General information

Accommodation

CongresLink has contracted ITB Booking Office to handle hotel accommodation for the congress. ITB Booking Office has a highly professional team dealing with all housing requests and will act as agent for accommodation. CongresLink accepts no responsibility for recommendations given or transactions made. Hotel rooms in different hotel categories and within easy reach of the congress venue have been blocked for the meeting. The incoming housing requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. You can book your hotel room through this link.

Accreditation

“The Utrecht Spine Course – Complex Paediatric Spine, Utrecht, Netherlands, 09/03/2018-10/03/2018 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 9 European CME credits (ECMEC®s) (5 credits for day 1 and 4 credits for day 2).
Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.”

Cadaver lab

For a limited group, a cadaver lab with hands on training of different techniques is provided on Saturday 10 March. Registration for the cadaver lab can be done through our online registration system. Registration is done on a first come, first served base.

Certificate of attendance

A Certificate of Attendance can be obtained at the registration desk at the end of the course.

Cloakroom/luggage

A cloakroom is located in the main entrance area and is at participants’ disposal during course hours. Please be sure to collect all personal belongings at the end of the day.

Congress dinner

Friday evening 9 March a congress dinner will be organised. Tickets can be purchased through our online registration system. More information will be available here soon.

Course venue

The Utrecht Spine Course will take place in the Pink Lecture Hall of the University Medical Centre Utrecht.
Address: UMC Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 100, 3584 CX Utrecht, The Netherlands
Directions can be found here.

Electricity

Electricity supply in The Netherlands is 220 volts with 2 pin wall sockets.

Emergency telephone number

In case of emergency call 112 for police, fire brigade and ambulance service.

Exhibition

An industry exhibition will be organised jointly with the congress. For more information please contact Ella Rozendaal: e.rozendaal@congreslink.nl

Insurance

The organisers do not accept responsibility for any personal damage. Participants are strongly recommended to arrange their own personal insurance.

Internet

Free wifi is available in the meeting venue.

Language

All presentations during the congress will be conducted in English. There will be no translation provided.

Lost and found

Found items should be returned to the registration desk. If you lose something, please report to this desk for assistance.

Mobile phones

The sound of mobile phones must be switched off during all sessions.

Registration desk

Opening hours:
Friday 9 March 2018: 08.00-17.00
Saturday 10 March 2018: 08.00-13.00

Registrations

Online registration is possible until 7 March 2018. After this date you can register onsite during the course.

Smoking policy

Smoking is prohibited inside the course venue and the exhibition area.

Target audience

Spine surgeons and other health professionals involved with treatment of spinal deformities of children.

Transportation

No transportation passes will be provided. When arriving at Schiphol Airport you can best take a train to the Utrecht Central Station.
The Netherlands has an excellent public transport network including trains, trams, buses and metro. A disposable paper ticket is probably the best option if you only plan to use the train, bus, tram or metro once. However, the OV-chipcard can save you money if you plan to use the train, bus, tram or metro more frequently. You can credit this card with funds, and top them up at the yellow ticket machines, which are operated by the national train carrier ‘Nederlandse Spoorwegen’.
It’s easy to buy an OV-chipcard at a station. Just follow the on-screen prompts at the yellow ticket machines, or ask for one at a service desk.
When you start your journey, hold your card up to the reader until a green light appears. A bleep sound will indicate that your card has been read. If you change to another bus/tram/metro, you have to check out (by scanning your card at the machine), and check in again at your next stop. If you forget to check out, the card will no longer be valid and you may risk a fine.
You can plan your public transport journey ahead using the following websites:
– train connections: http://www.ns.nl/en/travellers/home
– all public transport (incl. train connections): http://www.9292.nl/en