CONGRESS INFORMATION

 

Abstract CD and Abstract Book

A CD, with all the accepted abstracts, is in all delegates’ bags. Only a few Abstract Books have been printed. Should you wish to receive one you can collect it at the Membership Office’s Desk in the Registration Area (ground floor) or at booth A1 (“ERA-EDTA Activities”) located in the Exhibition.

   

Certificate of attendance
All regularly registered delegates can collect their certificate of attendance at the appropriate desk (“Certificate of Attendance”) located in the Registration Area starting May 31, 2014 after 15.00 hours. To obtain the certificate of attendance, it is mandatory to go to this desk and have the original badge scanned; so if you are attending the entire congress, ask for your certificate only on the last day. The certificate of attendance for the whole congress will be given on June 3, 2014 only. If you are not able to go to this desk to collect your certificate due to other commitments, you can send a written request to the ERA-EDTA Congress Office after the congress (e-mail: registrations@ era-edta.org), it will then be sent to you by e-mail.

 

Coffee and tea break
Complimentary coffee and tea will be served in the Exhibition, during all coffee breaks, except on May 31 when refreshments will be served close to the session halls.

Congress membership
Regularly registered participants are entitled to attend all Scientific and Poster Sessions, Welcome Ceremony and Reception and Industrial Exhibition. Onsite they will also receive a congress kit (including Final Programme and Abstract CD). Accompanying guest registration is not available; however, all participants can take part, with their accompanying guests, in the Welcome Ceremony and Welcome Reception on May 31, 2014. All participants must wear their name badge when attending any congress event. Please note that only attendants wearing delegate badges are entitled to attend lecture and poster sessions. The information printed on the badges is exactly the one provided by participants when registering.
Recycle your badge! You will find special bins at the exit of the congress centre (Registration Area) where you can throw your badge as you leave the congress before going back home. Reprint/Lost-forgotten badges A “Reprint desk” for lost or forgotten delegate badges will be available in the Registration Area. In order to obtain a replacement of a lost/forgotten badge, it is mandatory to show a picture identification document (passport, driver’s licence, etc.) and it will cost EUR 20.00 and only cash will be accepted. Replacement badges will be given free of charge on May 30-31. Starting June 1, the badges will be subject to a fee of EUR 20.00 (cash only).
  
CME Courses

In order to participate in the CME Courses held on May 31, 2014, all regularly registered congress members must go to the session halls and have their badge scanned by the hostesses at the entrance (at participant’s own responsibility).

Please note that the seat capacity of the conference rooms is limited, therefore participation in these courses will be on a “first come first served” basis. The courses are reserved to regularly registered congress members and are included in the registration fee.

 

Facilities at the Amsterdam RAI
A cloak room is located on the basement of the K foyer; this service will be available for the entire duration of the congress. An internet point is available in the Registration Area; a Wi-Fi service is provided in the main public spaces of the congress centre, meeting rooms and exhibition excluded. There is one restaurant (“The Grand Cafe”) on the ground floor; snack bars are also available in the Exhibition. There is a business centre on the basement of the D foyer (Elicium entrance).
 
Grant policy
All ERA-EDTA travel grants had to be applied for in advance and have already been assigned. No additional travel grants, reduced fees or financial support of any kind can be given to participants.
 
Insurance / Liability
Participation in this Congress implies that persons/participants agree that the organizers do not assume any liability whatsoever. Upon registration, the participant accepts this proviso.
 
Language of the Congress
The official language of the Congress is English. No simultaneous translation will be provided.
  
Lunch
Snack bars and catering areas will offer light food for purchase; they are located in the Exhibition. Most of the Companies that have arranged the Industry Sponsored Symposia will offer lunch to the participants.
  
Post-congress correspondence
If you wish to contact the ERA-EDTA after the Congress, here are the full contact details: ERA-EDTA Congress Office, Via I. Spolverini 2, 43126 Parma (Italy). Telephone: +39-0521- 989078, fax: +39-0521-959242, e-mail: congress@era-edta.org or registrations@era-edta.org
  
Programme changes
The organisers cannot assume liability for changes in the programme due to external or unforeseen circumstances.
   
