Good to know

Congress Language
English, Russian

Badges
You will receive a personalised name badge when collecting your registration documents. During the congress, this badge must be clearly visible at all times and grants access to the scientific sessions, commercial exhibition and official networking events. Admission to the congress will not be allowed without badge identification.

 

 

Insurance
The congress organizers will not assume any responsibility for accidents, losses or damages, as well as for delays or modifications in the programme, caused by unforeseen circumstances. No claims for indemnification from the organizers shall arise for contractors or participants in case of cancellation, for any reason, of the entire Congress.
Delegates are advised to arrange cancellation insurance for their congress costs (i.e. registration fee, travel or accommodation)

Liability
The organisers cannot be held responsible for any personal injury, loss, damage or accident to private property, or for additional expenses incurred as a result of delays or changes in air, rail, road or other services, strikes, sickness, weather and other causes.

Changes to the Congress Programme
In the event of cancellations by speakers or other changes in the main Congress programme, no full or partial refund of the registration fee can be made.

Important Telephone Numbers
Police 02, from the mobile 112
Emergency 03, from the mobile 113
Firefighters 01, from mobile 111

The rouble is an official monitary unit, so you will have to exchange any US money or Euros. Credit cards are accepted, but like any country, some shops and restaurants accept cash only. You should use only authorised Exchange services and the banks (bring your passport with you).

Electricity & Time
Pay attention to the fact that the electricity in Russia is 220 volt and the plug is two pin thin European standard. Take a power converter/adapter for any electronics you plan to plug in and use while in the country.
St. Petersburg is in the Moscow Standart Time (MSK), UTC/GMT +3 hours

Shopping
Shops are usually open from 08:00 – 20:00 from Monday to Sunday..

Tipping
St. Petersburg is not tipping city, so tip no more than 10 percent at restaurants and always in cash. If you leave the tip on your credit card slip, your server is unlikely to get it.

Transport
The metro is undoubtedly the best bet for visitors, and covers nearly all of the city. Overground transport is bewilderingly varied, but not difficult to use with the help of a few pointers (see below), you can even use the city's waterways to get around. The only real disadvantage of the public transport system is the lack of nighttime services, so if you plan to stay out after midnight, you will have to rely on taxis or your own two feet to get home.