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Practical Information

Venue

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     Amsterdam Passengers Terminal (http://www.ptamsterdam.nl/indexh_en.php)
     Piet Heinkade 27
     1019 BR Amsterdam
     T+31 20 509 10 00
     F+31 20 509 10 09


How to reach the Amsterdam Passengers Terminal

From the airport Schiphol take the train to "Amsterdam Centraal Station". This is the easiest & cheapest way to reach Amsterdam.

From Amsterdam Centraal Station:

By foot
From Amsterdam Central Station, take the Noord [North] exit. Once outside the station, turn right and follow the IJ River. Once over the bridge, the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam can be seen on the left-hand side. Approx. 15 minutes by foot or you can follow the instructions ‘by tram’.

By tram (lines 25 & 26)
Tram 25 (direction Pass.Term. Amsterdam) is located on the east side of the Central Station. 
The tram stops directly in front of the hotel. Get out at stop  Music Building Bimhuis.
For the Amsredan PAssengers Terminal take the next stop at Passenger Terminal Amsterdam

Tram 26 (direction IJburg) is also located on the east side of the Central Station.
The tram stops directly in front of the hotel. Get out at stop  Music Building Bimhuis.
For the Amsredan PAssengers Terminal take the next stop: Kattenburgerstraat

To plan your journey and find the best connection and travel solution, please visit http://journeyplanner.9292.nl/ (in English)  or call 0900-9292 from a Dutch telephone.

By car
A10 Ring Road, S114 Exit (Zeeburg, Centrum, Artis, IJburg). At the end of the exit lane, turn left. Continue straight along this road. Once in the Piet Hein Tunnel, stay in the lane marked Centraal Station. The entrance to the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam is 1 km farther on the right-hand side.

There will be no shuttle service available between Schiphol Amsterdam International Airport, the conference centre or the conference hotels.

Parking !!
Please note that parking at the Passengers Terminal Amsterdam is really expensive (€ 4 per hour, € 48 per day). If you are coming by car the best alternative is to park at P+R Zeeburg (more info click here). Costs are € 6 per day including tickets for public transportation. From there you can take tram 26 direction Amsterdam Centraal, this will only take you 5 minutes.

Public Transport
Amsterdam is a very compact city where your destination usually will not be at a great distance. Therefore, Amsterdam is ideal for getting around by foot, bicycle or public transport. There is a dense public transport system and tram, metro or bus stops are usually around the corner. Cars are less suitable for navigating in Amsterdam. Moreover, parking must be paid for in almost the entire city and the rates can be substantial.

Taxis
Taxis can be ordered at the Porter’s Desk on the ground floor of the conference centre.

Registration and Information
The registration desk will be located at the ground floor of the conference centre.
Opening hours:

• Sunday, 9 October 08.00 – 18.30 hrs
• Monday, 10 October 07.00 – 19.00 hrs
• Tuesday11 October 07.30 – 13.30 hrs
• Wednesday, 12 October 07.30 – 17.30 hrs
• Thursday, 13 October 07.30 – 13.00 hrs

Name badges and tickets
For security purposes, delegates and exhibitors must wear their name badges at all times during the conference. Entrance to the conference centre will be limited to badge holders only. Replacement of lost name badges can be requested at the registration desk. Tickets for social events and excursions will be issued to delegates who have booked for these events. Please present your tickets at these events and excursions.


Full conference participants and students are entitled to:
- Welcome reception on Sunday 9 October 2011
- Attendance to scientific sessions
- Entrance to the exhibition
- Conference Proceedings
- Coffee and tea during the breaks
- Lunches on Monday on Tuesday and Wednesday
- Excursion on Tuesday afternoon 11 October 2011*
- Conference Banquet on Wednesday 12 October 2011*

* Included only for full conference participants

Registered accompanying persons are entitled to:
  - Welcome reception on Sunday 9 October 2011
  - Excursion on Tuesday afternoon 11 October 2011
  - Exhibitor Reception on Monday 10 October 2011
  - Conference Banquet on Wednesday 12 October 2011

Mobile phones
Mobile phones must be switched off in the meeting rooms.

Program changes
The organisers cannot accept liability for any changes in the program due to external or unforeseen circumstances.

Language
The official conference language will be English. No translation arrangements will be made.

Manuscripts
The abstracts are available on a usb stick which is included in the registration package for registered full conference delegates and for sale for other delegates for € 60 per usb stick. 

Certificate of attendance
Upon request a certificate of attendance can be printed at the registration desk. Please note that the certificate can be collected on the day following your request.

Coffee and tea breaks
For registered participants wearing their name badges, coffee and tea during the breaks are included in the fee on all days.

Lunches
A buffet lunch will be offered to registered delegates on Monday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, all delegates attending will receive a lunch box to bring with them for the afternoon excursion.

Internet corner
An Internet corner is at the disposal of the Conference Delegates during Conference opening hours.
Wireless internet will also be provided free of charge in the conference area. Login details: intelec2011, password: intelec.

Messages
Messages for delegates should be handed in at the Registration Desk. Notification of messages will be displayed on the message board next to the Registration Desk. Please check the board daily and pick up your messages – they may be urgent.

Dress code
Recommended dress code for the conference and all social functions is smart casual.

Cloakroom facilities
A cloakroom is situated at the ground floor level, near the registration desk. The cloakroom will be guarded during Conference hours. The organizers cannot accept liability for loss or damage to property.

Currency and banking
The local currency is the euro (Eur/€). € 1 = 100 cents.
Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted at the Registration Desk. Foreign currency will not be accepted. You are requested to pay with credit card or cash in euros only.
In general, all major credit cards are accepted for payment in hotels, restaurants and shops. There is an ATM machine available in the lobby of the conference centre.

Banks are open Monday to Friday from 10.00 – 16.00 hrs.

Insurance
Delegates are advised to acquire their own travel insurance and to extend their policy to cover personal possessions as the Conference does not cover individuals against cancellation or bookings or theft or damage to belongings.

Lost Property
If you see any unattended parcel, please report to one of the Conference staff members. Should you loose anything at the conference centre, please enquire at the Registration Desk where any lost property will be held.

Shopping
Most shops are open from Tuesday through Friday from 9.00 to 18.00 hours, Saturdays from 09.00 to 17.00 hours. On Mondays, many shops are closed in the morning. They open between 11.00 and 13.00 hours and close at 18.00 hours. Evening shopping (until 21.00 hours) is on Thursdays and many shops in the city centre open on Sundays from 12.00 to 17.00 hours.

Local Time
Amsterdam is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Tipping
Service is always included. However, it is customary to tip in restaurants and when paying for taxi’s. As a general rule tipping between 5 - 10% should be adequate.

Electricity supply
Electricity in the Netherlands is supplied at 220V - 50Hz AC. USA, English and some other foreign appliances require an adapter for the voltage as well as an adapter for the plug. There are no adapters available at the conference centre.

Orange Student Brigade
A team of enthusiastic students will be at your service. During Conference hours, they will provide hospitality support and steward services. They will also serve in most of the meeting rooms as technical assistants. They can be easily recognized by their orange shirts.

Services for the Disabled
All the rooms at the conference venue are fully accessible to delegates with disabilities.

Emergencies
If you or any other delegate is unwell, an accident or any other emergency occurs, please dial the national emergency number 112 or contact  the registration desk to help you with this.

Smoking Policy
In the conference centre, smoking is prohibited by law. Smoking is only permitted in a few designated areas outside the building.