CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE
Certificate of attendance will be provided to all registered attendants.
Badges will be distributed at the registration desks. Participants without badges will not be admitted to the congress activities.
SPEAKER'S READY ROOM
The Speaker Ready Room will be located at the Congress venue and will be operating during the congress, with its high technology equipments.
INTERNET CAFE-INFORMATION CENTER
Internet Cafe and Information Center will be available to all participants during the congress between 08:00-18:00.
Premium transfer service from and to the Belgrade Airport Nikola Tesla will be provided for the participants upon request. Please visit Registration & Accommodation page for price information together with terms and conditions.
International Driving Licenses are recognized throughout Serbia. Car rental companies ask for a valid driving license. For your requests please contact Congress secretariat.
BANKS AND CURRENCY EXCHANGE
The currency is the Serbian Dinar (RSD). Dinar is issued in denominations of 10/20/50/100/200/500/1000/2000/5000. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport or the front desk of your hotel. Local banks are open from 08.30 to 17.00 hrs from Monday to Friday. On Sundays only duty banks and post offices are open. All banks and post offices have exchange offices, and payphones.
There are also private foreign exchange offices throughout the city that operate between 09.00 to 18.00 hrs. The current exchange rate may be checked on the website of the National Bank of Serbia (http://www.nbs.rs
All major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and Amex) are accepted in Serbia by restaurants, hotels, shops and at the Congress Registration Desks.
Cash may be taken from ATMs installed in all major malls, bank branch offices and in public places 365 days in a year, 24 hours a day. Cell phone e-cards and Internet cards may also be purchased in some of these places in official offices of local providers and in some street kiosks.
The climate of Serbia is moderately continental, with localized variations and a gradual change between the seasons. The average temperature in Belgrade in October is quite mild at 12.4 °C (54.32 °F). Afternoons can be somewhat warm with average high temperatures reaching 18.1 °C (64.6 °F). Overnight temperatures are generally a little cool with an average low of 8.3 °C (46.9 °F).
The current in Serbia is 220 volts 50Hz. Please contact the reception desk for available converters.
The meeting organizers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained or for loss of or damage to property belonging to Congress participants (or their accompanying persons) either during the congress meetings and post congress activities. Please obtain proper travel and health insurance prior to your trip.
Tipping is not mandatory in Serbia. However it is customary to add 5-10% in restaurants if you are satisfied with the service
Pay phones are available at the conference center as well as in the city. Phone cards are widely available in shops.
The international dialing code for Serbia is 381, and the code for Belgrade is 11
National calls: 0 + city code + telephone number
International calls: 00 + country code + city code + telephone number
IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Police – 192,
Fire-fighters – 193,
Ambulance – 194,
Registry of international calls – 19011,
Orthodox religious holidays and customs – 19822
TIME, ELECTRICITY AND WATER
Belgrade and Serbia are located in the Central European time zone region – GMT +1 and/or GMT +2 as of the last week in the third month until the Saturday prior to the last week of the tenth month.
As in most cities of Continental Europe, the electricity voltage in Belgrade is 220V. Electrical outlets are standard European.
Tap water in Belgrade is safe to drink.
The 13th WCPM Congress is a non-smoking event. For the comfort and health of all participants, smoking is strictly prohibited in the building.
Photographing or filming sessions on meetings is prohibited (except with a prior specific permission of the WAPM). The WAPM reserves the right to video all presentations of the 13th WCPM Congress
WELCOME TO BELGRADE THE CAPITAL OF SERBIA
City of many nations, BELGRADE is a city with a tumultuous, but also frequently tragic past, primarily due to its unique position at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, on the border between the East and the West. Due to its position it was rightfully named “Gates of the Balkans” and the “Doors of Middle Europe”. Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe with a 7000-year history. The space around the large rivers of the Sava and Danube was already populated in the Stone Age. The Celts named the populated fortress SINGIDUNUM, where the first part of the word „Singi“ means round, and „dunum“ fortification or town. In the Byzantine Age, Singidunum became an important city of the vast empire. The Slavic name BEOGRAD (Beli grad – White City – probably because its ramparts were made of white limestone) may first be found in records from the 9th century. Belgrade flourished in 19th and 20th centuries during the reign of the Obrenovic dynasty and Karadjodjevic dynasty. It was then and it still is an important strategic point, the crossroads from the East to the West and one of the most significant cities in the Balkans.
Visitors who come to Belgrade for the first time, never leave indifferent, and always come back to it with joy.
