Before You Travel

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the 3rd World Congress on Controversies in Hematology (COHEM), 11-13 September, 2014 at the The Marmara Taksim in Istanbul, Turkey. 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 COHEM!

Included in this page is the following information:
• Congress Venue
• Arrival to the Congress Venue from the Airport
• Registration and Hospitality Desk
COHEM Scientific Program
• Welcome Reception
• Lunch
• Poster Presentation
• CME Accreditation
• COHEM Feedback Form
• Visas
• Currency Exchange
• Dress Code
• Climate
• Time Zone
• Dialling Codes
• Electrical Guide
• Liability
• Congress Organizer
Congress Venue:
The Marmara Taksim
Taksim Square Taksim Istanbul 34437
Phone +90 212 334 83 00
Fax +90 212 244 05 09

Arrival from the Airport to the Congress Venue
The Marmara Taksim is 25 kilometers (miles) from Istanbul Ataturk International Airport (IST) and 50 kilometers from Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW)
Taxis are available outside the arrival hall. The journey to the Marmara Taksin, takes approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic and costs approximately 20 EUR.

COHEM Registration and Hospitality Desk at the Marmara Taksim
The Registration Desk will operate during the following hours:
Thursday, September 11, 2014 12:30-19:30
Friday, September 12, 2014 07:00-18:30
Saturday, September 13, 2014 08:30-18:30
Please register upon arrival in order to receive your kit containing the COHEM Congress Program Book and your personal name tag. Please remember to wear your name tag to all Congress activities and social events.

COHEM 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 by clicking here.

Welcome Reception

All registered participants and registered accompanying persons are invited to the Welcome Reception, which will take place on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 18:30-19:30.


A buffet lunch will be served for participants of the Congress on Friday, September 12, 2014 13:00-14:00 and Saturday, September 13, 2014 14:00-15:00.

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 11, 2014 at 14:00 and removed by 18:30 on Saturday, September 13, 2014.
The Organizing Committee is not responsible for posters that are not removed on time.

Poster presentation times are as follows:
Thursday, September 11, 2014 15:00 - 19:30
Friday, September 12, 2014 08:00 – 18:30
Saturday, September 13, 2014 09:00-18:30

CME Accreditation
Please note that you have your CME Accreditation feedback forms 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.

EACCME - Upon receiving the Certificate from the COHEM Congress Secretariat for CME points. Participants must contact their own national accreditation organization to receive the points. UEMS gives recommendation of up to how many points the Congress is worth but it is up to the participants’ national accreditation organization to decide exactly how many they will get.

– Please follow instructions which will be made available in the Program book and on the COHEM website

COHEM Certificate of attendance
Your Certificate of Attendance will be available in alphabetical order at the on-site Registration Desk on Saturday, September 13, 2014.


Prior to booking flights, registrants are strongly advised to check whether they require a Visa to travel to Turkey.
Information about Visa requirements can be found on the following website:
Please remember that obtaining an entry visa is your own responsibility.

Currency Exchange

The unit of currency is the Türk Lirası (Turkish Lira; TL).
Automated teller machines (ATMs, cashpoints) are common in İstanbul. Virtually all of them offer instructions in English, French and German and will pay out Turkish liras when you insert your bank debit (cash) card. ATMs will also pay cash advances on Visa and MasterCard. The limit on cash withdrawals is generally TL600 to TL800 per day, though this varies from bank to bank.
There are 24-hour exchange bureaux (döviz bürosu) in the arrivals hall at Atatürk International Airport that offer rates comparable to those offered by bureaux in the city. Count the money you’re given carefully and save your currency-exchange receipts (bordro), as you may need them to reconvert Turkish liras at the end of your stay.
US dollars and euros are easily changed at exchange bureaux. They are also often accepted as payment without being changed. Rates are similar whichever bureau you go to, with the possible exception of those in the tourist precinct of Sultanahmet. Bureaux are open long hours (at a minimum, between 9am and 7pm). You will usually need to show your passport when changing cash.

Dress Code

Informal dress for all occasions.


Temperatures can soar up to 23°C during the day, cooling slightly after sunset to 16°C.

Time Zone

UTC/GMT +2 hours

Dialing Codes

00 is the international prefix used to dial outside of your country
90 is the international code used to dial to Turkey

Electrical Guide

Turkey operates on 220 volts, 50 Hz, with round-prong European-style plugs that fit into recessed wall sockets /points.


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 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 Turkey!

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