General Informations

CONGRESS VENUE

ISTANBUL CONGRESS CENTER
Taşkışla Street Harbiye 34367
Istanbul, Turkey





REGISTRATION DESK
The registration desk, located at the entrance to the congress center, is open as follows:

Sunday, 22 June 2014
Monday, 23 June 2014
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Thursday, 26 June 2014
11:00‐19:00
08:00‐17:30
08:00‐17:30
08:00‐17:30
08:30‐14:00


DESTINATION MANAGEMENT AGENCY

KENES TURKEY
Sarı Asma Sokak, No. 9, 34464, Yeniköy ‐ Sarıyer,
Istanbul ‐ Turkey
Phone: +90 212 299 9984
Fax: +90 212 299 9977
ifcc2014@kenes.com

If you need any information about the city or if you want to book a tour, you can go to the Hotels and Tours Desk and ask our professional staff, who will be happy to help you.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
The official language of the congress is English. No simultaneous translation is provided.

NAME BADGE
All participants will receive a name badge when they check in the registration desk. The badge must be worn at all times because only registered participants will be admitted to the scientific sessions. It must be worn at the social events organized as part of the congress.

CONGRESS KIT
The congress kit can be collected at the Congress Kit Desk on Floor B1, upon presentation of the congress‐kit ticket provided with your badge.

INDUSTRY EXHIBITION
The exhibits of diagnostics companies make up a very important part of the congress. All major international and Turkish clinical‐biochemistry and laboratory‐ medicine companies are represented.
The exhibition is held in the Istanbul Congress Center, Floor B5. Participants are encouraged to visit the large industry exhibition, which will be open as follows:

Monday, 23 June 2014
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
10:00‐17:30
10:00‐17:30
10:00‐17:30

Access to the exhibition area is free of charge and does not require congress registration. However, for security reasons, anyone wishing to visit the exhibition without registering for the congress must report to the Visitors Registration Desk at the entrance to the exhibtion area.

CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE
A certificate of attendance will be issued to properly registered attendees, for the day(s) they actually take part in the congress. Certificates of attendance must be picked up at the registration desk just before departure.

INTERNET POINT
Complimentary internet access is available on Floor B1 of the ICC Istanbul Congress Center. As a courtesy to the other delegates, please limit your use to 15 minutes at busy times.

WIRELESS CONNECTION
IFCC‐WorldLab Istanbul 2014 is offering free WiFi for delegates in the common spaces excluding lecture rooms and exhibition area.
Line: ifccworldlab2014       Password: ifccworldlab2014

CLOAKROOM
A cloakroom where delegates’ belongings (such as bags, posters, etc.) can be left during the congress is located on Floor B1.

AUDIOVISUAL CENTER
The audiovisual center is located on Floor B1 of the ICC Istanbul Congress. Speakers are kindly requested to bring their presentation to the audiovisual center on a USB drive at least two hours before the presentation is scheduled. Personal laptops cannot be connected to the system.

IFCC‐WorldLab Istanbul 2014 APP
The IFCC‐WorldLab Istanbul 2014 app is designed to enrich delegates’ and exhibitors’ experience. Select your device and download the app at worldlab2014.appconference.it.

COURSE ON EBRU ART In order to introduce “Ebru” art, a tradional Turkish arts, to the participants of IFCC WorldLab Istanbul 2014, a short course will be organized during the congress. The participants of the course will benefit from the teaching of a qualified “ebru” artist and will have the opportunity to make their own “ebru”s which they can keep afterwards.
The course will take place in Tophane Hall , on two alternative days: Monday, June 23, and Tuesday, June 24, between 13:00‐17:00 on both days.
The course will be organized with at least 8 (or multiples of 8) participants, and the application fee is €40 per participant.
If you have not pre‐registered yet, please check the availability with the Hotels & Tours Desk.

