General Information

About the conference

Time Zone
Time Zone UTC+01:00

The official language of the conference is English.

Electricity in the Netherlands is supplied at 220V-50Hz AC.

Passport and Visa
A valid passport is required for non-EU citizens for entry into the Netherlands and the EU. An identity card is sufficient for citizens of EU member states. Participants requiring a visa for entry to the Netherlands are strongly advised to make their application in their home countries at least two months before the intended date of travel. For special details please consult the Netherlands consulate nearest to you.

All participants, accompanying persons and exhibitors must wear the conference identification badge. Entrance to meeting halls, poster and exhibition area will not be permitted to any person without a badge.

The organisation reserves the right to alter or cancel without notice parts of the conference due to reasons beyond its control. This includes packages, programming, as well as other activities directly or indirectly related to the conference. The Organising Committee and the conference management cannot be held liable for the loss, damage, expenditure or inconvenience caused by such changes or cancellations.

By registering, participants accept that neither the Organising Committee nor Conference Secretariat can accept any liability. Participants shall therefore arrange their own medical and travel insurance.



Dutch is the official language in the Netherlands but English is widely spoken.

In emergency situations, you can contact the local police, ambulance service, fire department and other emergency services by calling 112.

Medical Services
Should you need to see a doctor or a dentist, we recommend contacting your hotel’s reception desk who will direct you to the medical professionals assigned to the hotel. If immediate medical attention is required, call the emergency services at 112. Emergency medical services (including transportation by ambulance) are not free and you will be billed for any services rendered.

Travel Health
There are no specific health risks associated with travel to The Netherlands. Ensure coverage by your own health insurance and bring necessary documents on the trip. If you're a European citizen from within EU/EEA, a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in The Netherlands.

Telephones International dialing codes
The Netherlands: +(31)

The monetary unit is the Euro (EUR). Bank notes are printed in values of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500; and coins in values of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent, and €1 and €2. If changing currency, it is recommended to request smaller value notes of €5- €20 as it can be difficult to find establishments to take larger notes. It is advised against taking larger notes as problems regarding counterfeiting mean they are rarely accepted.

Major credit and debit cards (some restrictions apply to American Express and Diners) are accepted in shops, restaurants and hotels, but in some they are not, be sure to check before ordering. Cash is withdrawn with your Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or Cirrus card at any ATM.

If your country of residence is outside of The Netherlands, you may qualify for a sales-tax refund for purchases. You need to request a form for your refund at the shop when making you purchase.

At restaurants it is possible that you will be charged a cover charge of between 1-3 euros per head and most people choose to round up to the nearest Euro after this but you can leave more for excellent service. Some restaurants also charge an additional service charge on the bill which can be around 10% in which case you do not need to leave anything additional. These charges should be written on the menu or made clear before ordering. Tipping cab drivers is unusual but appreciated if they have assisted with luggage. Most people prefer to round up to the closest Euro to avoid handling small change.

The standard electrical voltage in the Netherlands is 230 volts AC, 50Hz (hotel bathrooms may also have outlets for 100 volts). The electrical outlets in the Netherlands take two-pronged, round-pin plugs. We recommend that you purchase an adaptor for your electrical equipment prior to your arrival.

Tap water is safe to drink in Maastricht.

The average temperatures for December are in the zone of a chilly 1.7°C (35.1°F) to 6.7°C (44.1°F) as frost is common during the night.

Distances in Maastricht are given in kilometers. 1 mile = 1.62 kilometers

Temperature is given in degrees Celsius. Celsius to Fahrenheit: multiply Celsius by 1.8 and add 32 to convert to Fahrenheit.

ATMs & Credit Cards
ATMs are widely available throughout Maastricht and most are open 24 hours a day. Souvenir and clothing stores accept all major credit cards, however grocery stores, cafes and some restaurants will only accept cash.