Important information before the conference
Please find enclosed the detailed final programme of the SQAMIA WORKSHOP 2016.
We would like to draw the presenters´ attention to the fact that the length of the presentations should be 20 minutes (+ 10 minutes for the questions and the discussion). We would like to kindly ask you to have your presentations on a pendrive just to be on the safe side.
Page 4 of the attached programme contains the map of our campus, which could help you to identify and find the South Building, where the conference will take place and the North Building, where you will have lunches and coffee breaks. Here are the coordinates of the conference venue, more precisely those of the West entrance, where you should enter the South Building (1117 Budapest, Pázmány Péter sétány 1/A)
Those who will come by car will have free access to the parking of the campus. We would also like to inform you that the proceedings will be published on the workshop´s website this week-end.
Budapest, the Capital of Hungary is one of the largest metropolitan centres of Central and Eastern Europe with a population of 2 million people. Budapest has a splendid location – on the west bank of the River Danube, the hilly and historic Buda with the Castle Hill and the majestic Royal Palace; on the other side, the flat plain of Pest – the pulsing, modern downtown area, which is the country`s political and business stronghold. The riverside panorama has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Budapest is famous for its thermal baths and curative spas and for its thriving cultural life, especially for its music events and festivals. It offers a wide choice of gastronomic experiences in hundreds of restaurants, cafés, bistros and the so-called ruin pubs, which represent a new wave of entertainment in Budapest. Budapest is a city full of surprises and wonder, with its lively centre, pretty parks, majestic river, tall church spires and lavish spas. One of the most exciting cities in the world, Budapest is full of secrets, hidden spots to explore and old favourites to revisit. This is the city where being bored is not an option. You can read more about the city on http://budapest.gotohungary.com/budapest-en
Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), the longest continuously serving university of Hungary, was founded in 1635. It serves the interests of high quality education and research, building upon the best European traditions. Motivated by the conviction that a high standard of teaching at a university is inconceivable without high-quality research.
The Faculty of Informatics of Eötvös Loránd University successfully trains highly qualified computer scientists and experts in the fields of software technology, information systems, geo-informatics and mathematical modeling. The Faculty leads the EIT Digital Budapest Associate Partner Group, the only EIT Digital partner located in the Central and Eastern European region.
Central European Time (GMT + 1)
Hungary has a temperate cimate, similar to the rest of the continental zone. January is the coldest month (-1 0 Celsius average) and August the warmest (over 23 Celsius average ) Official Language Hungarian, however English and German are widely spoken.
The currency is the Forint that comes in 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100, 200 coins and 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 and 10000 plus 20000 denomination banknotes. Try to exchange money in smaller amounts as you go and keep receipts, because upon departure you won`t be able to reexchange money without them. Always avoid black market dealers who change money on the street: there is a 100 per cent chance they will cheat you. Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants and some shops. Nevertheless, check with the restaurant if they accept them, before you order.
Good shopping is mainly concentrated in the Vaci Street Pedestrian Mall and its side streets. You may also try the Grand Market for Hungarian sausages and wines. Main buys are the world famous Hungarian Herend and Zsolnay china, leatherware, classical CD`s, antiques and paintings and, of course, the red paprika, the signature of Hungarian cooking. Also very popular are various folk items, like embroidered blouses, table linen, wood carvings, etc. In the outskirts, there is a fascinating Flee Market, but be prepared for a lengthy cab ride. Shops are generally open Mon-Fri 9 or 10 to 6 or 7 pm, only 9-1 in the morning on Saturdays.
Public transportation in Budapest is efficient, cheap and easily accessible. You will have to buy tickets in advance though, at subway stations or kiosks and then punch your ticket in machines inside the trams, buses or metro stops. Supervisors are all over the place, so it pays to ride with a ticket. Cabs are somewhat more tricky: try to stick with checkered (called Fotaxi), Budataxi, Citytaxi or 6x6 taxi cabs and avoid hotel cabs and non-fleet sharks who may and will cheat you.
Safety in Budapest is what you would expect in a large metropolis. You can walk the streets at ease, nevertheless always mind your purse in tourist-infected areas. Do not leave valuables unattended in your hotel rooms, most hotels have safe deposit boxes at no extra charge.
Emergency telephone numbers
- General emergancy: ( in English): 112
- Ambulance: 104
- Fire Brigade: 105
- Police: 107
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