Published: 08 October 2015
Category: Annual ETS Meetings
Annual ETS Meetings

Sunday 11th to Wednesday 14th September 2016 in Dublin, Ireland

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to attend the 44th annual meeting of the European Teratology Society in Dublin, Ireland on 11th–14th September 2016. The conference will be held in the O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel, a city centre location within walking distance of the many cultural sites and hostelries that Dublin has to offer.

Key sessions for ETS 2016 will include:

  • Education Course: Juvenile Toxicity
  • Maternal Health in Pregnancy
  • Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology: Regulatory Updates
  • The Placenta
  • Young Scientist Symposium

Diabetes mellitus, obesity and epilepsy are some of the most common conditions that can cause pregnancy complications. The underlying mechanisms and clinical management of these conditions will be discussed in the symposium ‘Maternal Health in Pregnancy’. Although rats and rabbits are valid models in the evaluation of potential teratogens, interpretation of their transplacental xenobiotic transfer data is precarious. The Placenta symposium will examine suitable models of human placental function and health. The Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology: regulatory updates symposium will address key issues such as the “Addition of ED parameters to OECD guidelines for industrial chemicals” and updates on the proposed changes in the ICH S5 guideline. We will also have a Young Scientist symposium which provides an invaluable opportunity for our student/young scientists to present on a diverse range of topics in a symposium forum.

The programme will also include the ETS/TS debate on “GMO’s/Glyphosate and Development”, the ETS Presidents award lecture, the ETS/Elsevier best manuscript presentation, free communication and poster presentations.

Dublin, with its relaxed and friendly atmosphere is the ideal place for our social programme where we invite you to make new friends and renew old acquaintances.

In addition to the blocks of rooms reserved at preferential rates for the conference delegates, cheaper accommodation options are available in Dublin to meet all budgets.

I look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues to the conference.
Cead Mile Failte

Shay Giles,
Vice President Elect of the ETS.


ETS Officers

President: Manon Beekhuijzen
Past President: Paul Barrow
Vice-President: Alberto Mantovani
Vice President elect: Shay Giles
Treasurer: Steffen Schneider
Secretary: Richard Bartlett

ETS Council

Nicola Powles-Glover
Richard Vogel
Elise Lewis
Gian Mario Tiboni
Edward Marsden
Secretary:Richard Bartlett
Julian French

Meeting Organisation

Solution office e.K.
Pia Schröder 
Bergstr. 2 
29646 Bispingen

Tel.: +49 5194 97449-0
Fax: +49 5194 97449-4
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Programme Overview

Sunday 11th September
ETS Council Meeting 1 09.00 - 13.00    

Education course*

Juvenile Toxicity

Sponsored by Sequani Limited, UK

Chairs: Graham Bailey

14.00 - 14.15 Introduction Graham Bailey, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Belguim
14.15 - 14.55 Juvenile animal testing today Paul Baldrick, Covance Laboratories, Harrogate, UK
14.55 - 15.35 Expect the unexpected: learning from the past. Graham Bailey, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Belguim 
  15.35 - 16.05 Coffee  
  16.05 - 16.45 Future aspects of juvenile testing: where are we going? George Schmitt, F-Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Switzerland
16.45 - 17.30 Pediatric Trials: Daily challenges in clinical practice Viviane Klingmann, University Childrens Hospital, Dusseldorf, Germany
Welcome Reception 18.30 -  Oscars Bar and Kitchen, Mont Clare Hotel  
Monday 12th September
Welcome address 08.30 - 08.45   ETS President – Manon Beekhuijzen, Will Research, a Charles River Company, The Netherlands
President’s Award Lecture  08.45 - 09.30 A-1 Making a Difference: Concerned scientists in a contaminated world. Susan Makris, EPA, Washington DC, USA

Symposium 1

Maternal Health in Pregnancy

Sponsored by March of Dimes Foundation 

Chairs: Steven Van Cruchten, Fionnuala McAuliffe

09.30 - 09.45 S1-0 Impact of maternal health conditions and their treatment on pregnancy outcome Steven Van Cruchten, Dept of Veterinary Science, University of Antwerp, Belguim
09.45 - 10.25 S1-1 Diabetes in Pregnancy: impact on fetal and childhood health Fionnuala McAuliffe, University College Dublin, Ireland
  10.25 - 11.00 Coffee  
  11.00 - 11.40 S1-2 The treatment of epilepsy in pregnancy: the neurodevelopmental risks associated with exposure to antiepileptic drugs Rebecca Bromley, Institute of Human Development, St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester, UK
11.40 - 12.20 S1- 3 Obesity in pregnancy: strategies to prevent adverse outcomes Lucilla Poston, Kings College London, London, UK
  12.30 - 13.30 Lunch  

