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 13.30–15.00. Certain banks remain open 13.30 until 17.00 on Thursdays. On weekends banks are closed. Business hours are mainly 08.00–18.00 on weekdays, Saturdays 08.00–13.00. Cash machines (ATM) are available in the Congress Centre. Regular post offices are open from Monday to Friday 08.00–12.00 and 14.00–18.00.

CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE

Participating delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

CLIMATE AND DRESS

The weather in Vienna in June is usually sunny with a day temperature of 18-23°C. Showers may occur. Dress will be informal throughout the Congress.

CME CREDITS

We are happy to inform you that the EAACI will offer Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for the Congress in Vienna. 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. EACCME credits will be available to US Doctors attending the EAACI 2006, due to a reciprocity agreement signed by AMA-American Medical Association, and UEMS-European Union of Medical Specialists. This agreement has been in place since 1999 and has been renewed until 2006. EAACI Accreditation Committee is the responsible body for credit evaluation of EAACI events, and EACCME, as the UEMS accreditation body, will be responsible for validation of European credits. American Doctors who wish to receive ACCME accreditation must show their EAACI credit certificate for reciprocity status.

The EAACI CME Accreditation Committee 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 Committee 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 2006 in Vienna will be announced on the this web site 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 1.20 (October 2005).

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 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 a nonmember? Join now and receive the journals ALLERGY and Pediatric Allergy and Immunology every month absolutely free - as 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

ELECTRICITY

The voltage in Austria 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 2006 Congress includes a commercial exhibition that starts on 11 June and will be open during the Congress’ meeting hours.

Opening hours: 11-13 June 09.00-17.30, 14 June 09.00–13.15.

For exhibition invitation and information, please click here or contact eaaci2006exhibition@congrex.se

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 IT-201 36 MILANO, Italy
Telephone: +39 02 581 891 Fax: +39 02 837 3448
E-mail: promoviaggi@promoviaggi.it

JMA ACTIVITIES

The JMA working group proudly presents new activities for the EAACI Congress in Vienna: three very interactive and clinically related workshops on “Diagnosis on rhinology”, “Management and diagnosis of contact eczema”, “Immunotherapy, indications and management”. All three workshops will be in the afternoon before the JMA poster session, so it is a great opportunity to join them all!

The JMA poster session will take place after the opening ceremony of the EAACI Vienna Congress. The best poster presentations will be awarded. The prize winners and also those who won an EAACI Fellowship will be announced at the end of the poster session. Afterwards, all juniors are invited to join the JMA social event which is going to be a “clubbing” in one of the fancy palaces in Vienna. The JMA Forum for Vienna deals with a new hot topic: “Neuroimmune mechanisms in allergy” of recent data presented by junior scientists. At the JMA Educational session two very important topics “How to write a paper” and “The editor’s view" will be presented by senior experts of the academy.

At the JMA Business Meeting topics of particular importance will be discussed and we are very much looking forward to your active participation. Finally, there is the JMA corner – the island on the Congress Venue, where all JMAs are warmly welcomed and can get the latest news and information. As you can see for the Vienna Congress there are some very tempting and interesting activities for you. So please do not forget to fill in your interest to participate in the junior activities.

LANGUAGE

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

LOCAL TIME

Local time is CET (Central European Time, GMT+2 hours).

MEALS

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

OFFICIAL CARRIER

The Star Alliance Members are pleased to be appointed as the Official Airline Network for the EAACI 2006 Congress. 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 OS001S6.

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

*Participating airlines for this event: Air Canada, ANA, Austrian Airlines, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Spanair, Thai Airways International, United Airlines, US Airways, Varig.

PASSPORT AND VISA

Participants are advised to make their own arrangements with respect to entering Austria. Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation in order to obtain a visa and authorisation to attend the Congress should direct a request to the Congress Secretariat in Stockholm at eaaci-visa@congrex.se before 1 May 2006. Please be informed that a letter of invitation will only be issued to registered delegates and when Congrex Sweden AB has received full payment.

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 our 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 the this web site around 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, United Kingdom, Sweden and the Americas as well as licensed partners throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

SMOKING POLICY

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

TRANSPORTATION

To the Austria Center Vienna:

FROM THE INNER CITY

Take the underground from the city centre, line U1, and get off at Vienna International Centre Kaisermühlen, travel time approximately 8 minutes. Exit towards Schüttaustraße.

FROM THE AIRPORT

Travelling time via the airport motorway link to the Austria Center Vienna is 25 minutes. By taxi the fare should be around EUR 30.

You can also go by train. Click here to go to the City Airport Train website.

FROM THE MOTORWAY

The Austria Center Vienna is located in direct connection with the A22/E59 motorway.When travelling on the A22/E59, leave motorway at exit 3 – Vienna International Centre.

VENUE

AACI 2006 will be held at Austria Center Vienna IAKW - AG Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1 AT-1220 Vienna, Austria Tel.: +43-1 260 690 Fax: +43 1 260 693 03.

In the heart of Vienna's new skyline, the Austria Center Vienna is located between the towers of the "Donau City" and the United Nations headquarters in the most modern part of Vienna. It is only a few minutes by underground or taxi away from the city center. The journey to the airport takes approximately 25 minutes.

Web: www.acv.at

 

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