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General Information A-Z


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App

The ESCMID Global 2024 app will be available in early April and will be your guide to the congress programme, extras and networking with other attendees. It will be available on both Google and iOS stores.

Accessibility

The Venue is wheelchair accessible. Elevators are available and marked on the floorplan for usage. Hostesses can direct you to the nearest elevator.


ATM

An ATM can be found in the Registration Area, located under the escalator.


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Badges

All participants and exhibitors are required to wear their badges throughout the Congress. Access to the Scientific Sessions will only be possible with your personal name badge. We charge 100 EUR for the replacement of a lost badge. For any name change, we charge a fee of 50 EUR.

Badge & Congress Material Collection

Please find below the overview of badge and congress material collection points and their respective opening hours for ESCMID Global 2024. Should you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact us. Additionally, you may refer to the map for further details.


Opening hours registration area entrance Hall 8 and 6


Friday, 26 April, 7.00 - 19.00 CEST (Only main registration area, Hall 8)

Saturday, 27 April, 7.00 - 20.00 CEST

Sunday, 28 April, 7.30 - 18.30 CEST

Monday, 29 April, 7.30 - 18.30 CEST

Tuesday, 30 April, 7.30 - 16.00 CEST


Opening hours Faculty hotels Porta Fira and Renaissance


Friday, 26 April, 9.00 - 20.00 CEST

Saturday, 27 April, 6.30 - 20.00 CEST

Sunday, 28 April, 6.30 - 13.00 CEST


In case of any question, please contact us at eccmidregistration[at]escmid.org


Bank/ATM

Banks are open to the public between 8:15 and 14:15 CEST during regular working days. Visa and Mastercard are the most commonly accepted cards. American Express and Diner’s Club are also accepted, although not as common. Cards without a chip and only with a magnetic strip are less likely to be accepted.



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Charging Point

There are multiple charging points available for free throughout the venue. You can find them marked on the floorplan as a plug. We advise to avoid the plugs in the walls as they can be unsafe.

Cameras and Recordings

Electronic recording or excessive photography of presentation slides is prohibited in all lecture halls during all sessions.

Catering

The registration to the Congress does not include catering. Booths in the Exhibition Area will be available with different types of cuisine for purchase. Please see the Venue map or ask a Hostess for directions. Credit cards and cash are the accepted payment methods.


Childcare

Children are not allowed on the Venue grounds. The company “Nanny Line” can be contacted as they will provide childcare service during ESCMID Global 2024 (online pre-booking is required).
Web: www.nanny-line.com

e-Mail: info[at]nanny-line.org

Climate

April is a great month to visit Barcelona for its spring weather. A warm Mediterranean sunny weather, up to 22°C is expected, with an average minimal temperature of 12-16°C. Occasional showers can occur; therefore, it is highly recommended to bring an umbrella.


Average TemperatureMaximum TemperatureMinimum TemperatureChance of RainPrecipitationSunshineHumidity
17°C / 62.6°F22°C / 71.6°F14°C / 57.2°F37%51 mm222 hrs70%


Cloakroom/Luggage Storage

The Cloakroom and luggage storage area is available throughout the Congress days. There are two cloakrooms available, one in the entrance in Hall 6 and the other in the Registration Area in Hall 8. Luggage items can not be brought into the Venue.


Opening hours cloakroom entrance Hall 6


Saturday, 27 April, 7.00 - 19.00 CEST

Sunday, 28 April, 7.30 - 19.00 CEST

Monday, 29 April, 7.30 - 19.00 CEST

Tuesday, 30 April, 7.30 - 16.00 CEST


Opening hours cloakroom entrance Hall 8


Friday, 26 April, 12.00 - 21.00 CEST

Saturday, 27 April, 7.00 - 23.00 CEST

Sunday, 28 April, 7.30 - 19.00 CEST

Monday, 29 April, 7.30 - 19.00 CEST

Tuesday, 30 April, 7.30 - 16.00 CEST


CME Points

ESCMID Global has been accredited with 30 European CME credits. Each participant should claim only those hours of credit that they actually spent in the educational activity. For more information, please visit our dedicated CME/CPD Accreditation page.


