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Banking

United States: Banking hours are generally Monday to Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM. A few banks are open on Saturdays as well. You can withdraw money from ATM bank machines using your credit card and make purchases in stores and restaurants. Signs will display which credit cards are accepted or you can ask the retailer. Check with your local financial institution to verify if you are able to use your home bank card or credit card prior to travel.

Italy: Banking hours are usually Monday to Friday from 8:30AM - 1:30PM and from 3:00PM - 4:00PM and all are closed all day on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays. Most establishments accept credit cards. Logos will be posted in front windows of which cards are accepted. Check with your credit card company to see if they charge an international transaction fee or foreign transaction fee. ATM banking machines in Italy are known as Bancomat, and can be found anywhere in large cities as well as in small towns.

Germany:  Banking hours are Monday - Thursday 9:30AM - 3:00PM and Friday 9:30AM - 5:00PM.  They are closed Saturday and Sunday, but ATM's are open 24/7.

Canada:
Although US dollars are accepted by many Canadian businesses, it's best to exchange for Canadian dollars.  There is no longer a Penny (1¢) coin, so all amounts are rounded up or down to the closest 5¢.  ATM's or ABM's are open 24/7 and accept the Plus/VISA and Cirrus/Master Card.  Machines dispense Canadian currency and your bank will do the conversion.  Banking hours are usually Monday through Wednesday 9:30AM - 5:00PM, Thursday 9:30AM - 8:00PM, Friday 9:30AM - 6:00PM and Saturdays 9:00AM - 4:00PM.

Portugal: Banking hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30AM - 3:00PM.  Some have extended hours to 5:00PM.  ATM machines in Portugal are known as Multibanco System.

Currency

United States: The official currency is US Dollars ($). Banknotes come in six denominations: $100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1.

Italy: The official currency is the Euros(€). Banknotes come in seven denominations: 5€, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500.

Germany
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official currency is the Euros(€). Banknotes come in seven denominations: 5€, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500.

Canada: The official currency is the Canadian Dollar (C$). Notes are in C$5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.  Coins are in 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, $1 and $2.

Portugal:  The official currency is the Euros(€). Banknotes come in seven denominations: 5€, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500.

Dialing Codes

United States: The International access code is 1.

Italy: The International access code is 011 39.

Germany: The International access code is 011 49.

Canada: The International access code is 1.

Portugal: The International access code is 011 351 21.

Electricity

United States: Voltage in the United States is 120 volts (60 Hz). Outlet sockets use either a Type A plug which is a class II ungrounded plug with two flat parallel prongs, or a Type B plug which is a class I plug with two flat parallel prongs and a grounding pin.

Italy: Voltage in Italy is 220 volts (50 Hz). Generally, the only type of outlet found in Italy, will have two round pins. If your electrical devices do not accept 220 volts at 50 hertz, you will need a voltage converter.


Germany:
Electricity is 230 volts.  If you travel to Germany with a device that doesn't accept 230 volts at 50 Hertz you will need a voltage converter that uses two round pins.

Canada
: Voltage in Canada is 120 volts (60 Hz).  They use the same outlets as the United States.

Portugal:
The local current is 220 AC and he connection is made by a two-pin plug.  Traveler's from the USA will require a voltage converter.

Language

The official language of the FASEB Science Research Conferences is English. Translation services are not provided.

Name Badges

Name badges must be worn at all times during scientific and poster sessions, and meals.  Persons not wearing name badges will be asked to leave the general and poster sessions as well as meals.

Reimbursement Process for Invited Speakers (if applicable):

Invited Speakers will receive an estimated expense worksheet at the conference.  This form must be returned to FASEB staff during the conference by 12 p.m. on Tuesday.  The information gathered from this form is shared with the organizers.  Once the organizers review this information and determine speaker eligibility and reimbursement amounts, speakers will receive an email from FASEB notifying them of their reimbursement amount and confirming check payable to information, as well as a request for any additional receipts or forms required for reimbursement.
 

The process can take about 30 days after you receive the reimbursement notification email.  Please be patient and wait for FASEB to email you.


Tipping

United States: Gratuities are generally not included in restaurant prices, taxis fares, etc. It is customary to give a tip of 15-20%.


Italy: A service charge is normally added to the bill in Italy so the amount you see on your bill includes a gratuity. The best rule is to leave a few Euros on the table if the service was good. 10% is considered a very generous tip for especially attentive service.

Germany: Typically the waiter comes to you and tells you your total. You decide the tip amount, a rule of thumb is add 5-10% generally ending with a full euro amount.  Money or Credit card is giving directly to the waiter.

Canada
Most restaurants automatically add a 15% service charge to the final bill.  It is customary to leave an additional tip if the service was exemplary.

Portugal: The bill at restaurants only charge for what you eat; it is customary to leave a 10% if the service is exceptional.


No Recording Information during Sessions

During the conferences, attendees are prohibited from using photography, video, or recording devices during scientific sessions and poster sessions.

 

Child and Family Care Resources

FASEB provides detailed information for each conference site on the Science Research Conference (SRC)  website and also provides venue information directly to each attendee. Although FASEB does not directly provide child care services, attendees are welcome to have guests (including spouses, children, nannies and babysitters) accompany them to the conference to provide such care. FASEB offers an alternative off-site registration fee at all conferences, to accommodate those with special family care needs (the off-site fee includes the conference and all meals but enables attendees to book their own accommodations). Both the FASEB and venue websites include information on nearby off-site accommodations that can assist attendees with locating licensed child care providers and daycare services. The venue management will also provide any assistance to attendees regarding child/family care issues or concerns.  Each attendee is also encouraged to contact FASEB with any special needs that they may have.

 

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