Venue & date
The BioTrans 2017 Conference will be held in ELTE Convention Centre at 09 - 13 July, 2017.
Address: H-1117 Budapest, Pázmány Péter sétány 1/a.
The capital of Hungary, known by many as the "Pearl of the Danube", is undoubtedly one of the most beautifully located cities in the world. The River Danube runs through the middle of the metropolis of two million, dividing hilly Buda with its narrow cobbled streets and mixture of mediaeval and neo-classical buildings from the flat area of Pest with its wide boulevards. The picturesque panorama offered by the river and its bridges, the Parliament building, the imposing Royal Castle, the Fishermen's Bastion and the impressive Danube Embankment led UNESCO to place this site on the World Heritage list.
Visitors will find side by side the remains of fortresses and buildings from Roman times, still-functioning Turkish baths, Gothic and Baroque buildings, and the incredibly rich Art Noveau architectural heritage. There is no other capital city in the world which can boast close to 100 thermal springs and 12 medicinal baths, where 19 million gallons of thermal water rise to the surface each day.
It is a city where the pleasing harmony of different architectural styles and superb structures, the cafés, gastronomy and culture are combined with the legendary Hungarian hospitality, blending into an unforgettable experience for visitors.
Budapest is the venue for numerous congresses, international meetings, sports competitions and cultural events, with its developed infrastructure, elegant shops and modern hotels. Budapest’s cultural life is widely renowned, with more than 20 theatres and also ample to explore!
Language: The official language of the conference is English.
Conference registration desk is situated in the ground level (NOTE: the ground level is the 0th floor).
- Sunday 13.00 – 21.00
- Monday 08.00 – 19.00
- Tuesday 08.00 – 19.00
- Wednesday 08.00 – 15.30
- Thursday 08.00 – 18.00
Conference registration desk phone number
+36-20-2125664 (Beatrix Schenker) in emergency case.
Free WIFI access will be ensured in the conference rooms and in exhibition area and also in the circle aula.The user name and the password will be given at the registration desk.
All participants and accompanying persons are kindly asked to wear their bagdes at all times.
Conference hall - Harmonia Hall – on -1st floor
Uploading of the oral presentations
Authors of oral presentations are kindly requested to upload the presentation file to the PC installed in each lecture hall at last on the day before if the presentation is in the morning session or on the day of the presentation between 8.00 and 8.45 AM or in the 30 minutes following the last oral presentation of that day. At least one technician will be available in the lecture halls in the above-mentioned time periods.
Forms and duration of presentations
- Plenary lectures (invited) (45 min)
- Oral presentations (selected) (15 min)
- Poster Speed Talk presentations are 5 min each, the 12 participants will have the opportunity to show two or three slides to present their’s posters in Posters Session 3 on Thursday.
Poster session – on the ground level - Spherical Hall and on the 1st floor, adjacent to the Spherical Hall
Posters assigned with a code should be placed on the corresponding display boards. Posters will be on display for the entire duration of the conference. Please hang up your poster from Sunday afternoon from 14.00 and Monday morning until 12.00 and take it down on Thursday afteroon by 17.00 at the latest. Presenters with odd numberered posters are asked to be at their posters during the Monday Session, while presenters with even numbered posters should be there during the Tuesday Session.
The poster display area (board) is 1.20 m high and 0.90 m wide. (Drawing) pins in order to fix the posters will be on each poster board or available at the Registration Desk. The use of Scotch® is not allowed as it would damage the boards..
The Organizing Committee will decide on the best posters (six) considering the results of the usual voting process based on an internal reviewing process. The awards will be distributed during the excursion & banquet.
COST MC Meeting
The COST Meeting will take place Wednesday 14.15-16.00 in Harmonia Hall – before the excursion.
Excursion: All participants and accompanying persons intending to attend the excursion to Domonyvölgy are requested to confirm their attendance at the Registration Desk.
Coffee Breaks – (Ground floor - Spherical Hall)
Coffee, tea, beverages as well as small cakes and pastries will be provided during the coffee breaks.
Lunch – (1st floor – ajacent to Spherical Hall)
Buffet lunch will be provided for the registered conference participants. Together with the conference bag you have received four lunch tickets and please bring it yourself to the lunch.
Accompanying persons are invited to the Welcome party on Sunday, to Guided Budapest Tour on Tuesday and to the Excursion and Banquet on Wednesday. Coffee break and Lunch is not included in the fee for the accompanying persons. Additional lunch ticket can be purchased at the registration desk for 20 EUR.