Symposium 2

The Placenta

Chairs: Nicola Powles-Glover, Paul Brownbill 

13.30 - 13.45 Introduction  Nicola Powles-Glover, Astra-zeneca, UK 
13.45 - 14.25 S2-1 An international network (PlaNet) to evaluate a human placental testing platform for chemicals safety testing in pregnancy Paul Brownbill, Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, University of Manchester, UK
14.25 - 15.05 S2-2 Prenatal metal exposure and effects on the placenta: DNA methylation as a putative mechanism of action  Karin Broberg, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
15.05 - 15.45 S2-3 Preeclampsia: free fetal hemoglobin as an endogenous toxic compound, new etiological mechanism and potential target for treatment. Stefan Hansson, Dept. Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lund University, Sweden
  15.45 - 16.15 Coffee  

Free communications

Chairs: TBC  

16.15 - 16.30 F-1 ZF-1: A strategy to reduce animal tests for developmental toxicity testing by a combined use of mammalian models and the zebrafish embryotoxicity test (ZFET or ZETA) Elisabet Teixido, UFZ-Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Dept. of Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology, Leipzig, Germany
16.30 - 16.45 F-2 In-vitro developmental toxicity potencies of petroleum substances in the embryonic stem cell test compared to their in-vivo developmental toxicity potencies Lenny Kamelia, Division of Toxicology, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
16.45 - 17.00 F-3 Development of an integrated system biology model for predicting mixtures of chemicals: the cas of the azole fungicides Maria Battistoni, Dept. Of Bioscience, Universitia degli Studi di Milano, Italy
17.00 - 17.15 F-4 Doxapram’s effect on apnea of prematurity and neurocognitive outcome in extremely preterm infants Zivanit Ergaz, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel
Poster session 17.30 - 19.00    
Tuesday 13th September

Symposium 3 

Young Scientists Symposium

Sponsored by Charles River

Chairs: Linda Allais, Deirdre Brennan  

08.30 - 08.40  Introduction:  Deirdre Brennan, School of Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland
08.40 - 09.15 S3-1 In vitro drug metabolism in juvenile non-rodent species: state of the art Els Van Peer, Dept. of Veterinary Science, University of Antwerp, Belguim
09.15 - 09.50 S3-2 A mouse model of ASD by early postnatal administration of valproic acid: rescue by the methyl donor S-Adenosyl Methionine Lisa Weinstein-Fudim, Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
  09.50 - 10.20 Coffee   
  10.20 - 10.55 S3-3 Developmental tosicity and endocrine disruption by PFHxS (perfluorohexane sulphonate) in rats  Louise Ramhoj, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Free communications

Chairs: TBC

10.55 - 11.30 Identification of molecular biomarkers for screening the mechanism of azoles developmental toxicity in the Whole Embryo Culture Myrto Dimopoulou, Division of Toxicology, Wageningen University, The Netherlands 
11.30 - 11.45 F-5 Children of opiate mothers have a high rate of ADHD and increased risk alleles associated with ADHD and the opiate addiction: a study of addicted parents and their children Asher Ornoy, Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
11.45 - 12.00 F-6 Establishment of novel advanced in vitro models of the placental barrier for nanoparticly translocation and effect studies Tina Buerki-Thurnherr, Swiss Federal Laboratories of Materials Testing and Technology, St Gaallen, Switzerland
12.00 - 12.15 F-7 Maternal exposure to diesel exhaust alters placental function and induces intergenerational effects in rabbits  Anne Tarrade, UMR BDR, INRA, ENVA, Universite Paris Saclay, France
12.15 - 12.30 F-8 “Simulect” as a model compound for assessing placental transfer of monoclonal antibodies in minipigs Edward Marsden, WIL Research/a Charles River Company, France
  12.30 - 13.30 Lunch  

Young Scientist Round Table (including lunch)

