About Sitges

Located on the Mediterranean coast, 35 km south of Barcelona, Sitges is a coastal town that has always known how to protect its cultural and artistic values. The remains of the old medieval village are mixed with the legacy of the Americanos, the men and women who, returning with their fortunes from their American adventure, had large mansions built for themselves. In Sitges, there is still an air of the bohemian atmosphere inherited from versatile artist Santiago Rusiñol, who transformed it into the Mecca of Modernism. Since then, the town has aroused diverse artists and painter’s interest, and there is still a community of artists living here nowadays, who exhibit their pieces at their workshops. Its different art galleries and municipal exhibition halls keep us up to date on new pictorial tendencies.

More information on www.sitges.cat and


Dates
10th ESNI pre-congress Course
European School of Neuroimmunology
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

10th ISNI Congress
International Society of Neuroimmunology
Wednesday, October 27 to Saturday, October 30, 2010

Congress venue
Hotel Melià Sitges
Joan Salvat Papasseit, 38
Sitges - Barcelona (Spain)
Scientific program
The scientific program is the most important part of the ISNI Congress and has been appointed by the Local Organising Committee. It consists of magistral lectures, plenary lectures, concurrent symposia, oral platforms, poster sessions and training to compose a high level, well-balanced scientific program. Poster sessions are scheduled during the long lunch break to enable the participants to have time for discussing the data presented.
The congress is preceeded by the 10th ESNI Course – European School of Neuroimmunology, a European initiative which organizes yearly educational courses spanning from basic immunology to clinical neuroimmunology ( www.esni.org ).
Sponsorship
Pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers of technical equipments and publishers of related scientific books, magazines and journals are invited to participate in the trade exhibition which will be organized at the Melià Sitges Hotel during the conference days. The ISNI Conference offers companies involved in the fields of Neuroimmunology an excellent opportunity to promote themselves to a quality audience. We expect a total of 900 to 1200 delegates from all over the world.
Please visit the conference website ( www.isni2010.org ) to download the Call for sponsors and exhibition prospectus and, if you are interested, please contact:

Mrs Francesca Mariani – Exhibition Secretariat
International Congress Services Srl
Via Elio Lampridio Cerva, 167 – 00143 Roma
tel. +39 06 5193499 – fax +39 06 5194009
e-mail:

Official letter of invitation
The organisers will be pleased to send a letter of invitation upon request. It is to be understood that such an invitation is intended to help potential participants raise travel funds or permission to attend the 10th ISNI Congress and is not an official invitation covering fees and/or any other expenses or financial support from the conference.
All participants must have registered and have paid the required registration fee in full before requesting an official letter of invitation otherwise we will not be able to process your request.
The registration fee is refundable should the visa application or the permission be denied. All refund requests must be received before the congress by e-mail, fax or letter. No refunds will be made for cancellations received during or after the congress. Requests for an invitation letter have to be addressed to the Organising Secretariat
Passport and visa information
Participants are advised to make their own arrangements with respect to entering in Spain. Those requiring a visa for entry in Spain are strongly advised to submit their application in their home country at least two months before the intended date of travel.
The organisers will not be able to contact or intervene with any Embassy or Consulate office abroad on your behalf.
Climate
Sitges has a mild, temperate climate, with mild winters and warm summers, thanks to its privileged coastal location, sheltered by the Garraf massif from the cold North and Northeast winds and inland winds.
How to get there

By road
The C-32 express­way gets you from Sitges to Barcelona and vice versa in just 30 minutes.

By train
Sitges has excellent suburban train con­nections with Barcelona. There is a train approximately every 15 minutes which whisks you to Barcelona in half an hour. From Barcelona Sants station, there are daily trains departing for the rest of Spain and Europe. www.renfe.es

By plane
Barcelona’s International Airport, El Prat, is 28 Km from Sitges. Most airlines operate there, with daily flights to other Spanish and European ci­ties, as well as other continents. From Sitges, you can reach the airport by train. Every 30 minutes there are trains departing from Sitges for El Prat de Llobregat station, where you can take another train straight to the airport. The same trip can be made the other way around: from the airport to El Prat de Llobregat station and from there to Sitges. The Mon-Bus company provides daily bus service stopping at the Barcelona Airport’s B terminal, every 30 minutes, departing from Sitges from 05:55 in the morning until 21:55. Vice versa, their service starts at 07:40 and runs until 23:40. www.monbus.cat . From the airport, Sitges is reached by the C-32 express or the C-31 highway. Updated timetables are available for download from the congress website www.isni2010.org

Getting around Sitges
Sitges has three urban bus lines that run between the town’s different neighborhoods and the centre (every 30 minutes, from 06:45 Monday-Friday and 08:45 Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays to 20:45 every day).
The L3 bus line brings you from the congress center to the railway station and bus station to the airport and to Barcelona. There is also a taxi central with a fleet of 37 taxis.

Associació de taxis de sitges:
Tel. 938 943 594 / 938 941 329.
[email protected]

Registration desk
Opening hours are as follows:

Monday October 25, 2010 16:00 – 19.00
Tuesday October 26, 2010 08:00 – 18:30
Wednesday October 27, 2010 08:00 – 18:30
Thursday October 28, 2010 08:00 – 18:30
Friday October 29, 2010 08:00 – 18:30
Saturday October 30, 2010 08:30 – 14:00
Language
The official language of the conference is English. No simultaneus translation will be provided.
Badges
For organisational reasons, all participants and exhibitors are requested to wear their badges at all times during the conference activities. Lost badges can be replaced at the registration desks.
Certificate of attendance
Certificates of attendance will be sent to all participants by e-mail after the conference end.
Lunches & breaks
Lunches, coffee and tea breaks are included in the registration fees. Badges should also be worn during these breaks. Special dietary requirements can be indicated on the registration form.
Insurance
The organisers will not accept liability for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. It is highly recommended that all participants carry proper health and travel insurance.
Disclaimer
For reasons beyond their control (such as war, strikes, acts of terrorism, earthquakes, unexpected economic events or generally by force majeure, etc.) the 10th ISNI Congress and/or its agent EEM International Congress Services Rome (Italy) and/or its agents have the right to immediately alter or cancel the congress or any of the arrangements, schedules, plans or other items relating directly or indirectly to the 10th ISNI Congress. The participants shall not be entitled to any compensation for damages that result from such alteration or cancellation. Furthermore, with the exception of any wilful damage or gross negligence committed by the 10th ISNI Congress and/or its agent EEM International Congress Services Rome (Italy), neither the 10th ISNI Congress not its agent EEM International Congress Services Rome (Italy) and/or its agents shall at any time be liable for any direct or indirect damage suffered by the participants, including consequential and immaterial damage, caused by failure to comply with any provision of this document.
Journal of Neuroimmunology
The authors’ index of the Journal of Neuroimmunology, special issue for the 10th ISNI Congress, is now available for download by clicking here
Facts & Figures