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Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues,

The SIOG Annual Conference is returning to Geneva, its home, to formally celebrate SIOG’s 20th Anniversary!

As the Co-Chairs of the Scientific Programme Committee, we are excited to announce the 21st Conference of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology / SIOG 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland on November 4-6, 2021.

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to change the SIOG 2020 Annual Conference scheduled to be hosted in October to be a remote 3-hour meeting. In consequence, SIOG 2021 will be a special event, when we will physically meet again to formally celebrate the 20th anniversary of SIOG, with a three-day Scientific Programme at the prestigious International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG).

SIOG is the international leader in establishing the top priorities and actions to advance the clinical care, scientific discovery, and education for healthcare professionals caring for older adults with cancer. SIOG 2021 will bring together the leading experts in geriatric oncology to enhance the knowledge and competence across diverse, multidisciplinary settings.

We look forward to welcoming you to SIOG 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Kwok-Leung Cheung & Holly Holmes
Co-chairs of the SIOG 2021 Scientific Committee

SIOG 2021 Annual Conference brings together professionals from around the world to discuss and debate the latest science and research in geriatric oncology. Abstracts and cases are an important component of the scientific programme of this conference and a vehicle to share new research results and findings. 

Deadline: April 30, 2021

For any further queries or technical support contact the abstract registration team via siog2021@newway-management.com

Experts in geriatric oncology and allied health disciplines, who would like to present their work at the Conference as a poster, are invited to submit an abstract for consideration by the Scientific Programme Committee. Please read carefully all the instructions available on this page and on the online abstract submission system before preparing your abstract.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • All abstracts must be written in English.
  • Abstracts can only be submitted online through the conference website.
  • Graphs and images are allowed.
  • Define all abbreviations and concepts in your abstract at first use.
  • Always make sure to check the final abstract with the system's preview function before submission, and edit or replace as necessary. It is the author's responsibility to submit a correct abstract. Any errors in spelling, grammar or scientific fact will be reproduced as typed by the author.
  • The presenting author is required to ensure that all co-authors are aware of the content of the abstract before submission of the abstract.

With the submission of an abstract to SIOG 2021 Annual Conference, the first author (presenting author):

  • Accepts responsibility for the accuracy of the submitted abstract.
  • Confirms that all authors are aware of and agree to the content of the abstract and support the data presented.
  • Warrants that the data and conclusions presented in the abstract have not been published in the same format and with the same title prior to the date of the conference.
  • Identifies any financial interest in products or processes described in the abstract. This information is to be forwarded to the Scientific Committee together with the abstract.
  • States that, for studies involving human or animal subjects, permission has been obtained from the relevant regulatory authority and properly informed consent given where appropriate.
  • Gives permission for the abstract, when selected for presentation (oral or poster), to be published online by SIOG on the conference website. SIOG is not publishing abstracts in any Journal Supplement for this conference.

A main topic that is relevant for your abstract must be selected during the submission process. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to change the track during the abstract assessment process.

The submitter has to select the right topic for the abstract on the submission form. Available main topics are:

Track 1: Geriatric assessment
Track 2: Haem malignancies and basic science
Track 3: Solid tumors and basic science
Track 4: Supportive and palliative care
Track 5: Other

Would you like your abstract to be submitted for the SIOG 2021 Young Investigator Award or for the SIOG 2021 NAH Award? Please check our SIOG 2021 Award rules and regulations.
You are submitting your abstract for poster presentation. The best abstract(s) of each track will be given the opportunity to present their work within a dedicated session of the scientific programme. As there will be no editing process on the abstracts, the authors are required to avoid any typing errors, disordering of the authors, wrong spelling/writing about the institutions, etc.

In order to be considered, an abstract should respect the following guidelines:
Abstract text should not exceed 300 words. The title of the abstract, authors' names, institutions and key words are not included in this limit.

