General Information

  • Official language
  • Registration details
  • Cancellation policy
  • Prague (Praha)
  • Czech Republic
  • Climate
  • What to wear
  • Tax refunds
  • Currency exchange
  • Opening hours

Official language

The official language of the conference is English.

Registration details
The conference fee for participants includes:

Admission to the conference, documentation, coffee during breaks, lunch on August 30, 31 and September 1, opening reception on August 29.

Cancellation policy
  • Cancellation made more than 60 days before the event: no fees (accommodation in the Top Hotel: from 90 days before the event up to July 16: 25 %)
  • Cancellation made before July 16 but less then 60 days before the event: 25 % of the registration fee
  • Cancellation made after July 16 but less then 14 days before the event: 50 % of all conference costs
  • Cancellation made more than 7 days but less then 14 days before the event: 75 % of all conference costs
  • Cancellation made less than 7 days before the event: 100 % of all conference costs

Prague (Praha)
Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic which is situated in the heart of Europe and shares borders with Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Austria.
The illustrious history of the city dates back to the 9th century. As early as the Middle Ages it had the reputation of being one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The attributes "golden city", "city of a hundred spires", "crown of the world" and "stone dream" were associated with it. A blossoming of culture and an increase in political significance were brought to Prague, in particular, by Charles IV in the 14th century and later by Rudolf II in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. They were both Czech kings as well as emperors. Prague at the time was not only the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia but also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire.

Prague is home to a unique set of historic monuments, which are crowned by the Prague Castle dominating the city. The Historic centre of the city is situated on both banks of the Vltava and is composed of six parts, once individual towns before being united in the 18th century. They are: the Old Town, Josefov (the surviving part of the former Jewish Town), the New Town, the Little Quarter, Hradčany and Vyąehrad. In these parts of the city alone you can find some 1500 buildings of historic interest with many more to be found outside the historic centre.

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Czech Republic

Capital city: Prague
Population: 10.2 million
Number of tourists: 6 336 128 (2005)

The Czech Republic is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It has many cultural, historical and natural treasures. Its economy continues to grow dynamically thanks to exports and the increased interest of foreign investors. Since May 2004, the Czech Republic has been a member of the European Union; it has been a full-fledged NATO member since 2002. (The country has not adopted the euro yet, and it still uses its national currency, the Czech crown.)

Even though the Czech Republic’s area of 78,864 square kilometres (about 30,450 square miles) ranks it among small countries, its wealth of natural beauty and monuments of cultural heritage contribute greatly to its global prestige as a major cultural destination.

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Moderate with four seasons. In winter the weather is variable, in summer it can be very warm. The average temperature in January, the coldest winter month, is -5 degrees Centigrade, in July, the warmest summer month, around +27 degrees Centigrade.

What to wear
As the conference takes place at the end of August and beginning of September, we recommend taking light summer clothes but add some waterproof garments, an umbrella or a raincoat. At this time in the
Czech Republic, the pleasant warm summer weather prevails but at the end of the school holidays, particularly if they were hot, some rain occurs. So it is better to be ready for both versions of the weather and then to be pleasantly surprised.

Currency exchange

The unit of the Czech currency is the crown - ‘koruna’. 1 CZK = 100 hellers. The rate of exchange is approximately 1EUR = aprox. 30 CZK  Notes are in the following denominations of notes – 5 000, 2 000, 1 000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20. Coins – 20, 10, 5, 2, 1, 0,50.The export and import of valid Czech currency is permitted without authorization from the Czech National Bank to the amount of CZK 350. 000.- There are no restrictions on export and import of foreign currency.
VAT is refundable if the purchase is over 1000 CZK.

Tax refunds

Prague is a true shopping metropolis. To get your refund we recomend to look after shops signed „Tax free shopping“

How to get your refund
After deduction of the handling expense, you will receive a refund up to 14% of the purchase price. You can cash your refund cheque at the airport in Prague and Karlovy Vary, inland or abroad at one of more than 200 international cash refund offices. Global Refund offers you several possibillities of receiving your VAT-refund:
Cash at a nearby Global Refund Office
Cash refund when you return home
Direct crediting of a chosen credit card or bank account (please state your credit card/bank details)
Bank cheque sent to a chosen address

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Opening hours
  • Opening hours in the shops:

Most shops are open Mon to Fri, from 9.00 till 18.00. Many shops in the centre of Prague are open till 20.00 and at weekends as well. This applies also to department stores in the centre (Kotva, Tesco). Hypermarkets in shopping centres (Tesco in Letnany, Zlicin etc.) are open 24 hours a day, and shops in the centres are open till 22.00. Most shops are closed on national holidays (this does not apply on Christmas Eve).

  • Opening hours at historical monuments:

Most monuments are open every day except for Monday. Monuments in the Jewish Town are closed on Saturday. Most castles and stately homes are open to the public only during the season (May - September).