Before you travel

Meeting Venue

Gürzenich Köln
Martinstraße 29-37
50667 Köln


  • Police emergency: 110
  • Fire emergency/ambulance service: 112
  • Emergency service/ophthalmological emergency service: 116117
  • Emergency fax for deaf people: 229-2290
  • National Directory Enquiries (in English): 11837
  • Service-Hotline KölnTourismus GmbH (general questions): +49 (221) 346 43 0
  • Facebook account police NRW: (only in German)
  • Twitter account police NRW: (only in German) (@polizei_nrw_k)


Review travel directions (including a printable PDF map) from the Gürzenich website. (Also available in German).

Review additional travel details for traveling to Cologne here.

know how to contact your country's Embassy

Review this helpful link of foreign embassies and consulates in Germany here.

Meeting Attire

The attire for this meeting is informal or business casual. A jacket and/or sweater is recommended for the meeting rooms and for the evenings. The month of June is characterized by daily highs around 21°C (69°F). The daily low temperature of around 12°C (53°F). The month of June can be rainy so a jacket is recommended if you are planning to spend time outside. 

Electricity Adapters and Converters

220 volt outlets are most common with two round pins. Though the hotels may have a few outlet plug adapters to borrow, it is suggested to bring a universal outlet adapter. An adapter will not convert electricity, but it will allow you to plug into the sockets. Most laptops support a range of 100-240V with a frequency of 50-60 Hz and can be charged by using an adapter for the socket. A converter is generally used for those traveling from a country of lower voltage to a country with higher voltage and cannot be used for electronic devices such as laptops. 

Currency and Exchange

Germany's official monetary unit is the Euro. Cash dispensers (ATMs) that accept all major credit/debit cards can be found at several locations in the airport, and at banks and retail areas throughout the city. Currency exchange services will charge either a flat fee for small denominations or a percentage of the amount exchanged. Usually the exchange rate favors the banks. 

at the meeting

Travel Tips

  1. Be extra alert in high-tourist, large crowd areas and while using public transportation.
  2. Know how to contact your country's embassy:
  3. Contact local authorities in case of emergency 
  4. In case of a high phone call volume issue, remember that texts or SMS will go through more easily than a phone call.


Registration will be set in the Erdgeschoss Foyer. When you arrive at the registration desk, provide your name and the staff will hand you your badge and meeting materials.

Registration Hours
Monday, 26 June         08:00 - 19:00
Tuesday, 27 June         07:30 - 17:45
Wednesday, 28 June   07:30 - 17:45
Thursday, 29 June       07:30 - 16:45

Poster Presentation Sessions And Abstracts

Poster presentations are an integral component of ISSX meetings. Abstract posters will be on display throughout the meeting and posters will be presented during scheduled poster sessions. View the full schedule of presentations.

Poster Presenters: If you are presenting a poster, please be sure to review the poster specifications to ensure your poster will fit in the allotted space.

Meeting abstracts are available for review in the abstract book provided to attendees at registration and online at

Welcome Reception

Fully-registered attendees and their registered guests are invited to attend the Opening Welcome Reception on Monday, 26 June. Our exhibitors will be on-hand to meet you and share information about their latest products and services. Admission to the Opening Welcome Reception is included in the full meeting registration fee. Attendees must have their name badges in order to be admitted. 

Gir Keller Dinner

Join us for a buffet dinner with unlimited wine and beer, entertainment, and the company of your fellow meeting attendees. Located just 300 meters from the meeting venue, the historic Gir Keller is one of the oldest vaulted beer and wine cellars in Germany. 

This is a ticketed event and the ticket may be added to your registration or purchased at the registration desk on-site.


Meeting Program

View the schedule and scientific program online. A printed program book will be provided on-site.

Meeting Abstracts

Speaker, Awards, and General Abstracts are all available to review online before and after the meeting. A printed abstract book will be provided on-site.