  • Abstract texts should be consisting of four sections: Introduction; Objectives; Methods; Results and Conclusion.
  • When finished with the online submission, please click the “FINAL SUBMISSION” button for the final submission of the abstract. As a confirmation of your submission, a message will appear on the screen informing you the abstract has been successfully submitted to our database.
  • If you need to edit your abstract at a later stage please click “SAVE AND CLOSE”. This button allows you to update your abstract before final submission.
  • After clicking “SAVE AND CLOSE”, your abstract is NOT yet submitted. You need to return to the abstract submission page, finalise your abstract and click “FINAL SUBMISSION”. If you have not FINAL SUBMITTED your abstract by the deadline of 08 March 2021 your abstract can not be accepted.
  • Within 24 hours of submission, only the presenting author will receive a confirmation by email. This confirmation of abstract submission does not mean your abstract has been selected for presentation.
  • If you do not receive any confirmation, please contact siog2021@newway-management.com within one week following the submission of the abstract.
  • Submitting an abstract for SIOG 2021 Annual Conference does not constitute registration for the conference. Abstract presenters must register to attend SIOG 2021 Annual Conference by following the instructions for registration on the SIOG 2021 Annual Conference website.

For questions regarding the online submission process, please contact: siog2021@newway-management.com
Only abstracts submitted online can be accepted. Abstracts submitted on paper or as email attachment will unfortunately not be considered.

Review of Asbtracts

  • All abstract will be reviewed / blinded by three different reviewers
  • Abstract will be reviewed by experts in the field of the submission topic you have selected
  • Review the process will be done electronically
  •  The reviewers will judge the abstracts according to the relevance to SIOG, standard of English, objectivity of statements, description of what was done, suitability of methods to aims, conclusions confirmed by objective results, ethics, scientific value, potential clinical value, originality of work and overall impression.
  • You are submitting your abstract for poster presentation. The best abstract(s) of each track will be given the opportunity to present their work within a dedicated session of the scientific programme.

Presentation of Abstracts

  • You have the possibility to submit your abstract to be considered for the Young SIOG 2021 Investigator Award or for the Nursing / Allied Health Investigator Award. Please do not forget to select the option while submitting your abstract.
  • If your abstract is accepted as a poster, you will be requested to be available for discussion during the corresponding poster viewing session.
  • The size of the poster panels will be sent to you in your notification letter. The adhesive material will be provided on-site.
  • Please use letters large enough to be read from a distance of 1.5 meters.

Registration fees


* SIOG Member Delegates must submit their membership number during the registration process.
** Trainees' ID card must be submitted during the registration process.
*** To qualify for Developing Country rate, you must be a citizen of and resident of one of the Low or Lower-Middle or Upper-Middle Income Countries listed by World Bank.  Low-Income Countries. Lower-Middle Income Countries. Upper-Middle Income Countries.

Registration fee for all conference registrations categories includes:

  • Entry to all conference sessions
  • Access to the exhibition area and poster sessions
  • Final programme e-book (pdf)
  • Name badge
  • Coffee breaks
  • Poster welcome reception

Please note that each participant must complete a separate registration form

Discounted membership rates apply to individuals who are active members of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG).
Full payment in EUR must be received before the corresponding deadline to receive Early, Regular or Onsite Rate. Preferred payment method: Mastercard, Visa or American Express. 

Confirmation of Registration
A final confirmation of your registration will be sent to the indicated email address once your payment has been received.

Letter of invitation
Participants will be able to download personalised letters of invitation to attend the Conference. Such an invitation is extended specifically to assist participants to obtain travel funds, appropriate visas, approvals, sponsorship, or official leave. It does not imply a commitment on the part of the organizers to provide any support, financial or otherwise. Only registered delegates who have paid their Conference registration fees in full will be able to generate and download the letter of invitation, directly in the registration portal.

Language and translation
The official language of the Conference is English.

Accommodation

Hotel accommodation is not included in the registration fees.
Here you will find a list of hotels that offer discounted rates exclusively to SIOG 2021 participants. All hotels are within walking distance of both the conference venue (CICG) and the main train station.

Accreditation ‘Prerichiesta AIFA’

Barbara Mantegazza from Aria di Viaggi Srl has been appointed to manage all the legal documents required by Italian Legislative Order n.541/1992 and 219/06. 

