General Information 2018-02-08T14:50:48+00:00

Registration and Opening Hours

Opening Hours Registration and Preview Centre

Friday, June 15 14:00 – 19:00 hrs
Saturday, June 16 07.30 – 20.15 hrs
Sunday, June 17 08.00 – 19.30 hrs
Monday, June 18 08.00 – 19.30 hrs
Tuesday, June 19 08.30 – 14.00 hrs

Opening Hours Exhibition

Friday, June 15 CLOSED!
Saturday, June 16 09.30 – 18.30 hrs
Sunday, June 17 09.00 – 17.45 hrs
Monday, June 18 09.00 – 17.45 hrs
Tuesday, June 19 CLOSED!

Badges

Participants should collect name badges from the conference registration desk. As only registered participants will be permitted to attend the scientific sessions, the exhibition and poster areas, you are required to wear your badge when entering and while remaining in the congress venue.
Accompanying persons and exhibitors will also receive badges to allow access to the appropriate areas.
Lost badges can be replaced at the registration desk. However, a handling fee of EURO 25.- will be charged.

Cancellations and Refunds

Notice of cancellation had to be made in writing by email or fax to the Congress Office.
The policy for refunding registration fees is as follows:
Written cancellation received:
– before April 7, 2018: 75% refund
– between April 7 and May 31, 20188: 25% refund
– after May 31, 2018: no refund
The date of the email/fax ID is the basis for considering refunds. Refunds will be made after the congress.

Certificate of Attendance

Certificates of attendance will be issued at the registration desk.

Insurance

By registering to the ESHG 2018 participants agree that neither the organising committee nor the congress office assume any liability whatsoever. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for health and travel insurance. The conference fee does not include insurance. Cancellations made after the deadline (May 31, 2018) cannot be refunded for any reasons.

Programme

Mobile App

The mobile app with full programme and other useful information will be available for download two weeks before the conference.

Speakers’ Preview

Equipment for a final check of the sequence of your presentation is available in the Speakers’ preview in room Amber 5 + 6 – Preview Room (on the second floor). All presenters should bring their electronic presentation to the Speakers’ preview not later than 2 hours before the start of the session (30 minutes for the first morning sessions).

Poster Removal

The organisers cannot assume any liability for loss or damage of posters displayed in the poster area. Removal times for the different groups:
Groups A-C: Monday, June 18, 2018 from 16:45 hrs
Group D: Monday, June 18, 2018: 17:45 – 18:00 hrs (strict!)
Posters that will not be removed by Monday, June 18, 2018, 18.00 hrs, will be removed by the staff, will not be kept or mailed to the author after the meeting, but will be discarded.

Live Streaming in the Exhibition Hall

The plenary lecture hall is equipped with a live transmission possibility to the Live area in the exhibition. The programme of the gold room will be transmitted to this area during exhibition opening hours.

Coffee Breaks

During the session breaks, refreshments (coffee, tea and water) will be served free of charge to participants wearing name badges. Coffee and lunch bags will be served in the exhibition area.

Lunch and Refreshments

Lunch tickets for lunch boxes had to be pre-ordered – they cannot be purchased on site. Please note that lunch tickets are not refundable. Lunch boxes can be picked up from 11.30 – 13.30 at the coffee points in the exhibition. A cash bar is also available in the exhibition area.

Venue

Conference Venue

MiCo – Milano Congressi
Piazzale Carlo Magno, 1
Viale Eginardo – GATE 2
20149 Milano
Italy
Website

Travelling – Accessibility – Public Transportation

By air

Linate
Take bus no. 73 in the “National Arrivals Exit” area all the way to the terminal in Via Gonzaga / Piazza Diaz. Go down into the Metro station “Duomo”. Here take the Red Line 1 (Rho Fiera Milano direction).
for the “viale Eginardo / viale Scarampo” entrance: get off at the “Amendola” stop – 700 m from the Congress Centre, or at “Lotto” approx. 800 m.
for the “piazzale Carlo Magno / via Gattamelata” entrance: get off at the “Cadorna” stop, exit the subway and go to the railroad station above : take the first train departing and get off at the “Domodossola” stop – just 600 m from the Congress Centre.

