Important Dates
October 15, 2007, abstract and registration submission opens
March 8, 2008 abstract submission and early registration deadline
March 14, 2008, notification of abstract acceptance


 

General Information

Date and Venue
16-18 May 2008 Harbiye Military Museum, Istanbul-Turkey
Organizers
The International Society Of Dacryology And Dry Eye
Language
The official language of the Congress is English.
Istanbul
The strategic setting of Istanbul, the only city in the world built on two continents, has formed its destiny as an imperial capital for 1600 years. From the empires of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman, this metropolis with its rich history and natural beauty, offers a friendly welcome and genuine hospitality. Numerous museums, ancient churches, synagogues, basilicas, mosques, mausoleums, palaces, bazaars and baths are standing today as the pride of all civilizations. With more than ten universities and many institutions, Istanbul is the most important centre of Turkish science and culture.
Congress Website
Please visit the congress website for regular updates regarding all information relating to the Congress (www.isd2008.org).
Letter of invitation
Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation in order to attend the Congress can write to the Organizing Secretariat. This procedure is designated to assist participants to obtain a visa or permission to attend the meeting and does not apply to registration fees or other expenses.
Accommodation
TOPKON TRAVEL has reserved hotel rooms of various categories in various parts of the city mostly in the center of walking distance to the Congress Centre. Most hotels are easily accessible by taxi. Hotel rates will be available in 2008.
Time
Türkiye is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Telephones
Pay phones and credit card phones are available at the meeting venue as well as in the city.
Electricity
The electrical power supply in Türkiye is 220 volts.
Restaurants and Turkish Cuisine
There is a wide choice of restaurants in Istanbul offering everything from excellent national cuisine to first class international dishes. Traditional Turkish cuisine is famous for its many specialties prepared with fresh vegetables. There are lots of quality restaurants and fast-food shops in the vicinity of the hotels reserved for this meeting.
Tipping
Although service charge is included in most restaurants, leaving a tip at one's own discretion is appreciated.
Shopping
One of the most enjoyable parts of a trip to Türkiye is shopping for the rich variety of Turkish crafts. Turkish carpets, kilims, suede and leatherwear as well as other items of clothing are the best buys. Copper, silver, brassware and jewellery are also choices for buying, along with works of ceramics and the famous Turkish meerschaum.
Airport Information
All international and domestic flights arrive at Istanbul's Atatürk Airport. Buses depart from Istanbul airport to Taksim Area (downtown) every 30 minutes, operating between 06:00 - 23:00 hours. Travel time is 45 minutes and the cost is approximately Euro 5 per person. Private taxis are available, and the approximate cost is Euro 15-20 per taxi.
Visa
Please check with your travel agent whether you require an entry visa to Türkiye. Most visitor visas are obtainable for a fee on arrival at the airport, but it is advisable to check in sufficient time before departure.
Currency
The Turkish currency is Turkish Lira. The exchange rate for Turkish Lira as of May is: TRL 1,51 = 1 USD - TRL 1,94 = 1 EURO.
Liability and Insurance
The organizer is not able to take any responsibility whatsoever for injury or damage involving persons and property during the Congress. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.
 
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