General Information

Attendance Certificate

All participants will receive an attendance certificate which will be included in the Conference documents.



Badges are essential for admission to sessions, coffee-break and lunch area.


Banks and Exchange

This service is available at all banks, open to the public Monday through Friday, from 8:15 to 14:00 hrs. It is also available at currency exchange shops at all major cities as well as in the main hotels and travel agencies.


Credit Cards

Most hotels, restaurants and shops in Barcelona accept major credit cards.



The currency in Spain is the Euro. All fees and rates are charged in Euros. No other currency will be accepted.



The 25th EGOS Colloquium and its agents have the right for any reason beyond their control to alter or cancel, without prior notice, the Colloquium or any of the arrangements, timetables, plans or other items relating directly or indirectly to the Colloquium. The Organisation and AOPC shall not be liable for any loss, damage, expenditure or inconvenience caused to participants and their belongings either during or as a result of the Colloquium or as a result of such alteration or cancellation. Please check the validity of your own insurance.



The Colloquium begins on Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 9:00 and ends on Saturday, July 4, 2009 at 13:00.



Electric appliances in Spain work with 220 volts, 50 Hz and plugs conform to the European system of round pins with two holes.



The emergency phone number is 112, valid and free in the entire Spanish territory.



The program will be distributed on-site upon arrival at the venue. However, please check this web site for updated information before coming to the Conference.



The official Colloquium language is English.


Lost and Found

A lost and found service will be available at the Registration desk.


Shopping Hours (estimate)

Shopping hours are generally Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 13:30/14:00 and from 16:30 to 20:00. Department stores do not close at midday.


Value Added Tax (VAT)

VAT will be charged at the official rate prevailing at the time of invoice. Neither the Organisation nor AOPC accepts responsibility for any changes, which may occur due to an official increase in VAT.


Visa Requirements

Travelling to Spain is easy. The documents you need vary depending on where you are from.

If you are a citizen of the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein all you need is your ID card or a valid passport. Minors travelling with their ID card must have a document that shows parental authorisation. If you are from any other country, please contact the Spanish Consulate of your country of residence. In some cases, the Spanish authorities may ask documents showing where you will stay, confirmation of an organised tour, return air tickets, tourist circuit, or a personal invitation letter. You may also be asked to show proof of having enough financial resources to support yourself during your stay in Spain. Since conditions may vary, we recommend you contact your local Spanish Consulate or Embassy for more information on these requirements.



The climate in Barcelona is Mediterranean and mild. Extreme temperatures seldom occur. The temperature in July is around 20ºC/68ºF minimum and 30ºC/86ºF maximum.