Congress venue will take place in new facilities of Gromada Conference Centre and Hotel. The building is located in:
Congress Center - Hotel Gromada
17-go Stycznia 32, 02-148 Warszawa, Poland
Phone: +48 (22) 576 46 00
Fax: +48 (22) 846 15 80
Access by bus ("175" or "188") or by taxi (name: "919").
CITY OF WARSAW
Warsaw is one of the youngest capitals in Europe. It became the Polish capital after Cracow in 16th century. Early settlements however already existed in the 10th century. In 1655 Warsaw's development as the country's capital was halted upon the Swedish invasion known as the "deluge". Warsaw experienced its "golden age" in the 18th century under the last Poland's king Stanislaw August Poniatowski. During that time it was transformed into a modern city. During Poland's partitions by 3 countries, from late 18th century until the World War I Warsaw never gained independence.
After World War I Warsaw was re-established as the capital of Poland. Until the World War II Varsovians worked hard to build new infrastructure and expand the city, and by 1939 the population of Warsaw had risen to over 1.3 million.
When World War II broke out in 1939, the capital heroically defended itself until the 27th of September. During the five years of German occupation, the city's population lived in terror. The Jewish citizens were forced to live in a walled-in ghetto, from where they were sent to gas chambers of the concentration camps. On the 1st August 1944, the Warsaw Uprising broke out. It lasted 63 days and cost the lives of over 200 000 people. After the suppression of the uprising, all inhabitants were expelled from the city and the Nazis systematically burned and blew up the remaining buildings of the capital. Warsaw practically ceased to exist. The city was liberated on the 17th of January 1945. The survivors returned to their city and almost immediately started to rebuild it.
After World War II Warsaw came under communist control and a massive rebuilding program restored many of the monuments, palaces and castles. Unfortunately only the New Town and Old Town was reconstructed to their original past - the rest of Warsaw's architecture is influenced by socialist realism.
Now, Warsaw enchants visitors with its restored Old Town with the Royal Castle and the Classicist architecture of the Royal Route. It leads from Castle Square to the Royal Łazienki Residence, a Classicist palace buildings set in a beautiful park, and then on to Wilanów, the Baroque palace and gardens of King John III Sobieski, the hero of the Vienna Battle.
Today, Warsaw is a constantly changing city with the old monuments, castles, museums, theatres, international and Polish cuisine restaurants. New housing estates are being built, new thoroughfares and bridges connecting the two banks of the Vistula River have been constructed.
We invite you to our city for work, for fun, for sightseeing, and for witnessing at first hand its transformation into one of Europe's most thriving cities. One can call Warsaw a city of Chopin, were the monuments and the museum dedicated to our greatest compositor are located. We invite you to find more at www.chopin.pl.
More general information about Warsaw can be found on the web site www.explorewarsaw.com.
CREDIT CARDS & CURRENCY
The currency unit in Poland is the Polish złoty (zł) which is subdivided into 100 grosze (gr). The current exchange rate to Euro and US dollar can be checked at http://www.oanda.com/converter/classic (choose PLZ as the Polish currency code). Delegates may change foreign currency and travellers cheques at several banks located in the centre of the city as well as in many exchange bureaus, at the hotels, at the railway station, at the airport and many other locations in the city. International credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, cash machines, and in department stores.
CLIMATE & CLOTHING
The weather in June/July in Warsaw is usually pleasant, with temperatures within 17-25 oC during the day, although variations of temperature and occasional thunderstorms can be expected. There is the possibility of rain, so an umbrella and/or light raincoat are advisable. The weather forecast can be checked at web page .
Most shops (except for food stores) are open from 11:00 until 19:00. Some department stores may open earlier or close later on weekdays as well as on Saturdays and Sundays. Polish craftwork is fascinating: wood craving and hand-woven rugs come from different regions. Other souvenirs include glass, hand-woven baskets, paper cut-outs and crystal. One of the most popular souvenirs is amber from the Baltic Sea. Each individual piece can be fashioned into a pendant, ring, bracelet, or earrings. Most highly prized is amber with a prehistoric insect preserved inside, though it is a rare find. Poland is also known for its silver jewellery, which is sometimes combined with amber to create uniquely regional pieces.
Poles are known for their hospitality and love of food. Polish meals offer a wide selection ranging from fresh game in season to Baltic herring. Other famous dishes includes red beet soup or borsch, Polish sausage (kiełbasa) and stuffed cabbage (gołąbki). Dumplings (pierogi) come stuffed with meat, potatoes, blueberries, or sauerkraut and mushrooms. Bigos is a stew of meat and sauerkraut, while roast duck comes stuffed with apples. For dessert, try pastries with poppy seeds, or perhaps a Polish donut filled with preserved fruit (pączek). In the summer, try our delicious strawberries, blueberries and cherries.
The Congress Secretariat and Organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents, loss of belongings or damage to private property of participants, students and accompanying persons, that may unfortunately happen during the FEBS 2004 Congress. Participants should make their own arrangements with respect to health, travel and property insurance before they depart from their country.
PASSPORT & VISA INFORMATION
All foreign visitors must possess a passport valid for at least the next 6 months. Some participants may need visas in order to enter Poland. Please check with your local Polish Consulate or Embassy for details regarding visa and entry requirements.
Upon request, the Secretariat of the Congress will send a personal invitation to participate. This invitation is meant only to help visitors raise funds or to obtain a visa, and is not a commitment on the part of the organisers to provide any financial support.
Electricity supply is 230 V.
You can use public telephones with phone cards which can be obtained at the post offices, airport, railway stations, kiosks and in some hotels.
The official language of the meeting is English. Simultaneous translation will not be provided.