© 2005 - IAS
Heinz A. Krebs

Conference Secretariat
Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry
Vienna University of Technology
+43 1 58801 16301
+43 1 58801 16399
Sabine Stiedry
Getreidemarkt 9/163
A-1060 Vienna (Austria)

The ECTN will cover the accommodation and subsistence costs (Tuesday night to Saturday morning only) for all ECTN working group members and one person from all ECTN partners who have no working group members.

The ECTN will not reimburse any travel costs or other expenses except in exceptional circumstances. It is suggested that participants should request travel costs from their university Socrates Institutional Contract (organisation of student mobility) if possible. The plenary meeting is an excellent opportunity to discuss student exchanges. A plenary session is allocated to the European Chemistry Exchange Network (ECEN) where student exchanges will be discussed.

The ECTN will fund up to 10 students to attend the meeting (travel and accommodation/subsistence), with not more than one student from any one institution. Requests for this funding should be made to Tony Smith.

If you have any doubts about financing, please do not hesitate to contact Tony Smith.

The official language of the conference will be English.
No simultaneous translation will be provided.

Passport and Visas
All non-residents of the EU are required to have a valid passport.
Participants should check regarding visa requirements for travel to Austria. Applications should be made to the nearest Austrian Embassy or Consulate as soon as possible. Citizens of member states of the European Union and the USA do not need visas.

Travelling to Vienna
Vienna can be reached

by plane via Vienna International Airport (VIE). To reach the city you can use taxis (ride takes approximately 20 minutes), busses (ride takes approximately 20 minutes, departure in front of the arrival area of VIE, interval 20 minutes), the City Airport Train (CAT, approximately 16 minutes) or train ('Schnellbahn', ride takes approximately 35 minutes, interval 30 minutes, City Terminal is station 'Landstraße'). Please have a look on the page Venue & Sitemaps for more information.

by train (ÖBB). Arrival is at Wien-Südbahnhof or Wien-Westbahnhof. From Wien Südbahnhof take line D to tram stop Schwarzenbergplatz, where the congress venue is located in walking distance (ca. 10 minutes).

by car via the A1 (from the west) or the A2 (from the south). Follow the signs directly to the center of Vienna ('Zentrum') and proceed to Karlsplatz. Within and around the center of Vienna there is a short term parking zone (payment zone) requiring to park the car in a garage.

Travelling in Vienna
Information about available tickets and detailed line plans can be found at Vienna's 'Getting Around' website.

Additional useful links:
Fast public transport routes in and around Vienna
Fast public transport routes in Vienna
Fast public transport routes Inner City of Vienna

The list of available hotels will be listed later. Hotels will be booked for all participants by the organizing committee. You will be informed about details of your accommodation in time.

Weather in April during the daytime is usually warm (10–20°C), while at night the temperature may fall down to 4-8 °C. However, weather can vary often so there is some possibility of brief showers. Thus, a jacket or a raincoat and an umbrella may be useful.

The electrical current is 230 volts, 50 Hz.

Bank hours are
Monday – Wednesday, Friday 08:00am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Thursday 08:00am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Since the beginning of 2002 the EURO is the official currency in Austria. 1 Euro = 100 Cents.
Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Cents; 1, 2 Euros
Banknotes: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 Euros
The symbol of the Euro is €.

Money can be changed at the airport, at banks, exchange bureaus, and larger hotels.

For a cash advance, credit cards can be used at cash dispensers (Bankomat) which are available all over the city.

Typical shopping hours are Monday to Friday 09:00am – 6:00pm and Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm (5:00pm). Apart from some tobacconists and small supermarkets at petrol stations and at the main railway stations, shops are closed on Sundays.

Luxury shops with an elegant clientele can be found in the pedestrian zone of the Graben and of Kärntnerstraße (underground U1, U3 / station Stephansplatz). Street entertainers and outdoor cafes contribute to the special atmosphere of this area.

A well known shopping area is Mariahilferstraße (underground U3 / station Neubaugasse).