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Congress Date        

November 6-8, 2015

Congress Place

Istanbul - TURKEY

Congress Venue

Hotel Novotel Istanbul (Congress) and
Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine (Cadaver Courses)

Organizing Society

ISMISS Turkey Chapter (http://ismissturk.org/)

Estimated Participants

200+

Organization Company

SEMTUR Professional Congress Management Company

Congress Language

The official language of the congress is English. Turkish translation will be provided.

Registration

Registration and information desks will be open at the congress hotel starting at November 6, 2015 throughout the congress between 08:00-18:00.

Name Badge

All participants and guests shall wear their ID badges during the entrance of congress venue, at the scientific presentations, exhibition areas and other social programs.

Certificate of
Attendance

A certificate of attendance will be presented to all registered participants upon completion of evaluation forms.

Exhibition Area

During the congress, pharmaceutical and medical device companies will exhibit their products at the convention center in the area allotted to them. Exhibit space will be open for the entire convention.

Invitation Letter

Congress participants who have completed the registration process, a letter of invitation will be sent on demand in order to help them to obtain visa and/or permission from their institutions.

Visa requirement

Participants are requested to check with the Turkish Consulate in their home country or with their travel agency or at www.mfa.gov.tr  for visa requirements. Entry visa to Turkey can also be obtained at Istanbul Atatürk Airport for a number of countries.

Insurance

The conference participants are not covered by any insurance (travel, medical, accident or liability) provided by the Conference Organizers. The Conference Organizers cannot accept liability for any loss or damage suffered by any participant or accompanying person or other person during travel to and from the conference or during the conference. Participants are advised to consider getting their own travel insurance and to extend their personal policy to cover personal possessions.

Climate

The average temperature in Istanbul during November 12-16 °C at daytime.

Electricity

Turkey operates on 220 volts, 50 Hz, with round-prong European-style plugs that fit into recessed wall sockets /points. An adapter could be obtained from the hotel reception.

Currency, Banks and Exchange Facilities

The Turkish currency is Turkish Lira. As of April 2015, the exchange rate is: 1 Turkish Lira = € 0.36. Foreign money can be changed at banks during normal business days (09.00-17.00 Monday-Friday) as well as at hotels, at the airport and in exchange offices. Exchange rates are set daily by the Central Bank. Automated bank machines are available at many points throughout the city and at the airport.

Credit Cards

All major credit cards (Visa, Master Card) are accepted in Turkey by restaurants, hotels, shops and at the Conference Registration Desks.

Telephones

Pay phones (operated by hotel registration) are available at the meeting hotel.

Time

Turkey is in the Eastern European Time Zone, thus 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).

Tipping

Although service charge is included in most restaurants, leaving a tip at one's own discretion is appreciated.

Istanbul

The strategic setting of Istanbul, the only city in the world built on two continents, has formed its destiny as an imperial capital for 1600 years. From the empires of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman, this metropolis with its rich history and natural beauty, offers a friendly welcome and genuine hospitality. Numerous museums, ancient churches, synagogues, basilicas, mosques, mausoleums, palaces, bazaars and baths are standing today as the pride of all civilizations. With more than ten universities and many institutions, Istanbul is the most important centre of Turkish science and culture.

Restaurants and
Turkish Cuisine

There is a wide choice of restaurants in Istanbul offering a broad spectrum ranging from excellent national cuisine to first class international dishes. Traditional Turkish cuisine is famous for its many specialties prepared with fresh vegetables. There are lots of quality restaurants as well as fast-food shops in the vicinity of the hotels reserved for this meeting.

Shopping

One of the most enjoyable parts of a trip to Turkey is shopping for the rich variety of Turkish crafts. Istanbul is a shopping paradise with its Covered Bazaar as well as the modern malls. Turkish carpets, kilims, suede and leatherwear as well as other items of clothing are the best buys. Copper, silver, brassware and jewellery are also choices for buying, along with works of ceramics and the famous Turkish meerschaum. In the Covered Bazaar bargaining over the sale price with shop traders is expected.

Travel within Istanbul

Public airport shuttle buses (HAVAS) run between the airport and the city center (Taksim Square) from 5.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. every half hour. It takes about 40 min from airport to the city centre. Transportation within the city centre is by bus or by taxi. All taxis have taximeters, and the rates are reasonable.

Istanbul's ambitious plan to have a modern rapid-transit system is well under way. Though it is just the beginning, there are currently systems running within the city as shown in the map. To get from the airport by metro and tram, 3 lines have to be changed and below route should be followed.

  • From Airport to Aksaray by metro
  • From Aksaray to Kabatas by tram
  • From Kabatas to Taksim by funicular

Taking a Havas Public Bus to Taksim Square might be more recommendable for a trip to/from airport. The quickiest and comfortable way to cross Bosphorus, the water channel between Asia and Europe, could be considered as taking public boats which depart from Besiktas, Eminonu, Karakoy on the European Side and Kadikoy, Uskudar, Bostanci on the Asian Side. Please refer to the hotel concierge for more information while planning your trip within the city.

One way transfer (from Ataturk airport – hotel or hotel - airport) is € 35. including VAT per person. The type of vehicles are bus & midibus. For private vehicle, please kindly contact with meeting organization secreteriat.