Moving around in Warsaw
The 24th IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference, IMTC 2007, will be held on May 1-3, 2007, in Warsaw. Poland, the host country is the largest country that joined the European Union in 2004 and has been for ages the place in Europe where East met West. Warsaw, its capital located in the heart of the country, is the most cosmopolitan, dynamic and progressive of all Poland's cities, with many luxurious hotels, elegant shops, business and science institutions, as well as remarkable historical places.
The venue will be Warsaw Marriott Hotel favorably located in a central quarter of Warsaw – an area well served by good road links and public transport. All the IMTC 2007 activities, except Welcome Reception, will take place on the Level 2 of Warsaw Marriott Hotel. Welcome Reception will be held in the Grand Hall of the Faculty of Physics, Warsaw University of Technology, which is located in a walking distance from Warsaw Marriott Hotel (a bus will be provided for those who prefer not to walk). The wireless access to the Internet will be available, free of charge, for IMTC 2007 participants during the whole three days of the Conference (Tuesday - Thursday) on the Level 2.
The weather by the end of April and beginning of May is usually mild: the average daytime temperature is normally in the range 15-20 Celsius degrees (ca. 60-70 Fahrenheit degrees); most days are sunny. Sometimes, however, showers may happen and unexpected drops of temperature to 7-10 Celsius degrees (ca. 45-50 Fahrenheit degrees).
Insurance disclaimer: While the organizers of the Conference make every effort to ensure the safety and well-being of Conference participants and associates, they cannot accept responsibility for any accident or damage that may occur during the Conference.
Visas are not required of citizens of EC countries, USA and Canada. Although many other countries are also exempted from visa obligation, please do consult the website of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to get precise information on whether visa will be required of you or not. In case you need a visa, please consider the following guidelines:
- indicate the need of a Polish visa when registering for the conference;
- learn the exact and complete procedure related to a visa application;
- apply for the Polish visa as earlier as possible, so as to allow sufficient time for processing your visa application and for getting possible assistance from the IMTC 2007 organizers in case of necessity.
The registered participants of IMTC 2007, who have indicated the need of a Polish visa in the registration form, will obtain the invitation signed by the IMTC 2007 General Chair, and mailed to the address indicated in the registration form.
Warsaw is located in the geometrical, geographical, historical, and political centre of Europe, and can be easily reached by air, by train or by car.
Warsaw International Airport Okęcie may be reached directly from any European capital and from the majority of other capitals of the World. It is conveniently located about 8 km from the City Centre. Both the Conference site and the hotels reserved for the Conference guests may be reached by taxi within 15-20 minutes (at the price of ca. EUR 8). There are also special Airport-City buses and regular public-transport buses (line #175) connecting Airport with the City Centre and Old Town. Five-star hotels provide their own bus service; ask the Information Desk at the Airport for the details. Car rental companies operating at the Airport (AVIS and BUDGET) accept the most popular credit cards.
The international trains arrive to the Warsaw Central Railway Station (Warszawa Centralna) which is located in the City Centre, 1-3 km from the hotels reserved for the Conference guests and from the Conference site.
Warsaw may be entered by car from the West (road #2), from the North (road #61 or #18), from the East (road #2 and #17), as well as from the South (road #7 or #8). In any case, the direction Centrum should be followed. Parking places at the hotels reserved for the Conference guests are extra paid (not included in the room prices).
The northern Polish town of Gdańsk may by reached by ferries departing from Helsinki or Stockholm. The trains from Gdańsk to Warsaw are scheduled approximately every two hours, and the traveling time is less than four hours.
Moving around in Warsaw
Both the hotels recommended to the IMTC 2007 participants and the sites of IMTC 2007 special events are located in a compact area of the city center, in a walking distance from the conference site, Warsaw Marriott Hotel. This area is depicted on a special IMTC 2007 map extracted from the internet city map. The latter is a convenient aid for moving around in Warsaw since it is providing the detailed information on the network of public transport: buses, trams and underground. Practically, any point in Warsaw may be reached by means of public transport; the price of a single-trip ticket is 2.40 PLN (ca. USD 0.80).
The IEEE Instrumentation and Technology Conference, IMTC, have been traveling around the world for 24 years, and we have been traveling with it, attracted not only by the science- and technology-related excitement but also by the natural curiosity of various environments, peoples and cultures. IMTC 2007 is an exceptional opportunity to see Poland, and especially its capital – Warsaw, during its national holidays: from the Worker's day on May 1 to the Constitution day on May 3.
Exhaustive and personalized information on every aspect of tourism in Poland is available in the internet, e.g. here. More detailed information that may be helpful during your stay and visit to Warsaw is available here. A special tourist and cultural offer, for IMTC 2007 participants and accompanying persons, is provided in the section SOCIAL PROGRAM of this website.