General Information


The CCIB - Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona, the Barcelona International Convention Centre - is an integral part of Diagonal Mar, the newest section of Barcelona’s seafront. Visit to view more information about the CCIB and detailed information on how to reach the Congress Centre.

CCIB – Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona

Plaça de Willy Brandt, 11-14, 08019 Barcelona, Spain
Phone: +34 932 30 10 00

Wireless Internet Access

WI-FI will be available in all areas of the CCIB used for the congress on all congress days free of charge.


The official languages in Barcelona are Spanish and Catalan. The official language of the Congress is English. Simultaneous translation will not be provided.


The official currency in Spain is EUR. Banks and currency exchange offices are located around the city, and ATMs are found in various places throughout Barcelona, including the train stations and airport.


The venue is a designated non-smoking premise.


Coffee and lunches are included in the registration fee and will be served daily.

CME Credits

An application will be made to the UEMSEACCME ® for CME accreditation of this Meeting. Please visit the Congress website for more information. Information and instructions on how to receive your CME credits will be included in the Final Programme and will be online closer to the event.


Barcelona is located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea with a warm, welcoming climate and pleasant temperatures all year round. Barcelona’s climate is generally moderate and mild. Average spring temperatures range from 17°C to 25°C.

Local Time

The time zone in Barcelona is Central European Time (CET).

Certificate of Attendance

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance at the Congress.


Accommodation options will be published on the Congress website and in further announcements.

Name Badges

Participants and accompanying persons are obliged to wear the official Congress name badges on all Congress occasions.


Access to the exhibition is free for registered participants. The exhibition will be open on 7 - 11 October 2017 during the congress hours.

Car Parking

A parking area will be available at the CCIB Congress Centre.

First Aid

First Aid room will be available at the venue.

Travel Insurance / Liability

The congress organizers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage of property belonging to congress participants, either during, or as a result of the meeting. All delegates are advised to ensure they have their own travel insurance.

Letter of Invitation

Upon request, the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee will be pleased to send a personal letter of invitation so as to enable participants to obtain supporting funds or visas for attending the Congress. These invitation letters cannot be considered an offer of financial support by the organizers.

Visa Information

Visa regulations depend on your nationality and country of origin. For the most updated information regarding visa requirements, we do suggest that participants consult the Spanish embassy or consulate in their home country or via a travel agency for specific details relating to visa requirements. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa if required. You can also visit Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain webpage for travel information.

Congress Venue

The CCIB - Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona, the Barcelona International Convention Centre - is an integral part of Diagonal Mar, the newest section of Barcelona’s seafront.

CCIB – Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona
Plaça de Willy Brandt, 11-14, 08019 Barcelona, Spain
Phone: +34 932 30 10 00

About Barcelona


The history of Barcelona stretches back over 2000 years to its origins as an Iberian village named Barkeno. Its location on the coastal route between central Europe and the rest of the Iberian peninsula has ensured its continued importance throughout the ages.

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain. It boosts a warm and pleasant climate which means that locals spend a lot of time outdoors, including the cool 5kms of Mediterranean shores and beaches.

Barcelona is the capital city of a Catalonia, an autonomous community of Spain. Catalan and Spanish are both official languages and therefore most of the residents of Barcelona are bilingual! Most locals also understand and speak English and French.


Born Centre Cultural is a key cultural space situated right in the Ribera district. This archaeological site gives you the opportunity to walk along the cobbled streets of Barcelona as it was in 1700. A snapshot of the historical city, now mostly vanished, includes nine streets, 55 houses and a large section of the open air water channel, the Rec Comtal.

Josep Fontserè i Mestre built the former Born Market between 1837 and 1876. The structure features 152 cast-iron pillars which underpin the two central aisles. The aisles meet in the centre of this architectural gem crowned by a dome which, when viewed from outside, resembles an eye-catching lighthouse.

