Onsite Information

The Euro PM2019 Registration and Information Desk at MECC will be open:

Sunday 13 October - 14:00 - 20:15
Monday 14 October -  07:30 - 20:15
Tuesday 15 October - 07:45 - 18:45
Wednesday 16 October - 07:15 - 19:00

All registration documentation including tickets, congress guide, proceedings etc will be distributed from the registration desk onsite.

Name Badges: All participants are required to wear their badge at all times during Euro PM2019 in order to allow access to the technical sessions, exhibition and other associated events. Badges will be scanned at various key points during the event for the purpose of access, control and security.

Internet

Makin Metals Powders (UK) Ltd.Sponsored by Makin Metal Powders (UK) Ltd., Wi-Fi will be available throughout the MECC, including charging stations to top up your device(s).

SSID: EURO PM2019

Congress Language

The congress will be conducted in English.

Photography

Photography will be strictly forbidden in all technical sessions and special interest seminars. Official photographs will be available via this website post event.

Going Green

EPMA have made a few changes this year being mindful of being more green and the footprint Euro PM2019 leaves behind and we want to share some of these with you. Rather than providing single use plastic water bottles, we ask participants to bring their own reusable water bottles and fill them up at our many water machines. The paper cups provided at coffee breaks are fully recyclable. Recycling bins are placed around MECC, we ask that you use these where possible. Away from catering, we have also taken the decision to reduce the number of pages in the Congress guide by including the abstracts in the app only to reduce the amount of paper we are using. These are small changes, but collectively over the whole event they make a big difference.

Local Information

Electricity: The electrical current in The Netherlands is 220 V/50 Hz. Round European-style two-pin plugs are used.

Currency: The monetary unit is the Euro (EUR). Bank notes are printed in values of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500; and coins in values of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent, and €1 and €2. If changing currency, it is recommended to request smaller value notes of €5- €20 as it can be difficult to find establishments to take larger notes. It is advised against taking larger notes as problems regarding counterfeiting mean they are rarely accepted.

Major credit and debit cards (some restrictions apply to American Express and Diners) are accepted in shops, restaurants and hotels, but in some they are not, be sure to check before ordering. Cash is withdrawn with your Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or Cirrus card at any ATM. Taxis do not accept card payments so it is essential to have some local currency.

If your country of residence is outside of The Netherlands, you may qualify for a sales-tax refund for purchases. You need to request a form for your refund at the shop when making you purchase.

Travel Health: There are no specific health risks associated with travel to The Netherlands. Ensure coverage by your own health insurance and bring necessary documents on the trip. If you're a European citizen from within EU/EEA, a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in The Netherlands.

Tipping: At restaurants it is possible that you will be charged a cover charge of between 1-3 euros per head and most people choose to round up to the nearest Euro after this but you can leave more for excellent service. Some restaurants also charge an additional service charge on the bill which can be around 10% in which case you do not need to leave anything additional. These charges should be written on the menu or made clear before ordering. Tipping cab drivers is unusual but appreciated if they have assisted with luggage. Most people prefer to round up to the closest Euro to avoid handling small change.

Communications: The international access code for The Netherlands is 0031/+31. The outgoing code from landlines is 00 and from mobiles is +, followed by the relevant country code. The main emergency number is 112 (no area code needed).