Published: 01 March 2017
Category: Annual ETS Meetings
Annual ETS Meetings

Monday 4th to Thursday 7th September 2017 in Budapest, Hungary

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to attend the 45th annual meeting of the European Teratology Society in Budapest, Hungary on 4th–7th September 2017. The conference will be held in the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, located in the centre of Pest (East of Danube), at easy reach from the many cultural and amusement sites offered by this Mitteleuropean Capital.

The Key sessions for ETS 2017 will include:

  • Education Course: Hormones and Brain Development
  • Pre-term births
  • Safety Assessment of Herbal Drugs in Pregnancy
  • Transplacental Exposure to Tumorigenic Agents
  • IATA - Integrated Approaches to Testing and Assessment
  • Satellite Workshop: Best Practices in interpreting developmental toxicity data

The Education Course and the Symposium on pre-term births will be organized in collaboration with European Network of Teratology Information Services (ENTIS).

Indeed, ETS 2017 intends to tackle cutting edge topics in the field of developmental bases of health and disease. The Education Course will illustrate the many interfaces between hormones and neurological development, from the role of homones in bran maturation to the effects of hormonally-active drugs and endocrine disrupters. Pre-term births are among the most adverse pregnancy outcomes and they might even be considered as “hidden epidemics”: the speakers will deal with epidemiological aspects as well as with experimental models. Herbal drugs are increasingly used for the most various purposes: yet, are there risks for use in pregnancy? For the first time the ETS will discuss this topic, from mechanisms of action to human evidence. The symposium on transplacental exposure to tumorigenic agents deals with the long-term effects on cancer risk in children and adults due to prenatal exposures, with a marked emphasis on system biology. Last but not least, IATA is a fashionable novel acronym, but what changes and innovations have to be introduced in toxicity testing? The symposium will present enticing viewpoints from industry and assessors.

A novel feature of ETS 2017 is the satellite Workshop, where industrial experts and regulatory authorities will discuss on how to implement best practices in the interpretation of developmental toxicity results.

The programme will also include the ETS/TS debate on “Morphological variations in animal studies: useful for human risk assessment, or red herring?”, the ETS Presidents award lecture, the ETS/Elsevier best manuscript presentation and, perhaps most important, free communication and poster presentations will provide room for all participants, and mainly junior scientists, to present and discuss their activities.

In addition to the scientific programme there is Budapest: the attractive and imposing capital of a Country with unique cultural features at the boundary between central and eastern Europe, will provide a stimulating atmosphere for scientific exchanges as well as new acquaintances.

Finally, we all mind about resources: in addition to the blocks of rooms reserved at referential rates for the conference delegates, cheaper accommodation options are available in Budapest to meet all budgets.

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

Benvenuti/fogadtatás/welcome to Budapest

Alberto Mantovani,
President of the ETS.


ETS Officers

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

ETS Council

Deidre Brennan
Steven van Cruchten
Julian French
Elise Lewis
Francesca Maranghi
Derek Newall
Birgit Peter
Nicola Powles-Glover
Daniela Rahmel
Richard Vogel

Meeting Organisation

Solution office e.K.
Julia Robker
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.




Monday 4th September 2017

ETS Council Meeting 1
ETS-ENTIS Education Course:

