SMCBS'2013
The Sixth International Workshop
on Surface modification for chemical and biochemical sensing

Where ?

Łochów Palace,
Łochów, Poland


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When ?

November
8 through 12
2013

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Registration

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Time zone

The time zone in Poland is GMT+1 h (Central European), which is the same as that in Germany and Spain, but 1 h ahead of that in Portugal and the U.K. as well as 2 h behind of that in Moscow.

 

Telephones

You can use public telephones with phone cards, which can be purchased in the post offices, airports, railway stations, press/tobacco kiosks, and in receptions of most hotels.

 

Mobile phones

All Polish GSM operators use GSM 900/1800 network type. When calling from your mobile to a stationary phone in Łochów use the +(48 25) prefix.

 

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Internet connection

There is a cable network connection in the hotel rooms (network cable can be rented at the reception) in the Łochów palace accessible free of charge to the hotel guests.  There is also wireless network connection in the lecture and seminar halls.

There are several access numbers you can use, for instance, 20 21 22. The login name is ppp and the password is ppp. The cost is the same as that of a local phone call.

Currency and credit cards

The currency unit in Poland is the Polish zloty (zl), which is subdivided into 100 grosze (gr). The current exchange rate of zloty, e.g., to Euro or US dollar, can be conveniently checked if PLN is selected as the Polish currency code. In November 2012, this rate was about 4.17 PLN for 1 EUR, 5.21 PLN for 1 GBP and 3.28 PLN for 1 USD. You may change foreign currency and traveller's checks at several banks located in the city centers as well as in the money exchange offices located, e.g., at railway stations and airports. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, and automatic cash machines.

Electricity

Power voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. Sockets take two round-pin 4-mm in diameter plugs. Ground connection is afforded with an extra 4-mm round pin in a socket.

Weather and clothing

The weather in November in Poland is shining with rainbow of falling colored leaves and because of that this season of the year is called the Polish gold fall. But it may be misty and rainy equally well and evenings may be quite cold. The average daytime temperature varies from 0 to 15 °C. There is a chance of rain, so that an umbrella, raincoat and comfortable walking shoes are advisable. Do not forget to check the weather forecast before departure for Poland.

Shopping

Most shops (except of food stores) are open from 11:00 till 19:00. Some department stores may open earlier or close later on weekdays as well as on weekends. Polish craftwork is fascinating: wood craving and hand-woven rugs come mostly from the Zakopane region of the Carpathians Mountains. Other souvenirs include glass, hand-woven baskets, paper cut-outs as well as pottery and cut lead glass. One of the most common souvenirs is jewellery of amber from Baltic Sea. (Ancient Roman merchants used to come here to get it and the Cesar throne was richly amber encrusted.) Each individual piece of amber can be fashioned into a pendant, ring, bracelet, or earrings. Most highly prized is a piece of amber with a prehistoric insect preserved inside, though it is a rare find. Poland is also known for its silver jewellery, which is sometimes combined with amber to create uniquely Polish pieces of art jewellery.

Food

Poles are known for their hospitality and appreciation of good food. Polish meals offer a wide selection of delicacies ranging from fresh game in season to Baltic herring. Red beetroot soup (borsch) is unique. Well known are Polish smoked sausage (kiełbasa) and stuffed cabbage (gołąbki). Dumplings (pierogi) come stuffed with meat or cottage cheese and potatoes, or blueberries, or sauerkraut and mushrooms. 'Bigos' is a stew made of sauerkraut, meat and mushrooms, while roast duck comes stuffed with apples. For dessert, try pastries with poppy seeds or, perhaps, a Polish donut filled with preserved fruit (pączek).