LOC 24h number
In case of any emergencies, questions or doubts there is a LOC phone number available 24h: +48 517 134 930
Please do not hesitate to use it (!)
When using taxis in Warsaw, it is strongly recommended to use ones with the following: a number stuck to the side of the vehicle, a hologram with the license number and the vehicle’s registration number on the upper right-hand corner of the front glass and a sticker with price information per kilometer that must be displayed on the glass of the right-hand side back door.
Recommended taxi companies:
SAWA Taxi: +48 22 6444444
ELE Taxi: +48 22 8111111
Taxi from the airport to the city center should cost around 45-50 PLN (12-15 EUR).
Warsaw's public transport system (ZTM) includes buses, trams and metro connections. For information about travelling using public transport we recommend "Jak dojadę" website (http://warszawa.jakdojade.pl/?locale=en) and application: http://m.jakdojade.pl/?cid=3000
General information on public transportation in Warsaw: www.ztm.waw.pl
The sale network of ZTM tickets includes the following channels: ticket vending machines, newsstands, Punkt Obsługi Pasażerów ZTM (ZTM Passenger Service Centres), post offices. A network of ticket vending machines on board of its vehicles is being developed. As for now they have been installed in new trams and many buses, including vehicles operating on line 175 which runs to the Chopin Airport. Supplementary sale is available on vehicles (driver). We recommend using following tickets:
20-minute City Travelcard (entitles to unlimited number of journeys within 20 minutes from validation) – 3,40 PLN
Single fare ticket (entitles to a journey on one vehicle for a period not exceeding 120 minutes from its validation) – 4,40 PLN
TRANSFER FROM THE AIRPORT
You can access the city center from the Okęcie Chopin airport by a public bus (no 175), train or taxi. You can find more information at the airport webpage: http://www.lotnisko-chopina.pl/en/passenger/access-and-car-parks/Public-transport and http://www.lotnisko-chopina.pl/en/passenger/access-and-car-parks/train
The currency in Poland is the Polish Złoty (PLN) 1 PLN = 100 groszy.
Coins circulate in denominations of 1 PLN, 2 PLN, 5 PLN and 10, 20 and 50 groszy; banknotes are in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 PLN.
In some larger stores, such as hypermarkets, and at some cash-only windows, you can pay in Euros. You must notify the cashier that you will be paying in Euros, but note that it is not a popular currency in Poland yet, and chances are that your change will be given in PLN.
You can easily use popular credit and debit cards (VISA, VISA Electron, MasterCard, Maestro, Diners Club) and find ATMs in the city center.
In Poland the voltage is 230V, 50 Hz. The plug is the standard European double plug.
The current temperature is about 10-15°C. Please expect some rains.
Warsaw is in the transitional zone of the moderate climate zone, characterised by the presence of hot summers and cold winters. The annual average temperature goes from 18°C in June to 0°C in February, with a maximum of 30°C and a minimum of -20°C. The largest rainfalls are recorded in the summer months, as a result of storms that regularly occur during this period.
Details about current weather forecasts can be found on many websites, such as information services at the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management at www.pogodynka.pl (information is in both Polish and English) or at new.meteo.com and news.bbc.co.uk/weather
In Warsaw, smoking is prohibited at public transportation stops and shelters as well as clubs, pubs and restaurants unless they have separate room for smokers. Not respecting this risks the offender receiving a fine.
In Warsaw, you may not drink alcohol in public places (parks, squares, streets, etc.), with the exception of permitted areas such as gardens and patios in restaurants and pubs. Not respecting this risks the offender receiving a fine.
PRESENTATIONS & POSTERS
There will be a master PC with all presentations copied and organized by session to make it easy to switch from one presenter to the next. We do not allow other laptops to be used or USB devices to be plugged in the computer because of time limitations. Please contact LOC members to upload your presentation in the conference room. Please use specific name format: Surname_Name_CAP2013.
File format: PPT / PPTX (PowerPoint) or PDF.
Recommended poster size is A1 or B1. LOC members will instruct you about the poster session during registration.
There will be Wi-Fi available in the conference center. Details will be provided during registration. You can enjoy free internet hot spots at many spots of the Old Town and city center.
We recommend to install the following application (iOS, Android, Windows Mobile) to scan QR codes: http://scan.me/apps/scan/download. One may find it useful during the meeting.
Warsaw, Poland - host town
Warsaw is the capital and the largest city of Poland. It is a cultural, political, economic and educational centre of European stature. Poland’s Parliament and the offices of the President, Prime Minister, Cabinet and other central authorities are located in Warsaw.
Whether you come to Warsaw on a business trip, for a conference or as a tourist, the city has everything that a modern European capital can offer: a dynamic and stable business environment, historic and modern meeting facilities, a vibrant cultural life and green spaces covering a quarter of the city. Warsaw will definitely exceed your expectations.