Chairs: Linda Allais and Geertje Lewin  

12.30 - 12.40 Introduction Linda Allais
12.40 - 12.50 Y-1 Ontogeny of drug metabolism in the zebrafish: an in vitro study using CYP-specific substrates. Saad Moayad A, Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences, University of Antwerp, Belguim
12.50 - 13.00 Y-2 Testing the toxicity of grapheme in zebrafish embryos Celia Quevedo, Biobide, San Sabastian, Spain
13.00 - 13.10 Y-3 In utero exposure to valproic acid during neurulation alters nitric oxide synthase isoforms exoression  Adalisa Ponzano, Department of Medicine and Aging Sciences, University G d’ Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara, Italy. 
13.10 - 13.30 Discussion and conclusion  

ETS/TS Exchange Discussion

GMOs, Glyphosate, and Reproductive Risks: Permissive vs. Precautionary Approaches

Chairs: Sue Makris and Shay Giles

13.30 - 13.50 T-1 GMOs, Glyphosate, and Reproductive Risks: Permissive vs. Precautionary Approaches Jochen Buschmann, Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine, Hannover, Germany
13.50 - 14.10 T-1 GMOs, Glyphosate, and Reproductive Risks: Permissive vs. Precautionary Approaches John De Sesso, Exponent Inc, Alexandria, VA, USA
14.10 - 14.30 Discussion  
ETS Position Paper updates  14.30 - 14.40 Update on Folic Acid fortification/supplementation position paper Luc De Schaepdrijver, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Belguim
14.40 - 14.50 Update on the Zebrafish position paper  Steven Van Cruchten, Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Antwerp, Belguim
2017 ETS Conference Presentation 14.50 - 15.00 Presentation on the 2017 ETS conference in Budapest, Hungary Alberto Mantovani, ISS, Roma, Italy
  15.00 - 15.30 Coffee  
ETS AGM 15.30 - 17.00   ETS members only
ETS Gala Dinner 19.30 - late   Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Dublin
Wednesday 14th September
Elsevier Award Lecture 09.00 - 09.40 TBC Anna Beker van Woudenberg, TNO, The Netherlands

Symposium 4 

Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology: Regulatory Updates

Sponsored by Wil Research/ A Charles River Company

Chairs: Nicola Powles-Glover and Linda Allais   

09.40 - 09.55 Introduction: Current state and future of reproductive and developmental toxicity testing Elise Lewis, Charles River, Pennsylvania, USA
09.55 - 10.25 S4-1 OECD DART guidelines update: addition of endocrine disruptor relevant endpoints Manon Beekhuijzen, WIL Research /a Charles River Company, The Netherlands
10.25 - 10.55 S4-2 Reproductive toxicity testing in a regulatory context (REACH) Norbert Bornatowicz, European Chemicals Agency, Helsinki, Finland
  10.55 - 11.30 Coffee     
  11.30 - 12.00 S4-3 Revision of the ICH guideline on detection of toxicity to reproduction for medicinal products: SWOT analysis Paul Barrow, Roche, Basel, Switzerland
12.00 - 12.30 S4-4 Hot topics in DART Testing and Risk Assessment: an EPA update  Susan Makris, EPA, Washington DC, USA
Farewell Address 12.30 - 12.40   Alberto Mantovani, incoming ETS president
ETS Council Meeting 2 13.00 - 14.00    

 *Additional registration required


Call for Abstracts

Participants interested in giving an oral or poster presentation are invited to submit an abstract. Work on topics related to the main symposia or the education course and ETS/ TS Discussion, will be given preference for free communications.

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the ETS officers or selected experts. Accepted abstracts received before 15th April 2016 will be published in the Special Conference Issue of Reproductive Toxicology. Abstracts received after this date will be distributed at the meeting.

Abstract template:

The maximum size of posters is 1000 mm wide x 1500 mm high (i.e. portrait format).

  • Authors names should appear in bold, with surname first followed by full first name and second initial. Presenting author should be indicated with an asterisk after surname. Example: Beekhuijzen*1 Manon, Mantovani2 Alberto, Barrow3 Paul. Failure to follow this format will result in incorrect indexing in the journal.
  • Affiliation in italics, name of institute, place and country only. Multiple affiliations indicated by superscript numbers after surnames.
  • One line spacing before body text.
  • Abstract body in plain text in one paragraph, no indents or empty lines. No figures or Tables
  • Up to three references may be cited indicated by numbers in square brackets in line with the text. The reference style of Reproductive Toxicology should be used ( authors#20300).
  • Organize text in: introduction, methods, results and conclusions. Provide factual text. Avoid general statements like: “results will be presented”.
  • Use 300 up to a maximum of 500 words for complete abstract (including title, authors, affiliation and text).
  • Add preference choice for poster or oral presentation.

