Frequently Asked Questions
A: The European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB) is a multi-disciplinary conference that bridges the fields of computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology by bringing together involved scientists from all over the world. It has a revolving scheme in which, each year, one of the European countries hosts the European conference, often jointly with the national conference on computational biology.
A: Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) is the annual meeting of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). Over the past 19 years the ISMB conference has grown to become the largest bioinformatics conference in the world. The ISMB conferences provide a multidisciplinary forum for disseminating the latest developments in bioinformatics. ISMB brings together scientists from computer science, molecular biology, mathematics, and statistics. Its principal focus is on the development and application of advanced computational methods for biological problems.
Q: Why are ISMB and ECCB joined for 2011?
A: The conference chairs for ISMB/ECCB 2011 are:
Kurt Zatloukal, Honorary Co-Chair, Genome-Austria Tissue Bank, Medical University of Graz, Austria
A: The conference will be held at the Austria Center Vienna in Vienna.
A: AUSTRIA CENTER VIENNA
Nearest Subway station:
A: Vienna is the Capital of Austria and also one of the nine States of Austria. Vienna has a population of about 1.6 million (2.2 million within the metro area) and is the largest city in Austria as well as its cultural, economic and political centre.
Situated on both sides of the River Danube, and only 60 kilometers off Austria’s Eastern border, Vienna lies in the South East corner of Central Europe and is close to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
Vienna is the seat of a number of United Nations offices and various international institutions and companies, including the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
A: Visa Regulations
Who does not need a visa
Citizens of all countries of the European Union, Switzerland, Croatia, Israel, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, most of the countries of North and South America and some other countries do not need a visa, only a valid passport is required to enter Austria. In case of doubt please contact the Austrian Consulate or Embassy well in advance before departure.
Visa-free travel is allowed with a biometric passport for citizens from the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia.
Who needs a visa
Travellers requiring a visa can travel freely throughout the Schengen zone for three months with a Schengen visa issued by any Schengen country. Obtaining a visa entitling you to visit one Schengen country automatically entitles you to travel to and from all the other Schengen countries too.
Further information about visa regulations and Schengen visas can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs.
Current member countries of the Schengen treaty are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
For further information please visit the website of the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs.
A: Information on Vienna International Airport includes constantly updated arrival and departure times.
A: Vienna lies within the Central European time zone (CET). From the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October, summer time is in effect (MESZ).
A: The voltage in Vienna is 230 Volts (Alternating Current)
A: The area code for Vienna from abroad is: + 43 1
A: In Austria, German is the primary language. The most common foreign language is English
A. All conference presentations and materials will be presented in English.
A: The climate in Vienna is generally mild and continental. Often there is a moderate westerly wind in the city making cool days even cooler. But the Viennese appreciate this wind because it brings fresh air from the surrounding Vienna Woods to the city. On some summer days the heat sizzles in the center of the city, most days of the year the weather is like the inhabitants of the city: friendly, mild, and moderate in every sense…
Current Vienna Weather
A: Visit the official website of the Vienna Tourist Board here.
A: The ISMB/ECCB organizers are using Mondial Congress and Events to coordinate the housing block and a wide selection of hotels available at special discounted rates for conference attendees. Remember most hotels offer breakfast part of their room rate.
These special rates are available til June 10, 2011 - full details on housing is available here
A: Emergency Numbers:
A: In many areas such as restaurants, taxis, hairdressers, service stations, tipping is traditionally expected. Usually, the tip amounts to about 5 to 10 percent, but the size of the tip should be according to your satisfaction with the services rendered.
A: Vienna is a safe city and the Viennese are friendly and helpful – as are most visitors to the city. Unfortunately, there are always exceptions. Tips for your personal safety.
Important emergency numbers:
A: The legal tender in Austria is the Euro. Banks in Vienna are usually open:
Mon to Wed, Fri 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Some branches are closed 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Mon to Wed, Fri 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
If possible, exchange money at a bank during regular opening hours or use Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs), which are called Bankomats in Austria, or with your credit card. You can also exchange money at Eurotours or at the Vienna Tourist Information (Tourist-Info Wien).
A: Delegates can pay on-line using the following credit cards: American Express, Mastercard or Visa.
A. The City Airport Train (CAT) is offering conference delegates a reduced fare of €12 for a return ticket. Tickets can be purchased on-line using the promo code: ISMBECCB at www.cityairporttrain.com
Limousine transfer is available for €36.00 one way.
The Vienna Card offers 72 hours of unlimited free travel by any public transportation within Vienna and more than 210 discounts at museums and sights, theatres and concerts, in shops, cafés, restaurants and the ‘Heurigen’ wine tavern.
Mondial Congress and Events, the official conference housing Bureau, is pleased to offer discounted Vienna cards at the price of EUR 16,90 (instead of EUR 18,50).
Once you have filled in your card, you are ready to go. Make sure that you carry the Vienna Card with you at all times.
A: Various options exist including:
Taxis are available in most areas of the city and are reasonably priced. The fare is shown on officially calibrated taximeters. The starting rate during the day is €2.50; at night (11:00 pm – 6:00 am) and on Sundays and public holidays €2.60, surcharge for radio taxis: €2.00. For rides from and to the airport, which is located outside of the city limits: surcharge €10.00. Also, you can inquire about special airport rates. More information.
ISMB/ECCB delegates can save money on their public transit ticket? Mondial Congress and Events the official conference housing Bureau is pleased to offer discounted Vienna Transit Tickets. Your discounted public transport ticket can be purchased either online via the hotel reservation link or by sending an e-mail to
. The transit ticket allows you to use any public transportation within Vienna. Once you have signed the ticket, you are ready to go. Make sure that you carry your ticket with you at all times.
A: Conference Registration is available from Thursday, July 14 to Tuesday, July 19 at the Austria Center Vienna. A complete registration schedule will be posted closer to the conference.
A: All visitors residing outside the EU have the right to receive a refund on the Austrian Value Added Tax, which is included in the purchase price and on a purchase of a Minimum 75.01 Euro.
A: A lost and found will be located at the information booth located at the Austria Center Vienna.
Registration Desk Hours at the Austria Center Vienna
Thursday, July 14
Registration: Austria Center Vienna, Entrance Hall
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, July 15 - Tuesday, July 19
Registration: Austria Center Vienna, Entrance Hall
Wednesday, July 20 - Thursday, July 21 (for RECOMBE-BE & MLSB)
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. - Hilton Vienna Stadtpark (Outside Klimt Ballroom)