ISEH 2016, ISEG 2016 & Geoinformatics 2016    
 
Joint International Conference on Environment, Health, GIS and Agriculture

Galway, Ireland, August 14 - 20, 2016


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Conference Venue (Where is the conference held?): Arts/Science Building, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Download Conference Venue maps: All venue; Arts/Science Building; NUI Galway; Galway; Ireland; World

Parking on Campus (for conference delegates)

Please note there are restrictions on campus Monday to Friday, weekends have no restrictions. There is limited parking on campus for guests to the University, Monday to Friday from 08.30 to 17.30. Permits have been arranged to facilitate access to the Park & Ride Car Park - (highlighted on attached map) only, see here for directions and enter via Corrib Village entrance) Take immediate left to enter P&R Car Park. Please ensure to park in white line spaces only. Payment is required if you park in blue lined spaces. Please download a copy of your permit which must be displayed at all times. There are also a number of pay and display parking areas on campus (blue lined spaces). All illegally parked vehicles, including cars not displaying a permit will be clamped.

You are required to download and follow the instructions of the permit:  Park & Ride Car Park

 

Travelling to Galway

Ireland is easily accessible by both air and sea. Two of Ireland’s primary Airports Shannon & Dublin are within easy access of Galway:

Dublin Airport: www.daa.ie

Shannon Airport:  www.shannonairport.ie  

Galway is situated on the West Coast of Ireland and may be easily reached by air, ferry, train, bus or car or a combination of these. To help you find the best access route to suit you, please see the following site for further information:  http://www.aaireland.ie/routes/

Dublin Airport - Galway bus time table: City Link: http://www.citylink.ie/timetables; Go Bus: http://www.gobus.ie/timetable.php

Shannon Airport - Galway bus time table: Visit www.buseireann.ie for more information.

Travel time is approximately 1 hour 50 minutes from Shannon Airport and 2 hours 30 minutes from Dublin Airport. From Dublin Airport, Gobus and Citylink offer comfortably hourly services – see www.citylink.ie/ and www.gobus.ie/.

By Rail

Irish Rail is Ireland’s national train company and serves a direct train to Galway from Dublin City and Limerick City. Please visit www.irishrail.ie for more information. Travel time by rail is approximately 2 hours from Limerick and 2 hours 30 minutes from Dublin Airport. Both Airports have buses that travel to the Train Stations.

VISA INFORMATION

Information of visa application for Chinese delegates:

Please note the following changes to visa application process due to the launch of the British Irish Visa Scheme: With effect from 28 October 2014 applicants applying for an Irish visa in China should complete their online visa application on AVATS as normal. Applicants will then be required to attend at a Visa Application Centre to provide biometrics, pay the appropriate visa and service charge fee and/or submit supporting documents. Please follow appropriate links, information and instructions on Visa Application Centres, provision of biometrics and payment of fees which will be provided on completion of the on-line visa application form.

Contact Detail for Ireland Visa Application Centre:  www.vfsglobalirelandvisa.com/china Call Centre: +86 (0) 20-29106151. Embassy of Ireland Visa Information: 爱尔兰使馆签证处网站

Letters of Invitation

Please plan your trip early! Register and pay the registration fees in full and request an invitation letter from the Conference Secretariat using the email address: iseh2016@gmail.com. Under no circumstances can an invitation letter be issued for those who have not paid their registration fees in full. When you request an invitation letter, you must provide the following information:

1. Your full postal address in English

2. Your name on your passport

3. Your date of birth

4. Your Chinese passport number which is required by Irish Embassy in China. “An original letter of invitation from the conference hosts in Ireland which states the applicant's name, date of birth and passport number.” If you do not have a passport yet, the invitation letter without passport information can ONLY be used for the internal affairs of your institution. For visa application, the invitation letter must contain your passport information. 

5. For those whose abstracts are accepted, please also provide the information of your abstract number and abstract title.

6. For Geoinformtics 2016 delegates, you are required to provide a copy of the receipt of payment for your registration on CPGIS website.

 

 

Letters of invitation will not be issued for the requests with missing information. Please notice that the digital version of the invitation is good enough for visa application at Irish Embassy in China.

 

Deadline of request for letter of invitation: June 15, 2016. You are required to send your request once you have made your registration payment. No letter of invitation will be sent after the deadline.

VISA AND PASSPORT INFORMATION FOR OTHER INTERNATIONAL DELEGATES

All nationalities visiting Ireland require valid passports.  Please check here to see if you need a visa for Ireland: Do I need a Visa to come to Ireland?

It is important to note that it can take time to process a Visa Application and early application is recommended. Please also note that the conference organising committees or their agents cannot accept any responsibility in connection to Visa Applications and the normal cancellation policy for registration fees and accommodation deposits will apply in the event that a delegate is unable to attend due to late submission of their application or rejection of application.

Further information for the Republic, including a full list of Irish Embassies, is available from: The Department of Foreign Affairs

GALWAY CITY, WEST OF IRELAND

ISEH 2016 will take place at the National University of Ireland Galway campus located in the centre of Galway, a city on the beautiful west coast of Ireland and the gateway to Connemara and the Aran Islands.

