ICM

WAO MEMBERSHIP

The World Allergy Organization (WAO) is a federation of National and Regional Allergy Societies. As such, all individual members of dues-paying WAO Member Societies are also members of WAO. To celebrate and display this alliance, WAO is pleased to offer Member Certificates for purchase at the WAO Exhibit in the ICM foyer and by mail through the WAO Secretariat. Certificates are available to members of dues-paying WAO Member Societies that have submitted an up-to-date membership list to the WAO Secretariat.


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