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General Information
IRPA12 Participant’s Welcome Letter

Congress Venue

Congress Language
Publication of Proceedings
Buenos Aires. Information of interest.
Links to IRPA related Institutions
Links related to Radiation Protection
Technical Exhibition

Please check carefully if you need a visa to enter to Argentina, in such a case you shall get the visa at your country.
Consulates and Embassies at Buenos Aires. View.

Congress Venue

The 12th International IRPA Congress will take place in Buenos Aires (Argentina), from October 19 to 24, 2008, at the Buenos Aires Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center, well connected by public transportation to other down-town hotels and to the Pistarini International Airport - Ezeiza - Buenos Aires.

Address: San Martín 1225 (1104) Buenos Aires - Argentina
Phone: (54 11) 4318-9000
Fax: (54 11) 4318-9346

In the table below (see Nearby Hotels), participants will find a list of hotels located near the Congress venue (2 kilometers or less) in downtown Buenos Aires. The category is followed by the walking distance door-to-door from the Congress venue to the different hotels (in meters).

Although rates are in general only valid until March 2007, browse the different hotel websites for updated information, bearing in mind that some hotel rates are in Argentinean pesos, others in US dollars, some of them include taxes and others do not.
Nearby Hotels

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Congress language
The official Congress language will be English. The submitted abstracts, full papers, general correspondence and Congress sessions will be in English.

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Publication of proceedings

Participants will be provided with a Book of Abstracts at the time of the Congress.

The full Proceedings will be prepared on a CD-ROM and given to each registered participant at the time of the Congress.

Additional copies of the CD-ROM will be available for purchase at the Congress venue.

After the Congress, the full content of the Proceedings will be posted on the IRPA web site.

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Getting to Argentina
All airlines flying to Argentina arrive mainly at Ezeiza International Airport ("Ministro Pistarini"), which is 37 Km away from the City of Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires multilingual guides. View.

Consulates and embassies. View.

Useful telephone numbers
Medical Emergencies (Same): 107
Police: 911
Firemen: 100
Telephone information: 110
Official time: 113

The official Argentine currency is the Peso. There are bills of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 pesos, and coins of 1 peso and 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 cents.
Equivalences to other currencies: View.

The country's territory offers a wide variety of climates: subtropical in the North, sub-Antarctic in the southern Patagonia, and mild and humid in the Pampas plains. Media temperature from November to March is 23° C, and 12° C from June to September.

Argentina's current population is more than 36 million inhabitants.

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The official time in Buenos Aires. View.

Spanish is the official language of the Argentine Republic.

VAT return. At the airport you may obtain a VAT reimbursement corresponding to any purchases made within the country for an amount over $70 (per invoice) and in shops operating with the "Global Refund" system.

Payment methods

Although US Dollars and Euros are generally taken everywhere, foreign currencies can be exchanged in banks and authorized bureaus. American Express, VISA, Diners and Master Card are widely accepted

Location, area and frontiers.
Located in South America, and thus, in the southern hemisphere, Argentina has an area of almost 3.8 million square kilometers, 2.8 on the continent - approximately 54% are plains (grasslands and savannahs), 23%, plateaus, and the other 23%, mountains - and the remainder in the Antarctic. It is 3,800 Km. long and is located between latitude 22º and 55º. Its border with Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile has a perimeter of 9,376 Km, while the territory bordered by the Atlantic Ocean is 4,725 Km long.

www.atlasdebuenosaires.gov.ar (Spanish only)
It contains information of the last two centuries of the city of Buenos Aires. It relates environmental data, as well as geological, architectural and meteorological information.

There is complete religious freedom in Argentina. The religions practiced in the country are Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Moslem, Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox and others.

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Links to IRPA related Institutions

International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA)

• International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP)

• International Commission on Radiation Units (ICRU)

• International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)

• International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

• United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR)

• Federación de Radioprotección de América Latina y el Caribe (FRALC)

• Autoridad Regulatoria Nuclear - Argentina

• Comisión Nacional de Energía Atomica - Argentina

• Sociedad Argentina de Radioprotección

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Links related to Radiation Protection

Radiological Protection of Patients

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Technical Exhibition

The 12th International Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA 12) will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 19 to 24 October 2008, organised by the Argentine Radiation Protection Society (SAR). This will be a unique opportunity to make together reality the Congress motto: ¨Strengthening radiation protection worldwide¨.
The Technical Exhibition will occupy a large section of the Congress Venue and will give the opportunity to industrial and commercial companies to show their latest developments in all the fields in which radiation protection is playing an active role. As part of the participants´ documentation, a technical exhibition guide will be provided, where all company names, products and stand location will be detailed.

Congress venue
Buenos Aires Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center
San Martín 1225
(1104) Buenos Aires – Argentina

Technical exhibition opening hours:
October 20, from 11.00 to 20.00
October 21, from 9.00 to 20.00
October 22, from 9.00 to 20.00
October 23, from 9.00 to 20.00
October 24, from 9.00 to 12.00
All exhibitors should keep open theirs stands throughout the entire exhibition period with at least one responsible person, capable of giving all sort of information about the company and the exhibition.
Access to the exhibition will be restricted to congress members and special guests.

The Technical Exhibition will be open to those companies and institutions of any nationality exhibiting products and/or services related to the radiation protection field. The spaces allocated will be for the exclusive use of the contracting parties and under no circumstances can be transferred totally or in part to third parties. Samples and material on display cannot be removed until after the exhibition is over. The only place where advertising is allowed is that allocated to the booth.

Available Space:
Total technical exhibition space: 280 m2, divided into 40 booth spaces of various sizes, see layout. Booth spaces are located in such a way that they are in continuous sight and access of the Congress participants.

Booth space fee:
700 US$ each square meter

Booth space rental:
The rent of a booth space includes:
- Use of the rented space
- General area lighting
- Electric power supply of 100W per each square meter rented. Beyond this limit additional electric power will have to be requested;
- general security;
- daily cleaning of aisles,
- badges for exhibitors, not valid for participation in the scientific program, one guest badge per square meter of space, valid for visiting the exhibition but not for participation in the scientific program

Temporary admittance of equipment
The 12th International Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA 12) has been declared of National Interest. The temporary import of goods is governed by Customs laws and regulatory decrees. All the arrangements for temporary admittance of equipment must be made by the exhibitors.

Application deadline:
The deadline for applying is 1st July 2008. However the application process may be closed earlier if the total number of booth spaces is reserved

Further information and space booking rental:
Alejandra Capdevila Eventos
Arenales 1985 PB
(1124) Buenos Aires – Argentina
Phone: (54-11) 4815-5783
Fax: (54-11) 4815-5783
E-mail: ale@sar.org.ar
Contact person: Alejandra Capdevila

Official Technical Exhibition Services Provider
Pallisó - Diseño Arquitectura Express
Gral. Rodriguez 2614
(1416) Buenos Aires – Argentina
Phone/fax: (54-11) 4582-2163 – 4583-9370
E-mail: info@palliso.com.ar
Contact Person: Mr. Claudio Rodriguez


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