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Changing the Face of Modern Medicine: Stem Cells & Gene Therapy

Florence, 18 to 21 October 2016


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Where is the Palazzo dei Congressi e degli Affari

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If you would like help with  your travel arrangements you can contact a local agency who can arrange your entire trip.  For more information please contact:travel@mcointernationalgroup.com

Arriving by plane

The international airport 'Amerigo Vespucci', is located in the north-west suburban area of Florence. There are many airlines arriving there and connecting the city to some of the most important European airports. The airport is only 4 km from the city centre, which can be easily reached by taxi or with the Ataf/Sita 'Vola.  ATAF offers a special and frequent bus line from and to Florence Airport. It is a 25 minutes ride by shuttle bus, called Vola in bus, operating between the airport and the central railway station. Tickets can be bought on board or in advance in any newspaper stand. The price per person is € 6.00 (one way) or € 10 (return ticket).
If you prefer to reach the city centre by your own you can easily take a taxi. Taxis can be found outside the airport and it will take 15 minutes to get to the city centre, at a price of € 20.00 (any city location).

The international airport of Pisa is located 80 Km from the city centre of Florence and is connected to the Tuscan capital by train (every hour) and 2 different bus services (Terravision or Autostradale) the journey time is approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes. To reach Pisa railway station, take the CTT bus from outside the airport, direct trains to Florence depart at different time during the day.

After the upgrading of the railway line "Freccia Rossa" between Florence and Bologna in just 35 minutes, also Bologna airport is a stop of easy access to Florence.

Arriving by Train

The main central railway station of Santa Maria Novella (one of the most important railway junctions as well as an interchange point of the Florence public transportation) is located just a few steps (2 minutes on foot) from the main entrance of the congress-exhibition area and from the main reception of Firenze Fiera, located on the ground floor of Palazzo degli Affari.
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Arriving by Car

Florence is well connected to the main Italian cities through an efficient motorway network, which allows an easy access to the city centre, where the congress and exhibition centre is located.

Florence is on the Milano-Roma A1. You pay a toll on Italian motorways. The closest A1 motorway exit to reach the Congress’ venue is Florence South (Firenze Sud).
If you arrive in Florence by car, it is worth parking it and using public and tourist transport to get around.
Particular attention should also be given to signs indicating that you are entering the Restricted Traffic Zone (ZTL) which covers the area of the historic city center, roughly speaking the area within the inner ring road formed by the “viali”.
Access is controlled by video cameras and you will need prior authorization to enter if you want to avoid a hefty fine. Access is granted to visitors who need to reach a hotel or garage where they have a booking; in both cases, all visitors have to do is to give the hotel or garage their car number plate details. During the customer’s stay, the car must be parked outside the ZTL or in a privately run garage.

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The ESGCT Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for scientists, clinicians and industry professionals to share new data, learn from peers, and discover global advances within the Gene and Cell Therapy field. With over 1000 participants from 40 countries, the ESGCT Annual Meeting is this year organised in collaboration with the ISSCR and ABCD

Palazzo dei Congressi e Palazzo degli Affari
Piazza Adua 1
50123 Firenze

Palazzo dei Congressi is hosted inside the nineteenth-century Villa Vittoria, between 1886 and 1891, Gerolamo Passeri, a pupil of architect Giuseppe Poggi, directed the construction works of this luxurious and welcoming venue on behalf of Marquis Massimiliano Strozzi di Mantova. In1925, according to a project by architect Michelucci, the villa was enlarged by building a mezzanine (Belvedere), and this led to reach the current structure. The original building was based on a rectangular plan with two floors and two extensions on both sides, following the schemes of the neo- 16th century villas, and with a monumental staircase connecting the groundfloor to the first floor and to a gallery overlooked by large reception halls….more


Guided Tours for spouses of Florence and Region

Our local travel agency will be organizing for partners of delegates, a series of guided tours of Florence and of the region at different times during the congress and the weekend following it.  Please go to the dedicated website to book those tours well in advance.

