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Practical information

Practical information

On this page you find information about France and Poland, your venue to Krakow and the School center, practical information for the school duration.

About Poland and Krakow

Visas

Please check, if you need visa. If so, please visit appropriate for your country Polish Consulate website for details http://www.msz.gov.pl. Some participants may need an official invitation for the Conference, for visa application. We kindly inform you that, according to our regulations, such a letter may only be sent to the participant upon her/his request after the registration is performed, for those accepted following the selection process

Climate

Poland has as many as six distinct seasons. Apart from the four typical European seasons, there are also two periods described as early spring and early winter. Throughout the year you might experience almost every type of weather. Krakow has a temperate continental climate. The city doesn't see much rain and summers (June, July, August) are hot.

Usually from the end of September till late November the temperatures vary from 5° to 15° Celsius. 15° Celsius means people usually wearing a bit warmer clothes. The nights are cold with around 0° to 5°Celsius. Very often it rains during this period, especially in November.

Practical information

  • Poland uses Central European Time (GMT + 01:00). Due to the Daylight Saving Time (DST) on the last Sunday of March at 2am we change time by adding one hour and on the last Sunday of October we take one hour back.
  • Zloty (PLN) is the currency in use. 1PLN = 0.24€.
  • Power plugs and sockets are on the Europlug compatible standard (eg as in France or Germany), voltage 220V.
  • EHIC: European Health Insurance Card. This card is free and allows attendees coming from European member states to receive medical treatment for free or at a reduced cost. Probably to be requested from your provider of health insurance.

Tourist information

Krakow and Poland have fantastic places for tourism.

Poland is a country with more than thousand years of recorded history, rich and varied, and first to free itself from communist domination in 1989, is now fully democratic and a member of the European Union. Since the fall of communism the country has undergone rapid economic and social changes and the process still continues.

Krakow, as the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland is located in the southern part of Poland in the Lesser Poland region. The history of the city dates back to the 7th century. Since the Middle Ages Krakow had been the capital of the Polish state until the 17th century and has kept the character of a spiritual capital till the present day.

Krakow is one of the places in the world which have been included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. The architectural complex of the Old Town has survived all the cataclysms of the past and preserved the same, unchanged layout since the Middle Ages. The Old Town together with the Wieliczka Salt Mine have been recognized as some of the most valuable architectural treasures of the world. There are over 300 town-houses and 58 churches and palaces, all considered historical monuments just within the old center of Krakow and that is just a small part of all the monuments of this city.

Travel information

By air

A number of direct flight connections exists between Krakow/Cracow and many cities in Europe (e.g. Munich, Frankfurt, Prague, Vienna, Brussels, Helsinki, Athens and others) and North America (Chicago, Newark). Look for the current flight schedule from/to Krakow/Cracow Airport here: http://www.krakowairport.pl/. From the Balice Airport (located 8 km from the city centre) you can reach city centre by shuttle buses number 208 or 292. It takes about 40 minutes and costs approx. 4 PLN. Tickets are available at the Tourist Information counter in the Arrival Hall or directly from the bus driver. An alternative is to take a taxi directly from the Airport to city centre. It takes about 15-20 minutes and costs approximately 50 PLN. Yet another option is to take a shuttle train to the Main Railway Station (20 minutes ride, every 30 minutes). Tickets (12 PLN) are available at the Tourist Information counter in the Arrival Hall or from the train ticket-inspector. Train platform can be reached with the airport shuttle bus (leaving terminals every 15 minutes) or within 3 minutes walk.

By train

Direct train connections exist between Krakow/Cracow and a number of cities in Europe (e.g. Berlin, Hamburg, Kiev, Prague, Budapest, Wien). There is also frequent connection between Krakow/Cracow and Warszawa (the capital of Poland). For the current train timetable, please click: http://rozklad-pkp.pl/. If you come to Cracow by train, you should disembark the train at the "Krakow Glowny" railway station located in the city centre, then continue with tram, bus, or taxi to your hotel.

By car

From West: Drive along A4 motorway until you leave the toll barriers before Krakow/Cracow. Take the direction “KRAKOW-POLNOC” and drive straight ahead (direction “CENTRUM”) . From South: After crossing the border between Slovakia and Poland follow the direction “KRAKOW”. When you reach Krakow/Cracow, drive straight ahead until you reach a roundabout (with a BP fuel station on the right hand side before it). Turn left into “KONOPNICKIEJ” Street. Then drive straight ahead, then through a short tunnel and the bridge over Vistula river (you can see the Wawel castle on the right hand side). For those arriving to Kraków by car please bear in mind that the city centre is a restricted car parking zone. Please consult the car parking options with your hotel.

Local information

Conference site

The European School on Magnetism 2018 will take place at Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology (ACMiN AGH). The ACMiN AGH is located in the D-16 building of the AGH University Campus, at Kawiory street 30, 30-055 Krakow, Poland.

School organizers

AGH University of Science and Technology,
Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology (ACMiN)
Kawiory street 30, 30-055 Krakow, Poland
Postal address:
A. Mickiewicza Av. 30, 30-059 Krakow, Poland
Chair: Prof. Dr. Marek Przybylski

Accommodation

  • Accommodation is covered by the registration fees. It is organized at Olimp, with address 9 Rostafińskiego Street, Kraków. Olimp is a modern, year - round accommodation place offering cosy, nicely decorated studio apartments. Each apartment comprises a kitchenette with kettle and fridge, and a bathroom with shower. In every room there is a telephone, desk and chairs, wardrobe and Olimp free Internet access at guests' disposal.
  • Lodging is provided on the basis of two persons per room. You should bring your toiletries. Towels, linen/blankets are provided.
  • In the hostel you can use the kitchen located on every floor.
  • Laundry (automatic washing machines) are available in the accommodation building, as well as in the city.

Catering

  • Breakfast is covered by the registration fees. It will be served at the accommodation place.
  • Lunches and coffee breaks are covered by the registration fees. They will be served at the School place at the time indicated in the programme.
  • Dinners need to be organized by the participants on their own. You may enjoy one of the thousands of cafeteries and restaurants in Krakow, or cook on your own at the accommodation place (all rooms are equipped with a kitchenette).

Practical

  • Bring appropriate casual wear and footwear for the outing and sport sessions:
    • There will be one trip to the Polish mountains, 100 kilometers to the south of Krakow. Wierchomla - the purpose of the trip - is a popular destination for mountaineering, skiing and hiking. Polish and Slovak borders meet nearby on Poprad River. We plan to leave Krakow on the Friday afternoon and come back on the Sunday after lunch.
    • A sporting afternoon is scheduled at Piastowska St. 26A.
  • Posters: we encourage participants to bring posters to present their work. Students are asked to present their poster in a one-slide-two-minutes presentations as an exercise to summarize their work. Poster will be hanged during coffee breaks and special sessions. The preferred size of the posters is A0 portrait. In the Programme special POSTER CLIPS sessions are scheduled for quick presentations of the participants as an introductions to their poster (two slides max). Please have such slides prepared in an electronic format.