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General congress Information 

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Congress Language

The official language of the IPA 2016 Congress is English. All sessions will be conducted in English.

Name Badge Policy

Name Badges will be provided to all delegates and available for pick up at the IPA 2016 Congress Registration Desk. Please wear your name badge at all times as it is your admission to all sessions, the Exhibit Hall and Social Events. Delegates will not be able to access the congress venue without their badge. There is a $60.00 CAD reprint fee for any lost or misplaced badge.

Registration Desk

The Registration Desk is located on the Level 1 Foyer of the Vancouver Convention Centre, West (VCC West), and will be open at the following times:

Tuesday
August 16
7:00 – 15:00
Wednesday
August 17
7:00 – 19:00
Thursday
August 18
7:00 – 17:00
Friday
August 19
7:00 – 17:00
Saturday
August 20
7:00 – 17:00
Sunday
August 21
7:00 – 17:00
Monday
August 22
7:00 – 12:00

Congress Information and Local Tour Desk

Have questions about the Congress? Want to find out where the next session is? Have questions about the Congress APP? Visit the Congress Information and Local Tour Desk for assistance! The Information Desk will be open at the following times:

Tuesday
August 16
7:00 – 15:00
Wednesday
August 17
7:00 – 19:00
Thursday
August 18
7:00 – 17:00
Friday
August 19
7:00 – 17:00
Saturday
August 20
7:00 – 17:00
Sunday
August 21
7:00 – 17:00

Optional Tours & Activities

The IPA Congress has partnered with some of the best tour operators to provide you a variety of ways to explore Vancouver and its neighbouring cities. Please visit the Information & Tour Desk or click here to learn more!

Speaker Service Desk and Ready Room

The Speaker Service Desk and Ready Room is located in Room 108, Level 1, VCC West. An audio-visual technician will be available to assist with presentations. A member of the scientific program team will also be present to answer questions. Speakers are asked to visit the Speaker Ready Room the day before their scheduled presentation or at minimum 3 hours in advance of their scheduled session start time.

Tuesday
August 16
9:00 – 17:00
Wednesday
August 17
7:00 – 17:30
Thursday
August 18
7:00 – 16:00
Friday
August 19
7:00 – 16:00
Saturday
August 20
7:00 – 16:00
Sunday
August 21
7:00 – 16:00
Monday
August 22
7:00 – 12:00

Congress Abstract

All Congress abstracts will be available for download on the website after August 15, 2016. As part of IPA’s sustainability initiatives, abstract CDs or USB devices will not be provided. Abstract Posters can also be viewed onsite in the Exhibit Hall.

Refreshment Breaks and Lunch

Coffee breaks will be served daily from 10:00 - 11:00 and 15:30 - 16:00 in the Exhibition and Poster Area. Lunch is not provided by the Congress.

Lunch will be available for purchase in the exhibit hall.

Lost and Found

Please report any lost or unattended items to the congress Registration Desk. Should you lose anything while at the IPA Congress, please enquire with the Registration Desk. At the end of the congress, all unclaimed lost and found items will be given to the Vancouver Convention Centre or donated.

Nursing Room

A room will be made available (upon request at the Information Desk) for mothers requiring a quiet space for breastfeeding or pumping. Parents are required to bring their own equipment; a fridge will not be available for storage.

Please note: Congress sessions, events, and the exhibit hall are not open to children or infants. 

Photography

An official photographer is present during the congress. By registering for the 28th International Congress of Pediatrics (IPA 2016), you agree to have your picture taken. Photography may be used for marketing purposes for future IPA events.

Smoking Policy

The Vancouver Convention Centre and all congress hotels are non-smoking venues. Attendees must refrain from smoking or using electronic smoking devices (including electronic vapors) in the congress venue. City bylaws prohibit smoking indoors and within 6 metres of all buildings. Smoking violations are strictly enforced by the city of Vancouver and any violations are subject to fines.

Media Room

The Media Room is located in Room 101, Level 1, VCC West. 

In Case of Emergency

The Vancouver Convention Centre has 24-hour general building security supplemented with both cameras and alarm systems. House security staff and First Aid can be contacted from any house phone by dialing 7299 or 7500 for emergencies. Calls can be made from an outside line or cell phone by dialing 604 647 7299. It is important to call the congress venue before dialing 911. Due to the size of the venue VCC staff will be better able to assist in any situation.

As the congress venue is large, it is vital that attendees wear their congress name badges at all time so that in the event of an emergency, venue staff are able to identify them as a IPA delegate.

If for any reason, the venue or a part of the venue must evacuate, instructions will be given via the venue’s public address system. Once the announcement to evacuate is made, all attendees must quickly and calmly proceed to the nearest exit and proceed to muster stations as directed by venue staff. Do not return to the venue unless instructed by venue staff or a member of the Emergency Response Team.