Welcome Information

In order to facilitate your attendance to the Congress, we have provided some useful information below. We also invite you to have a look at the congress programme.


Congress Centre Palexpo
Route François-Peyrot 30
CH-1218 – Grand Saconnex






 17:00 – 20:00




 06:30 – 20:00




 06:30 – 18:30




 06:30 – 17:30




 06:30 – 17:00





 17:00 – 20:00




 09:00 – 17:00




 09:00 – 17:00




 09:00 – 17:30


Make the most of your time at the IHPBA Congress by having all the event information in the palm of your hand! A mobile app will be available soon for downloading from the Google Playstore (for Androids) and from the AppStore (for iPads and iPhones). The App gives you access to the Congress programme, floor plans, exhibition area, and much more. We highly recommend you to download the free App before arriving in Geneva in order to start planning your Congress experience!  Look out for our email which will sent as soon as the app is released for download. 


A name badge is provided onsite with your registration documents. Name badges must be visible and used at all times within the Congress Centre.


Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance including CME Credits, upon completion of the Congress Survey. The survey will be emailed to your registration email address after the Congress.  On completion of the survey you will be able to print your certificate.  Certificates of Attendance will not be printed onsite in Geneva.


Transportation from the Geneva International Airport:
Kindly note, that the Geneva International Airport offers every passenger arriving in Geneva a UNIRESO ticket free of charge, valid for 80 minutes with the Geneva Public Transportation. You may obtain your ticket in the baggage claim area, in a dispenser located next to the conveyor belts. A valid air transportation document (Boarding Pass or Plane Ticket) must be presented in the event of ticket inspection during your ride.

Transportation during the Conference:
The Geneva transport card (personal and non-transferable) will be received upon check-in in your hotel, offering free use of the entire public transportation network without restriction (bus, train and boat), with validity for the entire duration of your stay at the hotel, including the departure day. Public transport schedule: www.tpg.ch


Morning and afternoon coffee breaks will be provided in the exhibition Hall 3 at the following times:


 Morning breaks

Afternoon breaks


 5th September 

 09:30 - 10.00

 15:15 – 15:45


 6th September 

 09.30 - 10.00

 15:00 – 15:30


 7th September 

 09.30 - 10.00

 15:45 – 16:15

Lunches are not included in the registration fee however food will be available to purchase in the exhibition area Hall 3 during lunch breaks. 


A cloakroom is located at level-1 in the congress centre just in front of the plenary room.


The Closing Ceremony and Awards will be held in room A on the Friday 7th September from 17:15 to 18:15.


The 13th International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association World Congress, Geneva, Switzerland, 04/09/2018-07/09/2018 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.

EACCME® credits
Each participant can only receive the number of credits he/she is entitled to according to his/her actual participation at the event once he/she has completed the feedback form. Cf. criteria 9 and 23 of UEMS 2016.20. In order to help you issue individual certificates to each participants, please find below the breakdown of ECMEC®s per day:
04.09.2018 - 4,00
05.09.2018 - 8,00
06.09.2018 - 7,00
07.09.2018 - 7,00

The EACCME® awards ECMEC®s on the basis of 1 ECMEC® for one hour of CME with a maximum of 8 ECMEC®s per day. Cf. Chapter X of UEMS 2016.20.


Registration enquiries:  ihpba2018.registration@ihpba.org 
Abstract and Scientific enquiries: ihpba2018.scientific@ihpba.org
Hotel accommodation: ihpba2018hotels@mci-group.com


The electronic poster stations are located at the left side of the exhibition area Hall 3. The posters can be viewed at all times during the exhibition opening hours. 


There are 4 E-videos stations located towards the back of the exhibition area in Hall 3 where the e-videos can be viewed. 
E-Videos will also run on a loop throughout the congress, except when the Talking Poster sessions take place during morning and afternoon coffee breaks. Talking Poster areas are located on the Mezzanine level and level -1.


For any housing questions, please contact us at the following address: ihpba2018hotels@mci-group.com  or if you are onsite, please come visit us at the registration desk.


The IHPBA General Assembly will be held on the Wednesday 5th September in Room B from 14:15 to 15:15. Please note that only members are invited.