More importantly, Belgraders like everyone, so get to know Belgrade by getting to know Belgraders!
TEMPLE OF SAINT SAVA
Temple of Saint Sava is the largest Orthodox church in the Balkans. It is located in the eastern part of the square of Saint Sava, in the municipality of Vracar. It was built on the site which is thought to be the place where Sinan Pasha in 1595 burned the remains of Saint Sava, founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Construction of the church was financed by voluntary contributions, and paying charity stamps. This monumental temple represents an organic part of modern vivid image of Belgrade, being one of its main features
Kalemegdan is the most beautiful and biggest park in Belgrade. At the same time it is the most important historical complex, in which the Belgrade Fortress is overlooking the confluence of the rivers Sava and Danube. Kalemegdan name refers to the wide plateau surrounding the Fortress, which has been in 19th century turned into a park. The planned development of Kalemegdan began 1890 when the military handed the park over to the Belgrade municipality. There are many monuments in the park, dedicated to the famous cultural and public workers. There is also the Kalemegdan Military Museum, Art Pavilion "Cvjeta Zuzoric," The Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments, Zoo, children's amusement park, a large number of sports fields, restaurants and the Museum of Natural History.
Belgrade hosts many annual international cultural events, including the Film Festival, Theatre Festival, Summer Festival, Music Festival, Book Fair, and the Beer Fest.The Nobel Prize winning author Ivo Andrić wrote his most famous work, The Bridge on the Drina, in Belgrade.Other prominent Belgrade authors include Branislav Nušić, Miloš Crnjanski, Borislav Pekić, Milorad Pavić and Meša Selimović.
Internationally Belgrade prominent artist: Marina Abramović and Milovan Destil Marković.
Most of Serbia's film industry is based in Belgrade. FEST is an annual film festival that held since 1971, and, through 2013, had been attended by four million people and had presented almost 4,000 films. The festival is usually held in February. During its early years, it was the only film festival in socialist countries that attracted big Hollywood stars such as Jack Nicholson, Kirk Douglas, Robert De Niro and directors like Miloš Forman, Francis Ford Coppola, Gina Lollobrigida etc
THE OLD ROYAL PALACE OF THE SERBIAN OBRENOVIC DYNASTY
The Old Royal Palace is a representative building in Belgrade, at the corner of Kralja Milana and Dragoslava Jovanovica street, the main entrance is looking at Nikola Pasic Square. Palace, which was built by King Milan in the period 1881-1884, was the residence of King Petar I Karadjordjevic (period 1903-1921) and King Alexander I (1921-1922), and today it is the seat of the Belgrade City Assembly. In the spirit of academic and Renaissance decoration it was designed by Alexander Bulgarian. It's a very representative building, which originally embellished with two domes with golden crowns on top. However, since the Palace was badly damaged in World War II, today's appearance of the Palace is somewhat changed.
RESIDENCE OF PRINCESS LJUBICA OBRENOVIC
Residence of Princess Ljubica Konak Knjeginje Ljubice was built by order of Prince Milos Obrenovic in 1831st year, as the private residence of his wife Princess Ljubica.Located in the heart of Belgrade, in Kosancicev venac, its architecture and layout belongs to the Balkan style with some Western Baroque elements. The permanent exhibition'' Interiors of Belgrade town houses of the 19th Century'' is set there. You can see it all, from oriental (Turkish), to medium impact (Biedermeier) and Western Europe (neo-baroque, neorokoko, Napoleon III).
THE PALACIES OF THE SERBIAN KARADJORDJEVIC DYNASTY – DEDINJE ROYAL COMPOUND – BELGRADE
THE ROYAL PALACE in Dedinje was built between 1924 and 1929, on orders by King Alexander I, as the official royal residence. It was designed by the architect Živojin Nikolić and the academician Nikolaj Krasnov from the Royal Academy. Today it is the home of the heir to the throne, Aleksandar II and his family. It is a large impressive villa of white stone in the Serbian-Byzantine style. The Palace is surrounded by pergolas, terraced gardens, fishponds, a pavilion and a bandstand. The stone-paved Ceremonial Hall is decorated with copies of frescoes from the monasteries of Dečani and Sopoćani. The Blue Drawing Room is decorated in the Baroque style, while the Golden Drawing Room is in the Renaissance style, as is the Large Dining Room. The marble columns in these rooms bear a luxuriously coffered wooden ceiling with bronze chandeliers. These rooms are decorated in the Renaissance style, with valuable paintings, wooden chests and articles from the royal collection.