Information A-Z

Abstracts

All accepted abstracts will be published online.

Badges

Access to all scientific sessions is possible only with your personal badge. Please always wear your badge! EUR 30 will be charged for replacement of a lost badge.

Climate

The conference is held in the beginning of autumn and Davos is located approx. 1500 m above sea-level. This means that temperatures will be lower than in other Swiss cities, ranging from an average of 5 to 18 degrees C. Though we hope for beautiful sunshine, make sure to bring warm clothing and an umbrella, as rain, wind and even snow are not uncommon at this time of year.

Cloakroom

A cloakroom will be available during the Conference, where you can also deposit your luggage.

Conference city & venue

The location of this year’s conference, Davos, is known not only for being the highest city in Europe but also for hosting the well-known World Economic Forum each year.

Davos is a winter and summer resort in the heart of Canton Graubünden in the east of Switzerland. As a health resort, the beautiful mountainous region  has attracted visitors from all over the world for more than one and a half centuries.

Together with the nearby town of Klosters, Davos offers a wide variety of winter sports activities and summer hiking trails set amidst stunning alpine scenery.

The Conference will be held in the Davos Congress Centre, which has recently been enlarged and modernised. It has already hosted numerous national and international conferences and summits. The Congress Centre is located within delightful mountain scenery, where leaders from all over the world have met.

Congress Venue

Congress Centre Davos
Talstrasse 49A
CH-7270 Davos Platz
www.davoscongress.ch 

Currency

The official currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF) (EUR 1 = approx. CHF 1.10).
All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops. For taxi rides we recommend bringing Swiss Francs in cash as not all taxis accept credit cards
Bank opening hours vary, but are generally between 08.30 and 16.30 Monday to Friday.

Electricity

The voltage in Switzerland, as in most of Europe, is 230 Volts AC, 50Hz. Sockets take the standard, round-pinned European plugs. There is limited compatibility with other continental European plugs. For more details refer to www.power-plugs-sockets.com/switzerland/.

Guest Card

All delegates staying in a hotel or holiday flat in the destination Davos Klosters, receive a so called "Davos Klosters Card" and benefit from a whole range of free services and discounts. It allows in particular unlimited travel on most local bus and railway lines. The Davos Klosters Card also serves as a free cable car ticket on all local cable cars. For details please refer to http://www.davos.ch/en/davos-klosters/information-arrival/guest-card/

Insurance

The conference organiser cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage to property belonging to conference participants, either during or as a result of the conference. Please check the validity of your own insurance.

Invitation letter

Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation may apply in writing to the Conference Secretariat. This procedure is designed to assist participants in obtaining a visa or permission to attend the conference and does not apply to registration fees or other expenses. Please note that invitation letters can only be sent once registration and payment of the fee have been received by the Conference Secretariat.

Language

The official conference language is English. No simultaneous translation will be provided.
Switzerland has four official languages (German, French, Italian and Romansh). Davos is in the German-speaking part; English is widely understood and spoken.

Registration / Secretariat

Email: registration.clayconference[at]congrex.com
Opening hours:
Sunday, 24 September 2017, 17.30 - 20.00
Monday, 25 September 2017, 08.15 - 19.00
Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 08.00 - 18.30
Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 08.00 - 18.00

Restaurants

Davos restaurants offer international as well as typical Swiss cuisine (such as roesti, fondue and raclette). People usually have lunch between 12.00 and 14.00 and dinner between 18.00 and 22.00.
In Davos-Klosters, guests will find exceptional restaurants celebrating the highly diverse nature of international cuisine, but also small fine restaurants serving typical specialities of the region. In all, Davos-Klosters boasts a selection of over 140 restaurants ranging from centrally located gourmet establishments through to cosy inns in the romantic valleys.

Speakers’ Service Centre (SSC)

All speakers will be requested to hand in their PowerPoint presentations at the SSC no later than an hour before the session starts (half an hour in the case of the first morning session).

Shopping

Shopping hours in Switzerland are governed by cantonal law and vary accordingly. Shops in Davos are usually open from 08.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 18.30 on weekdays and until 16.00 on Saturdays. Shops are generally closed on Sunday. All major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) are widely accepted.

VAT is levied on goods and services at a rate of 8 %, except on hotel bills (3.8 %). Non-residents can claim VAT back on purchases over CHF 400 (excluding VAT on services or hotel/restaurant bills). Before making a purchase, please ensure that the shop provides the required paperwork to make a claim. Refunds are given at main border crossings as well as at Geneva and Zurich airports. Alternatively, refunds can be claimed after the journey by mail.

Taxis

Taxis are relatively expensive in comparison with other European countries. Taxis can be ordered via the Secretariat or via the reception desk at your hotel.

Tipping

There is no obligation to leave a tip in restaurants, cafés, bars, hotels. The tip was in fact abolished 35 years ago and replaced by an all-inclusive bill.
However, the golden rule in restaurants is to round up the bill. For something like a coffee, round up to the nearest Swiss Franc. For something below CHF 100, round up to the nearest 5 or 10, and for bills over CHF 100 between 5–10 % is adequate depending on the quality of service.

Transport

The picturesque train ride from Zurich through the Swiss Alps to Davos takes nearly 3 hours. There are train connections from Zurich main station or Zurich Airport to Davos every hour between 06.00 and 21.00.

The train ride from Basel to Davos takes around 3 hours and 20 minutes. There are train connetions from Basel SBB to Davos almost every 30 minutes between 05.30 and 20.30.

The train ride from Berne to Davos takes around 3 hours and 20 minutes. There are train connections from Berne to Davos almost every 30 minutes between 05.30 and 20.30.

For further information and exact train schedules please visit the official website of the Swiss Railway SBB: www.sbb.ch/en.

Specil rates for registered participants
Registred and paid participants will benefit from discounted train tickets. A personal promotion code and instructions will be send by email at the end of August.

Air travellers may also take advantage of the Fly & Rail baggage service, where baggage may be deposited, after clearing customs in Zurich, at the railway counter in the station for direct transfer to Davos.

Visa requirements

All visitors require a valid and accepted travel document to enter Switzerland. In addition, a visa is required in certain cases. As visa requirements vary for each country, we strongly advise you to check visa requirements with the Swiss embassy in your country or online prior to your departure.
For further information on visa regulations please click here.
Please see the list of countries which require a visa here.

If you require a visa invitation letter, please apply for this during the registration process.

WLAN

Free WiFi is available in the foyer of the Congress Centre.