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General Information

Manchester Central Convention Complex | Windmill St, Manchester M2 3GX, United Kingdom
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You can find the venue website here.

Kenes Group will obtain special accommodation rates for ICOM12 participants. Please visit the accommodation page periodically.

In August, Manchester typically experiences mild and pleasant weather, with daytime temperatures averaging around 18-21°C (64-70°F). While occasional rain showers are not uncommon, the city enjoys longer daylight hours, making it a favorable time to explore its vibrant streets and outdoor attractions.

Manchester, UK operates Greenwich Mean Time during the conference period.

The official language of the ICOM12 Conference is English.

The Conference Secretariat and Organisers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants. Upon registration, participants agree that neither the Organising Committee nor the Meeting Secretariat assumes any liability.
Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.

Please do not leave bags or suitcases unattended at any time, whether inside or outside the session halls. Hotels strongly recommend that you use their safety deposit boxes for your valuables.
As with the rest of the UK, in any emergency call 999 or 112 (from a landline if you can) and ask for ambulance, fire or police when connected.

In the UK, the power plugs and sockets are of type G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

The UK’s currency is Pound Sterling (commonly known as pound) and the symbol is £. There are 100 pence (p) to the pound (£). Notes come in denominations of £5, £10, £20, and £50. Coins come in 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2.
For exchange rates:

Foreign currency of all kinds is very rarely accepted but it may be exchanged at the airport, banks, post offices, most hotels or licensed exchange agencies in Manchester. The rates vary from place to place, and banks charge a commission.

Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in UK, except at some smaller B&Bs, which take cash or cheque only. Other credit cards, including Amex, are not so widely accepted. Most businesses will assume your card is ‘Chip and PIN’ enabled (using a PIN instead of signing). If it isn’t, you should be able to sign instead, but some places may not accept your card.

ATMs (usually called ‘cash machines’ in UK) are common in cities and even small towns. Cash withdrawals from some ATMs may be subject to a small charge, but most are free. If you’re not from the UK, your home bank will likely charge you for withdrawing money overseas.

The Organisers cannot assume liability for any changes to the programme due to external unforeseen circumstances.