Galway City is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe and, with a population of approx. 72,000 it has become the third city in the Republic of Ireland after Dublin and Cork. It began as a small fishing village centred on the estuary of the River Corrib, a river traditionally called Abhainn na Gaillimhe (The Galway River) after Galvia, a mythological princess said to have drowned in its waters. Galway city is unique among Irish cities because of the strength of its Irish language, music, song and dancing traditions. It is a vibrant city with an international reputation for the Arts, Theatre, Festivals, and Lively Pubs & Restaurants.

For general tourist information on Galway and the West of Ireland, see:

Tourist Information Board, Galway Fáilte Ireland West Áras Fáilte, Forster Street, Galway Tel: + 353 91 537700 info@irelandwest.ie  www.irelandwest.ie

General Travel Information

Travelling from the EU

If you’re visiting from the United Kingdom or another EU country, use the blue channel after you reclaim your baggage. Customs officers monitor this area and may operate checks. If you have something to declare to Customs, you should go to the red point. 

Travelling from outside the EU

If you're arriving in Ireland from outside the EU, you'll need to clear customs. Use the green channel if you have nothing to declare. This means that you are not carrying more than the entitled allowances. Use the red channel if you need to declare goods above the duty and tax-free allowance. If in doubt, always use the red channel!

Restricted or prohibited goods

You cannot bring certain goods such as meat and poultry products onto the island of Ireland, as they may pose a risk to health and the environment.

Electrics/Plugs

Plugs for all your gadgets are three-pronged and the electricity supply is 230v 50hz – the same as in Britain. So it’s always a good idea to bring a couple of adapters for your various gadgets.

Currency

The currency used in the Republic of Ireland is the euro (€) while Northern Ireland’s currency is the pound sterling (£). Visa and Mastercard are credit cards generally accepted. Beware that an American Express card is not as widely accepted. Credit cards can also be used to access money from ATMs. Just look for the symbol on your card that matches the ATM.

Traveller’s Checks are not widely used and most banks won’t accept them. We advise to bring cash or cards instead.

Banking services

Banks in Ireland generally open around 9.30am and close about 4.30pm Monday through Friday; 5pm on Thursday. Selected banks may open on Saturday mornings. ATM (cash) machines are located at most banks and in cities, towns and villages, and accept most credit and debit cards.

 Clothing & Climate

Mild and temperate (showers can occur at any time of the year). Summer temperatures range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius (60 to 75° F). Spring and autumn temperatures average around 10+ degrees Celsius (50+° F). Winter is 0 to 10° Celsius (30 to 50° F).  We’re not going to pretend that it’s blue skies all the way on the island of Ireland, that being said, the sunshine we do get (and we do get sunshine) feels all the more glorious due to its somewhat rarer nature. We’ve a saying that goes “There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing”, in other words, a little planning goes a long way. Gerry, who’s seen all 32 counties and describes himself as “assembled in America from Irish parts,” explains: “Packing for Irish weather can be summed up in one word: layers. T-shirts, light sweaters, a good waterproof jacket, a waterproof hat, and good walking/hiking shoes.”

 Traveller Health in Ireland

Just as with most of Western Europe, there are no vaccinations required to visit Ireland.

Ireland has great healthcare, but there are a few things to keep in mind before you go. If you’re bringing medicines with you into Ireland, carry them in their original, clearly labelled container, along with your prescription or a letter from your doctor.  It’s a rule of thumb that anything over a three-month supply of medicine will be questioned and any “controlled drugs” as well as any syringes or needles, should be declared and explained in a letter from your doctor.

Pharmacies

There are plenty of pharmacies in Ireland, and they are a good first stop for travellers seeking medical advice or a local referral. Most towns have one or two pharmacies and urban areas have many.  Pharmacies generally operate from 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, but many pharmacies in urban areas open late and on weekends.

Bring a spare pair of glasses or contact lenses with you and your optical prescription just in case. Make sure that your travel insurance has medical cover. If you’re a member of the 27 EU countries or Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, bring a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which covers you for most medical care.

INSURANCE

The Conference Organising Committee, or its agents, will not be responsible for any medical expenses, loss, damages or accidents during the Event. We would in particular draw your attention to the cancellation policy in respect of registration fees and accommodation. In the event that, for whatever reason, the Conference has to be cancelled or postponed, the Organising Committee, and/or its agents, will be responsible only for refund of monies received. We recommend that delegates insure themselves for medical and cancellation charges.

 

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 ISEH 2016, ISEG 2016 & Geoinformatics 2016: Joint International Conference on Environment, Health, GIS and Agriculture, Galway, Ireland, August 14 - 20, 2016. ISEH (International Symposium on Environment and Health) is an internationally leading conference series in Environment and Health held once every two years. ISEG (International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry) is an internationally leading symposium on environmental geochemistry held once every three years. Geoinformatics is the annual conference of the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS).