General Information

AC Power plugs and sockets

The Czech Republic uses a 220 volt 50Hz system, sockets have the European standard and plugs are three-prong grounded.

Attendance Certificates

Certificates of attendance will be distributed along with congress bags in the registration area on Lower Lobby upon arrival.

Cell Phones

Participants are kindly requested to turn off or switch their cell phones to silent mode in the meeting rooms where scientific sessions are held.

City Transport

Travelling by Prague city transport is possible with a valid ticket only. Passen­gers have to obtain their tickets before boarding the vehicle or entering the Metro system. The ticket is valid only if marked in the validation appliance.

We are happy to inform you that upon registration you will receive a FREE public transport ticket valid during congress dates (24–28 August) for all means of public transport in Prague.

Climate

August is one of the warmest months of the year in Prague, Czech Republic, reaching average highs of 22°C (that’s about 72°F) during the day. Prague evenings for August are mild with night time temp averages of 13°C (about 55°F). A small jacket is preferred during the night time hours in Prague. Bring an umbrella just in case of a quick downpour. Average wet days for August in Prague are the one of the highest in the calendar year. Umbrellas are recommended during sightseeing adventures.

Coffee Breaks

Light refreshments will be available free of charge to all registered WC9 participants on Monday, 25 August, Tuesday, 26 August, Wednesday, 27 August and Thursday, 28 August.

Congress venue

Hotel Hilton Prague is a perfect base to discover the beauties of Prague. It is located within walking distance to the city center full of local attractions, shops and a lively night scene.
Address: Pobřežni 311/1, 186 00 Prague 8 – Karlin, Czech Republic
Phone: +420 224 841 111

Currency

The official currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech Crown = Česká koruna (CZK = Kč) which is subdivided into 100 hellers (h). International credit cards are accepted for payment in most hotels, restaurants and shops. Exchange offices and ATM machines are easily available throughout the city and at the Prague International Airport. Payment in cash in EUR is also available in some restaurants and shops, please ask for details on-site. You can find the official exchange rates on the website of the Czech National Bank.

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.

Hi Ahoj
Hello Dobrý den
Good evening Dobrý večer
Good night Dobrou noc
How are you? Jak se máte?
I am fine Mám se dobře
Thank you Děkuji
How much is it? Kolik to stojí?
Beer Pivo
Would you like to go for a beer? Nechceš jít na pivo?
One Jeden
Two Dva
Three Tři
Ten Deset

Entry formalities

All foreign visitors to the Czech Republic must possess a passport valid for at least the next three months. Participants requiring visa should apply in advance to consular offices of the Czech Republic or diplomatic missions in their countries in order to avoid delay in travel to the Congress.

Passport and visa requirements

Important telephone numbers

112 – General Emergency (The European Standard number)
150 – Fire
155 – Ambulance
158 – Police

Insurance

The organizers can accept no liability for personal injuries or for loss or damage to property belonging to the Congress participants, either during or as a result of the event. Participants are advised to take out proper travel and health insurance before departing from their home country.

Internet Access

Free of charge Wi-Fi connection will be available in all meeting rooms of Hotel Hilton Prague as well as in all guest rooms (Wi-Fi network: hhonors, password: WCA2014).

Language in the Czech Republic

Czech language. Nevertheless all the hotels, shops and restaurants in Prague are English spoken.

Language of the WC9

The official language of the WC9 is English. Translation services will not be provided.

Lunches

Lunch boxes will be distributed free of charge in Coffee break areas to all registered WC9 participants on Monday, 25 August, Tuesday, 26 August and Wednesday, 27 August. Relevant coupons will be part of the name badges.

No-smoking

Smoking in the WC9 area is not allowed.

Shopping

Most shops in Prague are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday till Saturday. Shops in the city centre are usually open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday till Sunday.

Time zone

The Czech Republic is on Central European Time – Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 1 hour. From April to October is summer time, i.e. GMT + 2 hours.

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.

Tour Desk

The “Tour Desk” in Hotel Hilton Prague is located next to the “Registration Desk” on Lower Lobby and is open at the following times:

Monday, 25 August 08:00–16:00
Tuesday, 26 August 08:00–16:00
Wednesday, 27 August 08:00–16:00
Thursday, 28 August 08:00–12:00

Water

Tap water is safe to drink.