Antoni Gaudí was seventeen when he was sent to Barcelona to study architecture. His curved walls and roofs, parabolic arches, twisted columns and spiral chimneys are shapes found abundantly in his architectural masterpieces come from natural structures. 14 works of Gaudí make up much of the city's famous buildings including the Basílica de la Sagrada Família.

The Museu de la Xocolata (Chocolate Museum) is housed in a building of great historic importance, the former Convent of Sant Agustí in Barcelona. The vast exhibition space traces the origins of chocolate, its arrival in Europe, and its semi-mythical status.

Jardí Botànic de Barcelona (Barcelona Botanical Gardens) offers a different walk for every season of the year. Stroll through the Botanical Gardens which are home to some 1,350 species and is always "growing"!


The city of Barcelona is connected to the rest of the world through its international airport, Barcelona El Prat. The airport is located 13 km southwest of Barcelona and 20 km from the CCIB. There are two terminals. T1 is the main terminal whilst the second one, T2, mainly serves low-cost carriers. The airport is one of the busiest airports in the world, since the opening of terminal T1 in 2009.  Most European airlines and a significant number of intercontinental airlines have direct connections to Barcelona.

The two main railway stations of Barcelona are Barcelona Sants and Barcelona Estació de França. Barcelona Sants Station is the city's main railway station and most trains departing and arriving in Barcelona stop here. The station is the terminus for the High-Speed Train and many Spanish and foreign destinations and trains to Barcelona Airport.


Barcelona has eight metro lines that can be identified by the number and colour of the line and serve most of the city. It also has an urban and metropolitan rail network, the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC), which supplements Barcelona's metro network. There are three urban lines: L6, L7 and L8.

The metro operates an integrated fare system enabling passengers to obtain a free transfer from one means of public transport to another within a period of 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Additionally, there are different types of travel cards and transport passes in Barcelona that are valid throughout the public transport network (metro, buses, tram and suburban rail). Options include the T-10 card which is valid for 10 journeys, or day passes (2-5 days).

The Tram routes provide easy access to Barcelona's major industrial areas, shopping centres and residential zones.

CCIB public transport connections
Metro: L4 - Maresme-Fòrum station
Bus: H16 or N7, Diagonal Mar station
Tram: T4 - Fòrum stop

By car:
The C-31 motorway connects the airport with Barcelona. The most direct way to reach the CCIB is by the Ronda Litoral, exit 24. It takes approximately 25 minutes to reach the CCIB from the city centre, depending on traffic. If you are going to the CCIB from the city centre by car, the best option is to take the Avenida Diagonal all the way to the end. There are 3 parking lots at the CCIB: 1- Taulat, 2- Llull, 3- CC Diagonal Mar.

Express bus (Aerobús):
There is an airport bus service between the airport and the city centre, Plaza Cataluña. The bus runs every 6 – 15 minutes and the travel time is 30 minutes. Next to Plaza Cataluña, you can take the metro Yellow Line (line 4) at the Urquinaona station. The closest station to the CCIB is Maresme-Forum. You can find the schedule on the following website

You can find taxi points in front of both terminals. The transfer by taxi from El Prat Airport to the CCIB takes approximately 20 minutes depending on traffic. It costs between € 35 and € 40 depending on the time of day: There is no extra charge for luggage.

Taxi zones are located throughout the city centre. You can book a taxi directly using one of the phone numbers below:

+34 93 225 0000
+34 93 433 1020
+34 93 357 7755
+34 93 300 2314
+34 93 300 1100
+34 93 303 3033
+34 93 284 8888
+34 93 330 0300
+34 93 339 9262

Barcelona Metro Map

Barcelona metro map (adapted stations version) in PDF

Lowest and Highest
19° C
26° C
Average Temperature 23° C
Chance of Sunny Day 62%
Average Rainfall 87mm
Chance of Rain 19%
Description Date
Very Early Bird Registration Deadline : 27 February 2017
Abstract submission deadline (free papers and posters) : 14 May 2017
Early Bird Registration Deadline : 15 May 2017
Late Registration Deadline : 15 September 2017
Congress Dates : 7 - 11 October 2017
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