Free wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) connection will be made available to participants. Login details will be communicated closer to the event.
Local currency and exchange rates: The official currency in Poland is the Zloty (PLN). The exchange rate is approximately 1 EUR to 4.20 PLN / 1 USD to 3.60 PLN. Banks are open Monday to Friday, from 09:30 to 18:00. Exchange offices can be found throughout Katowice. ATMs are also widely available, and shops accept major credit cards.
Weather: In November, the average minimum temperature in Katowice is 0.0°C (32°F) and the average maximum temperature lies around 6.0°C (42.8°F). Precipitation (rain/snow) averages 45mm (1.8in). Visitors traveling to Katowice should plan on bringing a waterproof jacket. Snow is also to be expected, therefore it is recommended to bring winter hats and gloves.
Official language: Polish.
Local time in Katowice: GMT +1
Electricity: The standard voltage in Poland is 230 volts, 50 hertz, with European standard electrical outlets/sockets (plugs with two round pins). Most hotels can provide adaptors for different plug types however it is recommended that visitors bring voltage converters/transformers for personal electrical devices requiring a different voltage.
Medical services: Katowice has a good network of healthcare centers (primary care services) and hospitals. The meeting venue (MCK Center) will be able to advise on the closest medical services providing first aid treatment.
Tipping: Service and taxes are included, but an additional 10% tip is always welcome when service has been particularly good.
Smoking: Smoking in public places, such as public transport (bus/train stops and stations), schools and universities, workplaces, sport arenas etc., is prohibited throughout Poland. Offenders will be fined 500 PLN by the national or municipal police (Straż Miejska).