General Information

DESTINATION
Geneva, Switzerland
After a long period of confinement, AEPC Annual Meeting is gathering together in Geneva!

Please click here to visit the Explore Geneva section on our website.

The AEPC 2022 Annual Meeting is being hosted by the Local Organizing Committee from the "Centre Universitaire de Cardiologie et Chirurgie Cardiaque Pédiatrique" that was born from a collaboration between the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) and Vaudois University Hospital Center (CHUV) in Lausanne. Therefore, Lausanne is also represented as a co-destination for the Annual Meeting.

Please click here to visit the Explore Lausanne, Collaborating Destination section on our website.


VENUE
CICG – International Conference Centre Geneva

Website:  https://cicg.ch/en/
Address:  17 rue de Varembé, CH - 1202 Geneva

Please click here for further details about the venue and access to the venue. 


LANGUAGE
The official language of the AEPC 2022 Annual Meeting is English. No translations will be available during the meeting sessions.

TIME ZONE
Geneva, Switzerland operates Central European Summer Time (CEST) during May which is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).

CLIMATE
The climate is moderate with no excessive heat, cold or humidity. In May, the daytime temperature range is 10°-20 °C (50°- 68° F).

The seasons are clearly distinguishable. Depending on the altitude the temperature range may vary. It is highly recommended to visitors to pack a sweater, good walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, a compact umbrella and/or a light rain coat.

CLOTHING 
The dress code for the AEPC 2022 Annual Meeting is business formal or business casual for all occasions unless stated otherwise.

CURRENCY & EXCHANGE

The currency of Switzerland is Swiss Franc (commonly known as Franc), usually indicated as CHF which is derived from the Latin name of the country, "Confoederatio Helvetica," with the "F" standing for "franc.". While Switzerland is not part of the European Union and thus is not obliged to convert to the Euro, many prices are nonetheless indicated in euros so that visitors may compare prices.

Currency Converter
The Swiss Franc comes in the following demoninations:

Available coins
Coins: 5, 10, 20, 50 Cents and 1, 2, 5 Francs

Available notes
Bank notes: 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 1000 Francs

Changing Money: Merchants may accept euros but are not obliged to do so. Change given back to the client will most likely be in Swiss francs. You can change money at the following places:

  • any Swiss bank
  • airport
  • main railway stations (western union)
  • major hotels

Swiss banks offer the best exchange rates for your travellers' checks or cash for foreign currencies (only bank notes). Official exchange offices and hotels may charge a fee for their services.

Credit & Debit Cards: The safest and easiest form of money are travellers' checks and credit cards. The cards most used are American Express, MasterCard and Visa.

Cash Withdrawal: Many banks in Switzerland have equipped their ATM machines with the CIRRUS or MAESTRO system. Many other Swiss banks offer ATM machines for cash advances with your credit card. It is recommended to have a small amount of cash on hand upon arrival in Switzerland for immediate expenses, i.e. taxies, city transportation etc.

ELECTRICITY
In Switzerland the standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power plugs and sockets are of type J which can also work for C type plugs.


VISA REQUIREMENT
Every traveller must have a valid passport.

If you are a citizen of European Union countries and/or Schengen zone countries, you won’t need to obtain a visa to travel to Switzerland.

The majority of foreign nationals wishing to stay in Switzerland for up to three months require a short stay visa or Schengen visa. Foreign nationals from countries of the American Continent (except Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Colombia and Peru), Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand are exempt from the visa requirement for their short stays less than three months.

All participants of AEPC 2022 Annual Meeting are kindly required to check the visa requirement for themselves and apply accordingly.

For information on visa please contact the Swiss Consulate General located nearest you or read more:

Entry

Visa Application Form

Directory of the Official Swiss Representations Abroad

TRAVEL REGULATIONS DUE TO COVID-19
As of June 2021, the official information on the website of State Secretariat for Migration of Switzerland is as below:

Persons from third countries who are fully vaccinated can enter Switzerland again.  Anyone who can prove that they have been fully vaccinated can once again enter Switzerland from a third country, i.e. a country outside the Schengen area.

Furthermore, people entering Switzerland from the Schengen area are no longer required to quarantine. Only those who arrive in Switzerland by plane are still required to take a test, but even this requirement does not apply to persons who have been fully vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19.

To see what rules apply to your own particular situation when entering Switzerland, consult the online Travelcheck by clicking here.

For further information about entry and stay in Switzerland, the exceptions and suspension of visas, please see the COVID FAQ by clicking here.

INVITATION LETTER FOR VISA PURPOSES
Participants who require a signed and stamped letter are kindly requested to contact Ms. Lara Volkan, Registration & Accommodation Specialist at lvolkan@kenes.com. Please make sure to provide your full name (as printed in your passport), passport number, issue and expiry dates, and full postal address.

Applications for invitation letters from the Meeting Secretariat must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the Meeting dates.

Unfortunately, we are unable to send invitation letters directly to consulates. Invitation letters are prepared solely for individuals and are sent directly to them.


HOW TO GET THERE
Participants of the AEPC 2022 Annual Meeting can travel to Geneva by plane, train or car.

Please click here to visit the Travel Information section on our website.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION WITHIN THE CITY
There is a very practical and well-planned public transportation network in Geneva.

Please click here to visit the Explore Geneva section on our website for further information.

FREE WI-FI
You can stay connected and share your experiences with the free wifi in town, Geneva city offers free wifi access in certain municipal sites including Geneva’s lakefront, Parc de la Grange et parc des Eaux-Vives, Place de Nations, etc...

Please click here to visit the Explore Geneva section on our website for further information.

LIABILITY & INSURANCE
The Meeting Secretariat and Organisers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants. Upon registration, participants agree that neither the AEPC Council, the Organising Committee nor the Meeting Secretariat assumes any liability.

Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.

SAFETY & SECURITY
Please do not leave bags or suitcases unattended at any time, whether inside or outside the session halls. Hotels strongly recommend that you use their safety deposit boxes for your valuables.

As with the rest of the Switzerland in any emergency please call the below emergency numbers:

  • Police: 117
  • Fire: 118
  • Ambulance: 144
  • Swiss Rescue: 1414


ANNUAL MEETING SECRETARIAT

Office: Kenes M+

General Inquiries
Ms. Pinar Akbulut, Senior Project Manager
E-mail: pakbulut@kenes.com


Registration, Accommodation & Travel Inquiries
Ms. Lara Volkan, Registration & Accommodation Specialist
E-mail: lvolkan@kenes.com
Ms. Neyir Utugen, Registration & Accommodation Specialist
E-mail: nutugen@kenes.com

Scientific Inquiries
Ms. Mojca Rodic, Scientific Programme Coordinator
E-mail: mrodic@kenes.com


Sponsorship & Exhibition Inquiries
Mr. Muzaffer Komek, Industry Liaison & Sales Manager
E-mail: mkomek@kenes.com