General Information

Conference Date
July 8 – 12, 2012

Venues
The Congress will take place in two nearby situated venues – Vilnius Congress Hall and Vilnius University.

Vilnius Congress Hall
Vilniaus str. 6/16
Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius University
Universiteto str. 3
LT-01513 Vilnius, Lithuania

Official Language
English. No simultaneous translation will be provided.

Visa and Invitation Letter
All foreign visitors entering Lithuania must have a valid passport. For some countries a visa or invitation letter is necessary. Information about visa requirements and the location of embassies can be found on the website of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Questions concerning visas please contact Conference secretariat . Please apply for your visa well in advance of your journey.

Climate

Lithuania has a central European climate. The end of June and beginning of July generally is warm. Bring a sweater for a cool evening and an umbrella for a shower. To know more about the weather click here.

Time
Eastern Europe Summer time 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Transport and Travel Information
Arriving By Air

There are direct connections with many European cities and “hubs” including Copenhagen, London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris. The airport is located just outside the centre of Vilnius. A taxi will take you to the centre for around € 20.

Bus Services (Facebook)

Vilnius has an effective and cheap network of busses and minibuses. Public transport usually starts about 5 AM and continues until 11 PM. Tickets for buses are available in each press kiosk (2 LTL = 0.58 €) or by the bus drivers. Tickets from the bus drivers cost 2.50 LTL. You can check public transport schedule here.

Taxi

Numerous taxis are operating in Vilnius. Taxi’s hired in street can be expensive and not always of the best quality. It is recommended to call Martono Taxi 1422 or +37052400004. The price for a taxi from the airport to the centre is around € 20, around 40-70 LTL. For the receipt it is recomended to ask taxi driver in advance.


Currency

The official currency in Lithuania is Litas. Litas is bound to € with 3.4528 Litas for € 1. Currency can be exchanged at the airport, banks and in hotels.


Credit Cards

Visa and Master Card are accepted in most shops, hotels and restaurants. You will find a cash dispenser on nearly every corner.


Electrical Appliances

The voltage in Lithuania is 220 volts.

Safety

The Baltic is in general seen as a safe area with no imminent threat of terrorism or violence. In an international survey Vilnius is rated as the safest capital in the Baltic States and also safer than many European capitals. Take care of your money and other valuable things and remember that not all people you meet are what they pretend to be.

 

Health
The hygienic standard in Lithuania in general has a very high level. No special precautions are needed, no special vaccinations required.

Shopping

Shops are generally open 10:00 – 19:00 on weekdays and from 9:00-17:00 on Saturdays. Many shops are open on Sundays as well. Most major shopping centers and supermarkets are open 8:00-24:00 daily.Insurance

All participants are reminded that neither the Organizing Committee nor the technical organizer ViaConventus are liable for any losses, accidents or damage done to persons or private property. Participants and accompanying persons are requested to make their own arrangements in respect of health and travel insurance.