Dear Colleagues,

It is a great honour and pleasure to announce the FESSH Academy 2019.

One of the most important statuary missions of FESSH is to harmonize the hand surgical knowledge and its training across Europe. Since more than twenty years FESSH is the provider of certification with the European Board Hand Surgery Examination, but not of education.

The FESSH Academy should fill this gap being directed to in training young hand surgeons with the aim to cover most of the topics of hand surgery and provide a good basis for further developments.

The programme has been prepared by Dr David Shewring and Dr Jonathan Hobby with a large faculty of European experts. A representative of the new born group of the Young European Hand Surgeons was also involved to make the Academy more attractive and useful for the younger. A big effort has been also done to keep the fee low and to make it affordable to as many young surgeons as possible.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Budapest.

Maurizio Calcagni
Secretary General of FESSH

 +36 1 350-1854


Hotel Benczúr Budapest
H-1068 Budapest, Benczúr utca 35.
GPS: 47°30’40.3″N 19°04’34.5″E

Hospitable hotel in the city center, close to the museums, Heroe’s Square and the Zoo. Cheap prices, friendly atmosphere, central location.

How to get to the hotel?

Congress Secretariat

Szent István krt. 7., H-1055 Budapest, Hungary
 +36 1 350-1854
 +36 1 350-0929

FESSH Management Office

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations should be sent in written form to Asszisztencia Kft.

Cancellation of registration: If cancellation arrives
before January 15, 2019  80% refund will be made
after January 15, 2019  no refund is available, though substitution in person will be accepted.

No show up cases

The organizers take efforts to run a successfull conference. Based on the list of registrants and order status conference services will be provided in sufficient numbers. Please take into consideration that after deadlines some conference materials and meals or hotel rooms cannot be cancelled or resold and therefore no refund is available. However substitution in person is always acceptable.

How to register

Special registration till 25 November 2018

FESSH offers special registration fee for members of national hand societies in limited number. The national hand society can select and recommend these participants to FESSH Management Office. FESSH Management Office invites these colleagues in email, sending along the link for the registration form.

You can apply for this special registration fee through your National Hand Society contacting the FESSH delegate of your country:

Standard registration after 26 November 2018

Available seats for the course will be offered to all interested at a standard fee of EUR 650 from 26 November 2018 when registration form will be launched here.

Payment and Invoicing

Registration fee must be paid to ASSZISZTENCIA Kft. in advance

Bank transfer

Send one bank draft per registration or per group of registrations. Make the bank draft

Bank:K&H Bank ZRt.
Bank address:H-1095 Budapest, Hungary, Lechner Ödön fasor 9.
IBAN:HU18 1040 1000 5051 5048 5750 1013
Reference:add “19ACADEMY” + your name
Banking costs:kindly instruct your bank that all charges are at your expenses

Online payment

Online payment is available with VISA, VISA Electron, V-Pay, MasterCard, Maestro and JCB cards only. Upon finishing your registration you will be redirected to the secured online payment site of K&H Bank Zrt.

AMEX cards: Payment with AMEX card is only possible in a traditional mail order way. In this case please return the Credit Card Authorization Form with your card details.


 Taxable invoice will be issued on all incoming payments. Invoices will be prepared for the customer name indicated on the registration form. Please note that the Congress Secretariat will not modify the customer name on issued invoices so please take care of the right billing address when you fill in the registration form.

Catering costs

 Registration fees include catering (welcome reception and coffee breaks). In line with the Hungarian tax regulations the prices of these catering services should be displayed on the invice separately. Therefore the registration fees will be displayed on invoices in two separate rows: registration fees and catering costs included on the registration fee.

Supplier information for purchase order

Your organization may need to register us as a supplier to make foreign payment. Please use below official company details for this process.