Malpensa
The “MALPENSA EXPRESS” train service will take you directly from the airport to the centre of Milan in 40 minutes, arriving at the Ferrovie Nord “Cadorna” station.
Here take the Red Metro Line 1 (Rho Fiera Milano direction). for the “viale Eginardo / viale Scarampo” entrance: get off at the “Amendola” stop – 700 m from the Congress Centre, or at “Lotto” approx. 800 m.
for the “piazzale Carlo Magno / via Gattamelata” entrance: get off at the “Cadorna” stop, exit the subway and go to the railroad station above : take the first train departing and get off at the “Domodossola” stop – just 600 m from the Congress Centre.

Orio al Serio
The “AUTOSTRADALE” or “AIR PULLMAN” bus service will take you directly from the airport to Milan Central Station in 60 minutes: then take the Metro Geen Line 2 (Abbiategrasso direction) and get off at “Cadorna”.
Here take the Red Line 1 (Rho Fiera Milano direction).
for the “viale Eginardo / viale Scarampo” entrance: get off at the “Amendola” stop – 700 m from the Congress Centre, or at “Lotto” approx. 800 m.
for the “piazzale Carlo Magno / via Gattamelata” entrance: get off at the “Cadorna” stop, exit the subway and go to the railroad station above : take the first train departing and get off at the “Domodossola” stop – just 600 m from the Congress Centre.

By train

Central Station – Garibaldi Station
Take the Metro Green Line 2 (Abbiategrasso direction) and get off at “Cadorna”. Here take the Metro Red Line 1 (Rho Fiera Milano direction).
for the “viale Eginardo / viale Scarampo” entrance: get off at the “Amendola” stop – 700 m from the Congress Centre, or at “Lotto” approx. 800 m.
for the “piazzale Carlo Magno / via Gattamelata” entrance: get off at the “Cadorna” stop, exit the subway and go to the railroad station above : take the first train departing and get off at the “Domodossola” stop – just 600 m from the Congress Centre.

Cadorna Station
Here take the Metro Red Line 1 (Rho Fiera Milano direction). for the “viale Eginardo / viale Scarampo” entrance: get off at the “Amendola” stop – 700 m from the Congress Centre, or at “Lotto” approx. 800 m.
for the “piazzale Carlo Magno / via Gattamelata” entrance: get off at the “Cadorna” stop, exit the subway and go to the railroad station above : take the first train departing and get off at the “Domodossola” stop – just 600 m from the Congress Centre.

Domodossola Trenord Station
Here take Metro Lilac Line 5 (heading for San Siro) and get off at “Portello” stop. Exit the subway just a few feet walk from the “viale Eginardo / viale Scarampo” entrance. for the “piazzale Carlo Magno / via Gattamelata” entrance: you are just 600 m from the Congress Centre.

By car

From any of the ring roads circling Milan follows the signs to Fieramilanocity, or to any of the large Park & Ride car parks located close to these Metro stops:

  • Cascina Gobba (1800 cars). Green Line
  • San Donato (1800 cars). Yellow Line
  • Famagosta (3000 cars). Green Line
  • Bisceglie (1900 cars). Red Line
  • Lampugnano (2000 cars). Red Line

Public transport

Buses & Trams

for the “viale Eginardo / viale Scarampo” entrance:

  • Bus No. 78 – Eginardo/Colleoni stop

for the “piazzale Carlo Magno / via Gattamelata” entrance:

  • Bus no. 78 – get off at Colleoni/Gattamelata
  • Tram no. 19 – get off at Boezio
  • Tram no. 27 – get off at Piazza 6 Febbraio