Timetable of Social Program
Participants receive invitation cards for these events in the conferencce bag, so please bring yourself it to the mentioned programs.
Welome party: Sunday, 09 July from 19.30– 21.30 at ELTE on the 1st floor.
Budapest Guided Tour for accompanying persons at 10.00 am on Tuesday11 July by bus. It starts from the Campus of ELTE. The meeting point for the tour is at the registration desk at 9.30.
Organ Concert: Tuesday, 11 July, 20.00 – 21.00, at Szent Anna Parish Church (1011 Budapest, Batthyány tér/square 7.)
Excursion to Domonyvölgy & Banquet: Wednesday, 12 July, from 16.00 – until (around) 23:00 pm. Buses departure at 16.00 from ELTE Campus Pázmány Péter sétány 1/a at Danube side gate and return to ELTE Campus.
General travelling information in Hungary
Arrival by air
All participants arriving at ‘Liszt Ferenc’ International Airport are advised to take the airport shuttle minibus to their hotels; this is the least expensive and most reliable service. You can find information about the miniBUD Budapest Airport’s official airport shuttle service on the following link: http://www.bud.hu/english/passengers/access_and_parking/by_airportshuttle
Metropolitan bus No. 200E also leaves from the terminal building for Kőbánya-Kispest station, where you may take metro line No. 3 (blue line) to the centre of the city.
A high quality and fair passenger carrier service is running at Liszt Ferenc Airport, http://fotaxi.eu/?Language=en#main-menu whose fares are defined and limited by zones. Efficient and simple taxi ordering procedure characterizes this taxi company. The price is appr. 20-25 Eur form Airport to Pest or Buda side.
Arrival by train
There are 3 major international railway stations in Budapest Déli Railway station, Keleti Railway station and Nyugati Railway station located in the city centre and within easy reach of the hotels or the Congress Center either by public transport or by taxi. See the following link about railway services http://www.mav.hu/english/index.php.
Arrival by car
Budapest can be reached by car on motorways M1, M3, M5 and M7. Drivers should be aware that there is a zero tolerance of blood alcohol level while driving in Hungary. Parking is available at an open air parking area at the congress venue free of charge. Parking in the city centre is subject to fees.
Local transportation in Budapest
Public transport in the city is well organised. Tickets must be purchased in advance at metro stations. During the EurobIc 13 single tickets will be available at the Registration Desk of the conference. Whenever you change vehicle, validate a new ticket. One-day, three-day and weekly travel cards allowing free travel on all means of transportation within the administrative boundary of Budapest can be bought at each metro station for 1650 HUF, 4150 HUF and 4950 HUF respectively. EU citizens over 65 years are allowed to travel for free on the vehicles of the public transport. The conference site can be easily reached by public transport (e.g. trams No. 4 or 6) and it is fully accessible for disabled people. The tram stop corresponding to the congress venue is called “Petőfi híd, budai hídfő”. After getting off, turn your back at the river. Then, the Technical University campus is on your right, the campus of Eötvös University is on your left side. Turn left and follow the pathway to the building at its end.
Currency, exchange, credit cards
The official currency in Hungary is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). Exchange facilities are offered to participants at the airport, in hotels, at the exchange desk of the banks at around the daily rate indicated by the Hungarian National Bank. American Express, Visa, Eurocard, Master Card are accepted in hotels, first class restaurants and city stores, but you should ask or look for the logo before ordering a service. Money can be withdrawn from ATMs.
ATMs are available in the building of the Eötvös Loránd University.
The usual shopping hours in Budapest are from 10:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m. in big shopping centers in the city up to 21:00 p.m. For further information please contact the Registration Desk.
We suggest that you use only taxis equipped with a taximeter. Beware of private cabs, especially those without a taximeter. It is customary to give a tip of 10% over the amount of the bill at restaurants and in taxis. When you come with taxi to the Congress Center tell the driver to drop you at the gate on the Duna (Danube) side of the Northern Building (the one with the observatory on it). During the conference do not hesitate to call a taxi through the Hungarian Chemical Society at the Registration Desk or you can call FŐTAXI phone: +36-1-2222222
The Organizing Committee can not assume responsibility for injuries or losses occurring to persons or personal belongings during the conference. Participants are therefore advised to travel with a valid insurance package.
Smoking is NOT permitted inside the Congress buildings or at the venues for the social functions. Smokers are required to smoke outdoors in the designated area.
In consequence of Hungary’s continental climate from the end of June can be considered as summer. The average temperature is 22-30 °C during the day and 15-22 °C at night. The humidity is usually high and only a few rainy days may be expected.