Company name:Asszisztencia Kft.
Address:Szent Istvan krt. 7., H-1055 Budapest, Hungary
VAT number:HU10724318
Bank:K&H Bank ZRt.
Bank address:H-1133 Budapest, Pozsonyi út 77-79.
IBAN:HU18 1040 1000 5051 5048 5750 1013

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations should be sent in written form to Asszisztencia Kft.

Cancellation of registration: If cancellation arrives
before January 15, 2019  80% refund will be made
after January 15, 2019  no refund is available, though substitution in person will be accepted.

No show up cases

The organizers take efforts to run a successfull conference. Based on the list of registrants and order status conference services will be provided in sufficient numbers. Please take into consideration that after deadlines some conference materials and meals or hotel rooms cannot be cancelled or resold and therefore no refund is available. However substitution in person is always acceptable.

Dean Boyce
Swansea, UK

Dean Boyce is Clinical Director of the Welsh Hand & Peripheral Nerve Surgery and the Welsh Centre for Plastic Surgery & Burns. He was appointed in 2003 after training in South Wales, the West Midlands, Manchester, Wrightington, and Sydney, Australia. He has a strong academic background, having been awarded a Hunterian Professorship for research into human and foetal scarless wound healing. His current research areas mirror his clinical interests in peripheral nerve & brachial plexus surgery, congenital hand surgery, upper limb cerebral palsy and Dupuytren’s disease. He is heavily involved in postgraduate training and is currently selection lead for the UK ATP Fellowships in Hand Surgery. He is a Council Member of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, and Chair of Education & Training for the British Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons.

Maurizio Calcagni
Zürich, Switzerland

Specialist in Hand Surgery, FMH
Specialist in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, FMH

Vice-Chairman Div. of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery, University Hospital Zurich

Secretary General of the FESSH (2017-2020)
Next-President of the Swiss Society for Hand Surgery (2020-2022)

1989 Doctor in Medicine University of Turin (Italy)
1994 Specialist in Plastic and reconstructive Surgery, University of Turin (Italy)
2007 Swiss Board of Hand Surgery (FMH)

1992 Trainee Div. of Plastic Surgery and Burn Centre, Trauma Centre,Turin
1996 Fellow, Institut Francais de la Main, Paris
1997 Permanent Staff, Div. of Plastic Surgery and Burn Centre, Trauma Centre,Turin
1999 Senior Surgeon, Div. Plastic and Hand Surg, Univ. of Milan Policlinico MultiMedica, Milan
2000 Vice Chairman, Div. Plastic and Hand Surg, Univ. of Milan Policlinico MultiMedica, Milan
2004 Vice Chairman, Head Hand and Plastic Surgery Unit, Dep. Surgery, Hospital Winterthur
2007 Senior Consultant, Div. Plastic and reconstructive and Hand Surgery, University Hospital Zurich
2014 Vice Chairman, Div. Plastic and reconstructive and Hand Surgery, University Hospital Zurich

Professional Membership
Italian Society of Hand Surgery
Swiss Society of Hand Surgery (Member of the Board)
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
German Speaking Work Group Hand surgery
German Speaking Work Group Microsurgery
International Society for Sport Traumatology of the Hand

100 Publications in indexed journals, 30 non indexed journals
23 Book Chapters
University of Milan
University of Zurich
Chairman of the Handflaps Course and Tendon Suture Course (Zurich)
Invited Speaker at many national and international Courses

Phillippe Cuenod
Geneva, Switzerland

Born in 1955 in Morges (Switzerland).
Medical studies at the University of Lausanne (Switzerand).
General surgeon in 1991.
Training in hand surgery in Geneva (Drs André Chamay, D.R. Della Santa), and Berne (Prof. U. Buechler)
Swiss diploma FMH for Handsurgery in 1994 and European diploma in 1996.
Winner of the Sumner Koch award 2000 (Chicago Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Cofounder in 2002 of CH8, a center for hand surgery in Geneva
Member of the Examination Committee for the FESSH diploma of hand surgery.
Humanitarian activities in many countries, especially in Ghana

Tim Davis
Nottingham, UK

Nick Downing
Nottingham, UK

Nick Downing has been Consultant Hand and Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Queen’s Medical Centre, University Hospital Nottingham, and the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre, UK since 2002. He trained in hand surgery in Nottingham and Derby in the UK and in Sydney, Australia. He has a broad hand surgery trauma and elective practice with particular interests in distal radius and carpal injuries. He is a member of the Council of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand and has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume) since 2012.

