Timing

The congress will take place on 29, 30 and 31 October 2015.

Location

The 2015 ERC congress will be hosted at:

Prague Congress Centre

5. kvetna 65
140 21 Prague 4
Czech Republic

Currency

In the Czech Republic, the Czech koruna is used. (CZK)

Around 27,5 CZK for 1 euro.

 

Czech Republic

Capital city: Prague
Population: 10.3 million
Official language: Czech

The Czech Republic is located at the very heart of Central Europe. This small nation boasts a host of spectacular cultural treasures and a varied, rich tapestry of natural wonders. Thanks to increased exports, the interest of foreign investors and the drive of domestic business people, our economy continues to experience dynamic growth.

For more information please go to www.czech.cz

 

Getting Around

Airport

Václav Havel Airport handles flights of most European carriers and also overseas flights. It is located 30-45 minutes by car from the centre of Prague. There is a good connection between the airport and city centre by public transport and taxis. You can easily get to the city centre using one of the public buses. For the quickest transport to the city centre or the nearest metro station we advise using routes 119 and 100. Unfortunately there is no subway or train connection to the city. 

Public Transport

Registration includes Free public transport ticket valid during congress dates (29–31 October 2015) for all means of public transport in Prague.
You will receive this ticket when you come to the venue to collect your badge. (28 October 18:00 - 20:00 and all other congress days)

Prague has a good public transport system, which includes 3 metro lines, trams and buses. Prague’s Metro system is quite new and efficient. During peak hours trains run every 1 or 2 minutes and off peak at least every 10 minutes. Passengers need a valid ticket to travel on the city public transport system. The ticket must be stamped as soon as you get on a bus or tram, or enter the transport area (in the case of a metro station). Tickets can be purchased in automatic machines at each metro station, at surface transport stops or at news stands. Please note that you need to mark the ticket when you enter the metro / tram / bus for the first time. 

Tickets:

24 CZK (valid for up to 30 minutes, transferable)
32 CZK (valid for up to 90 minutes, transferable)
1 day pass – 110 CZK
3 day pass – 310 CZK
You can find public city transport routes, ticket prices and timetables at www.dpp.cz

Prague

The Mother of Towns”, “The Golden City“, or “The City of a Hundred Spires“, these are just a few of the many attributes that the Czech metropolis nestling above the river Vltava has earned for itself. Prague as a major destination of visitors arriving in the Czech Republic, with its appeal of architectural monuments of all styles, the traditional hospitality of its people and the excellent beer served by Czech pubs, as well as the remarkable mix of Czech, German and Jewish cultures, is considered one of the most beautiful cities, and not just in Europe.

In 1993, the city’s historical centre was rightfully added to the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage. For lovers of historical monuments, Prague is, literally, a paradise. The grand Baroque palaces of the Hrad?any quarter join forces to form a monumental gateway to Prague Castle, with its magnificent Gothic cathedral consecrated to St Vitus. The Lesser Quarter boasts a profusion of intimate corners and pleasant restaurants; fine burghers houses blend with splendid aristocratic palaces and charming gardens here. The Old Town of Prague offers its visitors a network of twisting medieval lanes and the Old Town Square. When exploring the remains of the former Jewish town, its synagogues, the Old Jewish Cemetery or the extensive collections of the Jewish Museum (one of the most valuable to be found in Europe), you are certain to experience a mysterious spiritual atmosphere. The Charles Bridge, the most beautiful promenade site in Prague, is alive with street artists and musicians.

More about Prague

Prague is a city of very high standards, offering both historical and modern conference venues, hotels, restaurants and places of interest. Prague – the capital of the Czech Republic situated on both banks of the Vltava river is a beautiful city with a rich history. Thanks to its location in the centre of Europe, Prague has always been an important crossroads of trade and culture. In the course of its thousand-year history, Prague has always been the political, cultural, and business centre of the country. Prague, often called “Golden” or “Hundred-spired”, belongs to the architecturally unique European towns, attractive for tourists from around the world. Visitors find themselves enjoying a living museum of European architecture from Romanesque time to the present.

