Useful Information

Official language

The official language of the Symposium is English.


The first month of the summer, June, is a moderately hot month in Leipzig. The average temperature ranges from 12.1°C (53.8°F) to 21,2°C (70,2°F).

Name badge

A name badge will be required for access to the congress area. It must be worn at all times. All participants are asked to download and print their tickets and bring them along. Lanyards and badge holders will be available at the venue.

Local time

In winter the standard time is UTC/GMT +1:00 hours (Central European Time - CET); in summer UTC/GMT+2 hours (Central European Summer Time - CEST). For June, the CEST applies.

Foreign exchange, banking facilities

The official currency in Germany is the Euro. British Pounds, US Dollars, and other major currencies can be easily exchanged in local banks. Credit cards, such as Visa and Mastercard, are widely accepted in most hotels, restaurants, and shops, though keep some cash at hand, especially in smaller shops like bakeries or bistros. The use of American Express is not as common. Traveller’s Cheques are not recommended as they are often difficult to exchange and incur high fees.

Electrical systems

In Germany the power plugs and sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.


We recommend that attendees download Freenow, a mobility app that offers taxi rides in a timely and inexpensive manner.

Dialing codes

The national dialing code for Germany is +49. The following 0 is omitted.

Store opening times

The usual opening hours for stores in the centres of the cities are 10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Supermarkets operate between 7:00 a.m. and 10 p.m., while all the stores are closed on Sundays.