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ICRS World Congress 2021 Berlin

General Information

General Information

Venue Location

The upscale InterContinental Berlin hotel sits next to leafy Tiergarten Park, a pleasant walk from the iconic Brandenburg Gate.

Intercontinental Berlin
Budapester Straße 2,
10787 Berlin,
Germany
www.berlin.intercontinental.com | www.intercontinental.com/berlin
Phone: +49 30 26020

Travel and Transportation

The new Willy Brandt Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) is currently being built in Berlin Schönefeld with its opening scheduled for October/November 2020 after 10 years of construction delay. In the future the entire air traffic of the region should be handled from the new airport and the older Berlin Tegel Airport is supposed to be closed.

  • By Train: Berlin Brandenburg Airport has its own six-platform railway station with three platforms located directly underneath the terminal. The Airport Express already connects Schönefeld Airport with Berlin city centre. In future, these trains will run every 15 minutes between Berlin central station and BER. The journey time is around half an hour.
  • By Taxi: Taxis can be easily found outside your arrival terminal. Standard fares apply to all Berlin taxi drivers. In addition to distance-based fares, surcharges may apply. Estimated cost to the city center is 50.00 EUR and estimated travel time is 30-40 min.

Time Zone

CEST (Central European Summer Time) UTC/GMT +1

Language

The official congress language is English. No simultaneous translation will be provided. German is the official language spoken in Germany.

CME Credits

TBC

Climate

In Berlin, the capital of Germany, the climate is moderately continental, characterized by cold winters, with average temperatures around freezing (0°C or 32°F), and moderately warm summers, with daytime temperatures hovering around 24°C (75°F).

Thanks to the warm temperatures and moderate rainfall, the end of summer and the month of August are a great time to visit Berlin.

Credit Cards / Cash Machines

All major credit cards are widely accepted. Bank cash machines (ATM) can be found easily and debit cards are also widely used. If you are using a foreign card at a bank machine, your money will be disbursed in Euros (€).

Currency

The currency in Germany is the Euro. 1 € ≈ 1.12 US$ (Date, July 2020)

Electricity, Weights and Measures

  •  Electricity: 220 – 240 volts 50 hz
  • Weights: Kilo/Gramm system
  • Measures: Metric system

Tipping

Service and VAT are always included in the prices all over Germany. Still, it is typical to “round up” the amount to some more-or-less round figure to basic service providers such as Taxi Drivers, Waiters, Porters, etc. A rule of thumb is to add 5-10%, generally ending with a full Euro amount.

Health Care

Special vaccinations are not required for entry into Germany, but an individual travel & health insurance is highly recommended because health insurance plans often do not extend full coverage for medical services received outside the country of residence.

Entry Formality / Visa

The European borderless region, known as “Schengen Area” consists actually of 26 European countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden, along with Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Visitors from the Schengen Area can hold a valid ID card to travel within this area. Other visitors must hold a valid passport. Citizens from another 62 countries can travel to the Schengen Zone as a tourist for periods of up to 90 days without having to process a visa. This information may change without further notice.

If you have any doubts about your current VISA need to enter Germany, we highly recommend checking with your German Embassy or Consulate in your country. You also might find useful information for German visa requirements here: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en

Disclaimer

ICRS and the congress organizer cannot accept any liability for the acts of any suppliers to this meeting nor of the safety of any attendee while in transit to or from this event. Participants are requested to carry proper travel and health insurance as the ICRS cannot accept liability for any accidents or injuries that may occur.

Information in this programme is subject to change without prior notice. For updated information please visit frequently our congress website at www.cartilage.org

Cancellation of the Congress by the Organizer

Congress fees will be reimbursed if the congress is cancelled for other reasons than war, warlike events, and acts of terrorism or sickness epidemics. In the latter circumstances only a proportion of the congress fee would be refundable.

Technical Industry Exhibition

A technical industry exhibition will take place at the Intercontinental Berlin. It will be open every day throughout the meeting and exhibitors from around the world will present a wide range of orthopaedic- and cartilage repair related products. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity to be updated with the most recent advances and latest news from our industry partners. Interested companies may contact the ICRS Executive Office for further exhibit & sponsoring information.

Intermissions

During intermissions, coffee, tea and refreshments will be served in the exhibition area as a courtesy from the ICRS.

Services for Persons with Disabilities

Please inform the ICRS office or indicate on the accommodation online booking form any special requirements you may have to allow us to best serve you. The Intercontinental Berlin has international-standard facilities for the physically challenged, including access ramps, elevators and toilets for people with special needs.

Security / Badges

The safety of all congress attendees is of utmost importance to our society. The ICRS and the Intercontinental Berlin have taken security precautions to ensure the maximum possible safety for all participants. Identity check controls may occur at any time by the security staff. Congress badges are personalized, not transferable and guarantee individual access to different section of the event. For organizational and security reasons, badges have to be worn all the time at the congress venue.