Hormones and Brain

DevelopmentChairs: Asher Ornoy, Marta Axelstad

14.00-14.15 Introduction Asher Ornoy, Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
Marta Axelstad Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark
14.15-14.45 Stress and stress hormones during fetal development: effects on disease susceptibility in later life  Sonja Entringer, Charite University Medicine, Berlin, Germany
14.45-15.15 Thyroid hormones, thyroid diseases and their impact on fetal brain development  Henning Tiemeyer, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
15.15-15.30 Summary of main conclusions from Workshop on Thyroid Disruption, organized by the EU Commission, Paris, March 2017  Marta Axelstad Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark
  15.30-16.00 Coffee  
  16.00-16.30 Neurobehavioral and neurochemical changes in developing rodents exposed to EDC: criteria to predict a human hazard  Gemma Calamandrei, Laura Ricceri, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy
16.30-17.00 The validity of animal models for the understanding of human environmentally - induced neurobehavioral disorders: SSRIs as an example  Asher Ornoy, Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
17.00-17.30 Round table: How can we ensure optimal brain development? Lessons from the talks Chairs and lectures
19.00 The ETS officers and council are glad to informally welcome the participants at  Mazel Tov (Jewish district, Pest) from 19,00 Mazel Tov, Akácfa utca 47, 1072 Budapest
Satellite Workshop

Best practices in interpreting development toxicity data

Sponsored by Health and Environmental Sciences Institute      

13.00-13.30 Introduction on wokrshop goals Aldert H. Piersma, RIVM, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
13.30-14.00 ECHA's perspective on CLP Cat R Gunilla Ericsson and Kati Hellsten, ECHA, Helsinki, Finland
14.00-14.30 Considerations of maternal toxicity in CMR classifications George Daston, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, USA
14.30-14.50 Cast study 1: boric acid Leonello Attias, Istituto Superiore di Santà, Rome, Italy
14.50-15.10 Case study 2: azoles Nina Hallmark, Bayer S.A.S. Corp Science Division, Sophia Antipolis, France
15.10-15.30 Case study 3: phthalates Jennifer Foreman, ExxonMobil, USA
15.30-16.30 Breakout groups to discuss case studies Chairs: Jenniger Foreman (USA), Nina Hallmark (France), Isabelle Leconte (France)
16.30-17.25 Panel Discussion All speakers, plus the panelists: Sheila Tesh (UK), Jochen Buschmann (Germany)
17.25-17.40 Concluding remarks George Daston, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, USA

Tuesday 5th September 2017

Welcome address
08.45-09.00   ETS President - Alberto Mantovani, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy
President’s Award Lecture 
09.00-09.45 Air pollution and prenatal development Elpida Niki Emmanouil-Nikoloussi, European University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
Symposium 1

Pre-term births

In collaboration with ENTIS

Chairs: Steve Van Cruchten, Corinna Weber-Schöndorfer

10.00-10.15 S1-0 Pretermn birth: epidemiology, long-term morbidity and translational models Steven Van Cruchten, University of Antwerp, Wilrijk, Belguim
10.15-10.45 S1-1 Preterm birth - Epidemiology, consequences and possible interventions Gil Klinger, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
  10.45-11.15 Coffee  
    11.15-11.45 S1-2 Recent insights in pre-term brain injury gained from advanced neuoimaging: a review Jeroem Dudink, University Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands
11.45-12.15 S1-3 Postnatal complications of preterm birth: the pig as a translational model Thomas Thymann, University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Denmark
12.15-12.30 General Discussion with chairs ands speakers  
  12:30-13.30 Lunch  
ETS Special Roundtable

Chairs: Manon Beekhuijzen, Steffen Schneider

12.45-13.30 Thyroid testing: status quo and open issues  
Symposium 2

Safety Assessment of Herbal Drugs in Pregnancy

Chairs: Elise Lewis, Nicola Powles-Glover

13.30-13.45 S2-0 Safety Assessment of Herbal Drugs in Pregnancy Elise Lewis, Charles River Laboratories, USA
13.45-14.15 S2-1 Pregnancy and the use of Herbal Medicines James McLay, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland-UK
14.15-14.45 S2-2 Herbal medicinal products in pregnancy - available? Jacqueline Wiesner, Federal Institute for Drugs which data are Medical Devices, Bonn, Germany
  14.45-15.15 Coffee  
   15.15-15.45 S2-3 Risks and safety of herbal laxatives and antiemetics in pregnancy Robert Gaspar, University of Szeged, Hungary
15.45-16.00 General Discussion with chairs and speakers  
Free communications

