General Information

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Weather and time

Moscow has hot, humid summers (June to August) with summer temperatures average out at 23 ºC . However, the city commonly experiences a summer heat wave when temperatures highs often top 30 ºC and more for one or two weeks. Somethimes the temperature dramatically drops, and nighttime may become somewhat chilly. Middle summer is a rather wet time of the year with around 90 mm of precipitation/month. The city gets a moderate level of sunshine during the summer months. The average wind speed is not high: in the city it is near 2 m/sec, and in open places and airports it may top 6 m/sec.

Moscow time is +3 hours comparing to Greenwich. NOTE: No daylight saving time will be applied in 2015.

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Travel to and from Moscow

Moscow is serviced by three international airports: Sheremetyevo (code SVO, 29 km northwest of the city center), Domodedovo (code DME, 42 km south of the city center) and Vnukovo (code VKO, 28 km southwest of the city center).

All three airports are serviced by Aeroexpress trains bringing you non-stop to centrally located train stations easily connected with the Moscow underground (Metro). Aeroexpresses only run from 6AM to midnight, and travel time is 35-45 minutes. Here is the link to the train schedule: http://www.aeroexpress.ru/en/. The one-way fare is 400 roubles if you buy your ticket at the station or 340 roubles if you buy it online (as of August 2014). You can buy the metro tickets together with your Aeroexpress tickets at the airports.

Other reasonable options of getting to the city are official cabs at the (walk-up) cab desk at 1500-2200 roubles but it is best to use pre-reserved taxis (beware of the “gypsy cab” drivers that would jump on you offering their services once you exit the customs).

Pre-reserved shared transfer service from the airports to most hotels and back will be offered to symposium participants. For details see Symposium Information – Transportation.

Trains can be cheaper than flying and run from many European cities. Moscow train stations are located near the city centre and are always adjacent to Metro stations. Taxis are waiting for passengers 24 hours a day outside the railway stations.

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Local Transportation

Public transport within Moscow is rather cheap, and you can go by any of its kinds: underground, bus, trolley coach, tram, fixed route taxi. Of course, taxis also are available at any one of the taxi stands around the city.
The most popular and convenient mode of transport is underground. Trains arrive every 2-3 minutes but in the evening the intervals can be increased to 10 minutes. In rush-hours metro can be overcrowded. The Metro generally does not have signs and instructions in English, so if you do not read Russian, you are advised to study the Metro map prior to your trip.

Opening hours: 05:30AM – 01:00AM
Link to Moscow Metro map: http://metro.yandex.ru/moscow
Metro tickets can be bought on the stations at the ticket windows, and trolley coach, bus and tram tickets on the stops in kiosks or from the driver.

Underground fare: 50 roubles
Trolley coach, bus and tram fares: 50 roubles
The prices are for one-way ticket in April 2014.

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Electric Voltage

Electric current in Russia is 50 Hz, 220 V.

Adapters may be required to connect some equipment to the power outlets for 2-pin plugs commonly used in Europe and Russia (except for the UK and Ireland). Participants should equip themselves with the appropriate adapters.

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Currency and Banking Services

The currency of Russia is the Russian Rouble. It is divided into 100 kopeks but they are little used in everyday life. Banknotes are printed in 10, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 5000 roubles; coins come in the one, two, five and ten roubles.

Since the beginning of the century, the rouble has decreased gradually from around 33 roubles to the euro in 2002 to around 48 roubles in August 2014 (for the official exchange rates see Foreign Currency Market at http://www.cbr.ru/eng/currency_base/).

There are many small exchange offices around the city but the safest places for currency exchange are the offices of major banks. Workers in branch offices of foreign banks usually speak English, and all automated teller machines are both in Russian and English. It is possible you will be charged a fee for withdrawing money depending on your bank and the type of your card.

In banks, hotels, restaurants and shops, most common bank cards are usually accepted.

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Internet and phone communications

There are many internet-cafes and internet-bars around Moscow. Apart from that many places, including underground, have Wi-Fi spots. A wireless Internet connection will be available at hotels and symposium venue.

Telephone codes for calls from Moscow
Long-distance calls: dial 8 – city code – subscriber’s number.
International calls: dial 8 – 10 – country code – city code – subscriber’s number.

Emergency phone numbers (numbers on the cell phone)
Fire department: 01 (101)
Police: 02 (102)
Ambulance: 03 (103)
Emergency gas service: 04 (104)
Unified 24-hour emergency service for cell phones: 112

Medicine

Insurance

Participants are responsible for arranging their own health and accident insurance. The Organising Committee will not held liable for accidents, theft or property damage.