Registration / Information
A confirmation letter and the badge have been sent by post to regularly pre-registered participants. The registration and information desks are situated in the Registration Area of the Amsterdam RAI. The desks will be open at the following times:
   
Friday, May 30 11:00-19:00 hours
Saturday, May 31 07:00-19:00 hours
Sunday, June 1 07:00-19:00 hours
Monday, June 2 07:00-19:00 hours
Tuesday, June 3 07:00-16:00 hours

 

Receipts
Pre-registered delegates may request the receipt of the congress registration payment by personally giving their full address to the ERA-EDTA Congress Office desk or by sending a request to registrations@era-edta.org. Receipts will be sent upon request and only after the congress. Onsite registered delegates may request the receipt of the payment by ticking the appropriate box in the onsite form or personally giving their full address to the ERA-EDTA Congress Office desk or by sending a request to registrations@era-edta.org. Receipts will be sent after the congress.
 

EDTA cannot be deemed responsible for forgotten, lost or stolen personal belongings and Congress materials.
 

SPEAKERS INFORMATION
The Speakers’ Preview Room is in the Europa Foyer, on the ground floor of the Amsterdam RAI opposite to the Bag Distribution Desk. All presentations need to be prepared as PowerPoint files and will be loaded on a central server in the Speakers’ Preview Room. All speakers should bring their presentations stored on a CD, DVD or USB memory stick to this room no later than 2 hours before the start of their session (or the afternoon of the day before if the slides refer to the first morning session). The use of laptop computers and traditional slides will not be possible. The Disclosure of Interest of all Invited Speakers and Chairs will be made available at the beginning of each session. Moreover, they have been posted on the Amsterdam Congress website, under a specific section.

UEMS

EUROPEAN UNION OF MEDICAL SPECIALISTS (UEMS) CME CREDITS
The 51st ERA-EDTA Congress has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), www.uems.net. The 51st ERA-EDTA Congress is designated for a maximum of 24 European CME credits (ECMEC). Each medical specialist should claim only those credits for the sessions that he/she actually attended. Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert the EACCME credits received to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on this matter can be found at http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/education-careers/continuing-medical-education/physicians-recognition-award-credit-system/other-ways-earn-ama-pra-category/international-programs.page.
Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognized by the UEMS-EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. For more information, visit www.uems.net.
 
How to receive UEMS CME credits
ERA-EDTA will track attendance of congress members during the congress in the Amsterdam RAI each day. All regularly registered congress members must go to the session halls and have their badge scanned by the hostesses at the entrance (at participant’s own responsibility). Congress members will then be awarded the number of credits towards the hours actually spent participating in the sessions of the congress. ERA-EDTA will send UEMS CME Certificate only upon specific request. Regularly registered congress members can either request to receive it by going personally to the UEMS CME desk (starting May 31, 2014) during the congress, or by requesting it in writing by post or e-mail (cmecredits@era-edta.org). The certificate will then be sent after the congress, approximately one month after it is finished.

    

ERA-EDTA Membership Office
You will find the ERA-EDTA Membership Office in the Registration Area of the Amsterdam RAI (ground floor). It is possible to pay membership fees and become a new ERA-EDTA member.
  
How to vote for the new Ordinary Council Members
All Full members of the ERA-EDTA will be able to vote for a maximum of three (3) candidates. Also this year, electronic voting online was possible (April 25 – May 25). Only members who have not already voted online will be able to vote onsite. The voting station, next to the ERA-EDTA Membership Office, in the Registration Area, will be open from May 31, 2014 until June 1, 2014 (following the opening hours of the Registration Desks). On June 2, 2014 the voting station will also be open, however it will close at 9:00. In any case immediately at the beginning of the General Assembly (see details below) it will still be possible to vote. A valid identification document (i.e. passport of national identity card) of the Full member who wishes to vote must be personally shown in order to vote. Vote by proxy is NOT possible. Only paper ballot voting will be possible.
Candidates for Ordinary Council Membership (in alphabetical order according to last name):
  
• Angel Argiles (France)
• Peter Evenepoel (Belgium)
• Jolanta Malyszko (Poland)
• Alberto Ortiz (Spain)
• Gyorgy Reusz (Hungary)

A short curriculum for each candidate will be on display at the voting station and is also on the ERA-EDTA’s website (section “About ERA-EDTA”, click on “Council Candidates 2014”).
 
