Location

Conference Venue Electricity
Currency Time Zone
Public Transport Do you provide invitation or visa letters?
Climate

The 2010 Science in Society Conference will be held at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, Spain from 11 to 13 November 2010. If you are joining us at the 2010 Science in Society Conference, please download our delegate pack for more information.

Conference Venue
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Leganes Campus
Avad. Universidad, 30
28911 Leganes
Madrid
Spain

Currency
The official currency of Spain is the Euro.

Public Transport
Taxis
You can pick up a taxi at ranks throughout town or simply flag one down. Flag fall is €1.95 from 6am to 10pm daily, €2.15 from 10pm to 6am Sunday to Friday and €2.95 from 10pm Saturday to 6am Sunday; make sure the driver turns the meter on. You pay €0.92 per kilometre (€1.06 between 10pm and 6am). Several supplementary charges, usually posted inside the taxi, apply; these include €5.25 to/from the airport; €2.75 from taxi ranks at train and bus stations, €2.75 to/from the Parque Ferial Juan Carlos; There’s no charge for luggage.

Among the 24-hour taxi services are Radio-Taxi(91 405 55 00, 91 445 90 08, 91 447 51 80) and Tele-Taxi(91 371 21 31, 902 501 130).

Radio-Teléfono Taxi(91 547 82 00, 91 547 86 00; www.radiotelefono-taxi.com) runs taxis for people with a disability in addition to normal services. Generally if you call any taxi company and ask for a ‘eurotaxi’ you should be sent one adapted for wheelchair users.

A green light on the roof means the taxi is libre (available). Usually a sign to this effect is also placed in the lower passenger side of the windscreen.

Tipping taxi drivers is not common practice, although most travelers round fares up to the nearest euro or two.

Metro
Metro http://www.metromadrid.es/en/index.html

The Metro de Madrid (Madrid’s Subway/Underground) is one of the best and cheapest working metros in Europe. Also, the underground tunnels of the Metro provide relief from the sun on particularly hot days. Stamping the ticket one time allows you to use the Metro network as long and far as you like – make sure you stay inside the Metro zone, once you leave it, you’ll have to stamp your ticket again. When you travel to or from airport stations, there is additional fee of €1, which can be paid at the entrance (exit) – except Metro passes (Metrobús or tourist pass). You can catch some trains as late as 2:00 am.

From the Airport: take the underground/metro line 8 to Nuevos Ministerios. Change to the commuter train line (Cercanias) and take any train going to Atocha station (C2, C3, C4, C7, C10). In Atocha, take line C5 in the direction of Humanes and get off at Leganés Central. Upon leaving the train station from the main exit, turn left and walk straight on for 5 minutes until you reach the University.

WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT TAKE THE METRO TO UC3M.

From the AVE: in Atocha station take the commuter train line (Cercanias) C5 to Leganés Central. Upon leaving the train station from the main exit, turn left and walk straight on for 5 minutes until you reach the University

From the centre of Madrid: the quickest way is to take the metro line 1 to Atocha Renfe station and them take the commuter train line (Cercanias) train C5 to Humanes and get off at Leganés Central. Upon leaving the train station from the main exit, turn left and walk straight on for 5 minutes until you reach the University.

Climate
The climate of Madrid is continental; mainly dry and quite extreme at times, with frequent rain in winter. Madrid sees perpetual sunshine and a characteristically hot temperature in the summer, but with a fairly cold temperature in the winter.

Electricity
Spain has a 220V network and you may need an adaptor if you come from the UK or a non European country.

Time Zone
Berlin is in the Central-European time-zone, which means one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.