GENERAL INFORMATION

MEETING DATE
19-23 September 2018

VENUE

De Doelen

Kruisplein 40

3012 CL Rotterdam, the Netherlands

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

English is the official language of the meeting. No translation will be provided.

CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE
Participants will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the Congress and Courses, after returning all the Questionnaires provided by the Organising Secretariat. CME Certification (subject to confirmation by EAACME) will be sent by e-mail after the course.

CODE OF CONDUCT
Please note that faculty and participants should follow the ESNR Code of Conduct, which you can find here.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

By Plane

Schiphol International Airport is 60km from Rotterdam and is extremely well connected through many airlines offering direct flights from many destinations within and outside Europe. From Schiphol airport it takes less than 25 min by fast and direct train (IC Direct) to Rotterdam Central Station. The congress hotel and the convention centre De Doelen are located directly opposite the train station.

It is not advisable to take a taxi from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam, especially without booking in advance: this will cost €150-200 and takes substantially longer than by train. If you do prefer to take a taxi, make sure to book at least several days in advance (approximate cost: €80).

An increasing number of European cities provide direct flights to Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Operators Transavia, CityJet, British Airways, bmi regional, Turkish Airlines, TUIfly, Lufthansa, VLM, Vueling, Corendon, Onur Air fly to the second regional airport in the Netherlands. Check the websites of the operators for more detailed information.

From Rotterdam The Hague Airport, you can reach the very heart of Rotterdam very quickly, travelling by car (rental through Sixt), taxi or public transport:

Car/taxi 10-15 min

RandstadRail and Airport Shuttle bus (bus 50) 15 min

Bus (no. 33) 20-25 min

More information

www.rotterdamthehagueairport.nl or +31 (0)10 446 34 44

By Train

One of the fastest and easiest ways to get to Rotterdam is to travel by train. Intercity trains hailing from every corner of the Netherlands make a stop at Rotterdam Central Station, including the high-speed train. The fastest connection between Amsterdam, Schiphol, Rotterdam and Breda is the NS Intercity Direct. It runs twice per hour. When travelling between Schiphol and Rotterdam, you will have to pay an IC Direct surcharge (approximately €2.50). Note that you always need to buy your ticket before getting on the train; if you don’t you will have to be a hefty fine on top of the ticket price.

When travelling from France and Belgium, you can take the Thalys fast train (ten trains per day). When travelling from the United Kingdom, you will arrive by Eurostar in Brussels, where you need to change to the international intercity or fast train (Thalys).

Local transport

Within Rotterdam, many attractions and restaurants are within walking distance from the congress centre, which is located in the city centre and opposite the central railway station. Trams, buses and an underground (metro) provide public transport, all accepting the same type of ticket. This so-called ‘OV chip’ card can be bought at train and metro stations and needs to be charged before travel. You need to ‘check in’ to and ‘check out’ of the bus/tram/metro with this ticket.

Taxis in the Netherlands are fairly expensive, even for small distances. Not all taxis accept bank or credit card.

Of course, the most popular mode of transport by the Dutch is the bike: these can be rented from railway stations and many other private and online companies.

Approximate travel times from various cities, domestic and abroad:

- Amsterdam 40 min IC Direct

- Schiphol 24 min “

- Breda 23 min “

- Antwerp 32 min Thalys

- Brussels 1 hour 10 min “

- Paris 2 hours 40 min “

You can find more information about routes, departure times and prices on www.ns.nl/en (domestic travel), www.nsinternational.nl (from and to destinations abroad) and www.thalys.mobi (Thalys).

USEFUL INFORMATION

Telephones
Rotterdam area code for domestic calls is 010 and for international calls 0031 + 10 + Local Number

Language
The official language in the Netherlands is Dutch. English is spoken widely and many restaurants will have menus in English available.

Time Zone
Rotterdam is in the Central European Time(CET) zone (GMT+1 hour). Summer time (GMT+2 hours) lasts from the end of March until the end of October.

Banks and Currency Exchange
The official currency is the Euro (€). Currency exchange can be performed by all the banks, all the post offices and great number of exchange offices which are always marked in English. With them you can get slightly better exchange rates than in the banks.

Credit Cards

All the major international credit cards are recognised, and most hotels and large stores accept them. But a fair number of shops, restaur­ants and other businesses (including Dutch Railways and supermarket chains) do not accept credit cards, or accept only European cards with security chips.

Some establishments levy a 5% surcharge (or more) on credit cards to offset the commissions charged by card providers. Always check first.

Electricity
The electric current in Rotterdam is 220 Volts, frequency is 50 Hz, the power sockets used are of type F. This socket also works with plug C and E.

Tipping
In the Netherlands tipping is expected in restaurants for good or exceptional service, around 5-10% of the bill. If the service was average, you can round up the bill or leave some small change. Give your tip to the service person directly.

Although you are under no obligation to do so, tipping of around 10% is expected by taxi drivers.

Work Hours and Holidays
Banks and post offices:

Most banks and post offices are open from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Only major banks and post offices are open on Saturday. GWK Travelex is open every day of the week. Most GWK Travelex offices are located nearby train and bus stations.

Shopping hours

Monday 11.00-18.00

Tuesday 10.00-18.00

Wednesday 10.00-18.00

Thursday 10.00-18.00

Friday 10.00-21.00

Saturday 10.00-18.00

Sunday 12.00-17.30

The opening hours differ per shop in the city centre. Many shops open at 09:00 or at 09:30.

Emergency services

In case you need urgent help from a doctor, police or fire brigade you have to call the emergency number 112 which you can call on any phone. This number can be used throughout Europe and you will be asked if you need assistance from the police, an ambulance or the fire brigade.