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Dear Participant,

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the 2nd World Congress on Controversies in the Management of Viral Hepatitis (C-Hep), 18-20, 2012 at the Leonardo Royal Hotel in Berlin, Germany. In preparation for this upcoming Congress we would like to provide you with the below information for your perusal before travelling to join us at C-Hep!

Congress Venue
Leonardo Royal Hotel Berlin
Otto-Braun-Strasse 90
D-10249, Berlin
Germany
Tel.: +49 (0) 30-755 430 0
Fax: +49 (0) 30-755 430 810
Email:
info.royalberlin@leonardo-hotels.com
Website: www.leonardo-hotels.com/Royal_Berlin_Hotel

Arrival from the Airport to the Congress Venue

There are two main airports in the city: Berlin Tegel (TXL), located in the northwest and Berlin Schoenefeld (SXF), located in the southeast. Both the airports information can be found at:
www.berlin-airport.de or by contacting Airport Info: +49 1805 000186.Please see below the recommendations for arrival to the Congress venue from both airports:

Berlin, Tegal (TXL) Airport: This airport is approximately 12.3km from the Congress venue. A taxifrom / to TXL will cost between 20-25€ and take around 20-30 minutes for the travel (depending on traffic). To travel by public transport, please see the following recommendations: Buses: The most convenient way from Tegel Airport to central Berlin.
5 am to around midnight. JetExpressBuses: Two run from Tegel Airport. X9 connects FlughafenTegel with ZoologischerGarten Station, the heart of former West Berlin, in 20 minutes. TXL runs from FlughafenTegel to Prenzlauer Berg in 40 minutes. Regular bus lines from Tegel Airport to Central Berlin:Bus 109 connects FlughafenTegel with ZoologischerGarten Station in 27 minutes. It has more stops than bus X9 – amongst others at the following S and U-Bahn train stations: Charlottenburg (17 minutes), Adenauerplatz (19 minutes), Uhlandstraße (23 minutes), and Kurfürstendamm (25 minutes).

Berlin, Schönefeld Airport (SXF): This airport is approximately 16.7km from the Congress venue. A taxi from / to SXF will costbetween 30-35€ and take around 45 minutes for the travel (depending on traffic). To travel by public transport, please see the following recommendations: Schönefeld Airport is currently less conveniently located than Tegel for users of public transportation to Central Berlin. Most foreign visitors will find the Airport Express or other S-Bahn trains the most convenient. Trains from Schönefeld Airport to Berlin: The Airport Express is the fastest and generally most convenient way to central Berlin. It is a special regional train (RE7 or RB14 but clearly marked as Airport Express) that runs every half hour from S-Bahn Station Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld through central Berlin to Spandau in 45 minutes. En route, it stops at Ostbahnhof (17 minutes), Alexanderplatz (21 minutes), Friedrichstraße (24 minutes), Hauptbahnhof (28 minutes), and ZoologischerGarten (32 minutes). The Airport Express runs from around 5 am to 11 pm. S-Bahn train S9 to Ostkreuz station and change there to either S3, or S7, or S75. RB22 goes directly from Schönefeld to Potsdam hourly in just less than an hour. Buses from Schönefeld Airport (SXF): Buses 162 and 171 (and night bus N60) run from FlughafenSchönefeld via S-Bahn Station Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld (3 minutes) to S-Bahn Station Adlershof in 19 minutes. X7 is a JetExpressBus connecting FlughafenSchönefeld and U-Bahn station Rudow (U-Bahn line U7) in 7 minutes. Night bus N71 does the same route. Expressbus-Linie SXF1 is a new fast, if somewhat expensive, express bus service to Südkreuz Station and may be of use to travelers going to southern parts of Berlin.

C-HEP Registration and Hospitality Desk at the Leonardo Royal Hotel
The Registration Desk will operate during the following hours:
 
Thursday, October 18, 2012 11:00 – 20:00
Friday, October 19, 2012 08:00 – 17:30
Saturday, October 20, 2012 08:00 – 12:40

Please register upon arrival in order to receive your kit containing the C-Hep Congress Program Book, your personal name tag, invitations, etc. Please remember to wear your name tag to all Congress activities and social events.

C-Hep Scientific Program
A very exciting and diverse program has been prepared for you and we are looking forward to your active participation at the various sessions. For the updated program, please visit the Congress website:
www.comtecmed.com/chep/2012/program.aspx

Welcome Reception
All registered participants and registered accompanying persons are invited to the Welcome Reception, which will take place on Thursday, October 18 at 19:15-20:30. Invitations are included in the personal registration kit.

