General Information: visiting Mainz, Germany


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 the Euro (EUR). Exchange facilities are available at the train station, the airport, in hotels and at the exchange desks of banks and authorized moneychangers. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted at the conference registration desk, ATMs, in hotels, restaurants and shops, however, we recommend you 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 (26. – 29. September) in Mainz the average temperature is around 20 °C during the day. It might rain occasionally.



Taxis are available throughout the city and are easily accessable. All are equipped with a taximeter and you usually have to pay in cash.



There are plenty of designated parking areas close to the conference site for your convenience.



It is customary to give a tip of 10 % of the total 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. It is safe to drink.



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 regular opening hours in Mainz are from 9am to 8pm, in large stores and grocery stores from 6am to 10pm. 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 people or personal belongings during the conference. Participants are therefore advised to travel with a valid insurance package.