Barbara Mantegazza
Aria di Viaggi Srl
Congress and Fair Department
Via Matteo Bandello, 1 – 20123 Milano
P.I. 02818040152 – IATA 38220346
Tel. +39 02.4818691
www.ariadiviaggi.it
barbara.mantegazza@ariadiviaggi.it

Registration Customer Service 

For any further queries or technical support contact the registration team via siog2021@newway-management.com
Registrations are only accepted online. We do not accept registrations via email or telephone. If you are having any difficulties whilst registering, please contact the SIOG 2021 Registration Customer Service via siog2021@newway-management.com

Payment terms
Credit card
Credit card payment (in EUR only) is the preferred method of payment. The following credit cards are accepted as part of the online registration process: VISA, MasterCard and American Express.

Bank transfer
Any bank charges by local or intermediate bank must be borne by the remitter. Deadline for payment by bank transfer is October 22, 2021. After October 22, 2021, any outstanding amounts must be paid by credit card. Clearly indicate the name of the participant(s) and SIOG 2021 registration number on the remittance slip/reference text.

Onsite payment
Credit card payment (in EUR only) is the only payment method accepted onsite. For security reasons, payment in cash (CHF, EUR or USD) can NOT be accepted onsite.

Payment deadlines and conditions
Full payment must be received before the corresponding deadlines to receive early or regular registration fees. After each deadline expires, the subsequent rate automatically applies to the registration.

Replacement and cancellation policies
Any replacement (i.e. change of participant’s name) of a confirmed registration is subject to a 50 EUR administration fee per participant.
Your registration will be confirmed by letter once we receive your full payment. Cancellation of registration will be accepted until September 4, 2021, up to which date the registration fee will be refunded with a 50,00 EUR deduction for administrative expenses. For cancellations received on and after September 4, 2021, the registration fee will be non-refundable.

Double payment/over payment
In case of double payment or over payment, an administrative fee of 50 EUR is applicable on your refund. Re-prints of lost badges on-site during the congress are subject to an- administrative charge of 50 EUR.

Lunch and refreshments

A Poster Welcome Reception is scheduled on November 4, 2021 and is included in the SIOG registration fees. Please note that lunches are not included in the registration fee. Food and beverage outlets will be available throughout CICG for delegates to buy refreshments. For convenience, lunch tickets may be pre-purchased while you register to the SIOG 2021 Annual Conference and tickets will be provided onsite when you collect your badge and materials.

A single lunch ticket is valid for 1 person for 1 (one) meal. If you plan to eat lunch at CICG on the conference days, we highly recommend purchasing the number of tickets you will need in advance during your registration process as to avoid unnecessary cueing onsite. One meal consists of 1 starter (salad or soup), 1 main dish & two side dishes, 1 dessert, 1 non-alcoholic beverage and tea or coffee.

Pre-ordered lunch tickets will be provided upon badge collection and are valid and can be redeemed at the self-service restaurant located at the CICG 1 st floor. Unused tickets cannot be reimbursed. Note that it will not be possible to reprint lost tickets.

Disclaimer

The organisers of the SIOG 2021 Annual Conference cannot guarantee entry into all scheduled elements of the program. All seats in the venues used are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Where circumstances oblige the organisers of the SIOG 2021 Annual Conference to cancel the Conference in part or whole, the liability of the organisers is limited to a refund of registration fees paid in part or whole. The organisers of the SIOG 2021 Annual Conference cannot be held liable by participants for any damages, costs, or losses incurred, such as transportation and accommodation costs, financial losses, and any other miscellaneous expenses.

The organisers of the SIOG 2021 Annual Conference do not bear any legal liability or responsibility for the safety of any registrants attending or traveling to or from the Conference. Under no circumstances are the organizers of the SIOG 2021 Annual Conference liable for any death, injury, illness, theft, destruction of property, or expenses incurred during the congress or social events. Participants are strongly advised to make their own arrangements regarding health and travel insurance (including loss of fees/deposit for travel and accommodation through cancellation of the Conference). The organisers of the SIOG 2021 Annual Conference do not take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance.

