Before you travel

Dear Participant,

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 1st South Asia and Asia Pacific International Congress on Diabetes in Pregnancy, jointly hosted by the 1st DIP Asia-Pacific Symposium on Diabetes, Hypertension, Metabolic Syndrome and Pregnancy (DIPAP) and the South Asian Initiative for Diabetes in Pregnancy (SAIDIP) which will be held Colombo, Sri Lanka, September 8-10, 2016.
Congress Venue
Congress venue (the Headquarter Hotel)
Cinnamon Grand Colombo
77 Galle Road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 11 2 437437 Fax: +94 11 2 472115
Arrival to the Congress Venue
If you are coming from abroad and have not had your transportation arranged, please note:

Taxi services are available at the airport counter. There are also on-call taxi services for which you may have to call and wait for a minimum time duration of 15-30 minutes (depending on traffic) to be picked up.
Train services are available from the airport to different zones in Colombo. The website has information on the train schedule and the fare charged.
Transport contact numbers:
Pick-Me 011 7433 433
Budget Taxi 011 7299299

Alternatively, you can arrange personal transfers through the DIPAP-SAIDIP local agent,
English is the official language of the Congress.
Registration and Hospitality Desk
The Registration Desk will operate during the following hours:

Thursday September 8, 2016
Friday September 9, 2016
Saturday September 10, 2016

Please register upon arrival in order to receive your kit containing the DIPAP-SAIDIP Congress Program Book, your name tag, invitations, etc. Please remember to wear your name tag to all Congress activities and social events.
Congress Schedule (quick overview)
Time Activity
Thursday September 8, 2016
Post Graduate Courses and DIPAP Sessions
11:00-13:15 Demonstration Workshops
SAIDIP Sessions
Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception
Friday September 9, 2016
09:00-18:15 SAIDIP Sessions
Saturday September 10, 2016 08:00-19:45 DIPAP Sessions
19:45-20:00 Closing Ceremony
DIPAP-SAIDIP 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.
DIPAP-SAIDIP Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception
All registered participants are invited to the Opening Ceremony.
Chief Guest His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Guest of Honour Hon. Dr. Rajitha Senaratn, Minister of Health & Indigenous Medicine.
Date and Time: Thursday 8th September 2016, 6:45pm
Dress: Formal/National
Poster Presentation
Posters will be displayed from Thursday, September 8 to Saturday, September 10 in the Exhibition Area of the Congress. Poster Presenters should refer to the list of posters, as listed in this book for their board allocation. Poster Presenters should mount their posters from 08:00 Thursday, September 8 and be dismantled no later than 20:00 Saturday, September 10. Presenters should plan to be beside their posters during the breaks, as specified in the program.
Lunches and Refreshments
Lunch, coffee, tea and refreshments will be served, as specified in the timetable in the Exhibition Area.
Certificate of Attendance
All registered participants will receive a username and password to download their Certificate of Attendance via email following the conclusion of the Congress.
Prior to booking flights, registrants are strongly advised to confirm with their travel agent whether they require a Visa to travel to Sri Lanka. Information about Visa requirements can be found here.
ComtecMed will not be responsible for any cancellations or delays caused by authorities due to a lack of Visa or other required documentation.
WIFI will be available in the Congress area and during the Congress hours for participants of DIPAP-SAIDIP only. Please use the following login details:
Name of Network: UN
Password: dialog
Dress Code
Informal for all occasions.
The typical temperature in Colombo is 28°C (82°F).
Time Zone
Dialing Codes
International country code: +94 (Sri Lanka)
Area code: 011
Electrical Guide
Voltage: 230V 50Hz
Plug type: D/G
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 DIPAP-SAIDIP Congress. Participants should make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.
Local Event Organizer
Nimalka Morahela
HnA Consulting & Events, 95A, 27th Lane, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2574653
+94 77 3157688
Congress Secretariat
Please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat if you require any additional information or assistance. Please address all correspondence to:
See you in Colombo!
Tel: +972-3-566-6166
Fax: +972-3-566-6177