Chairs: Shay Giles, Derek Newall   

16.00-16.15 F1 Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome-TTTS: Approach Janna Aslanidi, European University of Cyprus, A Comprehensive Nicosia, Cyprus
16.15-16.30 F2 High prevalence of severe microcephaly in a after a ZIKV outbreak: a population study Augusto César Cardoso-dos-Santos, Brazilian municipalty Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
16.30-16.45 F3 Secretoglobin 1A1 (SCGB1A1) protein expressed immunohistochemically in neonantal mice lung Club cells after exposure at heavy traffic sites in Northern Greece Katerina Kaidoglou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
16.45-17.00 F4 The role of metabolism in the prenatal developmental toxicity (PDT) of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in petroleum substances Lenny Kamelia, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
17.00-17.15 F5 Gene expression changes after thalidomide exposure
species: preliminary results regarding angiogenesis components
Thayne W. Kowalski, Instituto Nacional in different de Genética Médica Populacional and Cereblon complex and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Poster session

Wednesday 6th September 2017

Symposium 3

Transplacental exposure to tumorigenic agents

Chairs: Birgit Peter, Alberto Mantovani

09.00-09.15 S3-0 Transplacental exposure to tumorigenic agents Alberto Mantovani, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy
Birgit Peter, Charles River, 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
09.15-09.45 S3-1 Transplacental exposure to environmental with childhood cancer risks and the role of modulating factors Aleksandra Fucic, Institute for Medical carcinogens: association Research and Occupational Health, Zagreb, Croatia
09.45-10.15 S3-2 Transcriptomics analysis in association newborn children across Europe. Jos C. Kleinjans, Maastricht University,  environmental burden in Maastricht, The Netherlands
  10.15-10.45 Coffee  
   10.45-11.15 S3-3 Chemical exposures and infant leukaemia: development of an adverse outcome pathway (AOP) for etiology and risk assessment research Pablo Menendez,  University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia-Spain
11.15-11.30 General discussion with chairs and speakers  
Free communications

Chair: Deirdre Brennan  

11.30-11.45 F6 High sucrose low copper diet in diabetic and non-diabetic pregnant rats induces long-term changes in the offspring epigenome manifested by DNA hypo-methylation of critical developmental genes. Asher Ornoy, Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
11.45-12.00 F7 Drug-associated miscarriage, teratogenicity and low birthweight risks: methods for population-based case-control studies in Hungary  János G. Pitter, Syreon Research Institute, Budapest, Hungary
12.00-12.15 F8 Gastroschisis in Europe – A prevalence and case-malformed control study Joanne E. Given, Ulster University, Northern Ireland-UK
12.15-12.30 F9 Dofetilide exposure during pregnancy is associated with high blood pressure in the adult offspring Helen E. Ritchie,  University of Sydney, Sidney, New South Wales, Australia
  12.30-13.30 Lunch  
Young Scientists Round Table (including lunch)
Chairs: Deirdre Brennan, Steven Van Cruchten    
12.30-12.40 Introduction by Chairs  
12.40-12.50 Evaluation of the reproductive capacity of diabetic pregnancy on rats treated with medicinal mushrooms Leticia F. Laurino, University of Sorocaba, Sorocaba, São Paulo, Brazil
12.50-13.00 In vitro metabolism of mammalian proteratogens in the zebrafish: a preliminary investigation Chloé Bars,  University of Antwerp, Wilrijk, Belgium
13.00-13.10 Immunohistochemical characterization of biomarkers in the neural embryonic stem cell test (ESTn) and their perturbation by chemical exposures Victoria C. De Leeuw, RIVM, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
13.10-13.20 Diethylhexyl phthalate effects on male reproductive system during neonatal period.  Mariana Di Lorenzo,  University Federico II of Naples, Naples, Italy
13.20-13.30 Discussion and Conclusion  
ETS/TS Exchange Discussion
Chairs: Sue Makris, Alberto Mantovani
13.30-14.30 Morphological variations in animal studies: useful for human risk assessment, or red herring? Discussants: Paul C. Barrow, Hoffmann-La-Roche, Basel, Switzerland, Christopher J. Bowman, Pfizer, Groton, CT, USA
ETS Position Paper updates  
14.30-14.40 Update on Folic Acid fortification/ supplementation position paper Luc De Schaepdrijver, Belgium
14.40-14.50 Update on the Zebrafish position paper Steven Van Cruchten, University of Antwerp, Wilrijk, Belguim
14.50-15.00 Update on the Thyroid position paper Manon Beekhuijzen, Charles River, 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
  15.00-15.30 Coffee  
2018 ETS Conference Presentation
15.30-15.45 Presentation on the 2018 ETS conference in Berlin, Germany Nicola Powles-Glover, United Kingdom
15.30-17.00   ETS members only
ETS Gala Dinner
19.30-   Halászbástya Restaurant (Fisherman’s Bastion, Buda)

