Practical info

Climate
The Netherlands share the temperate maritime climate common to much of Northern and Western Europe. The average day temperature in May is around 15° Celsius.
An umbrella or rain coat for occasional showers may be useful.

Currency and banking
The currency in the Netherlands is the Euro. In general, all major credit cards are accepted for payment in hotels, restaurants and shops. Most banks in Amsterdam are open from 9.00 to 17.00 hours (Monday to Friday).

Passports and visa
All visitors travelling to the Netherlands must be in possession of a valid passport. Participants should check with their local travel agents whether they require an entry visa for the Netherlands.

Electricity
The voltage in the Netherlands is 220-240V. USA, English and some other foreign appliances require an adapter for the voltage as well as an adapter for the plug. Please bring your own adapter as there are no adapters available at the congress venue.

Time zone
The Netherlands and Amsterdam are in the Central European Time Zone, one hour ahead of GMT.

Tipping
Service is always included. However, it is customary to tip in restaurants, bars and when paying for taxi’s. As a general rule tipping between 5-10% should be adequate.

Insurance
Delegates are advised to arrange adequate travel, health and other insurance before they leave their home country.

Links
VU University medical Center : Dutch: www.vumc.nl / English: www.vumc.com
Public transport: http://9292.nl/ and http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/local/about-amsterdam/transportation/public-transport
Route planner by car: http://www.routenet.nl/?UICulture=en
Amsterdam Tourist Board: http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting
Schiphol Airport: http://www.schiphol.nl/Homepage1.htm

Disclaimer
The Local Organizing Committee and VUmc Academy accept no liability for personal injuries or loss, of any nature whatsoever, or loss or damage to property either during or as a result of the meeting.