Network: IHPBA 2018


The official congress language is English. No translations will be provided. As Geneva is an international city, English is widely spoken. The local language is French.


A lost-and-found service is available at the registration desk.


Delegates are kindly requested to keep their mobile phones on silent in the rooms where scientific and educational sessions are being held, as well as during the talking poster sessions.


The Opening Ceremony will be held in room ABC on the Tuesday 4th September from 17:00 to 18:30.


All press and media should report to the New Registration Desk.  There is no official press office at the congress.


The conference venue is entirely non-smoking.


The congress official hashtag is #IHPBA2018.  We encourage all delegates and speakers to use this hashtag in all of your social media posts relating to the congress. Please also follow IHPBA on Facebook and Twitter.  Look out for our Twitter Wall in the exhibition area. 


The Speaker Support Centre is located in Office 4 which is located at the right entrance of the Congress Centre entrance. Speakers are kindly requested to provide their PC formatted USB keys (PowerPoint presentations) to this room at least two hours before their session. All conference rooms contain state-of-the-art technical equipment. The Speaker Support Centre is open as follows:


3rd September  

17:00 – 20:00


4th September

06:30 – 20:00


5th September

06:30 - 18:30


6th September 

06:30 - 17:30


7th September

06:30 - 17:00


The talking posters will be presented during the morning and afternoon coffee breaks (refer to timetable below).  Areas 1 and 2 are located level -1 and Areas 3 and 4 are located on the mezzanine floor.
TPTP01    Liver: Miscellaneous 
TP02    Transplant: Liver Transplantation
TP03    Biliary: Gallbladder Cancer
TP04    Liver: Tumours
TP05    Pancreas: Surgical Outcomes
TP06    Tricks of the Trade
TP07    Liver: Primary Tumours
TP08    Pancreas: Pancreatitis
TP09    Liver: Metastases
TP10    Transplant: Liver Transplantation
TP11    Pancreas: Surgical Outcomes
TP12    Biliary: Cholangiocarcinoma
TP13    Pancreas: Surgical Outcomes
TP14    Biliary: Cholangiocarcinoma
TP15    Liver: Surgical Outcomes
TP16    Pancreas: Tumours
TP17    Pancreas: Surgical Outcomes
TP18    Liver: Technical & Surgery
TP19    Pancreas: Miscellaneous
TP20    Biliary: Surgical & Technical Outcomes
TP21    HPB
TP22    Pancreas: Miscellaneous
TP23    Liver: Surgical Outcomes
TP24    Biliary: Miscellaneous


Geneva enjoys a worldwide reputation as a conference city; it embodies the creativity of science and technology, a vigorous business sector, and has a special cultural appeal with unmistakable flair and charm. Geneva is an ideal destination with its central location in Europe, served by an excellent transport and communication infrastructure. Draped around the deep blue waters of Lac Léman, Geneva has grown wealthy and influential as the cultural and economic focus of French speaking Switzerland. It is also an international city and home to many global institutions from the International Red Cross to the WHO!


Geneva’s centre is small enough to walk around. For the suburbs you will need to take a tram or bus. Daily passes are provided free of charge to Geneva hotel guests, courtesy of the Geneva Tourist Board.


All major credit cards are accepted widely, but not everywhere. If in doubt, ask in advance. Cash-on-card services are available from selected American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and VisaCard addresses. These cards are also accepted by all GWK currency exchange outlets and Change Express Offices.


The Swiss Franc is the currency and legal tender of Switzerland and Liechtenstein. One Swiss Franc is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins consist of 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 Swiss Franc, 2 Swiss Francs and 5 Swiss Francs. Note denominations are 10 Francs, 20 Francs, 50 Francs, 100 Francs, 200 Francs and 1’000 Francs.

Current (August 2018) exchange rate: 1 USD = 0.97 Swiss Francs, 1 Euro = 1.09 Swiss Francs.

Foreign bank notes and traveller’s checks can be converted into Swiss Francs at the hotel, foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchange outlets. The exchange rate is subject to market fluctuations. Most major credit cards are accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants. VISA and MasterCard are accepted at the congress registration desk. Personal or company cheques are not accepted at the registration desk.


