General Information

General Information

Passport and Visa

Participants from outside the EU have to possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after the end of the Conference. Please check your visa requirements on the website of the German Federal Foreign Office. Upon request we will send a personal invitation to conference participants. This invitation, however, is meant only to help visitors to raise funds or to obtain a visa, and will not constitute a commitment to provide any financial support.

Currency, Exchange and Credit Cards

In Germany the official currency is Euro (EUR). Exchange facilities are available at the airport, in hotels and at the exchange desks of banks and authorized money changers. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted at the conference registration desk, ATM’s, in hotels, restaurants and shops, but you should ask or look for the logo before ordering a service.


The official language of the conference is English. No simultaneous translation will be available.


Germany’s climate is temperate with moderate warm summers. At this time of the year (August 31st – September 3rd) in Mainz the average temperature is around 22-25 °C during the day. It might rain occasionally.


Taxis are available throughout the city and are easily to access. All of them are equipped with a taximeter and you can pay cash or sometimes also by credit card.


There is a lot of parking space close to university campus. During the semester break it should be easy to find a parking lot.


It is customary to give a tip of 10 % over the amount of the bill at restaurants and in taxis.

Time Zone

The time zone in Mainz/Germany is Central European Time (CET = UTC + 1 hour). Daylight saving time is used during the summer (CEST = UTC + 2 hours).

Drinking Water

The tab water quality in Germany is of high and consistent quality, which means that you can drink directly from the tap.


Electricity is supplied at 230 V, 50 Hz. Round, European-style two-pin plugs are used (power plugs Type C and Type F), different from those used in some other countries, e.g. the USA, the UK and Japan. Appliances designed to operate on 110/120 Volts need a voltage converter and a plug adapter.

Shopping Hours

The usual shopping hours in Mainz are from 9 am to 8 pm, in big shops from 6 am to 10 pm. On Sundays all shops are closed.


Smoking is not permitted inside the conference building. Smokers are required to smoke outdoors. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, public transport, taxis, buses and trains.


The Organizing Committee cannot assume responsibility for injuries or losses occurring to persons or personal belongings during the conference. Participants are therefore advised to travel with a valid insurance package.