Christian Dumontier
Guadeloupe/Paris, France

Born June 24th 1959 in Pau
Nationality: French
Graduated high school in 1976
Medical student in Medical faculty Necker-Enfants malades (Paris) from 1976 to 1982. Resident in Orthopedics from 1982 to 1987.
I took one year off during my residency and spent 7 months as a « resident » in l’Institut Français de la Main (Pr Tubiana et Gilbert) and as an orthopedic surgeon in the Hospital of St Denis de la Réunion.
Fellow in Nancy (1987-1988) in hand and Plastic surgery (P Michon, Pr Merle)
Two years fellowship in Paris (Chef de clinique) from 1988 to 1990 in orthopedic surgery (Pr Apoil).
I became half-time consultant in the orthopedic and hand department of hôpital St Antoine (Paris) from 1990 to 2012.
And half-time consultant in the Institut de la Main (Paris), a private clinic.
Professor and Head of the Hand and Plastic Department of Nice university hospital from 2012 to 2014
Private Practice in Guadeloupe island (French west indies) since may 2014.

Medical doctor (1987), Microsurgery diploma (1987), Hand surgery diploma (1989), General surgery (1989), DEA medical ethics (2000), PhD (Docteur en sciences de l’université, Ethique et droit de la santé) (2006). Authorization to lead researches (2012).
Associate professor (Paris) since 2002
Associate member of the academy of surgery (2006)
Professor of the university (2012)

Medicolegal expert
Expert près la cour d’appel de Paris, près les Cours administratives d’appel de Paris et Versailles, de la CNAMed (ONIAM-CRCI), de la cour d’Appel de Basse-Terre
Medical expert French agency against doping.

Scientific societies
General secretary of the French hand society (2005-2011).
Associate member of the Academy of Surgery
Member of the French society of Orthopedic surgery (SO.F.C.O.T.), of the European Society for shoulder and Elbow surgery (ESSEC), Wrist Investigator’s Workshop (W.I.W.), GAM (Groupe pour l’Avancement de la Microchirurgie – microsurgery), G.E.M. (Groupe d’Etude de la Main – Hand surgery), SFA (French arthroscopic society), ISAKOS (International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee surgery and Orthopaedic Sports medicine), ASSH (American Society for Surgery of the Hand – International member).

Scientific works
Publications scientifiques: 102 publications in Medline and 19’ non referenced publications (book chapters,…)
Oral presentations: 797 of which 55 in international congresses.
Experimental research: Laser an microsurgery, Bone morphogenic protein,
Clinical reseach: Hand and Face Allotransplantantion (with Pr Lantiéri).

Responsible for the hand and upper limb diploma (Universities of Paris, Bobigny, Versailles, Lille, Strasbourg and Besançon).
Arthroscopie monitor for the French Society of Arthroscopy
Teaching in Rehabilitation schools, nurse schools, medical school and mostly in post-university teaching programs (radiology, Arthroscopy, Hand surgery, Anatomy,….).
Teaching in medical ethics (laboratoire de Paris Descartes)

Grey Giddins
Bath, UK

I trained in Oxford and at the RNOH. I have since worked as an Orthopaedic and Hand surgeon in Bath since 1995. I am privileged to work in a very supportive team of three hand surgeons and four hand therapists with a wide range of practice including a full range of elbow, wrist and hand trauma and elective conditions. I have particular interests in the management of common hand injuries, the mechanism and outcome of falls on the wrist, and minimal access surgery for many common elective hand conditions such as finger ganglia, corrective osteotomies and closed fusions. I run a specialist practice in obstetric brachial plexus injuries, wrist and DRUJ pathology, and rheumatoid arthritis. I have an interest in surgical error and its avoidance.

