COSIRES-10, Poland

Visas

Poland has a signed visa waiver agreement with many countries which allows to stay up to 90 days. More information can be found at Visa information. Please let us know if you need a visa and would like to receive a formal letter of invitation. Requests should be sent by email to the COSIRES2010 Secretary. Please give yourself ample of time to apply for a visa as the process can be sometimes time consuming.

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants funded by the International Atomic Energy Agency will be offered. The grants are available to support travel to the workshop and/or accommodation costs of attendees who would have difficulties attending COSIRES without this assistance. For more details see grants.

How to get to Kraków?

By air

The John Paul II International and Domestic Airport Kraków Balice is located at the outskirts of the city, but can be easily reached by taxi - 80 PLN (about 20 EUR), car (rentals are available at the airport) or local transportation: buses No 192 (every 40 min). Traveling time is approximately 35 min. Please purchase regular public transportation tickets (3,50 PLN/person and 3,50 PLN/luggage when bought from the bus driver). Alternatively, shuttle train service links the airport with the Kraków's Main Railway Station located in the city centre. The trains run every 30 minutes between 4 a.m. and midnight. The 12-kilometer long journey takes about 15 min. A single ticket costs 8 PLN. It can be purchased on board. The train timetable can be found here. The Kraków-Balice train station is located app. 200 m from the passenger terminal, you can get there by foot (about 5 min. walk) or take a free shuttle bus service which operates between the airport terminal and the Krakow-Balice Station; this is a 3 minute trip from the airport terminal building.

There are both ATM machines and the Money Exchange Office at the Airport Building.

When you arrive at the Krakow's Main Railway station Kraków Glówny, please use taxi to get to your hotel. A trip from the railway station to the most distant hotel should cost less than 20 PLN (~5 Euro).

Please be advised that July is a peak of touristic season in Krakow. Make your flight reservation ahead of time to get good rates. It is also possible to fly to Warsaw and take a fast train to Krakow (traveling time approx. 2.5 hours).

By train

The city can be easily and comfortably accessed by train from all larger cities in Poland and Europe. For more information see the website: http://rozklad-pkp.pl/?q=en/node/143.

When you arrive at the Krakow's Main Railway station Kraków Glówny, please use taxi to get to your hotel. A trip from the railway station to the most distant hotel should cost less than 20 PLN (~5 Euro).

By road

Several bus companies run regular international services to Kraków and many other cities in Poland. Kraków has a direct access to the highway A4 and international motorways E40 and E77. Roads in Poland are marked with international traffic signs, and traffic regulations are similar to those in operation in other European countries.

One may find a following Internet map of Krakow useful. It is in Polish but it will be easy to understand where to enter the data from a following example: see example for a walk from a Main Railway Station in Kraków at pl. Dworcowy 1 to Kraków, Krupnicza 35 street. If you want to use a car check "Jade samochodem" and press "Wyznacz trase" button.

Practical information

People

The population of Poland is 38 million. Over 1,8 million live in Warsaw - the capital of Poland. Polish is the official language. English and German are among the better-known foreign languages. The population is largely of Polish descent and more than 90% profess to be Roman Catholics.

Currency

The official Polish unit of currency is Zloty (PLN). Major convertible foreign currencies may be changed into Polish zlotys at banks, hotels and at private currency-exchange offices (kantors). In general, traveler's checks can be cashed and all major credit cards are accepted. The current exchange rate can be found here. There are many ATM machines located in vicinity of banks. They accept VISA and Master cards.

Climate

Poland lies in the zone of moderate climate, intermediate between the marine and continental climates and the weather can be rather changeable. For current information, see Forecast. There is usually a beautiful warm weather in Poland in July. The temperature can be very high, ranging from 25 till 30 oC.

More practical information for participants

Shops and banks

Food stores are generally open between 6.00 or 7.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. Other shops tend to be open between 10.00 a.m. or 11.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. Many shops are also open on Sunday. The chain and shopping malls are open long hours, usually from 8.00 a.m. to 10 p.m. or later on weekends. Poland is fast becoming a shopper's paradise. The most popular souvenir is amber from the Baltic sea. Poland is also known for its silver jewelry. Small family-owned galleries sell various products of handmade crafts and pottery. Regular banking hours are 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Banks, shops, restaurants and other public institutions stay open at lunchtime.

Electricity

Poland's power grid supplies 230V/50 Hz current; round, European-style, two pin plugs are used.

Telephones

Direct connections are available with almost all countries.

Car parkings

Parking facilities are available at most hotels and downtown parking lots. Most of them are paid.

Insurance

The conference organizers will not take any responsibility for any kind of personal injury or property damage during the conference. Visitors are advised to make arrangements for their own personal insurance.



Announcements


Next conference

COSIRES2012 will be organized at Santa Fe, USA

28 July 2010

Conference snapshots have been added to Photo


27 July 2010

Manuscript submission deadline is July 31, 2010. (see Proceedings)


23 July 2010

Conference photo can be downloaded from Photo.


Conference sponsors



Jagiellonian University



The International Atomic Energy Agency