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Practical Information ESGAR 2020


Benefit from a up to 15% discount on a wide range of public fares in Economy, Business, and First class with our official carrier at ESGAR 2020!

CME Accreditation

The ESGAR 31st Annual Meeting and Postgraduate Course, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 19/05/2020- 22/05/2020 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 26 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at www.ama-assn.org/education/earn-credit-participation-international-activities

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


Name badges will be mailed to participants who register until the second deadline. In case you do not receive your badge in the mail please visit the registration counter at the venue upon your arrival. Participants with a badge on hand may proceed to the fast lane registration.

Congress language

The official language of ESGAR 2020 is English.

Congress venue

RAI Amsterdam
Europaplein 24
NL - 1078 GZ Amsterdam


The Euro is the official currency of the Netherlands.

Dialing code

The international dialing code for the Netherlands is 0031.


The voltage in the Netherlands is 230 Volts, 50 Hertz. Sockets meet European regulations and use the two-round pin system.


The number 112 can be dialled to reach emergency services from anywhere in Europe.

Filming and photography

We would like to inform you that there will be filming and photography during the annual meeting. A photo gallery with all photos taken during the congress will be available to registered participants on the ESGAR website until the end of June 2020. In addition, photographs taken during ESGAR 2020 may be used for the society's social media channels.

Final programme

A printed version of the final programme will be handed out together with your congress bag upon check in at the venue. The ESGAR 2020 final programme will also be available on the website as well as the official congress app.

Flight booking

AIR FRANCE - KLM is our official carrier for ESGAR 2020. You can benefit from a up to 15% discount on a wide range of public fares in Economy, Business, and First class. Subject to change.
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How to get to the venue

By plane

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is located a mere 15 minutes from RAI Amsterdam whether you travel by car, train, taxi or bus. The Amsterdam Airport website provides information including: up-to-the-minute flight information, connecting transport facilities to RAI Amsterdam and business facilities.

By train

The RAI has its “own” station - RAI Amsterdam - which is located 300 metres from the RAI complex and is easy to reach from anywhere in the Netherlands. It has direct connection with Duivendrecht, Amsterdam Amstel, Amsterdam Zuid and Schiphol railway stations, which are linked to the international InterCity network. When you leave the station follow the signs for RAI Amsterdam.

By tram, metro and bus

Tram 4 runs between the centre of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Central and the RAI (stop at Europaplein).
Metro 52 will take you from Amsterdam Centraal Station to RAI Amsterdam (Europaplein Station) in just eight minutes.
Metro 50 runs between Amsterdam Sloterdijk and Gein and stops at Station Amsterdam RAI. From Station Amstel you can reach the RAI by Metro 51 (Station Amsterdam RAI), bus 62 (stop Europaplein) or bus 65 (stop Scheldeplein).

By car

Directly on approaching Amsterdam via the motorway A1, A2 or A4 and entering the ring road (A10), the RAI is indicated on the sign boards. RAI Amsterdam is located along-side the ring road (exit 9). From the exit the route to the car park is indicated.

Lead retrieval system

Your name badge is your business card. ESGAR and its sponsors are using a lead retrieval system during the congress. In practice that means that when you present your badge for scanning at an exhibition booth or for scanning when entering an industry sponsored lunch symposium, the following personal data can be retrieved: first name, last name, address details, email address.

Letter of invitation

The Central ESGAR Office is pleased to provide you with a formal invitation letter as soon as ESGAR has received your registration AND payment. It is understood that such an invitation is intended to help potential delegates to raise funds or to obtain a visa. This does not imply any commitment for ESGAR to provide financial funds or accommodation!


ESGAR is not liable for personal injury and loss of or damage to private property. Participants should obtain the appropriate travel insurance. The place of performance of any duties and obligations for both ESGAR and the participant’s sides shall be Vienna, Austria. Any contractual relationship with ESGAR shall be subject to Austrian law.

Official Partners

All correspondence concerning sponsorship and exhibition at ESGAR 2020 is exclusively handled by MAW - Medizinische Ausstellungs- und Werbegesellschaft. Any questions concerning accommodation in Amsterdam will be handled by RAI Hotel Services.


In the Netherlands, smoking is banned in public places including bars and restaurants.

Social media

Share your experience with us using the hashtag #esgar2020.

Time zone

The time zone in the Netherlands is Central European Time (CET).


Depending on your country of origin you may be requested to submit for a VISA before entering the Netherlands and Europe. If you follow this link, a guided procedure will help you decide if you need to apply for a visa based on your nationality, country of residence, the reasons for your visit and length of stay.

Important Dates

September 25, 2019
Abstract Submission opens

October 2018
Preliminary programme available

November 25, 2019
Extended Abstract Submission DEADLINE

December 2019
Registration opens

January 2020
Notification of acceptance to authors

February 2020
Early registration deadline

April 2020
Pre-registration deadline

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