Miscellaneous

MISCELLANEOUS
Various information in alphabetic order.

BANKING AND EXCHANGE FACILITIES
There are a number of Exchange offices in Milan, for instance in Central Station and Cadorna Station, Malpensa and Linate Airport and at Piazza Duomo. Ask the concierge at your hotel for the location and opening hours of the exchange office closest to your hotel. There are both bank offices and ATM in Milano Linate Airport and Milano Malpensa Airport.

CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE
Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

CLIMATE AND DRESSCODE
Summers in Milan are usually warm and humid: July in particular can be very muggy with temperatures which tend to stay around 30°C or more. It could rain, so were commend to bring an umbrella. Dresscode; business-casual or smart-casual. During sunny days you may see shorts, even in the city.

CURRENCY
The monetary unit in Italy is the Euro (EUR). Bank notes are printed in values of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 e 500euro and coins in values of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cents. There is no limit on the amount of Euro and foreign currency taken into Italy.

CREDIT CARDS
Major credit cards are accepted in taxis, at restaurants, hotels and in shops. You can get cash with your Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or Cirrus card at any “Bancomat” (ATM).

DISCLAIMER
The 14th European Congress of Psychology (ECP 2015) cannot accept liability for injuries or losses of whatever nature incurred by participants and/or accompanying persons, nor for loss of or damage to their luggage and/or personal belongings. Please check the validity of your own travel insurance. All reasonable endeavours will be made to hold ECP 2015 and to present its program as scheduled under circumstances which assure the comfort and safety of all participants and accompanying persons. However, neither ECP 2015 nor its committees, representatives or agents, shall be held liable by any person as a result of the cancellation of ECP 2015 or of any of the arrangements, programs or plans connected there with, or for any injury, damage or inconvenience which may be suffered by any person while travelling to or from, or during such person’s presence in Italy in connection with this Congress. Participants and accompanying persons are advised to purchase their own insurance against any such occurrences.

In case of force majeure, ECP 2015 has the right to alter or cancel the Congress without prior notice, however a notice of the occurrence shall be given by ECP 2015 as soon as reasonably possible. Force majeure shall mean any circumstance beyond the reasonable control of ECP 2015 which prevents or impedes the holding of the Congress, including, but not limited to, government action, war or hostilities, riotor civil commotion, plague or other epidemic such as SARS, birdflu, etc, earthquake, flood, hurricane, cyclone, fire or other natural physical disaster, explosion, accident or breakdown, strike, lack of the usual means of transportation or terrorism. ECP 2015shallnot be liable for any direct or indirect, incidental or consequential damages, losses, expenditures or any other inconveniences or costs caused by such modification or cancellation of the Congress. Furthermore, registration fees will not be reimbursed by ECP 2015.

ELECTRICITY
The electric current in Italy is 220 volts AC in 50 cycles, and plugs and sockets may differ from those in other parts of the world. Travellers should bring adapters or transformers for electrical appliances such as hairdryers and shavers. Some hotels and shops can supply adapters.

ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT
Laptop computers that are made to work on both 110 and 220 volts can be used in Italy with an adapter. For laptop computers working on 110 volts only, adapters or transformers are necessary.

LANGUAGE
The official language of the Congress is English. No simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

LOCAL TIME
Local time in Milan is Central European Time (GMT+1 hours).

PASSPORTS, VISA AND LETTER OF INVITATION
Participants are advised to make their own arrangements with respect to entering Italy. Please apply for the visa within reasonable time (minimum three months ahead of the planned travel). For more information visit www.esteri.it

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Milan has an extensive network of underground trains, trams and buses. Underground station entrances are marked with a white M on a red background.

TAKING THE METRO AND COMMUTER TRAINS
There are automatic barriers at all of the stations. You must have a valid ticket or card before boarding any of the public transports. When you board the bus up, you have to punch the ticket. It is not possible to buy any kind of ticket on board the public buses since they work under a no cash policy.

SHOPPING HOURS
Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 14:00 and 15:30 – 19:00
Sunday Closed
In Milan, department stores remain open until 19:00 or longer. Most are also open on Sundays between approx. 10:00 and 16:00.

SMOKING POLICY
In accordance with the policy of the ECP 2015, this is a non-smoking event.