Lunches
A buffet lunch will be served for participants of the Congress on Friday, October 18, 2012 at 12:15-13:00. Please present your name tag at the entrance.

Speakers’ Preview Room
Speakers are invited to visit the Speakers' Preview Room prior to their lecture and upload their presentation(s). Speakers should bring their slide presentations to be uploaded for their sessions no later than one break prior to the session in which they are scheduled. The Speakers' Preview Room will be open during Congress hours as follows:

Thursday, October 18, 2012 11:30 – 20:30
Friday, October 19, 2012 08:00 – 17:30
Saturday, October 20, 2012 07:30 – 12:40

Poster Presentation
Poster presenters should plan to be beside their posters during the designated coffee breaks, as specified in the program. Please see the Congress Secretariat for board allocation at the Congress. Posters should be mounted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 14:00-17:30 and removed by 12:45 on Saturday, October 20, 2012.
The Organizing Committee is not responsible for posters that are not removed on time.
Poster presentation times are as follows:

Thursday, October 18, 2012 17:30 – 20:30
Friday, October 19, 2012 09:00 – 17:30
Saturday, October 20, 2012 08:30 – 12:45

CME Accreditation
Please note that you have your CME Accreditation feedback form in your Congress Kit. In order to receive your accreditation points, please submit the completed feedback form to the Registration Desk before the end of the Congress. Your certificate will be sent to you directly.

C-Hep Feedback Form
Please note that you have a C-Hep-CME Feedback Form in your Congress Kit. We would greatly appreciate hearing your comments. Once completed, this form may be handed in to the Registration Desk.

Visas
Prior to booking flights, registrants are strongly advised to confirm with their travel agent whether they require a Visa to travel to Germany. Information about Visa requirements can be found on the World Travel Guide website:
www.worldtravelguide.net
ComtecMed will not be responsible for any cancellations or delays caused by authorities due to a lack of Visa or other required documentation.

Currency Exchange
The official currency of Germany is the EURO. As well as bureaus de change, mostly situated around train stations and airports, there are branches of all major banks across the city. The opening times are convenient with many banks open the whole day, several days a week. Outside banking hours you will find cash machines on nearly every street corner. It is recommended to change money in a bank or take cash out of ATM machines, which are plentiful in Berlin and every larger town.

Dress Code
Informal for all occasions.

C-Hep Program Events
Further to the Scientific Program, C-Hep is pleased to offer all Participants and Faculty the following events within the program. The C-Hep Official Welcome Reception (to be held Thursday evening 19:15-20:30), The Young Investigator Poster Prize Ceremony (to be held Friday afternoon 15:45-16:15), The C-Hep Happy Hour (to be held Friday evening 17:30-18:30) – come mingle with beer and pretzels! The C-Hep Farewell Toast (to be held on Saturday 12:45-13:00) where we will congratulate all for a great Congress and look forward to the next Congress to come in Istanbul 2013!

Climate
Berlin lies between oceanic and continental stamped climate. The weather in October can be unpredictable and overcast, with temperatures usually ranging between 6°C and 14°C (43°F-55°F).

Things to do in Berlin
Please see our special "Things to do in Berlin" flyer on our website (
www.comtecmed.com/chep/2012/Berlin.aspx ) which will also be handed out at the Congress for you to truly enjoy the venue location!

Business Hours
Most of the shops in Berlin in the large shopping streets are open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm. Apart from a few exceptions (airports and railway stations) all shops are closed on Sundays.

Time Zone
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Current time zone offset: UTC/GMT +2 hours

Dialing Codes
International country code: + 49 (Germany)
Area code: 30

Electrical Guide
Voltage: 230 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
Plug: A&B

Liability
The Congress Secretariat and Organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents, nor loss of or damage to private property of participants, either during or directly arising from the 2nd World Congress on Controversies in the Management of Viral Hepatitis (C-Hep). Participants should make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.

Congress Organizer
ComtecMed Congress Management is the initiator and the official Congress Organizer of the C-Hep Congress. ComtecMed works internationally with offices in Barcelona and Shanghai, offering solutions for medical, corporate and governmental meetings.For more information, please visit
www.comtecmed.com

See you in Berlin!

C-HEP CONGRESS SECRETARIAT
Tel: +972-3-566-6166
Fax: +972-3-566-6177
E-mail:
chep@comtecmed.com

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