2015 Aquatic Sciences Meeting
Aquatic Sciences: Global And Regional Perspectives — North Meets South
22-27 February 2015
Granada is a multicultural, southern and old town. Its skin still conserves many footprints of the Moorish, Jewish and Catholic pasts. From its rich history, the city displays a unique architecture and an enduring quality of openness and tolerance. The University of Granada was founded in 1531 by the King Carlos I of Spain and V of Germany continuing a long teaching tradition, the roots of which can be traced back to the last Nasrid Kingdom. This University currently is the heart and head of the town, with more than sixty thousand students that contribute to the many cultural activities, bars, cafes, terraces, and energy of the city. You can feel this energy in Granada’s streets.
The Granada Congress and Exhibition Centre (Palacios de Exposiciones y Congresos de Granada) is the most modern venue of its kind in Spain and one of the best in Europe. It is a beauty of modern design in one of the most impressive cities in the world.
The Granada Congress and Exhibition Center is located at:
Paseo del Violón, S/N
18006 - Granada
A parking facility is located next door to the Congress Centre. It has a capacity of 350 cars, and the rates are 17 euros per day and 45 euros for a week. One hour of parking is 1,2 euros.
Granada has a fairly mild climate; hot summers and short but cold winters with a mild amount of precipitation. From about November to April you will need a jacket and warm clothing, as it does get quite cold. Rain is most common in the fall and early winter months and rain spells lasting several days can occur during this time of the year, but the rest of the year you're likely to see little else but sunshine. Snow is not unheard of in Granada but it is very rare - if you want snow you have to go up into the Sierra Nevada mountains, which remain snow-capped for the whole winter. The meeting is taking place during the month of February which is characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures. Daily highs averaging 57°F/14°C and lows averaging 36°F/2°C can be expected during the meeting.
The official currency used in Spain is the Euro. The best way to get Euros in Spain is to use an ATM machine. Be sure to contact your bank that you will be using your ATM card and credit cards in Spain. The back of your ATM card will show what networks your bank is tied to, so using an ATM machine with the same network will minimize any currency charges. When you use an ATM machine, try to find one inside a bank for better security. Most banks will have an ATM machine inside the bank and another on the sidewalk.
Often, however, you'll find the rate of exchange is more favorable than if you go to a bank or exchange bureau. When exchanging money at a bank, avoid converting small amounts at a time, as the minimum commission charged can be prohibitive. Be aware that most Spanish banks are closed in the afternoon and all day Sunday year round.
Credit cards are widely accepted in Spain, Visa and MasterCard are accepted more so than American Express or Diners Club.
Granada has a good, comprehensive public transport network, with special ten-trip and one, two or three-day tickets valid on bus, metro and local trains. Taxis are abundant and reasonably priced. Free parking is very limited in the city center and car parks are expensive, so car rental is only really recommended for excursions outside the city.
Taxis in Granada may be ordered by phone, picked up at authorized taxi stands, or flagged down in the street. Always check that the meter is running. Taxis must usually be paid in cash though some accept credit cards.
Spanish is the main language spoken in Granada. English, and to a lesser extent French, are also fairly widely spoken. Tourist information, menus, etc. are nearly always available in English, French, and German.
Granada is a safe city, with almost no violent crime, and tourists and visitors can stroll around and sightsee at ease. However, as in any big city, some basic safety precautions should be observed. When walking around typical tourist spots, be especially vigilant of handbags and wallets..
No international immunization is needed when entering Spain. However, be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of all countries through which you may have to pass on your way to Spain.
The Congress organizers cannot accept liability for personal injuries, loss or damage to property belonging to Congress participants (or their accompanying persons), either during or as a result of the Congress. Please check the validity of your own insurance.
There is a variable value added tax (VAT) of 10% to 21% applied to most items and services, but most prices you see will include it. When it is not included, it should be clearly indicated.
Normal trading hours are Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 13:30 and 16:30 to 20:00; however, in the city center and shopping malls, many shops stay open all day from 10:00 to 21:00.
There are no restrictions on visitors entering Spain with goods bought in another European Union member country, as long as they are for their own use and not to sell.
In restaurants, hotels, taxis, hairdressers and so on, a gratuity is not included in the price. Although optional, tips are readily accepted and a general guideline is between 5% and 10% of the bill, depending on the quality of the service. Hotel and airport porters will take, depending on the luggage you have, 1€ to 3€.
The electrical current in Spain is 200 volts, 50 cycles AC. Plugs are of the continental type, with two round prongs. U.S. appliances require a transformer and a plug adapter for use in Spain.
Mobile phones can be used in Spain provided they conform to the European GSM standard and the "roam" feature is activated. Be sure to check with your carrier before going abroad. Roaming rates can be expensive for both incoming and outgoing calls. Thus, it may be necessary to have international roaming activated before departure.
In February, Granada, Spain, will be observing CET (Central European Time) which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).