Practical information

 

At the event

Registration and help desk

There will be a registration and help desk located in the foyer of the OSM venue:

Auditorio de Zaragoza
Eduardo Ibarra, 3, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain
www.auditoriozaragoza.com (in Spanish)

Opening hours
Tuesday 9 May 18:00-19:30
Wednesday 10 - Friday 12 May 08:00-19:00

All speakers are required to load their presentations at the registration desk the day before they give their talk. Please go there the day before you present, no earlier.

There will be a "Speakers/presenters room" near the registration desk to check that the talks have uploaded successfully. Please make use of this facility, as uploading to a new system/computer can sometimes cause formatting errors.

Code of conduct at the OSM

Unless stated otherwise, taking photos or videos of scientific material and presentations is prohibited.
Copying of presentations from computers in the conference rooms is also not allowed.
Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.
Smoking is prohibited in all closed public spaces.
Please remember to turn off mobile phones in the conference rooms.

Conference rooms

There will be four rooms used in the main OSM venue for lectures and parallel sessions, plus two rooms at the nearby Hotel Romareda will also be used for parallel sessions. Signage will lead you there.

Tourist information

A tourist information desk will also be located in the OSM main foyer. Here you can ask for assistance with public transport or for information about things to see and do in Zaragoza.

 

Logistics

PAGES OSM/YSM 2017 will represent a tremendous opportunity to energize not only the Spanish Quaternary Community, but also the Portuguese, Moroccan, Tunisian and Algerian Quaternary communities.

The theme of both meetings is "Global Challenges for our Common Future: a paleoscience perspective".

Local Organizing Committee: Quaternary Terrestrial Environments group (Pyrenean Institute of Ecology-CSIC)

Conference venue

Auditorio de Zaragoza
Eduardo Ibarra, 3, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain
www.auditoriozaragoza.com (in Spanish)

Visa requirements

Citizens of the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein only need a valid national identity document or passport.

If you are from any other country, find out about visa requirements well before your travel here.

If you need more information and/or require an invitation letter, please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Childcare

See here for a potential childcare service during the OSM.

Language

Spanish is the main language spoken in Zaragoza. English, and to a lesser extent French, are spoken widely by the younger generations. Hotels and main businesses have English-speaking personnel.

Health Regulations

No international immunization is needed to visit Spain. However, be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of all countries you may have to pass through on your way to Spain.

Climate

Zaragoza enjoys a Mediterranean continental climate with warm and sunny summers, severe winters, mild and moderate autumns and short springs. In May, the average temperature is around 20ºC during the day and sporadic rain is also possible.

In Morillo de Tou, temperatures will be a little bit lower, and nights in May are still cool.

For the weather forecast in Zaragoza, go here.

Taxis

Taxis are abundant and reasonably priced (e.g. from the train station to the city center will cost you around €10-12). You can flag them down in the street or contact them by phone (+34976424242 or +34976757575).

Payment by cash is the most convenient, but some taxis accept credit cards (ask in advance).

Public Transport

Most of the PAGES OSM venues are within walking distance, but if you want to use public transportation, you can choose between buses and the one tram line in Zaragoza. A single ticket costs 1,35€ per journey and is valid for one hour. Or you can buy a Bus Card beforehand. The Bus Card is 7€ (2€ for deposit and 5€ charge for trips) and valid on buses and trams.

Buses: A map with all the bus lines is available here (in Spanish). You can buy a single ticket every time you board the bus but you must pay in cash.

Trams: There is only a North – South Tram line, which is convenient because it runs through downtown and with a stop close to the OSM Auditorio (Plaza Emperador Carlos V). At the tram stops, you need to buy tickets from a ticket machine near the stop before boarding (cash or card). Remember to validate your tram ticket when entering the tram. Read more about the tram service and timetable here (in English).

How to buy a Bus Card: A Bus Card is the way to go if you are going to use public transportation everyday. If you use the card the fare is 0.74€ per journey. If you return the card to the AUZSA Customer Service Office after you have finished with it, you will be reimbursed the 2€ deposit. You can travel while you have enough balance/money on your travel card. It allows transfers within one hour. You must swipe the card in the designated electronic devices to validate it for each journey you make. Return trips on the same line are not considered as transfers. When several travellers use the same card, the time left to make a transfer will count since the first journey paid with that card.

Bus Cards can be purchased at the AUZSA Customer Service Office at the Independencia Shopping Center (Centro Comercial Independencia, Paseo de la Independencia, 24-26, 50004 Zaragoza, Floor -1) and at more than 600 points located in Ibercaja, CAI, Bantierra, Eroski, Decathlon Gran Casa, Estación Delicias, Martin Martin and newsstands. The cards can be charged at many locations identified by a Bus Card Logo. The location of the charge points can be consulted at the website www.urbanosdezaragoza.es. Card charges can be carried out for amounts of 5€ or its multiples, up to a maximum balance of 60€. They can also be charged at the tram stops.

Car Rental

If you do plan to rent a car during your stay, please be aware free parking is very limited in the city center and public parking areas are very expensive.

Car rental is only really recommended for excursions outside the city.

Taxes

There is a variable Value Added Tax (VAT) of 10% to 21% applied to most items and services, and it is already included in most prices. When it is not included, this should be clearly indicated.

Shopping

Normal business hours are Monday to Saturday from 9.00 to 13.30 and 16.30 to 20.00; however, in the city center and shopping malls, many shops remain open all day (10.00 to 21.00).

Credit Cards, Currency and Exchange

The Spanish currency is the Euro (€). All major international credit cards are accepted everywhere. Foreign currency and traveler's checks can be exchanged at banks and foreign exchange offices. Cash machines accepting major international credit cards are available 24 hours in many bank offices. Banks are open from 8.30 to 14.00 from Monday to Friday.

Tipping

In restaurants, hotels and taxis etc, a gratuity is not included in the price. Although optional, tips are readily accepted and a general guideline is between 5% and 10% of the bill, depending on the quality of the service.

Hotel and airport porters will take, depending on the amount of luggage you have, 1 to 3 Euros.

Liability and Insurance

The conference organizers cannot accept liability for personal injuries, loss or damage to property belonging to conference participants (or any accompanying persons), either during or as a result of the conference. Please check the validity of your own travel insurance.

Emergency services

Dial 091 for police and 112 for fire and ambulance.

Smoking

Smoking is banned in all public spaces throughout Spain including conference venues, shops, restaurants, pubs and hotel bedrooms (except by request).