General Assembly 2014
All ERA-EDTA members are invited to participate in the above mentioned annual meeting. Access is open to current members only: please have your ERA-EDTA membership card with you to allow access to the meeting (access to the meeting room will be monitored). Full ERA-EDTA members have voice and vote during the meeting; Associate ERA-EDTA members have voice, but no vote. The 2014 meeting will take place on June 2, 2014 from 9.30 to 10.45 in room “G106-107” located on the first floor of the Amsterdam RAI.
 
Reasons to become an ERA-EDTA member
1. Free paper and/or online subscription to the journals “Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation” (NDT) and “CKJ” (“Clinical Kidney Journal”).
2. Free password to access the Directory of ERA-EDTA Members on Internet.
3. Discounted registration fees at the annual ERA-EDTA Congresses.
4. Presentations of the ERA-EDTA CME Courses.

5. 25% or more discount on Oxford University Press medical publications. Both lists of books and order forms are available at the OUP booth in the exhibition area.

Go and check out all the latest initiatives of the ERA-EDTA (including educational activities, grants, etc) on our website www.era-edta.org:

1. Membership information
2. Directory of all ERA-EDTA members
3. Annual ERA-EDTA Congresses
4. NDT and CKJ Journals
5. ERA-EDTA Fellowship Programme
6. ERA-EDTA Grants
7. ERA-EDTA Research Programme
8. European Renal Best Practice (ERBP)
9. ERA-EDTA CME Courses
10. ERA-EDTA Registry
11. NDT-Educational
12. ComIA
13. European National Societies
14. ERA-EDTA Working Groups
15. ERA-EDTA Endorsed Working Groups
16. ERA-EDTA Sessions at other National/International Congresses
17. ERA-EDTA Young Nephrologists’ Platform and their new initiatives

    

INFORMATION FOR PRESS/MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES
 
Media registration
Pre-registered journalists can pick up their press passes in the press lounge (Room D404 – Elicium, 4th floor). The press pass provides access to all sessions and symposia of this congress. Also for onsite registration, media representatives are kindly asked to come to the press lounge. The following identification will be required: press identification/press card and a letter of assignment from the news organization being represented. Please note: Public relations personnel and exhibitors cannot register as Press!
 
Press lounge
ERA-EDTA will be providing a fully-equipped press lounge (computers with internet access/ printer) in Room D404 – Elicium, 4th floor. Press folders and other materials will be available.
Opening hours:
Saturday, May 31 08:00-18:00
Sunday, June 1 08:00-18:00
Monday, June 2 08:00-18:00
Tuesday, June 3 08:00-12:00
 
ERA-EDTA press events 
 
Late Breaking Clinical Trials Press Briefing
Sunday, June 1, 10:00 – 11:00 (Room D403 – Elicium, 4th floor) The “Late Breaking Clinical Trials” (LBCT) will be presented in this press briefing. Journalists will be informed about latest research findings and will also have the opportunity to speak to some principal investigators of the LBCT, which will be presented on Monday, if they agree to respect the embargo.
  
Main Press Conference
Monday, June 2, 12:00 – 13:00 (Room D403 – Elicium, 4th floor)
Topics:
1) “Diabesity”: Fat & Sick? The new Epidemic of Western Civilization
2) The NIGRAM Consortium
3) ERA-EDTA Registry´s 50th Anniversary: Renal Replacement Therapy in Europe
4) ERBP: New NTX Guidelines
5) Living Kidney Donation

Embargo policy 
All LBCT are confidential until officially released by ERA-EDTA in the LBCT sessions of the scientific programme. Unless otherwise noted, all abstracts presented at the ERA-EDTA are embargoed until the date and time of their presentation.
    
Press Office ERA-EDTA 2014
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Dr. Bettina Albers
Jakobstrasse 38 - 99423 Weimar, Germany
Tel. +49 3643/ 7764-23, Fax +49 3643/ 7764-52
Mobile +49 174 / 2165629
press@era-edta.org

         
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