GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Congress Date and Venue
Date : April 13 - 17, 2011
Venue : Starlight Convention Center, Side - Antalya / Turkey
www.starlight.com.tr

Registration and information
Registration and information desks will be open everyday during the congress between 07.00 and 19.00 at Starlight Hotel / Side - Antalya.

Language
The official language of the congress is Turkish. Simultaneous translation (English/Turkish and Turkish/English) will be provided at various sessions according to the program.

Name Badge
All participants and accompanying persons are required to wear their badges throughout the congress, particularly during their entrance to the congress center, the scientific sessions, at the exhibition and poster areas and other scheduled social activities.

Accreditation        
Our congress will be awarded credit points for Continuing Medical Education by the Turkish Medical Association. Forms regarding these credits will be placed in congress bags.

Exhibition Area     
The pharmaceutical companies will be able to exhibit their products at the space allocated to them at the congress center during the congress. The exhibition will be open to Congress participants throughout the congress.

Certificate of Attendance    
A "Certificate of Attendance" will be provided for all registered participants at the conclusion of the congress at the main registration desk located at Starlight Conventation Center. Program Book and Congress Abstract CD will be placed at the Congress Bags.

Transfer
Please contact Topkon Congress Services regarding your transfer requests. Information regarding transfers can be obtained from the Information Desks during the congress.

Local Time
GMT+2 (GMT = Greenwich Mean Time).

Climate And Clothing
During April the daytime temperatures are in the range of 22-23°C and evening temperatures are 15-16 °C. Average humidity rate is around 50%. We recommend you to bring sweater and a jacket for cooler evenings.

Currency
Turkish currency is Turkish Lira (TL). Exchange rates are set daily by the Central Bank.         

Banking And Exchange Facilities
Foreign money can be changed at banks during normal business days (09.00-17.00 Monday-Friday) as well as at hotels, at the airport and in exchange offices. All major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops. Automated bank machines are available at many points throughout the city and at the airport.

Electricity
Turkey has 220 volts/50 Hz. electricity and socket type is European standard. (2-pin plug). British and USA appliances need an adaptor.

Shopping in Antalya
Shopping in Antalya can be an exhilarating experience, with everything up for grabs from the famous local jams made from a variety of fruits and vegetables, to jewellery, rugs, leather ware and wood carvings. Haggling is expected and bargains can be had.

 

Side

With its history dating back to the 6th century B.C., Side is one of the earliest settlements of the Anatolia region. Side (means pomegranate) served as an important harbor during the Hittite period and was a significant commercial town.  Today it is a pretty resort town, very popular because of its ruins, sandy beaches, a variety of shops and comfortable tourist accommodation.
   
WATERFALLS
All the streams of the region aim at finding their way into the Mediterranean and they pour down the slopes of the Tauros, sometimes overland sometimes underground and, reaching their destination, result in lovely waterfalls, of which there are more than twenty.The loveliest of these are the Duden Falls, 15 km. north of Antalya, the Kursunlu Falls 18 km. along the Antalya-Alanya highway and those of Manavgat 3 km. north of the town.

ASPENDOS 38 km from Side
A site which is dominated by the best- preserved theater of antiquity with seating for 15,000. The galleries, stage decorations and acoustics all reflect the ability of the Zenon. Close to the theatre, basilica and agora lie the remains of an aqua, one of the largest in Anatolia. Be sure to visit the Aspendos Jewellery Centre, where jewellery making can be observed at every stage. 

PERGE 60 km from Side
Originally, a Hellenistic settlement, which later developed into a thriving Roman city, Perge is a historicist`s delight. Situated only 18 km from Antalya in the Pamphylion plain, It has a long legacy (almost from 1500 B.C.) to narrate with its initial inhabitants being the Hittites. Its importance also lies in the fact that the ruins of the Roman city provides a very complete picture of the past, thus making it archaeologically invaluable.

ANTALYA 80 km from Side
The principal holiday resort of the Mediterranean is the lovely region of Antalya with a majestic coastline of beaches and rocky coves where the towering Toros Mountains provide a magnificent backdrop. Antalya is an attractive city, at an altitude of only 50 meters, with a prize-winning marina and a picturesque old quarter called Kaleiçi which has norrow, winding streets and quaint, old, wooden houses next to the city walls.

TURKISH CUISINE
It is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine, which can be described as a fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines. You will also enjoy the seafood dinner with local drinks at a restaurant with a view over Antalya Port or taste assorted Turkish food in Side nearby the magnificent Appollon Temple.

RESTAURANTS NEARBY
Afrodit Restaurant – City Center, Side
Kaleiçi Marina Restaurant – Oldtown, Antalya
Antalya Balikevi – Lara, Antalya
Club Arma – Marina, Antalya