General Information

Conference Hotel and Venue

Royal Hotel Carlton
Via Montebello, 8, 40121 Bologna, Italy

Thursday, 22 February – Sunday, 25 February, 2018
The Scientific Program will start on the Friday 23 February, 2018.

The official language of the congress is English. All abstract submissions and presentations are to be conducted in English.

CME Accreditation
An application will be submitted for CME points.

A commercial and professional exhibition will take place during the congress, parallel to the congress hours.

Get Together Reception
A reception will be held on the evening of 27 February 2016. The reception will be open to all attendees and accompanying persons.

In Bologna, the month of February is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 7°F, from 45°F to 52°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 61°F or dropping below 36°F.

Banking and Exchange
The monetary system is the Euro. Foreign currency may be changed at at banks, railway stations and airports.
All major credit cards are acceptable in most hotels, restaurants and shops.

All visitors are required to have a valid passport, and for some countries, a visa is required.
For more information please contact your nearest Embassy, Consulate or local travel agency well in advance. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa if required.


The congress organizers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage of property belonging to congress participants (or their accompanying persons),either during, or as a result of the course.

Letter of Invitation
The letter of Invitation meant to help participants raise travel funds or obtain a visa, and does not represent a commitment on the part of the organizers to provide any financial support. Please  email the conference secretariat to receive the letter of invitation.