Good to Know

Climate

The climate is a mixture of ocean and continental influences. 
July is one of the warmest months of the year for the Czech Republic. Czech summers are usually mild (20-27°C/70-80°F) and somewhat humid, with the highest temperatures climbing to 30-35°C/85-95°F (occasionally higher) for short periods. Such heat waves can be expected in July and August. Sudden showers and thunderstorms are common, so bring an umbrella or be prepared to dash for cover.

You can find the current weather at http://www.weather.com/

Currency and Banking

Czech Crowns are the official currency in the Czech Republic. Foreign currency exchange is available at Václav Havel Airport Prague and at most hotels, banks and exchange offices throughout the city. International credit cards are accepted for payment in hotels, restaurants and shops. Paying by cash in Euro is also possible in some restaurants and shops.

For the official exchange rates on the website of the http://www.cnb.cz/en/index.html.

Electricity

The Czech Republic uses a 230V/50 Hz system. Sockets are the standard European type (two-prong round pin plugs with a hole for a male grounding pin are standard). To use electric appliances from your country you may need a special voltage converter with an adapter plug.

Time Zone

Czech Republic is one hour ahead of GMT (UTC). At the time of the Meeting in July this will be GMT +2 due to Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Official Language

The Symposium and Workshop language is English. Simultaneous English-French translation is provided during the General Assembly as well as one of the Symposium venues.

Programme Changes

The organisers cannot assume liability for any changes in the programme due to external or unforeseen circumstances.

Liability and Insurance

The organisers do not accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. All participants are strongly advised to take out their own personal insurance before travelling to the Meeting.

Health Care

Vaccinations are not required to enter the Czech Republic. An individual travel and health insurance is recommended.

Shopping

Most shops in Prague are open from 9:00 to 18:00, Monday till Saturday. Shops in the city centre are usually open from 9:00 to 20:00, Monday till Sunday.
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.

Important telephone numbers

112: General Emergency for Europe
150: Fire
155: Ambulance
156: Prague Police
158: Police

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.

Slovník Vocabulary

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