Prague has 1,200,000 inhabitants and stretches over approximately 500 square kilometres. The dominant feature of the city is Prague Castle, which houses the gothic St. Vitus’s Cathedral. The castle had been the seat of Czech kings since 1087, until 1918 when it became the seat of presidents of the Czechoslovak Republic, and since 1993 it has been the seat of the president of the Czech Republic. Prague has one of the oldest universities in Europe; the Charles University which was founded in 1348.
Prague has a designated UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage area of more than 8 sq km, over 100 theatres, concert halls, galleries etc More than 100 personalities famous world-wide have lived in Prague (e.g. King Charles IV, Rudolph II, J. A. Comenius (Komenský), W. A. Mozart, Franz Kafka, A. Einstein, A. Pick, M. Curie-Sklodowski etc…).

With a widely opened pro-market economy, stable democratic government, stable currency and well-known working skills of the people, this country provides a great opportunity to host a conference in order to meet scientists and business people from all over the world.

Good to Know

Climate

The Prague weather in October can vary considerably from one end of the month to the other. Daytime temperatures usually vary between 5°C and 13°C, or 42 to 56 degrees Fahrenheit, a big change from September. With low cloud cover five or six hours of sunshine may be expected every day although the heat from the sun may not be very strong. The weather in Prague in October should not be taken lightly. It pays to have a warm jacket especially during the night-time hours. Occasionally one may enjoy some Indian Summer weather when a day, or couple of days, of high temperatures comes along, but do not count on it. October, especially towards the end of the month, can even make September seem like a distant memory so be sure to have long sleeves and long trousers. A jacket or light coat should be packed also but for now don't be taking out you winter woollies. They should not be needed. On the good side rainfall is quite a rarity and the high, cloudless skies bring a freshness and healthy air that everyone relishes.

Currency and Banking

Czech Crowns are the official currency in the Czech Republic. Foreign currency exchange is available at Václav Havel Airport Prague and at most hotels, banks and exchange offices throughout the city. International credit cards are accepted for payment in hotels, restaurants and shops. Paying by cash in Euro is also possible in some restaurants and shops.

For the official exchange rates on the website of the http://www.cnb.cz/en/index.html.

Electricity

The Czech Republic uses a 230 volt 50 Hz system. Sockets are the standard European type (two-prong round pin plugs with a hole for a male grounding pin are standard). To use electric appliances from your country you may need a special voltage converter with an adapter plug.

Time Zone

The Czech Republic one hour ahead of GMT and at the time of the congress this will be GMT +1.

Official Language

The official language of the Conference is English.

Programme Changes

The organisers cannot assume liability for any changes in the programme due to external or unforeseen circumstances.

Liability and Insurance

The organisers do not accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. All participants are strongly advised to take out their own personal insurance before travelling to the Conference.

Health Care

Vaccinations are not required to enter the Czech Republic. An individual travel and health insurance is recommended.

Shopping

Most shops in Prague are open from 9:00 to 18:00, Monday till Saturday. Shops in the city centre are usually open from 9:00 to 20:00, Monday till Sunday.

Tipping

Service is usually included in the bill in bars and restaurants but tips are welcome. If you consider the service good enough to warrant a tip, we suggest about ten percent.

Important telephone numbers

112: General Emergency for Europe
150: Fire
155: Ambulance
156: Prague Police
158: Police

Czech language

Even though at all the hotels, shops and restaurants in Prague are English spoken, we include a few basic Czech words and sentences that can be useful during your stay in Prague.

Slovník 

Vocabulary

Ahoj

Hi

Dobrý den

Hello

Dobrý ve?er

Good evening

Dobrou noc

Good night

Jak se máte?

How are you?

Mám se dob?e. 

I am fine.

D?kuji 

Thank you.

Kolik to stojí? 

How much is it?