It is a city of many faces: a contrasting blend of past and present, with an architectural landscape composed of historical and socialist-realism style buildings juxtaposed against post-modern skyscrapers. The past is magnificently represented by the post-war reconstruction of the Old Town, which was completely destroyed in WWII. The Palace of Culture and Science, a long-standing symbol of communism, is an epitome of the socialist-realism style. Warsaw’s contemporary post-modern architectural landscape has been shaped by such designers as Abraham Epstein, Norman Foster, and Daniel Libeskind.
What is more, being historically at the crossroads between Western and Eastern Europe, Warsaw has grown to become a platform for new dialogue that has inspired change and promoted better understanding between different cultures. This openness is one of the main features that distinguish Warsaw and underpins the city’s unique yet modern European style, supported by a high standard of services.
Warsaw is also a perfect embodiment of the incredible changes that have taken place in Poland over the past 20 years. The vast scale of business development and population growth are constantly reshaping the city skyline. Add to that a vibrant nightlife with a musical scene that can accommodate all tastes — from swanky clubs and pubs to more “alternative” scenes — and you get a new fascinating destination to explore.
Last but not least, Warsaw offers an excellent opportunity to influence the young generation of future business leaders, being home to many important scholarly institutions, such as the Warsaw University of Technology (CAP co-organizer), Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw University and the Adam Smith Centre. Furthermore, hosting new business initiatives and investments together with a growing number of international fairs, conferences and meetings held each year confirms Warsaw’s claim as a leading business hub of Central and Eastern Europe, as well as an interesting spot on the map of the global meetings industry.
Accessibility and Transportation
Warsaw can be conveniently reached from any point in Europe and many around the world. Located 1340 km from Brussels, 970 km from Copenhagen, 3530 km from Lisbon, 1620 km from Paris, 1220 km from Amsterdam, 560 km from Berlin, 1950 km from Helsinki, 1730 km from London, 620 km from Prague and 1830 km from Rome, Poland’s capital city can be reached by car or train, but of course most conveniently by plane.
- Warsaw’s Frederic Chopin Airport: located just 12 km from the centre of the city, services all major airlines (e.g. Air France, British Airways, KLM, LOT, Lufthansa, Scandinavian SAS, Swiss). Chopin Airport is served by five bus lines, and by a convenient railway connection to main train station Warszawa Centralna and Warszawa Powisle (1 km from the conference venue).
- Warsaw-Modlin Mazovia Airport: a second airport recently opened in Modlin, approximately 40 km away. Modlin services many low-cost airlines (e.g. WizzAir, Ryanair).
There are three train stations in Warsaw that handle international and domestic train traffic:
- Warszawa Centralna (Central Warsaw) (Aleje Jerozolimskie 54) — situated in the city centre and very well connected to all of the city’s districts.
- Warszawa Zachodnia (West Warsaw) (Aleje Jerozolimskie 144) — adjacent to a neighbouring international bus terminal.
- Warszawa Wschodnia (East Warsaw) (Lubelska 1) — located on the east side of Vistula River (Praga district).
The main access roads to Warsaw are sections of four principal European routes:
- From the north: route E77 - a north-south European route which runs through Central Europe: Russia (Pskov) — Estonia — Latvia — Lithuania — Russia — Poland (National highway 7: Gdańsk, Elbląg, Warsaw, Radom, Kielce, Krakow) — Slovakia — Hungary (Budapest).
- From the south-east: route E67 — a north-south European route which connects Central Europe with Scandinavia: Finland (Helsinki) — Estonia — Latvia (Riga) - Lithuania - Poland (National highway 8: Białystok, Warsaw, Wrocław) — Czech Republic (Prague).
- From the west: route E30 — east-west European route: Ireland (Cork) — Great Britain — The Netherlands — Germany (Berlin) — Poland (National highway 2: Poznań, Warsaw, Terespol) — Belarus — Russia (Moscow — Omsk).
Facts and figures about Warsaw
- Area: 517 km2.
- Population: 1 714 446 individuals.
- Time zone: Warsaw lies within the Central European Time Zone (GMT +1), with summer time from March to the end of October.
- Climate: Warsaw’s climate is humid continental (Koppen Dfb) with relatively cold winters and mild summers. The average temperature is 13° C in October.
- Currency: the currency in Poland is the Polish zloty (PLN), which is subdivided into 100 groszy. 1 PLN = 0.24 EURO (on 21 January 2013).
- Electricity: the Polish power supply has a voltage of 230V with a frequency of 50 Hz. Standard two-pole Europlugs are used.
- Embassies: all countries with whom Poland holds diplomatic relations have embassies in Warsaw. An up-to-date list of embassies is available here
- Smoking restrictions: smoking is prohibited in public areas, public transport stops, stations and government offices. Since 15 November 2010 smoking is no longer allowed in restaurants, bars or clubs. Many such locales, however, do have dedicated smoking areas. Failure to comply with this prohibition may result in a fine.