The official language of the conference is English.
No simultaneous translation will be provided.

Passport and Visas

All non-residents of the EU are required to have a valid passport.
Participants should check regarding visa requirements for travelling to Austria. Applications should be made to the nearest Austrian Embassy or Consulate as soon as possible. Citizens of member states of the European Union and the USA do not need a visa.

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  • Booking period: as of September 3, 2010 until September 3, 2011
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Travelling to Vienna

Vienna can be reached

  • by plane via Vienna International Airport (VIE). To reach the city you can use taxis (ride takes approximately 20 minutes), busses (ride takes approximately 20 minutes, departure in front of the arrival area of VIE, interval 20 minutes to 'Schwedenplatz'), the City Airport Train (CAT, approximately 16 minutes) or train ('Schnellbahn', ride takes approximately 35 minutes, interval 30 minutes, City Terminal is station 'Landstraße'). From station 'Landstraße' (or station 'Schwedenplatz') take the subway U4 (green line) in direction "Heiligenstadt" and change at station "Schottenring" to the U2 (violet line) in direction "Karlsplatz". Exit at station "Schottenring", where the conference site is in walking distance of the station.
  • by train (ÖBB). Arrival is at Wien-Meidling or Wien-Westbahnhof.
    From Wien Meidling take U6 (brown line) in direction "Floridsdorf" and change at station "Westbahnhof" to the U3 (orange line) in direction "Simmering". Change at station "Volkstheater" to the U2 (violet line) in direction "Aspernstrasse" and exit at station "Schottenring", where the conference site is in walking distance of the station. 
    From Wien Westbahnhof take the subway U3 (orange line) in direction "Simmering" and change at the station "Volkstheater" to the U2 (purple line) in direction "Aspernstrasse". Exit at station "Schottenring", where the conference site is in walking distance of the station.
  • by car via the A1 (from the west) or the A2 (from the south). Follow the signs directly to the center of Vienna ('Zentrum') and proceed to Karlsplatz. Follow the "Ring-Strasse" to north, where you directly pass the University building/Conference venue. Within and around the center of Vienna there is a short term parking zone (payment zone) requiring to park the car in a garage.

Travelling in Vienna

Information about available tickets and detailed line plans can be found at Vienna's ' Getting Around ' website.

Insurance and Liability

Participants are advised to arrange whatever insurance they consider necessary. No responsibility can be assumed by the Congress for personal accidents, sickness, theft, or property damage suffered by the participants.


Weather in August is usually warm and sunny (18-28°C). However, there is some possibility of brief showers. Thus, a jacket and an umbrella may be useful.


The electrical current is 230 volts, 50 Hz.


Bank hours are
Monday - Wednesday, Friday 8:00 am - 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Since the beginning of 2002 the EURO is the official currency in Austria. 1 Euro = 100 Cents.
Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Cents; 1, 2 Euros
Banknotes: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 Euros

Money can be changed at the airport, at banks, exchange bureaus, and larger hotels.

For a cash advance, credit cards and Maestro-cards can be used at cash dispensers (Bankomat) which are available all over the city.


Typical shopping hours are Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (5:00 pm). Apart from some tobacconists and small supermarkets at petrol stations and at the main railway stations, shops are closed on Sundays.

Luxury shops with an elegant clientele can be found in the pedestrian zone of the Graben and of Kärntnerstraße (underground U1, U3 / station Stephansplatz). Street entertainers and outdoor cafe's contribute to the special atmosphere of this area.

A well known shopping area is Mariahilferstraße (underground U3 / station Neubaugasse).