11th International Congress ISDCI 2009


Congress Centre – Hotel Diplomat Prague
Evropská 15, 160 41 Prague 6, Czech Republic

Further Information

Official Letter of Invitation

Requests for letters of invitation must be sent to Congress Prague not later than 30thApril 2009. Requests received after this date will not be accepted. The issued letters of invitation are meant only to assist participants to raise travel funds or to obtain a visa and there is no responsibility on the part of the organisers to provide any financial support.

Registration Centre
Foyer of the Diplomat Hotel Prague
Opening hours:

Sunday28th June14.00 – 21.00
Monday29th June07.30 – 19.00
Tuesday30th June08.00 – 18.00
Wednesday1st July 08.00 – 18.00
Thursday2nd July08.00 – 18.00
Friday3rd July08.00 – 19.00
Saturday3rd July08.00 – 12.00

Passport and Visa

Visitors from the countries of the European Union must have an identity card or a valid passport when travelling to the Czech Republic; in case of visitors from other countries, a valid passport is required. Visitors requiring a visa should apply to the consular offices of the Czech Republic or diplomatic missions in their country.


The organising society – ISDCI, Institute of Microbiology ASCR or the professional organiser – Congress Prague, will not be responsible for losses, damages, health injuries and problems, damage to personal property, or other contingencies, which may afflict the participants during their journey or their stay in Prague. Therefore, we recommend that you arrange for yourselves personal and travel insurance for your journey and stay in the Czech Republic, which would eliminate possible consequences of such unpleasant contingencies.

Health Documents

There are no special health certificates required when travelling to the Czech Republic. However, it is important to have necessary health documents with you in case of an illness or medical treatment.

Traveller’s Cheques and Credit Cards

Traveller’s cheques are not widely accepted in the Czech Republic. Stores and restaurants will generally not accept them. Such credit cards as Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are widely accepted in hotels, department stores, shops, restaurants, etc.


The official currency in the Czech Republic is the Czech Crown (Kč, CZK), 1 Kč (CZK) = 100 hellers (haléř). At the time of preparation of the congress (11th September 2008) the exchange rate €/CZK is 1 € = 24,85 CZK (Czech National Bank). Banks are usually open Monday – Friday, 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, money can be exchanged at the airport, at exchange points located in the city, and in hotels.


Electrical supply in the Czech Republic is 230 V – 50 Hz AC.

Consumption Tax

There are two rates for consumption tax in the Czech Republic. Most of services include 9 % consumption tax; however, when purchasing goods and other things, the consumption tax mostly represents 19 %. The salesmen are always obliged to issue you a receipt with price and an individually marked consumption tax rate. The organisers of the congress cannot be held responsible for changes in prices due to increase in government taxes.

Prague City

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic; majority of the central governmental institutions and offices are situated there. Prague is a significant historical spot in Central Europe and one of the most beautiful European cities. During the congress you will have an opportunity to join several tours of Prague as well as of other significant places in the Czech Republic.

Climate and Clothing

In June and July the weather in Prague is usually sunny and warm with temperatures above 25 °C. Nevertheless, there are chances of rain, which cannot be entirely excluded.

Time Difference

The Central European Time (CET = GMT+1) is valid in the Czech Republic and from the end of March until the end of September summer time is set.

Easiest Access to Prague

The simplest and fastest way to get to Prague is to arrive by plane at the international airport Prague – Ruzyně. We will safely and comfortably transport you to your hotel in Prague (10 -30 min) and back to the airport after the congress if you decide to reserve our transfer services through the registration form. The vehicles for transfers will be well marked. Prague – Ruzyně airport is connected with all the important cities and flight junctions around the world through Czech Airlines (CSA). All significant airlines run flights to Prague.

Other Access to Prague

Prague is also accessible by train. International train connections coming to the Czech Republic arrive at Prague Central Railway Station. If you make the reservation through the registration form, we will secure our transfer to your hotel in Prague from the station. Should you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How to Get to the Congress Hotels in Prague

Hotel Diplomat Prague, which is the official hotel of the congress, is situated close to the historical centre of Prague and provides services matching the high international standard. The hotel Congress Centre is the venue for all activities and events of the congress programme.

Useful Telephone Numbers

Emergency calls: 112 (medical emergency  police)
Medical emergency:155
Taxi Cabs: AAA Radiotaxi: (+420) 221102 222; 222 333 222; 602 331 133
CITY Taxi: (+420) 777 257 257

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