Thursday 7th September 2017

Elsevier Award Lecture
09.00-09.40 A genomics-based framework for identifying biomarkers of human neurodevelopmental toxicity  Joshua F. Robinson,  University of California, San Francisco, USA
Symposium 4

The future of DART testing: use of AOPs and Developmental Ontologies in developing IATA (Integrated Approaches to Testing and Assessment)

Chairs: Manon Beekhuijzen, Aldert H. Piersma

09.40-09.55 S4-0 Developmental and Reproductive toxicity testing – the next generation Manon Beekhuijzen, Charles River, 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
09.55-10.25 S4-1 Identifying the “DARTable genome” trigger conditions for Quantitative Adverse Outcome Pathways are necessary for predictive DART. Richard A. Currie, Kathryn Wolton, Syngenta Jealott’s Hill International and understanding Research Centre, Bracknell, United Kingdom
  10.25-10.55 Coffee  
    10.55-11.25 S4-2 Integrated  approaches to testing and assessment (IATA) in developmental toxicology Aldert H. Piersma, RIVM, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
11.25-11.55 S4-3 Computational embryology as an integrative platform for predictive DART Thomas B. Knudsen,  US EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA
11.55-12.10 General discussion with chairs and speakers  
Farewell Address
12.10-12.20   Nicola Powles-Glover, United Kingdom
ETS Council Meeting 2

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 1st June 2017 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): 1st June 2017

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: Hormones and Brain Development

Increasing knowledge delivers better insights into the complex interaction between maternal hormone status during pregnancy and fetal brain development. Whereas the critical role of maternal thyroid diseases has been known for long, the exact mechanism of action and its impact on brain development is still a matter of research.

Understanding the role of stress and stress hormones during pregnancy and their effects on infants’ later life is a rather new field of research. Yet, the mechanisms how hormones can regulate human neurodevelopment are not completely clarified; and fetal consequences of maternal endocrine imbalances need further investigations. In addition, a number of hormonally active drugs and environmental disruptors might interfere with fetal neurobehavioral programming. It remains unclear how to reliably test these effects, understand their long term impact and relevance for human health.

The course is co-organized in collaboration with the European Network of Teratology Information Services (ENTIS) in order to provide a multifaceted viewpoint, from endocrinology and embryology to toxicology and clinical teratology.

Key learning objectives:

  • update on the role of maternal thyroid function and subclinical iodine deficiency on the fetus.
  • the interactions between prenatal stress, glucorticoid hormones and fetal brain development
  • endocrine disruptors and neurobehavioral impairment: what is the weight of evidence?
  • neurodevelopmental toxicity of chemicals and drugs; how to identify and assess endocrine-related effects?