The Molecular Mingle, a night out for all Congress attendees who wish to attend taking place at the MERCATO CENTRALE

Mercato Centrale Firenze is a large covered marketplace where authenticity, spontaneity and tradition play a leading role. Each shop is an ideal place to do your shopping and find real, honest food at the right price; the very best that Tuscany and Italy have to offer. It was the brainchild of Umberto Montano, who with Claudio Cardini launched the project that would give Florence back one of its most important locations: the first floor of the covered market in the San Lorenzo neighbourhood. The project became a reality in spring 2014, marking the 140th anniversary of the iron and glass building erected in 1874 according to a design by architect Giuseppe Mengoni – also responsible for the San Ambrogio market and the more famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan.  Not only does it revive an area of the city left deserted for many years, but it also fulfils an extremely relevant and necessary goal: to bring people back to a highly important and vibrant piece of Florence’s old centre, with traditional shops that give food artisans centre stage. Bread and confectionary, fresh fish, fried food and rissoles, fruit and vegetables, meats and salamis, buffalo mozzarella, cheeses, chocolate and ice cream, fresh pasta, wines, lampredotto and sandwiches: all shops are run by artisanal traders who share a passion for their craft.... and for one evening, on the 20th October 2016, this space will be open for the ESGCT delegates only.  You will be able to register during your congress registration process for 30 Euros only

Local Time
Italian Standard Time (IST) is Central European Time Zone and it corresponds to UTC/GMT +1:00 hours.
Italy has daylight savings time.

Italian; English widely spoken.

The weather should be pleasant at the period of the Congress, with a temperature varying between 12ºC (53ºF) and 23ºC (73ºF), and relative humidity ranging around 68%. Clothing should be warm, and some rain can be expected.

Electrical Current
AC line (mains) voltage in Italy is 220 volts nationwide and AC frequency is 50 Hz. Power outlets are flat, parallel 2-prongs identical to North America.

Euro, the same currency used in most countries of Europe. Almost all restaurants, hotels, bars, and shops accept international credit cards such as MasterCard, Visa, etc. The cash machines with the Mastercard or Maestro signs allow cash withdrawals in local currency with direct access to the user account in a foreign bank. Most commerce stores and restaurants accepts the same cards as debit cards. See current exchange.

There is no tipping in Italy. Customers pay the exact amount that appears on the bill. Italy has a 22% consumer tax nationwide on all goods and services. All published prices (including restaurant menus, taxi fares, supermarket prices) include consumer tax.

The VAT in Italy is the value-added tax. It is an indirect tax on all business transactions involving goods and services, and is also known as “imposta sul valore aggiunto” or IVA. The VAT is applicable for all countries in the European Union and is different for each country. Italy’s VAT for business transactions and purchases is 22 percent, and the tax for basic products 4 to 10 percent. The VAT is only paid by European Union consumers.

Driving and parking
The whole area of the historical center of Florence is part of the Unesco Heritage sites and has very strict rules about driving and parking. This area is known as ZTL (Zona a Traffico Limitato), which literally means Limited Traffic Zone. Only cars with special permits are allowed to drivie and park within its limits. Cars without permits can expect to pay fines – starting at 100 Euros and up – and might take up to 6 months to reach your mailbox with payment being mandatory. Its known that the city department responsible for these charges issue a large number of fines, every day. The ZTL is surrounded by several ‘access passages’ which are controlled by telematic doors and marked by special signs. These access passages are equipped with devices that automatically ID the license plate of the car and send the information to a central data base.

Street Numbering
The civic numbers in Florence’s historical center can be confusing for newcomers. Note that civic numbers for residential, hotels, and some offices are the color black; whereas civic numbers for business and shops are red (followed by the letter “r”). Therefore it is normal, for example, to find 34 black next to 160/r on the same street.

Main Shopping Areas for partners
Florence offers a vast variety of shops, from famous designers’ boutiques to vintage shops, from hand-crafted products to mass produced souvenirs and much more. If you are looking for: Luxury  items in Via Tornabuoni and Via della Vigna; leather goods in Piazza Santa Croce and Piazza San Lorenzo; antiques in Via Maggio and Via de’ Fossi, Jewellery on Ponte Vecchio.

Typical Opening Hours
Shops open from 10.00am-1pm and 3.30pm-7.30pm daily. In the main shopping area you find all day opening stores.

Useful Numbers
Florence Airport – switchboard Ph. +39 055 3061300
Florence Airport Lost Luggage Ph. +39 055 3061302
Trenitalia (National Railway Information) Ph. +39 892.021
Tourist Information Center in Via Cavour 1/r Ph. +39 055 290832
Tourist Information Center in Piazza Stazione, 4 Ph. +39 055 212245
Taxi +39 055 4242 / +39 055 4390

Emergency Numbers
Carabinieri (local police) Ph. 112
Police Emergency Ph. 113
Fire Station Ph. 115
Ambulance – First Aid Ph. 118

Scientific Programme

Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 October: 
9th Stem Cell Clonality Meeting
, click on the title for the program.  You can REGISTER from here.

Tuesday 18 October: Education Session (Education day programme)

Tuesday 18 October: Commercialisation and Clinical Trial Workshop (Commercialisation and clinical trial programme)

Tuesday 18 October: Molmed Symposium (Molmed Symposium programme)

Tuesday 18 October to Friday 21 October
Main congress full program