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Media Releases /
Communiques de Presse

Facts and Figures / Faits et chiffres

15 May, 1998 / 15 Mai 1998

12 June, 1998 / 12 Juin 1998

28 June 1998

Basic Science
2 July 1998
Clinical Science and Care
2 July 1998
Epidemiology, Prevention, and Public Health
2 July 1998
Social and Behavioural Science
2 July 1998


General Press Information/
Information generale sur la presse

The Conference in and around town / Le Congrès en ville

Media Registration was required
Daily press conferences highlighted the most important research and issues discussed at the Conference, and state-of-the-art media facilities, including phone, fax and modem connections, and closed-circuit broadcast of plenary sessions were provided.

Registration was required. The period for requesting accommodation as handled by the Conference closed on April 1, 1998.  For further inquiries regarding accreditation and registration, please contact:

Congrex Sweden AB
P.O. Box 5619
Linnegatan 89A SE-114 86 Stockholm Sweden
Phone: +46-8-459-6600
Fax: +46-8-661-8155

Services of particular concern for journalists
The following extracts from the Conference Workbook were intended to provided an overview of services of particular concern for journalists and media. Please see the Workbook for a complete list of services that were available:

Media Centre
Located in Hall 7 of Palexpo, the Media Centre catered to the needs of journalists covering the Conference. Services at your disposal included computer workstations, printers, fax machines, telephones and modem connections. Rooms were also available for interviews and third-party press conferences. A host broadcaster service provided a full range of broadcast facilities. Full access to the Media Centre was available to accredited media only, although non-media delegates could request a special short-term, limited-access pass.

This search system gave you an opportunity to look through the programme and search by day and time, subject, author and affiliation. You could make your own programme and itinerary and print it out.

Audio and Video Cassette Sales
The majority of the Conference sessions were audio recorded and selected sessions were video recorded. You could order and collect cassettes at the Conference by calling at the CME Unlimited cassette sales booth, located in the registration area. Ask the sales staff about on-site discounts.

Courier Services
The official Conference courier, UPS, had a stand located within the registration area in the lobby of the Conference Centre should you need to send a package anywhere in the world overnight.

General Supplies
There was a supermarket, Migros (open daily including Sundays), conveniently located within the airport/station complex as well as a pharmacy and other retailers, all within easy walking distance of Palexpo.

Information Desks
Information desks in Halls 4 and 7 provided multilingual services for your inquiries about all aspects of the Conference.

Information System
The specially-designed information system provided access to the Conference Programme, schedules, abstracts, and points of interest. Access to the World Wide Web was also available. Technical staff were on hand to assist participants.

Post Office
Post office counters, offering a comprehensive range of postal services, were located in the Conference Centre.

Shuttle Bus System
The centre of Geneva is easily and rapidly accessible by bus, train and taxi from Palexpo. A comprehensive shuttle bus system complements existing transport services, operating on a schedule designed around Conference needs. Further details were available from Conference staff.

Simultaneous Interpretation
English was the official language of the Conference. However, simultaneous interpretation into French and Spanish was available for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the orientation and summary sessions and other selected sessions, including the plenaries.

Smoking Policy
Smoking in the Conference venue was not permitted.

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