I am a visiting professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Bath, where I run a research programme looking at tendon injuries, mechanisms of falling and joint replacement failures. I have recently been awarded an NIHR grant to develop a novel drill guide system. I have developed a novel jig to measure DRUJ instability and am developing jigs to measure instability in other joints.

I was honoured to be President of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand in 2017 and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hand Surgery (European) from 2012-2016.

I am married with two daughters in their 20’s, a son who has just left school and a cat and dog. When not at work I enjoy playing tennis, golf, skiing and swimming. I cycle most places to work, not least as parking is increasingly difficult.

Jonathan Hobby
Basingstoke, UK

Steven Hovius
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Current Position
15-03-2017-present: Part time Staff member at Radboud University, Medical Centre Nijmegen
01-01-2017-present: Part time Staff member Xpert Clinic, Hand and Wrist Centre Rotterdam
01.01.1996-01.12.2016: Professor and Head of the department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery at the ErasmusMC University Medical Centre Rotterdam, The Netherlands
01.03.1994-01.01.1996: Acting head of the department
01.01.1987: Board certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
01.06.1984: Board certified General Surgery
1977: Medical Doctor’s Degree

Interest: Hand and Wrist surgery, more specific congenital hand differences, peripheral nerve pathology, tendon transfers, Dupuytren’s Disease
(Co)Author: 281 international publications (pubmed)
35 other publications
32 chapters in international books and 7 chapters in national books
Editor of 3 books
15 national publications in Journals
Promotor: 56 PhD theses
Lectures: >130 international invitations to present lectures
Reviewer: Many international journals (including Lancet, Hand journals, PRS, etc)
Organizer: Many national and international meetings

Caroline Leclercq
Paris, France

Institut de la Main
21 rue Georges Bizet
75116 Paris, France
Tel 33 (0)1 84 13 04 52

Former President of the French Society for Surgery of the Hand.
Member of the French “Académie de Chirurgie”
Honorary member of the British (BSSH) and the Australian Society for Surgery of the Hand
Member of the American (ASSH), Hellenic, and Colombian Societies for Surgery of the Hand
Former Assistant Editor of the European Journal of Hand Surgery

Dr Caroline Leclercq studied medicine in Paris, France, and specialized in hand surgery under the guidance of Professor Raoul Tubiana and Professor Alain Gilbert. Following a travelling fellowship in the United States, she joined the Institut de la Main in Paris.

She has developed experience in the treatment of paralysis of the upper limb, especially in the fields of tetraplegia and spasticity, and is a consultant in 9 neurological rehabilitation centres (both adult and children).

She is the author of 7 books and more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters, and has presented more than 70 oral presentations at National and International Society Meetings. She is heavily involved in post-graduate teaching, both nationally and internationally.

Her main fields of interest, besides paralytic and spastic upper limb, are Dupuytren’s disease, sports injuries, and hand tumors.

Alex Lluch
Barcelona, Spain

Dai Newington
Swansea, UK

Consultant Hand Surgeon in Swansea, UK. I am a member of BSSH and the current President of our Society(2019).

I have a strong interest in undergraduate & postgraduate teaching and have lectured at many national & international conferences on a wide variety of subjects relating to Hand & Wrist surgery.

I chaired the advanced training post/fellowship group for the JCST/RCS (2014-17). I am a current member of the BSSH Education & Training committee.

I am a dedicated member of FESSH & BSSH delegate to the Society 2015-18.

I am delighted to be a faculty member of the inaugural FESSH Academy.