Metro

  • Liliac Line 5:
    for the “viale Eginardo / viale Scarampo” entrance: get off at the “Portello” stop – 80 m from the Congress Centre.
    for the “piazzale Carlo Magno / via Gattamelata” entrance: get off at the “Portello” stop, walk along via Colleoni and, on the right, via Gattamelata for approx. 450 m, otherwise get off at the “Domodossola FNM” stop, and walk about 600 m towards the Congress Centre.
  • Red Line 1:
    for the “viale Eginardo / viale Scarampo” entrance: get off at the “Amendola” stop – 700 m from the Congress Centre, or at “Lotto” approx. 800 m.
    for the “piazzale Carlo Magno / via Gattamelata” entrance: get off at the “Cadorna” stop, exit the subway and go to the railroad station above : take the first train departing and get off at the “Domodossola” stop – just 600 m from the Congress Centre
  • Green Line 2: get off at “Cadorna”.
    for the “viale Eginardo / viale Scarampo” entrance: take Red Line 1 (going to RHO Fiera Milano) and get off at the “Amendola” stop – 700 m from the Congress Centre, or at “Lotto” approx. 800 m.
    for the “piazzale Carlo Magno / via Gattamelata” entrance: exit the subway and go to the railroad station above: take the first train departing and get off at the “Domodossola” stop – just 600 m from the Congress Centre.
  • Yellow Line 3: Get off at “Duomo”, switch to the Red Line 1 (RHO Fiera Milano direction).
    for the “viale Eginardo / viale Scarampo” entrance: get off at the “Amendola” stop – 700 m from the Congress Centre, or at “Lotto” approx. 800 m.
    for the “piazzale Carlo Magno / via Gattamelata” entrance: get off at the “Cadorna” stop, exit the subway and go to the railroad station above : take the first train departing and get off at the “Domodossola” stop – just 600 m from the Congress Centre.

Car Parking

There is a parking lot right in front of the conference venue.

Cloakroom and Luggage

A cloakroom and luggage storage are available close to the registration area.

WIFI

WiFi is available throughout the conference venue. Network ID: eshg2018, password: eshg2018

Staff

If you should have any questions, the congress staff (recognizable by a pink badge/lanyard and a black T-Shirt) will be pleased to help you.

Conference Policy

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Please note that taking pictures or filming during the sessions is forbidden (no matter if done with a camera or a mobile phone). Persons who will not observe this rule will be excluded from the session by the chairpersons.

Language

The official language of the congress will be English (no simultaneous translation).

Smoking Policy

The ESHG 2017 is officially a “No-smoking-Conference”. Note that smoking is banned in public buildings and private businesses – including restaurants, pubs, shops, public transport, entertainment venues and workplaces.

Social Media Guidelines

Please see our full policy here.
The ESHG supports the use of social media around the European Human Genetics Conference to network with your colleagues and friends attending the meeting. Please do however respect the ESHG social media guidelines.
The views and opinions posted on ESHG’s social media do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of the ESHG, its Board or membership. The ESHG reserves the right to remove comments it deems to be inappropriate.

Milan – General Information

Bank services – Money matters

Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and an hour and a half in the afternoon between 2:30 and 4:40 (closed on Saturdays and Sundays). Some branches are open from 9.00-12.00 hrs on Saturdays. There are multiple bank machines (ATMs) open 24 hours a day throughout the city which accept all major international bankcards. The official currency of Italy is the Euro (€). Major credit cards are widely accepted, but please always check beforehand.

Currency

The official currency in Italy is the Euro (€).

V.A.T.

The VAT rate in Italy is 21%. From this year on, the ESHG charges VAT on the registration fees. All stated prices charged by the ESHG include VAT.

Emergency Services

European Emergency Number: 112

Pharmacies – Medical Emergencies

Most pharmacies are open during normal trading hours, a rotational service is in place. The following pharmacies are open 24/7: Farmacia della Stazione (Stazione Centrale -Piazza Duca D’Aosta, Phone:+39 02 63470362); Farmacia Stazione Porta Genova (Porta Genova – Piazzale Stazione Genova 5, Phone:+39 02 58101634).

