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Dear Participant,

We are looking forward to welcoming you at The 3rd International Congress on Controversies in Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapies (COSTEM), 22-25 October, 2015 at the Andel's Hotel Berlinin 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 COSTEM!

Included in this mail are the following information:
Congress Venue
Arrival to the Congress Venue from the Airport
Registration and Hospitality Desk
COSTEM Scientific Program
Welcome Reception
Lunch
Poster Presentation
CME Accreditation
COSTEM Feedback Form
Visas
Currency Exchange
Dress Code
Climate
Berlin Business Hours
Time Zone
Dialling Codes
Electrical Guide
Liability
Congress Organizer
Congress Venue
Andel's Hotel Berlin
LandsbergerAllee 106
10369 Berlin
Germany
Ph: +49 30 453 053 0
Fax: +49 30 453 053 2099
Arrival from the Airport to the Congress Venue
Please note that Berlin has two (Berlin Tegel TXL and Berlin Schönefeld SXF) airports that you may fly in to or out of. Please make sure that you note which airport you fly in to / out of as these may be different.

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:
A taxifrom / to TXL 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):
A taxi from / to SXF will 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.
COSTEM Registration and Hospitality Desk at the Andel's Hotel Berlin
The Registration Desk will operate during the following hours:
Thursday, October 22, 2015 17:30 - 20:00
Friday, October 23, 2015 07:30 - 17:30
Saturday, October 24, 2015 08:00 - 17:30
Sunday, October 25, 2015 08:00 - 12:00
Please register upon arrival in order to receive your kit containing the COSTEM Congress Program Book, your personal name tag, etc. Please remember to wear your name tag to all Congress activities and social events
COSTEM 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 are invited to the Welcome Reception, which will take place on Thursday, October 22 at 18:45-20:00. Invitations are included in the personal registration kit.
Lunch
A buffet lunch will be served for participants of the Congress on Friday, October 23, 2015 12:15-13:00 and Saturday, October 24, 12:00-12:30. Please present your name tag at the entrance.
Poster Presentation
Poster presenters should plan to be beside their posters during the designatedcoffee breaks, as specified in the program. Please see the Congress Secretariatfor board allocation at the Congress. Posters should be mounted on Thursday,October 22, 2015 at 17:30-18:45 and removed by 12:00 on Sunday, October 25, 2015.The Organizing Committee is not responsible for posters that are not removed on time.

Poster presentation times are as follows:
Thursday, October 22, 2015 17:30 - 20:00
Friday, October 23, 2015 07:30 - 17:30
Saturday, October 24, 2015 08:00 - 17:30
Sunday, October 25, 2015 08:00 - 12:00
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.
COSTEM Feedback Form
Please note that you have a COSTEM-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.
Climate
Berlin lies between oceanic and continental stamped climate. The weather in October is getting cooler, with temperatures usually ranging between 11°C and 17°C.
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 3rd International Congress on Controversies in Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapies (COSTEM). 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 COSTEM 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!

COSTEM CONGRESS SECRETARIAT
Tel: +972-3-566-6166
Fax: +972-3-566-6177
E-mail: costem@comtecmed.com