GENERAL INFORMATION

Access to the Congress Venue

El Prat airport is located 13 kilometres southeast from Barcelona and 20 kilometres from the Convention Centre.

By Train – RENFE
There is a train service between the airport and the city centre (Paseo de Gracia). There is one train every 30 minutes and the travel time is 25 minutes. From the train station Paseo de Gracia it is easy to connect with the yellow line (line 4) of the metro. The closest station to the Convention Centre is Maresme-Forum. For further information visit:
www.renfe.es

Express bus (Aerobús)
There is an airport bus service between the airport and the city centre (Plaza Cataluña). There is one bus every 6 – 15 minutes and the travel time is 30 minutes. Next to Plaza Cataluña, take the yellow line (line 4) of the metro at the Urquinaona station. The closest station to the Convention Centre is Maresme-Forum. For further information visit:
www.grupsarbusb.com

Taxi
The journey to the Convention Centre from the airport takes about 30 minutes depending on the traffic. Fees change according to the time of the day. There is an additional cost for entry/exit from the airport and for carrying luggage.

By car
The C-31 motorway connects the airport with Barcelona. The most direct way to reach the Convention Centre is by the Ronda Litoral - exit 24. It takes about 30 minutes depending on the traffic. To reach the Convention Centre from the city centre by car, the best option is to take the Avenida Diagonal until
the end.

Public Transport
In order to reach the Convention Centre by metro (Maresme-Forum station in the yellow line), bus (lines number 7, 36, 41, 43 and 141) and Trambesos (Forum station). All these stops are located just a few minutes walk away from the Convention Centre.

Barcelona

The sophisticated and stylish Barcelona is one of the most popular cities in Spain. Barcelona has something to suit everyone and although this city is very large, it is surprisingly easy to find your way around.

Barcelona has increased in popularity since the early 1990s, when preparations for the 1992 Olympic Games relaunched the city. New impressive buildings and landmarks were created, particularly around Montjuïc, the hub of the Olympic Games and an entirely new harbour. The World Trade Fairs of 1888 and 1929 also had a strong influence on the city and resulted in much of the beautiful architecture in Barcelona, such as the Arc de Triomf and the spectacular Barcelona Magic Fountain (Font Màgica), with colour light shining through the water.

Barcelona has an enormous number of sites and tourist attractions worth visiting. Top tourist attractions include the Parc Güell - which features some wonderful tile work by Antoni Gaudi, Las Ramblas - Spain's most famous street, lined with trees and used by both tourist and locals, the Parc de la Ciutadella, La Sagrada Familia - Gaudi's towering church which has become a symbol of Barcelona, the Casa Mila - an unusual building created by Gaudi, and The Eixample - a 19th-century expansion of majestic avenues and mansions. There are also many important museums and art galleries in Barcelona and the most popular is Barcelona's Picasso Museum, which features a large collection of paintings and ceramics.

Shopping in Barcelona is excellent. With everything from top designer outlets to traditional family speciality stores, there are also large shopping arcades and department stores. The markets in Barcelona are equally impressive and the food markets in particular draw large crowds of both tourists and locals. Boqueria Market is an exciting food market that is situated in a cavernous iron and glass
structure. Street-café life in Barcelona is rich and in the evenings, many people sit outside in the squares and watch the world go by.

Few cities can present such a colourful and electrifying nightlife as Barcelona. Choose from Bedouin chic restaurants, bubbling champagne bars, Gothic style wineries, bustling tapas cafés and seriously sleek nightclubs. Down at the harbour there is a variety of bars and seafood restaurants with
views over the sea.

Nearby excursions include Montserrat - a town close to Barcelona with many
interesting features, Tarragona - with some splendid Roman remains, such as a wellpreserved amphitheatre, Sitges - a popular seaside part of Barcelona which is frequented by many families, and Barceloneta - a busy fishing area which retains its village charm and has some of the best seafood restaurants in town.

FAST FACTS AND ORIENTATION
• Status: capital city of Catalonia, Spain
• Population: 1.5 million in the central city, 4,5 million in the city area, 41 million in Spain
• Language: Spanish and Catalan
• Religion: mainly Roman Catholic

Congress Language

The official language of the Congress will be English.