Personal data

By registering for the SIOG 2021 Annual Conference, participants are aware that SIOG will collect and use personal data to keep them informed about the Conference and other SIOG activities. Participants will be able to change their preferences and to opt out via the “Update my Profile” button in the registration portal. Data is collected with the purpose of managing the event. Data may be shared with the hosting societies and session chairs for the same purpose. By providing your event badge to third party exhibitors at the event, participants explicitly consent to the transfer of their identification and contact data to such exhibitor for research and direct marketing purposes. If participants do not want to share data to exhibitors, they should not provide their badge for scanning at the booth.

The Organiser will protect the personal data of participants and undertake all necessary measures for their security. Data will be collected by the organizer and exclusively used as described above and will not be made available to third parties. Exhibitors and sponsors do not rate as third parties but are nevertheless subject to the above regulations.

A participant can revoke the use of their data for purposes of information about SIOG at any time in writing to the registration team and be removed from any SIOG 2021 Annual Conference related communications via siog2021@newway-management.com 

All pictures taken by SIOG during the SIOG 2021 Annual Conference, may be used by SIOG on the SIOG website, SIOG newsletter, and other SIOG promotional material. No individual portrait picture will be taken without the participant’s consent. Participants posing for pictures agree to give SIOG the right to use them.

SIOG 2021 Scientific Committee

Co-chairs

Holly Holmes,
USA
Kwok-Leung Cheung,
UK

Members

Nicolo Matteo Luca Battisti,
UK
Raúl Córdoba Mascuñano,
Spain
Nienke de Glas,
The Netherlands
Ravindran Kanesvrana,
Singapore
Theodora Karnakis,
Brazil
Melissa Loh,
USA
Isacco Montroni,
Italy
Lucinda Morris,
Australia
Martine Puts,
Canada

Scientific Programme

The conference theme is: "Geriatric Oncology: the Past, Present and Future".

The scientific programme will cover the following 5 tracks:
Track 1: Solid tumours and basic science
Track 2: Hematologic malignancies and basic science
Track 3: Supportive and palliative care
Track 4: Geriatric assessment
Track 5: Other

Download the SIOG 2021 Preliminary Programme (pdf)

Please click on the image below to enlarge it.

Geriatric Assessment Workshops

These workshops are intended for physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals aiming to increase their knowledge and skills in conducting comprehensive geriatric assessments, commonly used tools and their implementation in daily practice.
In a station rotation model, delegates will be invited to small group discussions focusing on one of the domains of the comprehensive geriatric assessment to practice assessment skills by using cases.

The workshops will be will be held on November 4, 2021 and November 5, 2021 and will be priced at 35 Euros per workshop. 
Seats are limited and will be available on a first come – first served basis.
Important: Different geriatric domains and tools will be discussed on each each day.

By the end of the workshop, learners will have the knowledge and skills to assess older adults, use these assessments to guide treatment decision-making, and identify geriatric issues that need interventions to optimise health and function. The workshop will also address challenges and barriers in performing these assessments in clinical practice, and ways to increase implementation (e.g.: using technology, workflow).

               

Why support SIOG 2021 Annual Conference?

With the world population ageing, geriatric oncology is one of the greatest needs for older patients. As result, today oncologists are widely considered as geriatric oncologists. Geriatric Oncology is no longer a niche field with only a few dedicated researchers and practitioners. SIOG is the leading network of key opinion leaders in this domain. The SIOG Annaul Conference supports the channelling of knowledge and foresights of professionals to enhance the effectiveness of including geriatric protocols in the treatment and care of older cancer patients.

Every year, the SIOG conference is hosted in iconic cities across Europe. Our conference delegates leave with new ideas and skills to improve their professional experience, increased global network and added value to their works through many useful conversations.

