General Information

Official Language
The language of the symposium is English.

Climate and Clothing
The climate at the end of March in San Antonio is pleasant, with average temperatures ranging from 60°F (15°C) at night to 85°F (30°C) during the day.
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Passport and Visas
The conference participants are advised to contact the nearest embassy, consulate or travel agency for information about the passport and visa requirements from their country for entry to the USA.

Local Currency
The currency of the USA is the US dollar ($). Exchange rates may vary. To see current exchange rates, please visit the Exchange Rate converter

In the USA the electrical voltage used is 110V, 60 Hz. Electrical outlet and plug standards in the USA are NEMA-1 or NEMA-5.

Force Majeure
The organizers are not liable for any claims for damages and/or losses if the entire conference has to be cancelled due to a force majeure incident.

The organizers are not liable for damages and/or losses of any kind which may be incurred by the conference participants or by any other individuals accompanying them, both during the official activities as well as going to/from the symposium. Delegates are responsible for their own safety and belongings.

Insurance and Vaccinations
The registration fee does not cover insurance for the delegates. The organisers recommend that delegates take out insurance in their home country to cover pre-journey cancellation for personal reasons and necessary insurance to cover accidents, medical expenses and loss of personal belongings during the visit.

City of San Antonio
The conference hotel, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Medical Center, is situated in the Medical Center Area in northwest San Antonio. San Antonio is the seventh largest city in the United States, with a population of approximately 1.4 million people. San Antonio is considered the heart of South Texas, and offers a rich history and a multicultural and vibrant atmosphere. The city was named for San Antonio de Padua, whose feast day is on June 13, when a Spanish expedition stopped in the area in 1691. Famous for Spanish missions, the Alamo, the River Walk, the Tower of the Americas, the Alamo Bowl, and host to SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta Texas theme parks, the city is visited by approximately 26 million tourists per year according to the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau. The city is home to the four-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs and the annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, one of the largest in the country. San Antonio has a strong military presence, it is home to Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, and Brooks City-Base, with Camp Bullis and Camp Stanley outside the city. Kelly Air Force Base operated out of San Antonio until 2001, when the airfield was transferred over to Lackland AFB and the remaining portions of the base became Port San Antonio, an industrial/business park. San Antonio is home to five Fortune 500 companies and to the South Texas Medical Center, the only medical research and care provider in the South Texas region.

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