Please consult the Swiss Customs Regulations:  https://www.ch.ch/en/swiss-customs/


The voltage in Switzerland, as in most of Europe, is 230V/50 Hz. Switzerland uses type C (2-pin) and Type J (3-pin) plugs. (Type C 2-pin plugs also fit J sockets.) Most power sockets are designed for three pin round plugs. The standard continental type plug with two round pins, applied for many electrical travel products, may be used without a problem.



For all emergencies: 112
▶ Fire: 118
▶ Police: 117
▶ Ambulance: 144


Geneva is a safe place but you should take normal, sensible precautions to avoid mugging, bag snatching and pick pocketing. You should be extra vigilant at airports and railway stations. Do not leave valuables unattended. Most shops and all major taxi companies accept credit and debit cards, so there is no need to carry a lot of cash.


The most common business hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:30 to 18:00. Some pharmacies are open around the clock on different days of the week. To find out which pharmacy is open on a particular night, visit the pharmacy nearest to you. It will have a note in the window or on the door listing the address of the emergency pharmacy. The pharmacy emergency section in the local newspapers also have a list. Note: you might have to ring a bell for attention out of hours, and that there is an additional charge for night and weekend services.


For a taxi, call Taxi Direct on:
Phone: +41 22 33 141 33 or +41 22 3 20 20 20
Taxis are available outside the airport and in many places inside the city.


Geneva follows Central European Time (CET) which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). At the time of the Congress, summer daylight saving will be in operation which is two hours ahead of GMT.


You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges but you can leave a little extra if you feel the service warrants it. If there is no service charge, the customer should consider leaving a 10% tip, but this is not obligatory.


The official Federal Customs Administration FCA app contains information about importing foodstuffs, souvenirs, etc. and is aimed at private individuals. It therefore simplifies your entry into Switzerland and helps you decide which souvenirs, electronic articles and such like to buy when you are abroad or when shopping online. On the website, you will find out about: 
Entry requirements: passport, visa, customs procedures
Shopping abroad (duty-free allowances): duty-free limits for alcohol, tobacco and foodstuffs
Crossing the border with animals and plants
Crossing the border in a vehicle
Bans and restrictions (trademark piracy, souvenirs, medicines etc.)
You will also find our information concerning online shopping and postal/courier services

How to claim the TAX back:
When you arrive at the airport you must present you tax refund cheques at customs BEFORE you check your bags in. Customs may request to check the items before they stamp your cheques. Once your cheques have been stamped by customs you can cash your cheques at any Bureau de Change in your chosen currency.


Geneva is part of the European Union. Many visitors can enter the EU countries without a visa. A valid ID card or a passport is all you need to enter Geneva. Check with the Swiss Embassy or Consulate in your own country whether you need a visa. They also have the necessary forms you have to complete. Foreign Embassies in Geneva, and Swiss Embassies abroad, at your service: www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home.html/


All delegates and accompanying persons are offered a public transport pass from their hotel. To receive your pass please ask your hotel desk upon arrival.


To get from the Geneva Airport to your place of stay in Geneva city centre, use the “Free 80 minute ticket” given freely to any passenger at the airport.


The weather in Geneva in September is generally nice and warm. Temperatures during the day can be around the mid-twenties (25°C / 75°F).  Evenings and nights can be chilly with temperatures falling below 20°C / 65°F).  Please be informed, that the hotter than average temperatures in recent years result in summer thunderstorms, extending well into September, which are relatively unpredictable. Be prepared to take rain protection along.


The Geneva tourism board will have a desk at the congress centre located at the entrance foyer. Please feel free to visit them to obtain information on the city and possible city tours.


A travel insurance policy to cover theft, loss and medical problems is recommended. The Organising Secretariat as well as IHPBA 2018 will not be held liable for illness, accidents or thefts suffered by Participants or Accompanying Persons during the Congress or their stay in Switzerland before, during or after the Congress. Participants are strongly recommended to seek insurance coverage for health and accident, lost luggage and trip cancellation.

We look forward to welcoming you at the Palexpo Congress Centre and wish you a safe and pleasant journey to Geneva!

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