Abstract deadline (extended): 31st May 2016

Please email abstracts to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


ETS/Elsevier Prizes

The following prizes will be awarded during the ETS meeting:

  • The Teddy Edwards Prize for Research into Congenital Malformations, awarded to the poster or free communication, which best exemplifies the aims of the Society.
  • The ETS and Elsevier Publication Award Prize for best Reproductive Toxicology manuscript in the previous year.
  • The ETS Prize given best poster or free communication delivered by a young scientist at the conference.
  • The Elsivier Best Presentation Award for best poster or free communication at the conference.
  • The ETS Presidents Award lecture, given by an esteemed member of the society at the invitation of the president.
  • The ETS Young Scientist Round Table Medal for the best presentation at the young scientist round table discussion session.


ETS Young Scientist/Student Support

Thanks to our Sustaining Membership Sponsors, the ETS has the opportunity to encourage, educate and support a number of young scientists/students through travel grants, research/congress bursaries, young scientist prizes and reduced registration fees. In order to be eligible, students must submit an abstract for presentation at the conference and apply for membership to the Society. Applications should be made by the student’s Supervisor to the Secretary of the ETS. Awards will be given at the discretion of the ETS.

ETS Secretary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Education Course: Juvenile Toxicity

In recent years, consideration of whether juvenile animal (JA) testing is needed to support the clinical development of a pharmaceutical for children has become an increasingly important part of the drug development portfolio. The purpose of this scientific course is to review the “What and How” of pediatric drug development today from the nonclinical perspective, and how information generated is then managed in the clinical arena. The topic is intended for all of those involved in drug development, whether scientist or regulator. The first three presentations will be a state-of-the art overviews highlighting where we are today with JA testing, the importance of using an integrated nonclinical approach and the challenges and impacts of study design and parameters selection. In addition, lessons from the past in terms of surprise study findings encountered in a juvenile population, and the advancements including specific study parameter evaluation along with modern industry/regulatory understanding of the utility of JA testing will be presented. An insight on the newest nonclinical guideline, that relates to JA testing (ICH S11) will be given and how it could potentially affect our current and future JA testing strategies and thoughts on possible animal-free testing strategies. The final presentation will move away from the pre-clinical arena and present the challenges encountered in clinical practice when performing clinical trials in young children.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understanding of why there is a need for juvenile animal (JA) testing
  • Why there are a range of additional study design considerations with JA testing
  • What JA studies are showing us and how do we use this data
  • Status and possible impact of the new nonclinical guideline relating to JA testing (ICH S11)


Social Programme

Welcome Reception – 11th September 2016, 18.30 h

Oscars Bar 2

The Welcome Reception will take place in “Oscar’s Bar and Kitchen” in the Mont Clare Hotel, two minutes walk from the Alexander Hotel.

This newly refurbished venue offers a casual unique setting, and pays tribute to the world famous poet and playwrite Oscar Wilde, whose childhood home is located nearby.

We would like to invite you to this get-together to meet with old and new colleagues and friends. You can chat and prepare yourself for the following days of the conference.

More importantly, even those who will arrive late, have a chance to come around and enjoy the evening for a good start to the conference.

Young Scientists Happy Hour

The Young Scientists Happy Hour, an informal get-together to foster networking opportunities for students, researchers and professionals of all ages will take place on Sunday 11th September.

ETS Conference Dinner – 13th September 2016, 19.30 h

Royal College of Physicians

It is a great pleasure to invite you to join the conference dinner which will take place in the Royal College of Physicians.

Nestled beside the National Library of Ireland on Dublin’s Kildare Street, No. 6 has been the home of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland since 1864. Thanks to its illustrious medical past, No.6 houses an eclectic collection of artifacts and antiques reflecting the antiquity of the College. The main rooms of the building remain much as they were in 1864 when the building was opened.

The dinner is the best opportunity to meet people, make friends and extend your network. Join us!

The Royal College of Physicians is only 500 m from the O'Callaghan Alexander Hotel. No shuttle service will be provided. For directions please ask at the registration desk or click here for directions on Google Maps.

