General information


The electricity is 230 V, 50 Hz. Japanese, UK, USA and other visitors: please note that in Hungary Continental European German-style CEE7/4 sockets (“Schuko sockets“) are used, which also accepts CEE7/16 “Europlugs“.

Foreign exchange, banking facilities

The official national Hungarian currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). All the major credit cards are accepted in Hungary in places displaying the emblem at the entrance. Though Hungary is a member of the European Union, only a few shops and restaurants accept Euros (EUR) for payment. Currency exchange booths are available in Budapest at the airport terminals, railway stations, travel agencies, banks and various places in the city. The exchange rates applied may vary. Click here to see the actual official exchange rates. Traveller’s cheques and convertible currency may be exchanged at these facilities. Major credit cards are usually accepted in most hotels, restaurants and certain shops in the city. Obtaining cash against ATM or credit cards is very easy from the ATM cash machines that can be found at almost each bank office, hotel or on the street.

Liability and insurance

The organisers cannot accept liability for any personal accidents, loss of belongings or damage to private property of participants and accompanying persons that may occur during the meeting. Participants are advised to make their own arrangements to obtain health, travel and property insurance before their departure to the conference.

Public transport in Budapest

Public transport in Budapest is provided by Center for Budapest Transport Ltd. (known to all Hungarians simply as BKK). Budapest has an efficient public transport network. In general the buses, trams and trolleybuses operate between 4.30 AM and 11 PM. All-night bus service operate on the major thoroughfares in the city (night bus timetables are posted at stops and in most metro stations). Three metro lines intersect at Deák Square in the centre of the town. Metros run at 2-15 minutes intervals from about 4.30 AM to 11.15 PM. There are also five suburban railway lines (HÉV) serving the outskirts of the city. For maps, timetables, ticket and pass information etc. see the home page of the BKK Ltd. (Center for Budapest Transport Ltd.)

Useful downloads related public transportation in Budapest

Rapid Transport Lines and Tramway Network in Budapest Transport Network:

Shopping in Budapest (opening hours)

Food shops are open from 7 AM – 6 PM Mon – Fri, 8 AM – 1 PM Sat. Other shops are open between 10 AM-6 PM Mon – Fri, 10 AM – 1 PM Sat. Little groceries are open with various opening time even on Sunday.

Office hours: generally from 8 AM – 4 PM Mon – Fri.
Post offices: Mon – Fri: 8 AM – 6 PM, Sat: 8 AM – 1 PM
Banks: Mon – Thu: 8 AM – 3 PM, Fri: 8 AM – 1 PM.

Taxis in Budapest

Budapest taxis have yellow number plates and a taxi sign in yellow. Any vehicle without these features is operating illegally. It’s a good idea to avoid drivers who volunteer their services but don’t have a registered taxi sticker on their car. This can prevent unpleasant surprises when it comes time to pay. All cars must have a taximeter installed, and these also print out a receipt. Taxi drivers are required to give an invoice on request. Tipping: in general 10% of the fare is acceptable. The total charge that has to be paid by the passenger is made up of three separate parts: the basic charge, which is irrespective of how far the journey is, presently HUF 450 during day and night, a per kilometre charge which depends on how many kilometres are covered during the journey HUF 280/km, and the waiting charge which is HUF 70/min. From 1 September 2013 a new regulation came to force which regulates the taxi fares. No fixed, shuttle or pre-agreed prices are available any more.


The international code for Hungary is 36, the area code for Budapest is 1. To call a number within Hungary, first dial 06. Budapest telephone numbers have seven digits, all other areas have six digits (in addition to the area codes). To make an international call from Hungary, first dial 00, then the country code followed by the area code and the subscriber’s telephone number. Public telephones accept either coins (20, 50, and 100 HUF) or phone cards (available from tobacconists, newsagents, post offices, and petrol stations). To call a (Hungarian) mobile phone, from a public telephone first dial 06, followed by the subscriber’s seven-digit number starting with 20-, 30- or 70-.

Important phone numbers

(English is usually spoken at the emergency numbers listed below. In case English is not spoken, dial 112)

Ambulance: 104
Fire brigade: 105
Police: 107
Central help number: 112
General enquiries: 197
Inland enquiries: 198
International enquiries: 199
Hungarian Automobile Club help number: 188

Time Hungary is in the Central European Time Zone. In the summer months clocks are set at GMT + 2 hours.

Weather The weather in Hungary in March is sunny but a bit cold. Temperatures are usually between 7-11 °C during the day. Check the weather forecast for Budapest at weather.yahoo.com, or at weather.com

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Confirmed invited speakers

Dr. Attila Andics,
Eötvös Loránd University,
Budapest, Hungary

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Dr. Jill Barber,
The University of Manchester,
Manchester, United Kingdom

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Prof. Dr. István Bányai,
Dept, of Colloid and Environmental Chemistry, University of Debrecen,
Debrecen, Hungary

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Dr. Adolfo Botana,
Herts, United Kingdom

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Prof. Mikhail Elyashberg,
Moscow Dept. of ACD/Labs,
Vernadsky Institute of RAS,
Moscow, Russia

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Prof. Christian Griesinger,
Max Planck Institute
for Biophysical Chemistry,
Göttingen, Germany

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Dr. Lars G. Hanson,
Danish Research Centre
for Magnetic Resonance,
Hvidovre, Denmark

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Prof. Gábor Laurenczy,
Dept. of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Lausanne,
Lausanne, Switzerland

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Prof. Malcolm Levitt,
University of Southampton,
Southampton, UK

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Prof. Dr. Burkhard Luy,
Institut für Organische Chemie, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie,
Karlsruhe, Germany

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Prof. Dr. Dieter Michel,
University of Leipzig,
Leipzig, Germany

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Prof. Ewald Moser,
Medical Physics and Biophysics, Medical University of Vienna,
Vienna, Austria

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Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Norbert Müller,
Institute of Organic Chemistry,
Johanens Kepler University,
Linz, Austria

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Dr. Yusuke Nishiyama,
Advanced Solid-state NMR Unit,
Collaboration Center,
Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

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Prof. András Perczel,
Department of Organic Chemistry, Eötvös Loránd University,
Budapest, Hungary

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Dr. Roberta Pierattelli,
Center for Magnetic Resonance, University of Florence,
Sesto Fiorentino, Italy

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Prof. Guido Pintacuda,
Centre de RMN à Très Hauts Champs FRE 3008
CNRS / UCBL /Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France

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Prof. Miquel Pons,
Organic Chemistry Department,
University of Barcelona,
Barcelona, Spain

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Dr. Stanislav Sykora,
Extra Byte,
Castano Primo, Italy

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Prof. Michele Vendruscolo,
Department of Chemistry,
University of Cambridge,
Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Prof. Jean-Luc Wolfender,
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Bioactive Natural Products Unit, University of Geneva,
Geneva, Switzerland

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Dr. Lukás Zídek,
Central European Institute
of Technology,
Brno, Czech Republic

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About Budapest

Photos by: Tamás Thaler

Symposium Secretariat

Diamond Congress Ltd.,
Mr. Robert Hohol
H-1255 Budapest, P.O. Box 48, Hungary
Phone: +36 1 225 0210
Fax: +36 1 210 2680