Marseille is the third largest city in France after Paris and Lyon with 1 614 501 inhabitants.

The currency is the Euro (€).

Marseille is in the GMT+1 time zone.

The electricity network has adopted the European standard voltage of 230V, with a frequency of 50Hz.

Tap water is drinkable.

Smoking is banned in all indoor public places and restaurants in Marseille. The congress is a no-smoking event and smoking is not permitted at the venue.

Wi-Fi is available in the majority of the bars and restaurants, as well as at approximately 40 municipal Wi-Fi access points and hotspots (name of the network: Wifi-Marseille).

Shops are open from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (on average).

Most taxis accept payment by credit/debit card.

Tips are always included in the prices given in taxis and restaurants in France. Tipping is not expected but appreciated.

In the event of a strike, a minimum service is guaranteed during rush hours on public transportation.

Banks are usually open from Monday to Friday, and automated teller machines (ATMs) function 24/7.Liability and Insurance: Participants are requested to arrange for their personal travel and health insurance. Neither the Organizers (PBE) nor the Congress Secretariat will assume any responsibility for damages or injurie to persons or property during the congress.

Emergency Services: Police – Ambulance – Fire Brigade * Dial 17.

The weather in Marseille in July is normally very pleasant and sunny. Daytime average temperature is around 30°C, evening temperature around 19°C. For more information, please see: https://www.meteoart.com/europe/france/provence-alpes-cote-dazur/marseille?page=month&month=July

Tourist tax: the Marseille City Council collects a visitor tax that applies to paying accommodations. The tax ranges from €0,99 (in a 2* hotel) to €2,48 (in a 4* hotel) per person and per day and is included in the price of the room.