16 – 19 July, 2019
The congress starts on Tuesday July 16th at 8:00 a.m. and ends on Friday July 19th at 4:00 p.m.
The Universidad de Costa Rica at San José.
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The official language of the Regional Conference is English. However, in order to celebrate the Central American venue, some activities will take place in Spanish. If you wish to present in Spanish please provide both an English and Spanish version of your submission and be aware that the number of Spanish presentations is limited.
Some commercial, professional and academic exhibitions will take place during the congress, parallel to the congress hours.
Costa Rica is in the Central Standard Time Zone (UTC/GMT-6)
Costa Rica is known worldwide for its richness and array of natural beauty; even though it represents only 0.03% of the earth’s territory, the country harbors about 5% of the world´s biodiversity. This biodiversity is preserved in Costa Rica’s national parks that make up more than 20% of its territory. The wide range of different natural landscapes, such as tropical rainforests, dry tropical forests, active volcanoes, beaches, can be experienced within 6 hours of the capital city. Although Costa Rica’s climate is tropical year round, the country has many microclimates depending on elevation, rainfall,topography, and the local geography. There are two principal seasons in Costa Rica:
- Dry season (from December to April).
- Rainy season (from May to November).
The annual rainfall is over 5,000 mm (196.9 in), and during the rainy season, it rains constantly in some regions. The mean annual temperature on the coastal lowlands is about 27 °C (81 °F), 20 °C (68 °F) in the main populated areas of the Cordillera Central, and below 10 °C (50 °F) on the summits of the highest mountains (Costa Rican Institute for Tourism, 2017).
For detailed information about climate: https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/climate
Banking and Exchange
The national currency is the COLON, the current exchange rate is USD $1.00 (USDollar) = ₡ 598.07 colones. Or ₡1,00 = USD $ 0,00175310. Foreign currency may be changed at banks and airports. All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.
The congress organizers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage of property belonging to congress participants (or their accompanying persons), either during, or as a result of the congress.
The venue of the Conference is in the city of San Pedro, in east part of San José, the capital.
The route from the Airport is approx. 25 km (15 mi) and it can take, depending on the traffic, from 30 to 45 minutes.
- How to Get to San José – click here
San José has good means of public transport. To travel in this case is recommended the use of taxi, or shuttle (both services are offered at the Juan Santamaría International Airport). Costs can range from $ 30 to $ 50. It is recommended the use of reliable companies such as Taxi Aeropuerto.
The public transport of taxis is characterized by its red color. There are several companies, the law regulates that all service should be charged as indicated by the taximeter.
It is not recommended to pay services to taxi drivers or informal transport (without proper identification and taximeter). If you do so, it will be at your own risk.
As in many countries of the world, in Costa Rica UBER platform is available. Although the legality status of the same has not been clarified, while an agreement is reached, the government of Costa Rica allows its operation.
Access to the facilities of the University of Costa Rica is recommended by taxi or UBER. Access to this sector through the public bus network is feasible, but it will take time. Here you may find a general itinerary and some indications for the use of buses in Costa Rica.
If you want to rent a car and move to the venue, at the University there are parking buildings. For this a badge is required. You must make the request writing before May 30, 2019, to the address: firstname.lastname@example.org.