Benefits of attending the SIOG Conference:

  • Gain exposure to 500 oncologists, researchers, clinical practitioners, geriatricians, radiologists, psychologists, nutritionists, nurses and other healthcare professionals as well as the next generation of leaders in this field.
  • Raise the awareness of your company by associating with the event marketing.
  • Create future sales contacts for your organization with the leaders in this sector.
  • Find out the current trends in clinical developments.
  • Opportunity to learn and identify expected future trends and necessary developments in the geriatric oncology field.

Our sponsors include different industries with an interest in oncology and geriatric topics. Below is a non-exhaustive list of sectors that are welcome to support SIOG 2021 Annual Conference and contribute to improved patient outcome. 

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medical devices
  • Medical software
  • Data analysing
  • 3D modelling
  • Nutrition

More information coming soon.

The Networking Dinner of the SIOG 2021 Conference will take place at the Caves Restaurant on Friday, November 5 from 19:30-23:00.

The Caves is unique and atypical place in the centre of Geneva. This place of character was built towards the end of the 17th century using stones from the region. Originally built for the Swiss army, they were later used as a cooler to sell ice cream to Geneva restaurants and bistros. They were then exploited by a primeur who grew various vegetables and refined his cheeses. In the early seventies, for almost twenty years, a Geneva wine merchant took possession of the premises.

Cost: 75 Euros

Geneva, a unique city!

What makes Geneva so unique?
It is the epicentre of watchmaking expertise, the capital of peace and a crossroads for religions, all at the same time. It also boasts some stunning landscapes, plus an incredibly diverse cultural scene! Embedded between nearby Alpine peaks and the hilly terrain of the Jura, the French-speaking city of Geneva lies in the bay where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva. With its humanitarian tradition and cosmopolitan flair, the European seat of the UNO and headquarters of the Red Cross is known as the «capital of peace».

Geneva is Switzerland’s most international city, a centre for culture and history. 
Dominated by the Romans, the Burgundians and then the Franks, the city of Geneva was already an independent diocese by the end of the 13th century. After being occupied by the French in 1798, Geneva became the administrative centre of the Departement du Léman. The Republic was restored on 31 December 1813 and two years later Geneva became part of Switzerland. The International Committee of the Red Cross was founded in the city in 1863 and the following year the basis of international humanitarian law was laid with the signing of the First Geneva Convention. In 1919 the city was chosen as the headquarters of the League of Nations, the forerunner of the UN which today has its European headquarters in Geneva.

Located in the heart of Europe, Geneva is home to a whole host of typically Swiss experiences!
The symbol of the «world’s smallest metropolis» is the "Jet d’eau" - a fountain with a 140-metre-high water jet at the periphery of Lake Geneva. Most of the large hotels and many restaurants are situated on the right-hand shore of the lake. The old town, the heart of Geneva with the shopping and business quarter, holds sway over the left-hand shore. It is dominated by St. Peter's Cathedral; however, the actual centre of the old town is the Place du Bourg-de-Four, which is the oldest square in the city. Quays, lakeside promenades, countless parks, lively side streets in the old town and elegant shops invite guests to stroll. One of the best-maintained streets is the Grand-Rue, where Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born. The «mouettes», a type of water taxi, enable crossings to be made from one lakeshore to the other, while larger vessels invite visitors to enjoy cruises on Lake Geneva.

Please click here to visit the Geneva Tourism Office’s website for further information about Geneva.
Please click here to visit MySwitzerland, Switzerland Tourism website for further information about Geneva and Switzerland. 

How to get to Geneva?

By Plane
Geneva Airport (GVA) is located just out of the city centre. There are several direct domestic and international flights arriving to and departing from Geneva Airport.
Key figures about Geneva Airport:

  • more than 50 European and international airlines
  • 142 direct flight destinations
  • a 'French sector’ to arrive in or board from France without entering Switzerland
  • a railway station with connections to the centre of Geneva, Switzerland and Europe
  • more than 80 boutiques and a wide selection of restaurants
  • long-stay parking
  • two duty-free shops (arrival and departure)

Genève Aéroport
Information: +41 22 717 71 05
Flight information: 0900 57 15 00
http://www.gva.ch

By Train
Geneva can be reached very easily by train with its three railway stations at the core of Europe’s rail network. The Swiss Railway network reaches every corner of Switzerland. And France’s high-speed trains TGV from Paris reach Geneva’s main railway station (Gare Cornavin) in just three hours! 

