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Dear Participant,

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the 2nd World Congress on Controversies in Hematology (COHEM), 6-8 September, 2012 at the Princesa Sofia Hotel in Barcelona, Spain.

Princesa Sofia Hotel
Plaza Pius XII, 4
Barcelona 08028, Spain
Tel: +34 93 508 1000
Fax: +34 93 508 1001

Arrival from the airport to the Congress venue
Barcelona International Airport is also known as El Prat de Llobregat Aeropuerto orAeroport de Barcelona. Barcelona Airport (BCN) is situated 13km South West of the city center and has 2 terminals: Terminal 1 (abbreviated to T1) and Terminal 2 which has 3 separate buildings called T2A, T2B and T2C. The distance between T2A and T2B at Barcelona Airport is approximately 5 minutes walk. The distance between T1 and T2 is 4km. There is a free airport shuttle bus to travel between T1 and T2. Barcelona airport facilities include car hire services, secure lockers, cash machines, tourist information office.
To view a map of Barcelona Airport - click here

Barcelona Airport Address:
Aeropuerto de Barcelona
08820 El Prat de Llobregat

Transfer and transportfrom the Airport to the city center
Taxi: A taxi is a convenient way to reach the city center. From Terminal 2 (T2A, T2B and T2C), the journey is 25-20 minutes, depending on the traffic and the cost is approximately 25 Euro. From Terminal 1 the taxi journey is approximately 30-35 minutes and the fare is around 30 Euro. Aerosbus A1 and A2: The airport Express bus service, or Aerobus, is an express bus service that travels regularly between the airport and the city center. The A1 Aerobus travels between Terminal 1 and the city center (25-30 mins). The A2 Aerobus travels between Terminal 2 and the city center (30-35 mins). The cost is 5.05 Euro for single journey and 8.65 Euro for return journey (ticket valid for 9 days). Trains: The RENFE train travels from Barcelona Airport to the city center. You may change to the metro system at either of the following stations: Barcelona Sants (SantsEstacio) or Passeig de Gracia. The ticket costs 3 Euro and the journey lasts approximately 25 minutes. The train station is located at T2 (between T2A and T2B). Therefore, if your flight lands at T1, you should take the shuttle bus to T2 train station.

COHEM Registration and Hospitality Desk at The Princesa Sofia Hotel
The Registration Desk will operate during the following hours:

Thursday, September 6, 2012 13:00 – 20:00
Friday, September 7, 2012 07:30 – 17:30
Saturday, September 8, 2012 08:00 – 17:30

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

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:

Welcome Reception
All registered participants and registered accompanying persons are invited to the Welcome Reception, which will take place on Thursday, September 6 at 19:30-21:00. Invitations are included in the personal registration kit.

A buffet lunch will be served for participants of the Congress on both Friday, September 7, 2012 and Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 12:00-13:00. Please present your name tag at the entrance.

Speakers’ Preview Room
Speakers are invited to visit the Speakers’ Previous Room prior to their lecture and upload their presentation. 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’ Room will be open during Congress hours as follows:

Thursday, September 6, 2012 14:00 – 20:00
Friday, September 7, 2012 07:30 – 18:00
Saturday, September 8, 2012 07:30 – 17:30

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, September 6, 2012 from 17:00 and removed by Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 17:30.
The Organizing Committee is not responsible for posters that are not removed on time.
Poster presentation times are as follows:
Thursday, September 6, 2012 17:30 – 21:00
Friday, September 7, 2012 08:30 – 17:45
Saturday, September 8, 2012 08:30 – 17:30

CME Accreditation

Please note that you have your CME Accreditation form in your Congress Kit. In order to receive your accreditation points, please submit the completed form to the Registration Desk before the end of the Congress. Your certificate will be sent to you directly. To claim EHA-CME credits, please see detailed instructions on the Congress Website and on Page 11 of the Congress Program Book.

COHEM Feedback Form

Please note that you have a COHEM-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.

Prior to booking flights, registrants are strongly advised to confirm with their travel agent whether they require a Visa to travel to Spain. Information about Visa requirements can be found on the World Travel Guide website:
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 currency in Spain is the Euro. Spanish auto-banks allow anyone with a visa-based card to withdraw cash from their account. Bank ATM machines may add a 3% fee on foreign ATM withdrawals. You can also withdraw cash using most switch cards. Credit cards, including AMEX, are widely accepted in most of the high streets shops, restaurants and hotels. However many smaller restaurants and hostels still do not have credit card payment facilities. Notes can be found in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500-euro denominations. Coins start with the 1-cent piece and end with the 2 euro piece.

Tipping is not a requirement. However if you had good service a 5% to 10% tip would be considered polite.

Dress Code
Informal for all occasions.

September is a good time of year to visit Barcelona. Temperatures are beginning to drop and the weather is usually dry. The average temperature in September is 26 degrees Celsius (79 degrees Fahrenheit)

Business Hours
Business hours in Barcelona are usually 9:00-14:00 and 17:00-20:00 with an afternoon siesta in the middle. The working week is Monday to Friday. Sunday is considered a holiday and most businesses are closed.

Time Zone
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour

Dialing Codes
International country code: + 34 (Spain)
Area code: 93

Electrical Guide
Voltage: 230 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
Plug: C & F

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 Hematology (COHEM). 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 COHEM Congress. ComtecMed works internationally with offices in Barcelona and Shanghai, offering solutions for medical, corporate and governmental meetings.
For more information, please visit

See you in Barcelona!

Tel: +972-3-566-6166
Fax: +972-3-566-6177

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