Currency

The local currency is Euro (€).

Disclaimer

The Organisers cannot accept liability for injuries or losses of whatever nature incurred by participants and/or accompanying persons, nor for loss of or damage to their luggage and/or personal belongings.

EAACI Booth

EAACI will have a Booth in the exhibition area close the the registration area and session halls. If you have any questions regarding EAACI membership or if you want to settle your membership fee, the staff from the EAACI Headquarters will be happy to help you. Samples of EAACI publications will be displayed for your perusal as well as information about future EAACI events. We hope to see you at the EAACI Booth.

EAACI Membership

EAACI membership gives its members priority status at EAACI Congresses and Focused Meetings.
Members over 35 years of age receive a discount on the Registration fee and Junior Members are entitled to register for the Meeting at the low “Student” fee. EAACI offers free Junior membership to individuals under 35 years of age (with online access to the Journals ALLERGY and Pediatric Allergy and
Immunology). In addition, EAACI also offers a 50 percent reduction on membership fees to members from countries with a GNP of less than USD 10’000, with full membership benefits.

As an EAACI member you will be kept informed on the latest research and developments through our official journals ALLERGY and Pediatric Allergy and Immunology (available in printed or electronic version). These journals contain editorials, review articles, original articles, educational series which will allow you to experience and be part of the advancement of the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology for optimal patient care! For more information and to apply for membership
visit the EAACi website: www.eaaci.net

Electricity

The voltage in Spain is 220 volts. Round European style two-pin plugs are used. Appliances designed to operate on 110/120V need a voltage converter and a plug adapter for two-prong, round-prong plugs with side grounding contacts.

Geography and Weather

Barcelona’s location on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea means that it enjoys a warm, welcoming climate and pleasant temperatures all year round. The average temperature in October is 16 degrees Celsius. For weather forecasts please visit: www.barcelonaturisme.com

Insurance

The Meeting accepts no liability for any personal injury, loss or damage of property belonging to or additional expenses incurred by congress participants either during the congress or as result of delays, strikes or any other circumstances. Participants are advised to make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.

Invitation Letter

If you wish to make a request for an official Invitation Letter, please contact Congrex Sweden AB by email registration@eaaci-paam2011.com Please note that a letter of invitation can only be sent once you are fully registered and we have received full payment for the congress registration.

Language

The official language of PAAM 2011 is English.

Local Time

During the PAAM 2011, Barcelona will be on Central European Time (CET, 1 hour ahead of UTC).

Meals

Coffee is included in the registration fee and will be served daily. Tickets for lunch bags must be purchased in advance upon registration. If you are attending the lunch satellite symposia on Friday or Saturday a lunch bag is included.

Mobile Phone Policy

Please respect the Meeting poicy and switch off mobile phones in all meeting rooms and in the exhibition and poster areas. Also, please respect that it is not allowed to take any pictures during sessions in the meeting rooms.

Photographing

Kindly respect that photographing in the session rooms is strictly forbidden.

Professional  Congress Organiser

Congrex provides services tailored to our clients' needs when organising meetings, events, conferences, association management, travel and accommodation. Established in 1982, Congrex serves a variety of industries from our offices and partners located around the globe. Our extensive client base includes national and international associations, governmental organisations and corporations.

Clients’ success is what drives Congrex. We believe the best part of our work is the close relationship we establish with our clients, which allows us to address their challenges and deliver exciting projects.

Let’s meet, visit www.congrex.com

Social Events
The Welcome Reception will take place on Thursday 13 October from 18:30 to 20:00 at the CCIB. Tickets for the Welcome Reception must be purchased in advance upon registration.


Telephone

The international access code for Spain is + 34. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e. g. 0044 for the United Kingdom).

Venue

The meeting will take place at the:
Barcelona International Convention Centre, CCIB
Plaça de Willy Brandt, 11-14
08019 Barcelona, Spain
Tel: +34 93 230 10 00
Fax: +34 93 230 10 01
E-mail: ccib@ccib.es
Web: www.ccib.es


© Turisme de Barcelona / J. Trullàs