Congress Registration

Upon receiving registration payments by ESCMID, each participant will receive a registration confirmation with a barcode by email. Please bring your registration confirmation and go directly to the badge self-print stations in the Registration Area of the Congress Centre.

Delegates booked through a group registration will receive information on how badges and the Congress materials are distributed from a group coordinator.

If you plan to register onsite, please proceed the signs to “New Registration”. You may pay by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) or cash in EUR.


Congress Venue

FIRA BARCELONA GRAN VIA
North Access
Carrer del Foc 37
08038, Barcelona
Website: firabarcelona.com

(Please note that another Fira Barcelona Venue is located at Montjuic, no ESCMID Global event will take place there).

COVID-19 Testing

There will not be a COVID-19 test centre onsite at the Congress Venue. However, if you require one, there is a test centre at Barcelona airport. You can find more information on this website.


Currency

The official currency used in Spain is the EUR. Although credit cards are generally accepted in taxis, it is advisable to ask before if they accept cards. We advise you to carry a small amount of cash.



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Dining in Barcelona

It is known for Spain to have a late lunch and dinner, however many restaurants adjust opening times to foreign visitors. It is highly recommended to reserve a table online/through the phone in advance as the city can still be quite bustling till 23:00 CEST.


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Electricity Supply

In Spain, power plugs and sockets are type C and follow the European standard of 230V and 50Hz. It is recommended for attendees from the USA, Canada and a large part of South America with a 100-127V plugs, to bring a power plug adapter/voltage converter.


Emergency

In the event of an emergency, dial 112 from any phone to connect you to the Emergency Services. The dispatch centre will redirect the call accordingly for the type of request to the appropriate emergency service.


Exhibition

The Exhibition is located in Hall 7. To reach Hall 7 you can reach it by going up the escalators or elevators in Hall 8 near the Registration and follow the directions. As per Saturday, those with a valid badge are able to reach the Exhibition through the entrance outside in Hall 6. The Hostesses are informed and are also able to give the correct direction. More information can be found under the Sponsorship ribbon.


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First Aid

The First Aid area can be found in Hall 8.0 behind Session Hall F. Hostesses within Hall 8 can further pinpoint you to its direction.


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Grants

Grants and awards can be found on this page.


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Hotels

Please avoid booking through websites that claim they are working for ESCMID Global (formerly known as ECCMID), in case of doubts, please contact us. ESCMID is not responsible for fraudulent bookings made though any other channel than the official ESCMID Global provider.


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Industry Liaison

The Industry Liaison can be contacted via e-mail to


Insurance

The Congress organisers accept no liability for any injuries sustained, or any property loss or damage during, or as a result of the Congress. Please ensure that your insurance is valid.


Integrated Symposia

For the list and session details of Integrated Symposia organised by companies, please refer to the Integrated Symposia and Exhibition Guide, or the Congress webpage.

Internet

Wi-Fi will be freely available to attendees at the Venue grounds, to connect to the Internet onsite. If no Wi-Fi networks are shown on your device, please ensure that Wi-Fi is switched on and if no Wi-Fi options are shown on your device, please contact your provider.



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Lactation Room

The lactation room is located in the room left side of the Registration Area.


Language

The official language of the Congress is English.

Lost and Found

Items that are found at the Venue will be collected by the staff and kept at the Registrations Service Desk. Should you lose or find any personal belongings, please visit this desk to report or collect these items.



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Meeting Boxes

Meeting boxes will be available for everyone in Hall 8.1. They are located next to the Press Office. Reservations can only be done in person.


These are the maximum capacities of the 5 rooms, bookable onsite:

Meeting room A: 3pax

Meeting room B: 4pax

Meeting room C: 4pax

Meeting room D: 4pax

Meeting room F: 14pax

Mobile Phone Policy

We kindly ask that calls are not to be made and your phones to be switched to a silent mode during all sessions. Pictures should not be taken during sessions to respect speakers privacy as well the copyright of the presented material.


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Newsletter

For updates and further information subscribe to our ESCMID Newsletter on this page.