Dress code: Business casual

Address:   Royal College of Physicians
6 Kildare St
Dublin Southside
Dublin 2


Registration Fees
(23% VAT charged in addition)

The fees quoted are exclusive of VAT (23%). A VAT receipt will be issued to permit VAT registered companies to reclaim the tax.

Complete Congress

Fees include all scientific sessions, free communications, lunch, welcome reception and ETS Conference dinner.

 Until 30 June 2016After 30 June 2016
ETS Members € 350.00 € 420.00
Non-Members € 425.00 € 495.00
Students* € 100.00 € 130.00

One-Day Registration

One-Day fees include the ETS lectures, free communications and lunch for the registered day.

 Until 30 June 2016After 30 June 2016
ETS Members € 100.00 € 120.00
Non-Members € 130.00 € 160.00
Students* € 50.00 € 60.00

Education Course

 Until 30 June 2016After 30 June 2016
ETS Members € 70.00 € 100.00
Non-Members € 100.00 € 130.00
Students* € 40.00 € 60.00

Accompanying Person

The Accompanying Person fee includes welcome reception and ETS Conference dinner. Entrance to the scientific sessions and lunch is not included.

 Until 30 June 2016After 30 June 2016
  € 100.00 € 100.00
* Students registration to be supported by supervisors’ letter.


Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellations are to be notified in writing to the ETS Conference Organizing office.

Refunds will be made under the following conditions:

  • You may cancel at no penalty within 48 hours of placing your registration.
  • Until 1 July 2016 a 60% refund of the registration fee will be given.
  • After 1 July 2016, no registration fees will be refunded.
  • All refunds will be handled after the Conference.  



The conference hotel is holding a limited number of rooms until the 12th of August.

The congress hotel (O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel) is located in the city centre of Dublin within walking distance of the many cultural sites and hostelries that Dublin has to offer.

Make your reservation as early as possible. Dublin is well booked all year!

HotelCategoryDistance to congress venueRoomPrice/ night *rooms blockedAvailable tillcontact/ how to book
O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel  congress venue Classic single

€ 179.00

 65 12th August 2016
Classic double € 189.00
O’Callaghan Mont Clare  130 m Classic single

€ 149.00

 15 12th August 2016
Classic double € 159.00

There are a lot of smaller hotels and bed and breakfasts in walking distance to the congress venue that can’t offer speacial allotments for conferences. It might be cheaper to have a look for a room in such a hotel.

Delegates are welcome to book their own accommodation other than the accommodation service offered by the Congress Secretariat.

Following some suggestions:

HotelCategoryDistance to congress venuecontact/ how to book
Baggot Court Townhouse  850 m
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Paramount Hotel 1.5 km
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Dublin Central Inn 1.6 km
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Maldron Hotel Parnell Square 2.1 km
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The Apache Hostel Hostel 1.2 km
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Times Hostel Hostel 1.6 km This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Besides this you can also have a look at google maps.


ATTENTION: Avoid Hotel Fraud 

Unfortunately, several exhibitors and attendees of different congresses each year fall prey to accommodation offers from fraudulent companies.

Fraudulent companies repeatedly email our show participants with room offers for the week of ETS. Their website and/or emails mention ETS Congress, and even include our logo in the hopes of looking like an official or legitimate provider.

These groups promote attractive deals with local accommodation providers, but once payment has been received, the company disappears and can no longer be contacted by phone or email. Once the attendee contacts the hotel directly about their room, they realise the hotel has no record of them or their stay. Not only is their money gone, they must then scramble to find last-minute accommodation, which is rarely convenient to the venue.

This practice takes money directly from our customers and negatively impacts their ETS experience. We do everything we can to stop these companies preying on our attendees, and we don’t want this to happen to you.

Room reservations should be made directly with the hotel, using the reservation method indicated in their listing below. This is the only official way to book a room for Congress. Neither the ETS, nor solution office, utilize the services of any housing/accommodation vendor(s) and do not contact attendees regarding accommodations. Please do not make arrangements with any vendors who contact you directly to offer help with booking accommodations for the ETS Congress 2016.


