REGISTRATION FEES IN EURO (20% VAT included)

The Registration fee for Participants includes:  attendance at all scientific sessions,  congress kit and CD of the proceedings, coffee breaks, lunches, guided walking tour of the Bari old town and banquet and certificate of attendance.


The One day registration fee for Participants includes: attendance at the scientific sessions, congress kit and CD of the proceedings, coffee break, lunch and certificate of attendance.


The Registration fee for students includes: attendance at all scientific sessions,  congress kit and CD of the proceedings, coffee breaks, lunches, guided walking tour of the Bari old town and certificate of attendance.

Please, enclose a document stating your Student status by fax or e-mail together with this registration form dully fulfilled


CANCELLATION POLICY

All cancellations regarding your registration should be submitted in writing to Centro Italiano Congressi CIC Sud. For cancellations before May 22, 20% of the registration fee will be refundable.

No refund will be issued after this date. All refunds will be handled after the congress is over.


REGISTRATION DESK

The congress secretariat will be available from 8.00 am to 7.00 pm


WORKING LANGUAGE

The official language of the congress will be English.


BADGES

Upon registration you will receive your personal envelope containing your badge. All participants, accompanying persons and exhibitors are kindly requested to wear their badges throughout the congress in order to be admitted to the scientific sessions and other scheduled activities.

THE TOWN OF BARI

The origins of Bari are very old, but not well established. Items dating to the Bronze Age have been found in the oldest part of the town; however, most of the historians agree that the town was founded between 1600 and 1100 B.C. by the Illyrians, coming from the Balcan peninsula, on the other side of the Adriatic sea. The name probably comes from “Barione”, the leader of one of the Illyrian groups. The first reliable information regarding Bari dates back to the 4th century B.C. when it went under the Roman rule. In the following centuries the town kept up relationships with Rome and Tito Livio underscored its strategic importance.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, Bari was involved in the war with the Goths, and later with the Longobards, against the Byzantines.

In the 9th century, after many raids, the Arabs succeeded the Longobards and settled in Bari for about 30 years, setting up an emirate. It lasted until 871 when the army of Ludovico II brought the city back under the Byzantine rule, although this did not meet with the people’s favour.

In 1071 the city was conquered by the Normans, led by Roberto il Guiscardo, and became part of the dukedom of Apulia and Calabria.

This was the beginning of an important period in the history of Bari. In 1087 St. Nicholas’ holy remains were taken from Myra (Turkey) by a group of sailors and brought to Bari, where the building of a dedicated Basilica was decided and started immediately. In 1089 the remains were brought by Pope Urbano II into the yet to be completed crypt of the Basilica (the whole Basilica was completed after about 100 year).

Bari and the dukedom of Apulia and Calabria subsequently fell under the domination of the Norman King of Sicily, whose dynasty shortly came to the end and was replaced by the Hohenstaufen Swabians; this was the period in which Frederick II (later crowned also Emperor of Germany) reigned. He loved Apulia (he was called “puer Apuliae”) and built or restored many castles in the regions, among which the castle in Barin and the famous and mysterious Castel del Monte (on the top of a hill, about 50 km from Bari).

Angevin and Aragon rulers followed for about three centuries. Toward the end of this period,in the 16th century, two women had an important role in the history of Bari: Isabel of Aragon, widow of the Duke of Milan Gian Galeazzo Sforza, who enlarged the castle making it her private residence, and Bona Sforza, Queen of Poland, who established strong links between Bari and the Cracow court.

Following Bona Sforza’s death, Bari was again included in the kingdom of Naples, ruled by a Spanish viceroy. That was a long period of decadence for Bari and the south of Italy. Led by Napoleon Bonaparte the French came.

Led by Napoleon Bonaparte, the French came to this part of Italy, and his brother-in-law Jacques Murat’s became King of Naples. Under Murat’s rule, Bari started to grow shortly becoming the most important city of the region. In 1808 Murat decreed the building of the new part of the city, a modern district which was called “Murattiano”. At the end of the French rule, the Bourbons came back and reigned until the unification of Italy, in 1860. Bari is now the first city and administrative capital of the region of Apulia with about 350,000 inhabitants.


WEATHER & CLOTHING

June in Bari is generally quite mild with average minimum temperatures between 25° to 16° C and average maximum temperatures between 26° to 17° C


CURRENCY & BANKS

The Italian currency is the euro (€). There are numerous ATM with 24- hour service cash dispensers in the city. An Exchange counter is available at the airport. Major credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants, and stores.

Banks are opened from Monday to Friday: 8.20 am – 1.20 pm and 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm


ELECTRICITY

Electrical current in Italy is 220 volts, 50-cycle AC. Italian outlets take only round-prong plugs.

Appliances designed to operate on 110/120 volts need a voltage converter and a plug adapter.


TIME

The time in Italy is Central European Time (Summer Time GMT +1).


INSURANCE AND MEDICAL CARE

The World Congress cannot be held responsible for any personal injury or loss of/damage to private property, or any additional expenses incurred as a result of delays or changes in air, rail, sea, road or other services, weather, war or any other cause. Congress participants are advised to take out their own insurance.

The number for medical emergency service in Italy is 118.

Pharmacies are open from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.


VISA

Participants coming from EU countries and citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, do not need visas to enter Italy. Most NON-EU citizens (and participants from other countries) will need a visa.

We strongly recommend that you consult the official website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for updated and detailed information for foreigners regarding entrance visas for Italy and permits of stay. Information is offered in English and other languages.

