Official language

The official language of the Symposium is English.

Local time

Switzerland is in the Central European Time Zone.

Name badge

A name badge will be required for access to the congress area. Participants will receive a name badge when they check in at the registration desk. It must be worn at all times.


In May, Bern generally has pleasant temperatures and high rainfall. Daytime temperatures hover around 19°C, while nights can cool down to about 8°C.

Foreign exchange, banking facilities

The official currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc CHF.

British Pounds, US Dollars, and other major currencies can be easily exchanged at the following places:

•          Banks

•          Exchange offices

•          Airport

•          Major hotels

Exchange offices usually offer better exchange rates than banks. At airports, the rates may be slightly higher than in the city center.

The most commonly accepted payment options are cash, credit cards and debit cards. Credit cards and debit cards are accepted almost everywhere. The most common are Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Maestro. It is advisable to check in advance what fees apply to transactions abroad.

Another option is contactless payment via Apple Pay or Google Pay.

Electrical systems

The voltage in Switzerland, as in most of Europe, is 230V/50 Hz.

Switzerland uses type C (2-pin) and Type J (3-pin) plugs. (Type C 2-pin plugs also fit J sockets.)

Most power sockets are designed for three pin round plugs. The standard continental type plug with two round pins, applied for many electrical travel products, may be used without problem. Adaptors are available in most hotels.


There are numerous taxi companies to choose from in Bern.

Please note that taxi journeys in Switzerland are relatively expensive in comparison to other European cities. Taxis are obligated to make their tariffs visible both inside and outside the car.

A journey to Bern Airport can cost around 50 CHF.