Satellite Workshop*: Best Practices in interpreting developmental toxicity data for classification and labeling

This workshop has been endorsed by ETS upon the proposal by HESI – Health and Environmental Sciences Institute and is addressed to participants working in industries or regulatory bodies who are involved in testing and assessment of the potential developmental toxicity of chemicals. A large number of chemicals are going through the CLP process and many are being classified as CMRs. The workshop will discuss best practices to achieve a consistent and accurate classification in regard to developmental toxicity, in particular within the REACH, biocides or pesticide regulations. Topics will include the interpretation of developmental toxicity studies, particularly developmental effects in the presence of maternal toxicity and considering the entire weight of evidence in determining a classification. The workshop will provide views from both regulatory and industry scientists.


Social Programme

Welcome Reception – 4th September 2017, 18.30 h

The Welcome Reception will take place at “Mazel Tov”, what is only 700 m and a short walk away. It is in the middle of the Jewish Quarter which is Budapest’s night-life center.

We would like to invite you to this get-together to meet with old and new colleagues and friends and have a good and merry start to the Conference. Even late-comers will have a chance to come around and enjoy the evening.

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 Monday 4th September 2017 at the same venue where the Welcome Reception takes place 
ETS dinner 2

ETS Conference Dinner – 6th September 2017, 19.30 h

The conference dinner will take place in the Halászbástya Restaurant in the Fisherman’s Bastion on the Buda side. This restaurant is located in the first district, more precise in the Castle district. 

The name is taken from the fact that it was built above the so-called Fishermen’s Village (Halászváros) with the fish market. In time of war the same fishermen used to defend this bastion. During the Second World War the bastion was badly damaged. It took a long time until the building was restored and reopened again in 2010.

Dress code: Business casual

Address:   Budapest, Budai Vár
Halászbástya Északi Híradástorony
1014 Ungarn


ETS Annual Meeting Registration

Please register online at: you will be able to pay directly by credit card (American Express, Master Card and Visa).

The fees quoted are inclusive of VAT (27%). A VAT receipt will be issued to permit VAT registered companies to reclaim the tax.


Registration Fees

Complete Congress (including 27% VAT)

 Until 30 June 2017After 30 June 2017
ETS Members € 455.00 € 535.00
Non-Members € 540.00 € 630.00
Students* € 130.00 € 165.00

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

One-Day Registration (including 27% VAT)

 Until 30 June 2017After 30 June 2017
ETS Members € 130.00 € 150.00
Non-Members € 165.00 € 205.00
Students* € 65.00 € 75.00

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

Education Course (including 27% VAT)

 Until 30 June 2017After 30 June 2017
ETS Members € 90.00 € 130.00
Non-Members € 130.00 € 165.00
Students* € 50.00 € 75.00

* Students registration to be supported by supervisors’ letter.

Satellite Workshop

Free registration: participation to the Workshop is restricted to people registered to ETS 2017 Conference

Accompanying Person (including 27% VAT)

 Until 30 June 2017After 30 June 2017
  € 130.00 € 130.00

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

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 2017 a 60% refund of the registration fee will be given.
  • After 1 July 2017, 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 3rd July.

The congress hotel (Courtyard by Marriott Budapest City Center) is located in the city center of Budapest, in Pest, bordering the Jewish district. Public transportation is very close to the hotel and gives the possibility to reach all cultural highlights easily.

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

HotelCategoryDistance to congress venueRoomPrice/ night *rooms blockedAvailable tillcontact/ how to book

Courtyard by Marriott Budapest City Center

 congress venue Classic single

€ 120.00

60 3rd July 2017 Click here for online reservations
Classic double € 130.00

Novotel Budapest Centrum

 270 m Classic single

€ 109.00

30 3rd July 2017 Click here for reservation
Classic double € 119.00

Ibis Styles Budapest Center

 300 m Classic single

€ 85.00

30 3rd August 2017 Click here for reservation
Classic double € 95.00

Leonardo Hotel Budapest

 2 km Classic single

€ 85.00

30 3rd August 2017 Click here for reservation
Classic double € 95.00

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

Corvin Plaza apartment & suites

 900 m
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Bo18 Hotel

1 km
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Hotel ibis Budapest Centrum

1.5 km
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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 2017.


