Participants in the 32nd International Epilepsy Congress are encouraged by the event organizers to take advantage of the beautiful city while they are there. They know that this is a good time to showcase Barcelona as well as for the participants to gain valuable knowledge regarding epilepsy.
The City’s Offerings
Barcelona has a wealth of history to offer. There are over 2000 years of architecture in the city to explore. There are ruins from the Roman age, Gothic finds, and leftovers from the Renaissance.
Also, the modern city has a lot of cultures to offer. There are over 160 different nationalities that reside in Barcelona. Visitors can find others who speak the same language. Barcelona is truly a melting pot when it comes to culture.
The city is also known for its great artists. There is no other city that a person can go and see so many original Picasso‘s. There are paintings from his realist phase as well as many of his modern art creations. Other artists include Miró, Dalí, Gaudí, and Tàpies; these are all very influential artists with well-known works.
Weather and Packing
The weather should be enjoyable for the Congress. The average highs are expected to be 26°C (about 78°F). The minimum temperatures are around 17°C (around 62°F). So a person should pack pants, shorter skirts/shorts, a windbreaker, open and closed toe shoes, long-sleeved shirts, as well as tank tops and regular shirts. The dress code might be more professional in the Congress, but clothes for touring the streets are also recommended. Don’t forget sunscreen as well when one is out all day.
Most hotels offer the Internet. WiFi is available in the Congress for registered participants. Barcelona is a city with lots of Internet access. The calling code for Barcelona is +34.
When paying for items, expect to carry Euros (€). Many of the restaurants and hotels will accept major credit cards as well as traveler’s checks. Look for banks or savings banks(Caixes) to exchange money. Be careful, though, because the banks are usually only open until mid-afternoon and the Caixes have a siesta break for two hours in the mid-afternoon.
While English will be spoken at the Congress, the languages in Barcelona are Spanish and Catalan. Also, be prepared for the electrical plug in’s, which are European two pin. Try to buy a converter at home before coming to the conference.
Also remember that smoking is allowing in restaurants and bars in Barcelona. The lunch and supper times are also usually later due to the heat. People in Barcelona usually have a nap in the afternoon to beat the heat and go out for dinner later. Expect restaurants to be closed between 4 pm and 8 pm as a result.
Barcelona is a great city to explore. Just be prepared to talk to locals and hosts of the Congress to find out local hot spots and hidden treasures.
The International Epilepsy Congress is an event held every two years. The International Bureau for Epilepsy and the International League Against Epilepsy organize the conference. The Congress brings together people from all over the world whose lives are affected by this disease in some way. This could be because they have it themselves, they care for a loved one with the condition, or they work in the medical profession.
Where Is It Held?
The location for the 32nd International Epilepsy Congress is the city of Barcelona in Spain. The venue for the Congress is the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, which is purpose-built to hold events such as this. Delegates to the Congress will benefit from the modern facilities. It is centrally located in Barcelona and is easy to access via public transport.
What Are The Dates Of The Congress
The Congress will be from the 2nd – 6th September. This is a perfect time of year to visit Barcelona as the weather is still warm but not as hot as it would be at the height of summer. The conference spans across four days and offers delegates the opportunity to spend as much time as they want at the Congress and helps to ensure that they do not miss anything.
What Topics Will Be Covered?
There is a whole range of subjects that included at the Congress that will be of interest to anyone who has epilepsy and those who treat it. There will be talks from pharmaceutical companies who are developing the latest drugs to help treat the condition. There is also a lot of practical information available about living with the disease and how to manage it. Experts give these talks in the field of epilepsy, and so it is worth attending all of the classes.
Who Should Attend?
Delegates of this event come from all over the world and from many different walks of life. The event is very popular with people from the medical profession who specialize in the treatment of epilepsy. It brings them up to date with the latest developments in treating this disease and provides them with information that they can use when they are caring for epileptic patients. People who have epilepsy and their loved ones will also find the Congress very useful.
Is There A Set Schedule To Follow?
Throughout the Congress, there will be several different talks at the same time by different speakers. The attendee can set his/her program by choosing which talks to listen to and what other events at the Congress to attend. There is no minimum requirement for the number of sessions that you have to attend, so you are free to plan the weekend as you wish.