Meeting Organisation – Registration Queries

Solution office e.K.
Pia Schröder
Bergstr. 2 
29646 Bispingen

Tel.: +49 5194 97449-0
Fax: +49 5194 97449-4
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Congress Venue

OCallaghan Alexander Night Facade 291dadb

O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel
41-47 Fenian Street
Dublin 2

The O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel is located in the city centre of Dublin, on the corner of Merrion Square. Grand Canal, Trinity College, Government Buildings are all located within walking distance from the hotel. Most attractions are in walking distance.

The old library at Trinity College is worth a visit with the gorgeously illustrated original manuscript of the Book of Kells and the massive Long Hall of the Old Library.

Please be aware of the left-hand traffic in Ireland!


Climate in Dublin

It is important to know that the weather in Dublin is very changeable. The best advice is to take an umbrella with you every day.

However, in September we normally have an “Indian Summer” with temperatures of 12–20 degrees.


How to get to Dublin

You can get to Dublin easily by plane or if you don’t like to fly, by ferry.Dublin airport is one the busiest in Europe. With the emergence of low cost air-travel, along with traditional carriers, it has never been easier or less expensive to travel to Dublin.

By plane

Dublin airport is only 10 km away from the city. It is close to the motorways and there are many transport options that connect the airport with the city centre.

By ferry

Starting from the United Kingdom, there is the possibility to go by ferry to Dublin. From Holyhead in the north of Wales or from Liverpool in the northwest in England you can travel directly by ferry to Dublin.


From the airport to the hotel

By Bus

The express busses of Aircoach depart regularly to the city. It will take ca. 30 minutes to Kildare Street and the ticket price is € 7.00.

The green busses Airlink 747 from the city transportation departs every 15 minutes from 5.00 am to 11.30 pm. The one-way ticket costs € 6.00. From Terminal 1 please follow the signs. The busses depart in front of the next building from bus bay 2. At terminal 2 the busses depart direct in front of terminal 2. Please exit at College Green, Trinity College, Stop 4521.

There are also some local bus routes that serve the airport. They are cheaper but nonexpress. For your return journey to the airport please ask at reception for information on the nearest bus stop.


A taxi from the airport to the hotel costs approx. € 20.00 - 30.00.

By car

Please follow your GPS! For those who will stay at the O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel, there is the possibility to use the car park from the hotel which will cost € 12.00 for 24 hours. Please contact Pia Schröder This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


From the harbour to the hotel

By car

Please follow your GPS! For those who will stay at the O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel, there is the possibility to park the cars at the car park from the hotel which will cost € 12.00 for 24 hours. Please contact Pia Schröder This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


A taxi from the harbour to the hotel costs approx. € 15.00.

By bus and train

From the Irish Ferries Terminal take the bus to the Amiens Street, in the direction of Talbot Street, line 53. Then it is a short walk to Connolly Station. From there you have to take the train to Pearse Station, in the direction of Bray Train Station, line 13, 14 or 17. Then it is only 300 m to the hotel. It will take approx. 35 minutes.



The official language in Ireland is Irish but English is spoken everywhere. Traffic signs for example are in in both languages.


Currency & Exchange

As Ireland is a member of the European Union the currency is the Euro (€), divided into 100 Cent. Currency can be exchanged at the airport, banks and exchange offices. ATMs are widely available. Also many shops and pubs will have an ATM in store and they cost the same to use as ‘regular’ ATMs on the street.




The electrical supply in Ireland is 230v/50Hz. Plugs and sockets operate using three prongs and plug adapters are widely available. Check that your appliance supports dual voltage and frequency.



Ireland is a member of the European Union, but not a member of the Schengen Area. Therefore, separate immigration controls are maintained. Citizens of EU and EEA countries (and Switzerland) only require a valid national identity card or passport.

Non-EU nationals may need to apply for a visa to travel to Dublin. Please consult the following link:

Visa Requirements

It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to take care of his / her visa requirements. Attendees who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure. Attendees should contact the nearest embassy or consulate to determine the appropriate timing of their visa applications. It is recommended to apply for a visa at least 3 months in advance of the Congress. When the registration has already been paid, the registration fee minus a handling fee of € 50.00 will be refunded after the Congress if the visa was applied for in time, and proof of this, together with an official notice from the embassy confirming that a visa could not be granted, is forwarded to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Letter of invitation

If you need a letter of invitation for your visa you can request one via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Please note that a letter of invitation will only be issued after you have registered for the congress.


Sponsors & Exhibitors

Download Letter of Invitation

Download Application form


Photos: © CGiles

Last Updated: 26 April 2017