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Parking

There are underground car park facilities at the Venue (for vehicles below 2.05 m) along its perimeter (see venue map). Parking “F” at the North Access is open from Monday to Sunday from 07:00 to 21:00 CEST. Rate per hour at this parking is 3 EUR.


Photographers

There are official ESCMID Global photographers, responsible for capturing and preserving moments during the event including the sessions and events throughout ESCMID Global.


Prayer Room

The Prayer Room is located after the Registration Area. Contact our hostesses onsite to guide you.


Press Centre

The press centre is located on the first floor in 8.1 and can be easily reached through the escalators in the registration area.


Opening hours


Friday, 26 April, 9.00 - 19.00 CEST

Saturday, 27 April, 8.00 - 18.30 CEST

Sunday, 28 April, 8.00 - 18.30 CEST

Monday, 29 April, 8.00 - 18.30 CEST

Tuesday, 30 April, 8.00 - 16.00 CEST


Access only with Press badge


Want to register as a press delegate? Find all information on our dedicated Press Registration page.


Printing Services

If printing is required we offer a normal copy service as well as a poster printing service.

For more information please visit our dedicated page.


Public Transportation

Those who have obtained their badge will also receive a public transportation pass to use in Barcelona.


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Registration Desk

The Registration and Self Printing stations can be found in the entrance in the North Access.


Opening hours registration area entrance 8 and 6


Friday, 26 April, 7:00 - 19:00 CEST (only main registration area, hall 8)

Saturday, 27 April, 7:00 - 20.00 CEST

Sunday, 28 April, 7:30 - 18.30 CEST

Monday, 29 April, 7:30 - 18.30 CEST

Tuesday, 30 April, 7.30 - 16.00 CEST


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Social Media

Receive up to date information on what is being presented in sessions, discussed about posters and more by following the Official ESCMID Social media accounts. Follow “ESCMID” on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook and LinkedIn and join the conversation using #ESCMIDGlobal2024!


Speaker Ready Room

Onsite speakers can provide us with their presentations in the Speaker Ready Room. It is located next to the Registration Area. Speakers will be required to provide their presentations on a USB stick (no later than three hours prior to the start of the session).
In the Speaker Ready Room, the speaker can check their presentation and, if necessary, make slight modifications. Technicians will be available in the room for support/assistance.

Opening hours:

Friday 26 April, 10:00 - 19:00 CEST
Saturday 27 April, 07:00 – 19:00 CEST
Sunday 28 April, 07:30 – 18:00 CEST
Monday 29 April, 07:30 – 18:00 CEST
Tuesday 30 April 07:30 – 15:30 CEST


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Transport

Located just three kilometres from Barcelona’s historic city centre, Fira Gran Via is ideally situated in a newly redeveloped business district. The local public transport network conveniently links the expansive and modern venue to both the metropolitan downtown and nearby El Prat International Airport (12 km).

Public transportation

Line 9 Sud runs from the airport to Fira Gran Via, and into the city of Barcelona. It connects with three other major Metro lines, so nearly every area of city has a simpler way to get to Fira Gran Via. The main station in the venue is called Fira.


Another option near North Access is the metro stop called “Foc” from the line L10.


Train Discount

Greater utilisation of public transport over personal vehicles is one of the best ways to reduce emissions and helps to save the environment. ESCMID is dedicated to doing what we can to offset our ESCMID Global carbon footprint and hope that you will too! As a part of this initiative, our colleagues at RENFE , the Spanish National Rail Network, are offering to allow ESCMID Global attendees to travel with a 15% discount on AVE (high speed) and Renfe Long Distance trains within Spain, from their departure city to Barcelona: Renfe.com


Please note that tickets will be available by the end of December.

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Visa Application

An invitation letter to be used for your visa application can be obtained after completing the Congress registration.

For more information please visit our dedicated Visa Application page.



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Water Stations

During the Congress there will be free water stations available, located throughout the Venue. It is encouraged to keep your water bottles around to refill them.



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YouTube

Every day during congress updates of the day impressions and interviews will be uploaded on our YouTube channel.