When you arrive to the Gare Cornavin, please proceed to the Place de Cornavin to get on a tram / bus to reach your hotel. The free ticket claimed at the airport is valid for 80 minutes, therefore, it can be used for the tram/bus journey to get your hotel. Please do check the tram/bus line to be used and the station to get off with your hotel before your arrival to the city.

Please click here for further information about Gare Cornavin. 
Please click here to review the layout plan of Gare Cornavin. 

The tram/bus line and station information for the Conference venue (CICG) is provided on the Venue page.

By Car
Geneva is located at the crossroads of the European motorway network. A perfect city for a perfect city break - or a weekend – on the way from North to South.
The N1 motorway alongside Lake Geneva circles the city and leads straight into the centre. At the French border in Bardonnex, it joins the A40 towards Lyon and Paris, or Chamonix and Italy.
Access to the Swiss motorways requires a motorway tax sticker (40 CHF), available at post offices, at the border or at garages. 

Driving speed:
In town: 50 km/hr (some zones 30 km/hr)
Outside built-up areas (national roads): 80 km/hr
Motorways: 120 km/hr

The wearing of seat belts both in front and back seats of vehicles is compulsory. 

Transportation to Geneva city from the airport

Genève-Aéroport is the final (and the first) train station for all trains coming to/departing from Geneva city. All trains departing from Geneva Airport station stop in the city centre of Geneva in Gare Cornavin. It is only a 7-minutes trip between the two stations, up to seven trains per hour at peak hours. 

Geneva Airport offers passengers on arrival a free ticket to use public transport in Geneva for 80 minutes, including the journey by train from Geneva Airport to Gare Cornavin. The free tickets can be picked-up from the ticket machine in the baggage reclaim area (Arrivals), just next to the Info desk. Kindly note that there are no additional ticket machines to claim these free tickets when you exit this area, therefore, please keep in mind to get your free ticket before leaving the baggage reclaim hall.  

It is required to keep your flight ticket during the usage of this free ticket which may be asked in the case of a ticket control in the train. 

When you arrive to the Gare Cornavin, please proceed to the Place de Cornavin to get on a tram / bus to reach your hotel. The free ticket claimed at the airport is valid for 80 minutes, therefore, it can be used for the tram/bus journey to get your hotel. Please do check the tram/bus line to be used and the station to get off with your hotel before your arrival to the city.

Please click here for further information about Gare Cornavin.
Please click here to review the layout plan of Gare Cornavin.

The tram/bus line and station information for the Conference venue (CICG) is provided on the General Information page.

Venue

CICG - International Conference Centre Geneva
Address: 17 rue de Varembé, CH - 1202 Geneva
Website

Language

The official language of SIOG 2021 Annual Conference is English.

Time Zone

Geneva, Switzerland operates Central European Summer Time (CEST) during the Conference dates which is 2 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).

Climate

The climate is moderate with no excessive heat, cold or humidity. In autumn (September to November), the daytime temperature range is 8°-15 °C (46°-59° F). The seasons are clearly distinguishable. In autumn (September to November), the fruit ripens, and the leaves of deciduous trees change colour. The winters were formerly generally cold and snowy, but now freezing temperatures and snow are no longer the rule, especially in the lowlands. Nowadays, many ski resorts could hardly survive without artificial snow. Depending on the altitude, the temperature range may vary. It is highly recommended to visitors to pack a sweater, good walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, a compact umbrella and/or a light rain coat.

Clothing

The dress code for SIOG 2021 Annual Conference is business formal or business casual for all occasions unless stated otherwise. 