Martin Richter
Bonn, Germany

Dr Richter is a general and plastic surgeon and has specialised in Hand Surgery since 1999. He was appointed as the Head of the Department of Hand and Plastic Surgery of the Malteser Hospital in Bonn in 2008.He trained with Peter Brüser, formerly also the chairman of the examination committee (2000-2003). In 2000 he became a member of the FESSH infolink group and from 2005 to 2007 he was the German FESSH delegate. He joined the Examination Committee in 2011, and became the Chairman in 2016. In 2013 he was the chairman of scientific committee of the FESSH Congress in Antalya/Turkey and is the chairman of the Instructional Course of the FESSH Congress in Copenhagen in 2018. Martin organizes the Instructional Courses of the German Society for Hand Surgery (DGH) twice a year. In 2016 he was President of the DGH.

He is especially interested in wrist surgery and arthroscopy, in CMC1 osteoarthritis and in Dupuytren’s Disease.

David Shewring
Cardiff, UK

David Shewring is a Consultant Hand Surgeon appointed in Cardiff in 1994. He trained in Orthopaedic and Hand Surgery in Southampton, Cambridge, Cardiff and Oxford. He serves on FESSH Council as Chairman of the Education and Training Committee. He is currently Chairman of the Committee of Management of the Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume) and led the successful BSSH bid to host the 2022 Joint IFSSH/IFSHT Congress in London, which will be its first time in the UK. He was president of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand for 2018. Outside medicine, his interests include the cultivation of citrus, oenology and, now that he can’t play anymore, watching his sons play rugby.

Gill Smith
London, UK

Gill decided on a career in hand surgery as a 3rd year medical student. After registrar training in Birmingham, with hand fellowships in Pulvertaft Hand Centre in Derby, Christine M Kleinert Institute for hand and microsurgery in Louisville and in Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, she was appointed as a substantive consultant to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury. She has run the congenital hand practice in Great Ormond Street Hospital since 2007, temporarily ran the service for Edinburgh and has supported other services.

She now works part- time between Great Ormond Street Hospital and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, with a practice concentrated on the upper limb, combining both plastic surgery and orthopaedic approaches to care.

Her research interests include radial ray dysplasia, epidermolysis bullosa and Apert syndrome.

She has been invited to speak nationally and internationally. She is an active member of the American and British hand societies

Pierluigi Tos
Milan, Italy

Specialized in Orthopaedic Surgery and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Head of the Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Microsurgery Unit, Orthopaedic Institute Gaetano Pini-CTO di Milan, Italy
Chairman of FESSH Hand Trauma Commettee since 2017
Former President of the Italian Society for Microsurgery
President of the Italian Group of Microsurgery and Limbs Reconstruction of the Italian Society of Orthopaedics
Contract Professor of the University of Milan School of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
International Delegate for the Italian Society for Surgery of the Hand (SICM) at IFSSH
European Delegate for the Italian Society for Microsurgery at the EFSM
President of the Italian Editorial Commission of the Italian Society for Hand Surgery
Deputy Director and Scientific Board of the Italian Journal of Hand Surgery (Rivista Italiana di Chirurgia della Mano) – official journal of SICM (Italian Society for Surgery of the Hand)
Former President of the Teaching Commission for the Italian Society for Microsurgery and Hand Surgery

Erik Walbeehm
Nijmegen, Netherlands

David Warwick
Southampton, UK

David Warwick is Consultant Hand Surgeon at University Hospital Southampton since 1998 as well as visiting Hand Surgeon to the States of Jersey and Bailiwick of Guernsey. He is involved daily in the clinical management of complex hand and wrist problems with a particular interest in the DRUJ, Dupuytren’s, joint replacement and orthopaedic hand trauma.

His teaching, research, and administrative contributions were rewarded by the University of Southampton with an Honorary Professorship in 2013. His NHS contribution has been rewarded with a Bronze Clinical Excellence award in 2012 renewed in 2016. He was awarded the Gold Medal in the European Diploma of Hand Surgery in 2004 and was awarded the Hunterian Professorship in 1998 for his work on Orthopaedic Thrombosis. Most recently he has been President of the British Association of Hand Therapists, Visiting Professor to the Australian Orthopaedic Association, South African Society for Surgery of the Hand, Polish Hand Society and Finnish Hand Society.

