General Information


An ATM is located outside the Congress Centre to the left of the main entrance.


You must wear your name badge while inside the Basel Conference Center, as well as at all off-site Workshops and Tutorials and Social Events. The [BC]2 2017 badge identifies you as participant to conference organizers and staff. Please wear your badge at all times!


All official prices are indicated in Swiss Francs (CHF), which is the official currency of Switzerland. All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, and shops.


The electrical current in Switzerland is 230 Volts AC, 50 Hz (continental European standard). Wall outlets are unique to Switzerland, however. Sockets take the standard, round-pinned European plugs. There is limited compatibility with other continental European plugs: the standard continental hexagonal plugs with two round pins (Euroconnectors, pin distance 19 mm [3/4 inch], pin diameter 4.0 mm [1/6 inch]) found on many electrical travel products may be used without any problems. Adaptors for other plugs are available in most hotels and in supermarkets. Please note that German, French, and Austrian plugs with thick pins (diameter 4.8 mm [1/5 inch]) as well as Italian plugs with three thin pins in a row are not compatible with Swiss wall outlets, despite the equal distance of the two main pins on German, French, and Austrian plugs.


The congress organisers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage of property belonging to congress participants, either during, or as a result of the meeting. Please check the coverage of your own insurance.

Lunches, Coffee Breaks and Receptions

Your participant badge provides access to coffee and lunch breaks, poster sessions and social events. Coffee breaks and lunches will be served at a variety of locations in the Foyer on the second floor of the Conference Center and at the off-site Workshops and Tutorials at the Kollegienhaus of the University of Basel.


The congress language is English. No simultaneous translation is provided.
The official language of Basel is German. French and English are widely spoken.

Registration & Information Desk Hours

Kollegienhaus, University of Basel, main entrance area
Tuesday, Sept 12: 08:00 – 15:00

Congress Center Basel, Foyer on floor 2
Wednesday, Sept 13: 8:00 – 18:00
Thursday, Sept 14: 8:00 – 17:00
Friday, Sept 15: 8:00 – 16:00

Please check at the information desk for any special requests and assistance.

Speaker Ready Room Hours

Congress Center Basel, Foyer on floor 2, room Nairobi
Wednesday, Sept 13: 8:00 – 18:00
Thursday, Sept 14: 8:00 – 17:00
Friday, Sept 15: 8:00 – 13:30

Social Events
(included in the conference registration fee)

Conference Opening Event, Wednesday 13 September, 18:30 – 22:00
The Conference Opening Event will take place at the Messeplatz, Foyer Süd, right next to the Congress Center. Please wear your conference badge.
Dress: casual.

Basel @ night, Thursday 14 September, 17:40 – …
For Thursday evening we have organized several tours to explore special places in Basel city. Detailed descriptions are available on the conference website and at the Information Desk.


Guarded wardrobe service (free of charge) is available in Foyer Süd to all the participants during the Conference Opening Event on Wednesday evening. During Tuesday to Friday the wardrobe is not guarded, and [BC]2 and  the Congress Center are not liable for any stolen, lost or damaged items.


Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Congress Centre and the Kollegienhaus of the University of Basel.