Meeting Organisation – Registration Queries

Solution office e.K.

Julia Robker
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

The Courtyard by Marriott is located in the East of the Danube, in Pest. It is direct at the border between district VII and VIII. The district VII is the Jewish district that is well-known for the night life. A tram and a metro station are only 100 m away from the hotel. With the public transportation the Parliament for example can be reached easily.Courtyard by Marriott Budapest City Center

József krt. 5
1088 Budapest
visit the website 


Climate in Budapest

September is still a good month to travel to Budapest. By day it still gets warm with about 23 degrees and an average sunshine duration from 6–7 hours. At night temperatures fallen to about 12 degrees, so who wants to go out in the evening should take a jacket.


How to get to Dublin

You can get to Budapest easily by plane or by train.

By plane

The Budapest airport „Budapest Liszt Ferenc“ (BUD), is 16 km south-east of the city.

By train

Budapest has three main international railway stations: Eastern (Keleti), Western (Nyugati) and Southern (Déli). These stations provide direct links between Budapest and 25 other European cities.


From the airport to the hotel

By Bus / Metro

The bus line 200E in the direction of Kőbánya-Kispest M departs at Terminal 2. After about 20 minutes please change at the station Köbánya-Kispest to the metro line M3 (blue) in the direction of Újpest-Központ M. After another ca. 13 minutes please change at the station Corvin-negyed into the tram line 4 or 6 (both in the direction of Széll Kálmán tér M). Then it is only 5 minutes to the station Blaha Lujza tér M which is almost in front of the Courtyard by Marriott.

For those who arrive late at night (after 11 pm) please have a look on the webpage of the airport.


The airport has an arrangement with the company Fötaxi. All drivers speak minimum one foreign language, the cars are not older than 5 years and all taxis have the possibility to pay with credit card. Reservations for a taxi can be made at the Fötaxi booths in front of the terminal. From the airport to the Courtyard by Marriott it costs approx. € 28.00, depending on the traffic and the actual exchange rate.

The airport indicates that taxis from other, not regulated taxi services may be a risk

By car

Please follow your GPS! For those who will stay at the Courtyard by Marriott, there is the possibility to use the car park from the hotel which costs € 15.00 for 24 hours. Please contact Julia Robker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


From the train stations to the hotel

Keleti pályaudvar station

The Keleti pályaudvar station is close to congress venue. From there it is only a short 2 minute journey with the metro line M2 (red, in the direction of Déli pályaudvar M) to the station Blaha Lujza tér which is close to the Courtyard by Marriott.

Nyugati pályaudvar station

From this station please take the tram line 4 in the direction of Újbuda-központ M or 6 in the direction of Móricz Zsigmond körtér to the station Blaha Lujza tér which is close to the Courtyard by Marriott. It takes approx. 6 minutes.

Déli pályaudvar station

The Déli pályaudvar station is on the Buda side of Budapest. Please take the metro line M2 (red, in the direction of Örs vezér tere M+H) which crosses the Danube. Step out at the station Blaha Lujza tér.



The official language in Hungary is Hungarian. This language belongs to the Uralic language family; therefore it is different from most other European languages, whereas a distant relationship exists with Finnish and Estonian.


Currency & Exchange

The Hungarian currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF), divided into 100 fillér. In 1999 all fillér coins were withdrawn from circulation. Currency can be exchanged at the airport, banks and exchange offices. ATMs are widely available.



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The electrical supply in Hungary is 230v/50Hz. Sockets are suitable for europlugs and plugs of Type F (grounding clips on both sides). Check that your appliance supports dual voltage and frequency.



Hungary is a member of the European Union and 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 Budapest. 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: jThis 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 and paid for the congress.


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Last Updated: 10 December 2018