POSTERS
Posters are displayed on Floor B5 in the ICC Istanbul Congress Center. Poster are displayed by topics and must be on display from 23 to 25 June according to the following timetable:

setup
display
withdrawal
from 10:00
10:00‐17:30
17:30‐18:00
June 23rd
June 23rd, 24th and 25th
June 25th

The Organizing Secretariat takes no responsibility for posters left on display afterwards.

Each poster is numbered and the poster board number corresponding to its poster code is shown on the board.

In order to encourage discussions about posters, the presenting author must be at the assigned poster panel from 13:00 to 14:00.

ABSTRACT PUBLICATION All abstracts are published in a special on‐line issue of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (CCLM).

CONGRESS PEN DRIVE
All registered delegates (with full, young or day registration) will be given a pen drive with all scientific program, congress abstracts and general information.

COFFEE POINTS
During intermission in the morning, in the exhibition area on Floor B5, self‐service coffee points offer coffee and tea free of charge for all properly registered delegates (full, young and day registrations).

CATERING SERVICE
During the congress, several cash bars will be operating in the congress centre and in the exhibition area. A description of the food & beverage alternatives that can be provided from these cash bars and their average costs follows.

CASH BAR LOCATIONS
  • 1 cash bar located at the main entrance of the venue (open air)
  • 1 cash bar located at the foyer of Floor B1
  • 1 cash bar located at the foyer of Floor B2
  • 3 cash bars located in the Exhibition and Posters’ Areas (Floor B5)


FOOD AND BEVERAGE ALTERNATIVES and COSTS IN THE CASH BARS
The below food & beverage items will be available in all cash bars.

The currency in cash bars is Turkish Lira, and the cash bars will be operating with Turkish Lira.

Payment with cash or via credit cards will be available in all cash bars.

Average cost
Turkish Lira
Average cost
in Euro *
Turkish bagels, pastries, croissants
Sandwiches (cold)
Salads
Soup of the Day
Main Dish Alternatives
4,50 TL
11,00 TL
16,50 TL
6,50 TL
22,00 TL
~ €1,70
~ €4,00
~ €6,50
~ €2,50
~ €8,20
will be changing daily (e.g. burgers, grilled meatballs, chicken or meat dishes, etc..)
Side Dish Alternatives 6,50 TL‐16,50 TL ~ €2,50 ‐ €6,50
will be changing daily (e.g. vegetable garnitures, pastries, pasta, etc..)
Fruits and Dessert alternatives
Hot Beverages
(tea or filtered coffee)
Cold Beverages
(water, sparkling water, soft drinks)
4,50 TL‐9,00 TL
5,50 TL

2,50 TL‐ 5,50 TL
~ €1,70 ‐ €3,50
~ €2,00

~ €0,90 ‐ €2,00

* The Euro prices have been given for the participants to have an idea on the Euro equivalent of the Turkish Lira amounts. These Euro prices are just given as an estimation, and may be subject to change during the congress dates due to daily official exchange rates of Turkish Central Bank.

CLIMATE AND CLOTHING
June is the summer season in Turkey when the weather is very pleasant. Avarage temperatures vary between 25°C ‐ 30°C.

BANKS AND CURRENCY EXCHANGE

In Turkey, the currency is the Turkish Lira (TL). Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport as well as at private exchange offices throughout the city. The major credit cards are accepted in all Turkish restaurants and shops.

ELECTRICITY
The electric current is 220V AC with a frequency of 50 Hertz. European standard plugs with two round pins are used.

TIME ZONES
Turkey is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Ambulance: 112
Fire: 110
Police: 155
Country Code: 90
City Code:
For European section of the city: 212
For Asian section of the city: 216

TAXIS
Both airports in Istanbul have taxi stations. When in the city you may contact your hotel reception to request one. There is only one tariff in use and an initial starting fee of 2.95 Turkish Liras and a charge 2.83 Turkish Liras per kilometre is applied in Istanbul.

For your convenience the contact details of the nearest taxi station to İstanbul Congress Center can be found below:
Maçka Taxi Station
+90 (212) 225 4683