Currency & Exchange 

The currency of Switzerland is Swiss Franc (commonly known as Franc), usually indicated as CHF which is derived from the Latin name of the country, "Confoederatio Helvetica," with the "F" standing for "franc". While Switzerland is not part of the European Union and thus is not obliged to convert to the Euro, many prices are nonetheless indicated in euros so that visitors may compare prices.
Currency Converter
You can change money at the following places:

  • any Swiss bank
  • airport
  • main railway stations (western union)
  • major hotels

Swiss banks offer the best exchange rates for your travellers' checks or cash for foreign currencies (only bank notes). Official exchange offices and hotels may charge a fee for their services.
Credit & Debit Cards: The safest and easiest form of money are travellers' checks and credit cards. The cards most used are American Express, MasterCard and Visa.
Cash Withdrawal: Many banks in Switzerland have equipped their ATM machines with the CIRRUS or MAESTRO system. Many other Swiss banks offer ATM machines for cash advances with your credit card. It is recommended to have a small amount of cash on hand upon arrival in Switzerland for immediate expenses, i.e. taxies, city transportation etc.

Electricity

In Switzerland the standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power plugs and sockets are of type J which can also work for C type plugs.

Public transportation within the city

There is a very practical and well-planned public transportation network in Geneva. Trams and busses are available all around the city, at all times along the day and night. Signages (digital or printed) at all stops have information about the timetable of related lines.
Please click here to review the Geneva’s public transport network.

Geneva Transport Card” is provided by the Geneva City free of charge for all visitors of Geneva, staying in a hotel or a hostel as a benefit arising from city tax they are paying.
This personal (to be issued with name) and non-transferable card will be given to you when you arrive at your accommodation. It permits unlimited travel on Geneva's public transport network (UNIRESO: bus (TPG), train (CFF) and boat (Mouettes Genevoises) for the full duration of your stay including your check out day. It is also valid for going from Gare Cornavin to the Geneva Airport on your return after the Conference. 

Free WI-FI 

You can stay connected and share your experiences with the free Wi-Fi in town, Geneva city offers free Wi-Fi access in certain municipal sites including Geneva’s lakefront, Parc de la Grange et parc des Eaux-Vives, Place de Nations, etc... 

Please click here for the locations of public places with free wi-fi. The page is only in French; however, you may find a map to view the locations. 

How to Connect the Free Wi-Fi Network?

  • The network name is "((o)) ville-geneve".
  • Activate Wi-Fi on your equipment and select the wireless network ((o)) ville-geneve.
  • In principle, you will automatically be redirected to the login page. If this is not the case, open a web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.) that will automatically redirect you to the login page when you first access the Internet.
  • Enter your mobile phone number, without spaces between the numbers (make sure to have your cellular data open, first), and click on the "Register" button.
  • You will receive an access code by SMS message, valid for 6 months.
  • Enter your mobile phone number and the code received by SMS, then click on "Login" button.

Liability & Insurance

The Organisers (SIOG) cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants. Upon registration, participants agree that neither the SIOG Board, Organising Committee nor the Conference Organising Secretariat assumes any liability.

Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.

Safety & Security

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 Switzerland, in any emergency please call the below emergency numbers:
Police: 117
Fire: 118
Ambulance: 144
Swiss Rescue: 1414

Visa requirement

Every traveller must have a valid passport.
The majority of foreign nationals wishing to stay in Switzerland for up to three months require a short stay visa or Schengen visa. Foreign nationals from countries of the American Continent (except Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Colombia and Peru), Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand are exempt from the visa requirement for their short stays of less than three months.

All participants of SIOG 2021 Annual Conference are kindly required to check the visa requirement for themselves and apply accordingly.

For information on visa please contact the Swiss Consulate General located nearest you or read more:
Entry
Visa Application Form

Invitation letter for Visa purposes 

Participants will be able to download personalised letters of invitation to attend the Conference. Such an invitation is extended specifically to assist participants to obtain travel funds, appropriate visas, approvals, sponsorship, or official leave. It does not imply a commitment on the part of the organizers to provide any support, financial or otherwise. Only registered delegates who have paid their Conference registration fees in full will be able to generate and download the letter of invitation, directly in the registration portal.