He is BSSH President Elect for 2020, he sits on the Executive Committee of the IFSSH. He has recently finished as Secretary of the BSSH and Executive Committee Member of the FESSH. He reviews about 40 papers per year, David serves on the Editorial Boards of the European Journal of Hand Surgery and the Bone and Joint Journal.

David has published over 80 papers in peer reviewed journals with an H index of 23. He has written over 20 book chapters and is Editor of the Oxford Handbook of Hand Surgery (2009, 2018), the European Textbook of Dupuytren’s Disease (2015) and Apley & Solomon’s System of Orthopaedics and Trauma (2001, 2010, 2017). He is currently Principle Investigator on 5 studies and leads the Clinical Orthopaedic Research Group in Southampton. He has lectured in the UK and abroad on many occasions as invited speaker on various topics.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

08:50 – 09:00 Welcome
Chair: David Shewring
Chair: Maurizio Calcagni
09:00-09:15 Wound healing skin grafts: Basic science
Christian Dumontier (France)
09:15-09:30 Surgical management of fingertip injuries including nailbed
Pierluigi Tos (Italy)
09:30-09:40 Management of complications including secondary deformity and nailbed
Martin Richter (Germany)
09:40-10:00 Flaps forearm and hand
Christian Dumontier (France)
10:00-10:15 Principles of microsurgery: Replantation
Erik Walbeehm (The Netherlands)
10:15-10:30 Options for thumb reconstruction, principles
Maurizio Calcagni (Switzerland)
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
Chair: Jonathan Hobby
11:00-11:15 Compartment syndrome: Hand and forearm
Christian Dumontier (France)
11:15-11:30 Injection and extravasation injuries
Martin Richter (Germany)
11:30-11:45 Principles of management of thermal, chemical and electrical burns
Maurizio Calcagni (Switzerland)
11:45-12:00 The anatomical basis and surgical management of acute infections of the hand
Christian Dumontier (France)
12:00-12:15 Necrotising Fasciitis
Dean Boyce (UK)
12:15-12:30 Group discussion
12:30-13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 15:30 NERVE
Chair: Erik Walbeehm
13:30-13:45 Organisation of the peripheral nervous system and structure and ultrastructure of peripheral nerve
Maurizio Calcagni (Switzerland)
13:45-14:00 Clinical examination and diagnosis in nerve trauma and compression
Pierluigi Tos (Italy)
14:00-14:15 Nerve repair: Surgical technique and results
Erik Walbeehm (The Netherlands)
14:15-14:30 Nerve compression: Carpal tunnel syndrome
Dai Newington (UK)
14:30-14:45 Nerve compression: Ulnar nerve
Martin Richter (Germany)
14:45-15:00 Occupational factors: Hand arm vibration syndrome
Nick Downing (UK)
15:00-15:15 RSI does it exist?
Jonathan Hobby (UK)
15:15-15:30 CRPS
Tim Davis (UK)
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:00 TUMOURS
Chair: Christian Dumontier
16:00-16:15 Benign Tumours
Dai Newington (UK)
16:15-16:30 Malignant bone and soft tissue tumours
Christian Dumontier (France)
16:30-16:45 Skin tumours
Erik Walbeehm (The Netherlands)
16:45-17:00 Imaging of tumours
Christian Dumontier (France)
Social program and dinner


Registration fee includes accommodation in Hotel Benczúr for 4 nights (12-16 February 2019) in a double room, shared by participants. Single room upgrade may be available at EUR 30 per night based on availability only. Please indicate your single room request on the registration form and the organizers will get back to you after 30 November 2018. Please contact the conference secretariat in case of extra night requests.