Applications for visas must be submitted at the Italian Consulate or Embassy in your country of origin or where you have permanent residence, at least 3 months prior the congress. If you are living in another country, you may find the Italian Consulate or Embassy willing to let you apply for a visa from there, but this is entirely up to the Consulate to decide.

OFFICIAL LETTERS OF INVITATION

Official letters of invitation, designed to help overcome administrative difficulties in certain countries, will be sent upon request after registration is complete, and upon receipt of the appropriate registration payment from the delegate.

It must be understood that such letters do not represent a commitment on the part of the Scientific Committee or Congress to provide any financial assistance. All expenses incurred with relation to the Congress are the sole responsibility of the delegate.

Delegates requiring an official letter of invitation in order to obtain a visa to attend the Congress, should contact the Organizing Secretariat at: info@cicsud.it

Please note that it is the sole responsibility of the delegate to take care of his/her visa requirements.

Delegates who require an entry visa must allow adequate time for the application procedure. You should consider approximately 12 weeks prior to the Congress, although this process may take longer in some countries.

If a delegate’s visa application is turned down by the embassy/consulate, the delegate may apply to the Organizing Secretariat for a refund of his/her registration fee. Full proof that the visa application was denied must be provided. For our policy on hotel accommodation refunds, please refer to the hotels section.


PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Public transport information can be obtained at the Tourist Information desks at the Bari airport and railway station.


SHOPPING

Bari is a modern commercial city. The pace of life is dominated by the rhythms of work, especially of commerce, its main source of wealth. Due to its “vocation” for commerce, in Bari there are many shops and stores of every kind.


FOOD

The traditional cooking of Apulia owes its success to the most basic products of the region: durum wheat, tomatoes, olive oil, wine, fish and meat. Each of these staple ingredients is the foundation for a numbers of recipes that make the local cuisine so varied.

Special fragrant scents from both land and sea are expressed with all their delicacy in the Apulian cuisine. Bread from the Gargano and the Murgia, the durum wheat pastas, the locally grown vegetables, grapes and cherries, the extra virgin olive oil and almond sweets all deserve prime consideration. They should be accompanied with our famous local wines.


USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS

GENERAL EMERGENCY 113

CARABINIERI (CIVIL POLICE EMERGENCY SQUAD) 112

FIRE BRIGADE EMERGENCY CALL 115

EMERGENCY MEDICAL AID 118

POLICE + 39 080/5291111

BARI AIRPORT +39 080/580.02.00 / www.pugliairports.it

PORT AUTHORITY +39 080/5281511 / www.porto.bari.it/

ITALIAN RAILWAYS 892021 / www.trenitalia.com

RADIO TAXI +39 0805346666


VENUE

The  IFAC 2009 will be held in Bari at DOMINA HOTEL & CONFERENCE BARI - PALACE  BARI Via Lombardi 13 - 70122 Bari (Italy) Tel. +39 080 5216551



HOW TO REACH THE CONGRESS VENUE

The DOMINA HOTEL & CONFERENCE BARI - PALACE  BARI is one of the largest and prestigious Hotels in Bari. It is situated in the city center and offers an elegant and comfortable atmosphere.


From the Airport (Bari-Palese, tel.: +39 080.5800200)

A shuttle bus is available at the arrival of each flight. The bus stops at the Railway Station.

Taxi rides take about twenty minutes and cost about € 25.00

Car rental is also available.


By car

From Taranto:
Autostrada exit Bari Sud turn right and head to Foggia on the tangenziale SS 16 – exit no. 4 BARI – FIERA –PORTO.

From Foggia:
Autostrada exit Bari Nord turn left on the tangenziale and head to BARI – FIERA exit no. 4 BARI – FIERA – PORTO.

From Brindisi – Lecce:
on the tangenziale SS 16 head to Foggia exit no. 4 BARI – FIERA- PORTO.



RESERVATIONS

Upon receiving your request, Centro Italiano Congressi CIC SUD will assign a room in the chosen category and send a confirmation indicating the name and address of the hotel, as well as arrival and departure dates and type of room with price.

The Organizing Secretariat, Centro Italiano Congressi CIC SUD, has reserved a large number of rooms in different hotel categories both in the conference venue area and in other areas of the city. Early reservation are strongly recommended.

Hotel room reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until April 30, 2009. After this date room availability cannot be guaranteed but every effort will be made to satisfy your request.

Room Rates are in Euros (€) per room, per night, including breakfast and VAT. Rooms are

subject to availability. In case your choice is no longer available a similar alternative accommodation will be offered. A booking fee of € 18.00 must be added for each room. Reservations will be confirmed only upon receipt of at least the amount of the first night plus the booking fee.


CANCELLATION POLICY

All cancellations regarding your hotel reservation should be submitted in writing to “Centro Italiano Congressi CIC SUD” and not directly to the hotels.

Cancellations will be subject to the following conditions:

No penalty will be applied to cancellations until May 15 2009. In case you do not arrive on the date indicated above or in case of late arrival you will be charged for the first night.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL BOOKING FEES BE REIMBURSED.

Please note that refunds will be processed only after the Congress.


PAYMENT

Full payment will be made directly to the hotel when you check-out. Centro Italiano Congressi

CIC SUD will not be handling hotel payments or invoicing for accommodation.


CHECK-IN & CHECK-OUT

Official check-in time is 4:00 pm and check-out is 12:00 pm.


IMPORTANT NOTE

CENTRO ITALIANO CONGRESSI CIC SUD and their agents will not be responsible for and will be exempt from all liability concerning any loss, damage, injury, accident, delay or inconvenience to any person, luggage or other property, occurring during any tourist service provided. Personal travel and health insurance is recommended.