Safety – Crime

Milan is a relatively safe, secure city. However, use of common sense is (always) required, as in any large city. Experience has shown that some basic precautionary measures should always be kept in mind in any city:
– Do not carry important items like flight tickets, passports etc. with you when visiting the conference or strolling through the city, leave them in the hotel safe during your stay. Rather carry a Xerox copy of your passport or an identity card with you.
– Try not to carry all documents, money, credit cards and other essential items and valuables in one bag or purse. If it is lost or stolen, everything will be gone and might be difficult to replace on short notice, especially passports and visa to return to your country of residence.
– Take off your name badge when leaving the conference centre.
– In heavily frequented tourist zones and the metro at rush hour, be aware of attemps of scam and pickpocketing.
– Do not respond to anybody unknown to you who comes up to you on the street engaging you in a conversation, no matter how safe they appear to be.
Further advice can be found here

Telephone calls

The country code of Italy is 39 and the area code for Milan is 02. If calling a number in Milan from within Italy (including Milan!), dial 02 before the subscriber number.

GSM Cell Phone Roaming

Roaming charges within the European Union have officially been abolished.The EU “roam like at home” rules mean that when you use your mobile phone while travelling outside your home country in any EU country you don’t have to pay any additional roaming charges. You benefit from these rules when calling (to mobile and fixed phones), sending text messages (SMS) and using data services while abroad. Further information can be found here.

Time Zone

Italy’s time zone is Central European Time (CET) – GMT +2 hours.

Climate

The weather is generally nice (average 20°C, high: 26°C, average low: 13°C) im Milan in June. Please make sure to protect yourself from possible sunburns. Milan has an average rainfall of 93 mm over 12 days in June.

Drinking water

The tap water in Milan can be used without concern.

Electricity Supply

220-240 V – 50Hz AC, using  CEI 23-50, CEI 23-5, some (older) sockets will not accept CEE 7/7 plugs, however in modern installations multiple standard sockets have been used.

Taxis

Taxis in Milan are not exactly cheap, as in most Italian cities. Fares are at a fixed price of EUR 3,20 per pick-up on weekdays plus EUR 1.06 per kilometre, 5,20 on Sunday, 6,20 after 21.00 hrs and on public holidays. The meter should only be started as you set off. Round up the tip to the nearest euro. Taxis cannot be hailed in the street. There are ranks (a white sign marked with a black ‘TAXI’) at Piazza del Duomo, Teatro La Scala and Castello Sforzesco, outside all airport terminals and at the train stations. Most taxi drivers speak a little English and are usually only too happy to make recommendations of sights, shops and restaurants. If you speak to them in Italian, they will rapidly become your new best friend.
Avoid bogus taxi drivers at the airports; they often over-charge by as much as 600 percent. Always go to the ranks outside the terminals. Licensed and metered taxis are white with yellow and black signs on top.

Shops

Most shops are open from 9.30-12.30 and 15.30-19.30 hrs, from Tuesday to Sunday. Bigger (and department) stores stay open all day. Most shops close on Sunday and re-open on Monday afternoon from about 15.30-19.30, except food stores, which re-open on Monday morning but close again for the afternoon. All major credit cards are generally accepted, but it is not possible to pay with foreign banknotes.

Eating Out in Milan

Like in every city heavily frequented by tourists, having an excellent meal for a fair price is just as easily possible, as getting mediocre food for not so little money, depending on the choice of location.

A guide to eating in Milan:
http://www.cntraveller.com/guides/europe/italy/milan/where-to-eat
http://www.hostelworld.com/guides/city-guides/milan/italy/eating-out
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/milan/restaurants
Please note that these websites should serve as indication only. The ESHG is not endorsing any of the stated opinions or listed restaurants.

Tipping

Tipping is quite flexible in Milan as the ‘coperto’ (cover charge)/service charge is automatically added in the bill. However, if you are happy with the service then tipping the staff is acceptable.Taxi drivers, theatre and cinema usherettes, luggage handlers are also given a token amount as a tip for their services, but you are not compelled to do so.

Tourist Information Centres

The exact address and opening hours of the tourist offices in Milan can be found here.
Website of the Milan Tourism: http://www.tourism.milan.it