Hotel Benczúr Budapest

H-1068 Budapest, Benczúr utca 35.
Hotel website

To Budapest by plane

The closest international airport is located in Budapest, 22 km from the city center. You can choose almost all European airlines for your flight to Liszt Ferenc International Airport. Budapest has a good connection with major European cities also through discount airways. All passengers arrive at Terminal 2A and 2B. For access and flight information please check the  homepage of the airport.

To your hotel from the airport – Airport transfer

You can rent a car at the airport, take a taxi to the city centre, use the shuttle bus service or take the direct bus 100E to Deak Square, near the conference venue, which runs every half an hour (and costs 3EUR). Check transportation page of the airport website for further details.

To Budapest by train

There are three railway stations in Budapest: Déli pu. (Southern Railway Station), Keleti pu. (Eastern Railway Station) and Nyugati pu. (Western Railway Station). Trains from other countries arrive at one of the above listed stations. For details check the timetable of Hungarian Railway Service.

Déli pu. (Southern Railway Station) and Keleti pu. (Eastern Railway Station) are along the red underground line (M2). Nyugati pu. (Western Railway Station) can be reached by the blue underground (M3).

To Budapest by bus (coach)

Buses (coaches) from other countries arrive at Népliget Bus Station, which is along the blue underground line (M3). For details check the timetable of the Volán Company (page in Hungarian!).

To Budapest by car

Budapest is the central crossing point of each Hungarian motorway. Speed limits are 130 kph on motorways, 110 kph on main roads, 90 kph on other roads and 50 kph in cities. Please make sure you only access toll motorways with valid vignettes! For vignette information check the Hungarian Motorway Portal for information about the toll and where to buy the motorway fee stickers (see vignette information).

Local transportation in Budapest

Budapest has a very good public transportation system. Several types of tickets or travelcard are at your disposal. Tickets must be bought in advance from ticket offices, tobacconists’, news agents’ or automatic machines. You can buy bus tickets from the driver of the bus but they cost a bit more if you buy them on the bus. Tickets must be validated on the vehicle. Check the website for local transportation in Budapest at BKK website

Entry for foreigners to Hungary

Since Hungary is member of the European Union and a member of the Schengen Area, non EU country citizens and visitors from some overseas countries can enter Hungary only with a valid entry visa. Entry visas can be obtained at any Hungarian embassy, consulate, and in some cases at border crossing points. Please refer to the Portal of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs where you can check the visa and immigration regulations, and can find Hungarian missions in your country where you can apply for visa. If you need an invitation letter for visa, please send a short note to the conference secretariat.

Please note

Invitation Letter for visa will be issued upon receipt of your full advance payment of your registration fee and hotel accommodation costs. In case you will not receive the visa your payment will be reimbursed.

Useful Information


The official language of the country is Hungarian, but English and German are widely spoken.


The official currency is Hungarian Forint (HUF – Ft). ‘Please check the EUR/HUF/USD etc daily exchange rate on the website of the Hungarian National Bank. Though Hungary is not a member of the Euro Zone, you may use EUR cash for payment in hotels and some shops, supermarkets and petrol stations. Please see special signs indicating this possibility.


In Hungary banks are usually open between 8.00 – 16.00 on weekdays, although some close an hour earlier on Fridays. With the exception of some shopping mall bank branches, Hungarian banks are not open on Saturdays. ATM machines and currency exchange machines are available throughout the country. Credit cards – Diners Club, Euro/MasterCard and VISA – can be used to withdraw cash from banks and ATM machines and to pay bills in hotels, restaurants and shops.


The climate is continental. The weather in January is usually cold. The average daytime temperature is -3°C. For local weather report check this page

Time zone

Clocks are on Greenich Mean Time (GMT) plus 1 hour.
The present time in Hungary: Monday 11th of February 2019 11:10:29 PM

Electric Current

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. Two-pin electric outlets (220 V, 50 Hz) are used.


Telephones operate by phone card or coins. Cards are available at post offices and tobacconists’s.
Country code for Hungary is +36 | Area code for Budapest is 1. | Ambulance: 104
Fire Brigade: 105 | Police: 107

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