Information for delegates

Attendance Certificates
Attendance certificates will be sent electronically after the meeting on request.  If you require a CME certificate you must complete the evaluation form first - a link will be sent after the meeting.

Dress code
The dress code for the conference, including social events, is smart casual.

Food and beverage
The following are included in the conference fee:

  • All coffee breaks
  • Lunch on Saturday, Sunday and Monday
  • Welcome Reception on Saturday

Name badges
Please wear your name badge at all times when you are in the venue.

You are respectfully requested not to take photos or recordings during sessions.

Registration desk opening times
Saturday  08:00-18:30
Sunday  07:30-19:15
Monday  07:30-18:30
Tuesday  07:30-13:00

Registration for the conference is in the O’Reilly Hall main entrance.

Check-in for campus accommodation is at Reception in the UCD Village Building (open 24/7).

See campus map

Smoking is not permitted in any area within the venue.

You are reminded that you are responsible for your valuables and you should take care not to leave them unattended at any time.

There is free WiFi throughout the venue.

General information about Dublin and Ireland

Dublin is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Ireland. Situated on a bay on the east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey, it lies within the province of Leinster. It is bordered on the south by the Dublin Mountains, a part of the Wicklow Mountains range. It has a population of about 1.43 million, equating to 28.5% of the total population of Ireland. 

There is archaeological debate regarding precisely where and when Dublin originated, with a settlement established by the Gaels during or before the 7th century AD, and a second, Viking settlement following. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century and was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire after the Acts of Union in 1800. Following independence in 1922, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State, later renamed Ireland.

Dublin is a contemporary and historical centre for Irish education, arts and culture, administration and industry. As of 2018 the city was listed by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) as a global city, with a ranking of "Alpha minus", which places it as one of the top thirty cities in the world.

Similar to much of the rest of Northwestern Europe, Dublin experiences a maritime climate with mild-warm Summers and cool winters. Temperatures in June and July can range from 14-25 degrees centigrade.  Rain showers can occur and you are advised to bring an umbrella.

Time Zone
Dublin is in the UTC+0 (GMT) time zone during the winter. In the summer, Irish Standard Time (IST) is observed which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). IST is the same as British Summer Time (BST).

The standard domestic electricity supply in Ireland is 230 volt AC (frequency 50Hz).

English is spoken by 97.5% of people in Ireland, however, Irish Gaelic is recognised as the first official language of the Republic of Ireland.

Please check passport and visa requirements in due time before your departure. If you are travelling to Ireland and you are not a citizen of the UK or a country in the European Economic Area (the EU plus Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein), you may need to apply for a visa. More information can be found here about who will require, or not require a visa.

Visas can take a while to be processed, so leave enough time before departure to apply. Single entry visa fee is €60 but depending on your nationality you may not need to pay.

The currency of Dublin is the Euro. Notes come in denominations of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500. There are coins for one, two, five, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and €1 and €2.

Service charge and value added taxes are generally included in the price. A tip is seen as a way to compliment the service, but is not mandatory. If a service charge isn’t already included a tip of approximately 10-15% would be appropriate.  With taxis a common approach is to round your bill up to the nearest €5 or €10 euro.

Smoking in workplaces in Ireland was banned on 29 March 2004. From that date onwards, under the Public Health (Tobacco) Acts, it has been illegal to smoke in all enclosed workplaces. The ban is strictly enforced and includes bars, restaurants, clubs, offices, public buildings, company cars, trucks, taxis and vans.  Smoking is permitted in outdoor areas.

Free WiFi Internet
As well as the conference venue, many hotels and restaurants offer free WiFi and in addition there are many hotspots around the city where you can log onto the internet at no charge.

Opening hours
Most shops in Dublin typically open from 9am – 6pm Mondays to Saturdays, extending their opening hours every Thursday until 8pm. Some of the city’s shopping centres and department stores open every day until 8pm or 9pm. Currently, nearly all stores on Sundays are open from midday until 6pm.

Some grocery stores are open 24 hours a day, especially the multinational retail chain Spar, which can be found in all of Dublin’s neighbourhoods.

Museums in Dublin generally open from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Most remain open longer hours on Thursday. Most close on Monday.

Bars, pubs and restaurants - Meal times in Ireland are like other Northern European countries. Lunch is usually between midday and 1pm and dinner is between 6pm and 7pm. Pubs are open until 23:30 Monday to Thursday and Sunday, and open until 00:30 on Friday and Saturday nights.

Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday from 10:00-16:00 and are closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Covid testing (eg if required for return flights)
Ireland no longer has covid requirements for entering or leaving the country. 

There is private covid testing available in Dublin. The cost is up to €100 for PCR and up to €50 for antigen.  There are sites near the conference with reliability and 48 hour turnaround. At the time of writing (May 2022) Randox is an option if you require 24 hour turnaround PCR testing (link).  NB we make no guarantees and recommend that you also do your own research.

Useful phone numbers
Country code: + 353
International call prefix: 00
Dublin area code: (0)1
General emergency service: 112 or 999
Fire department: 112 or 999
Police (emergency): 112 or 999
Directory service: this is very expensive in Dublin so we suggest you use Google

Dublin tourism

The following websites have more information about things to do and places to eat and drink in and around Dublin: