International Conference on
Rewriting, Deduction, and Programming
June 29 to July 3, 2015
Warsaw, Poland

The main conferences will be held at the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw (formerly "CeNT II"), University of Warsaw in Warsaw, Poland. Workshops on the weekend July 26-28 will be held at Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics, University of Warsaw.

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Poland

Poland is a member of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement. List of countries (from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs), citizens of which are not required to have a visa when entering Poland.

The currency in Poland is złoty (abbr. PLN or zł.) divided into 100 groszy (abbr. gr.). 1 PLN is worth about 0.25 EUR or 0.27 USD. In hotels, decent restaurants and most shops you can pay with a credit/debit card, in some places you can pay with Euro. There is quite a lot of ATMs in Warsaw, a few of them are located at the airport. You can also exchange cash in banks and so called kantors.

English is the most commonly spoken foreign language in Poland. You can expect a hotel receptionist or a (decent) restaurant waiter to understand English. You cannot expect a public bus driver or a newspaper selling person to speak English, though. Unless you are lucky.

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Warsaw

Warsaw is a professional and surprisingly fresh destination on MICE map of Europe. With its modern meetings infrastructure, various flight connections, large number of 4*and 5* hotels, different and unique congress, exhibition and gala dinner venues Warsaw has everything that both big congresses and compact incentives call for. The capital of Poland is becoming a hub of business, politics and culture for the whole CEE region. After hours Warsaw offers a vast number of activities exploring a fascinating blend of Polish rich history and modern Warsaw lifestyle. This is also a city of Fryderyk Chopin, one of the greatest composers and pianist of the 19th century.

Getting to Warsaw

By plane

The easiest way to get to Warsaw from abroad is by air. The Frederic Chopin Airport (IATA code: WAW) is placed just 5 km from the Faculty of Physics. Polish national airline LOT operates to many European airports and a few directions out of Europe, many other European airlines operate to Warsaw.

By train

It is also possible to come by train. Warsaw has direct connections with Berlin (6¼ h), Cologne (12½ h), Amsterdam (16 h), Prague (8½ h), Vienna (7½ h), Budapest (11 h), Kiev (19 h), Moscow (18½ h). See Polish railways connection search engine, the main station in Warsaw is "Warszawa Centralna".

Although local and regional trains tend to be of low standard, the Inter-City (EIC) and express trains as well as international sleeper trains are rather comfortable and safe. See for instance here or here for some advices.

By car

Of course you can travel by car. Some Polish roads still differ in quality from Western standards, but many improvements took place recently and today Warsaw is directly connected to Berlin and western Europe with a motorway. Other directions are partially modernised.

Motorways are in general paid. Tolls are collected at gates, similarly as e.g. in France. See for instance here for some advices. Make sure that your navigation system has a detailed and up to date map of Poland or have such a map on paper. Targeo is probably the best internet map engine for drivers in Poland (data actuality, traffic, temporarily closed roads, etc.), but Google Maps and OSM are also correct as of main roads and large cities.

Moving around in Warsaw

Public transport

Warsaw has a well-developed public transport system and we recommend using it. A few advices:

  • always have a valid ticket or validate it immediately after getting on the bus (or other public transportation vehicle); ticket controls are quite frequent in Warsaw,
  • a transfer ticket costs 4.40 PLN (or 3.40 for journeys up to 20 minutes), we recommend to use 24 hour ticket (15.00 PLN),
  • tickets can be bought from newspaper stands and ticket vending machines,
  • beware of pickpockets, especially on the bus lines going from/to the airport and on crowded trams,
  • Warsaw Public Transport official site (timetables in Polish, map, route planner).

Taxi

There is a lot of taxis in Warsaw and usually they are the fastest mean of transport. However, when using them you should be careful and follow a few advices in order not to be deceived.

Beware of drivers who approach you at the airport, these drivers usually charge exorbitant rates. A taxi car should have a clear "TAXI" sign (not for instance "TAKI"), taxi ranks (check them or ask about the price), a company name, and a telephone number. When possible order your taxi by telephone. Warsaw Airport recommends ELE SKY TAXI, SUPER TAXI and SAWA TAXI corporations.

Maximal legal taxi prices: starting fee - 8.00 PLN, day rate - 3 PLN/km, night and holiday rate - 4,50 PLN/km. A taxi from the airport to the Faculty of Physics or a hotel placed near Pl. Zawiszy should cost about 30-40 PLN during the day and about 45-60 PLN at night or on Sunday. Similar rates are for taxi from the conference venue to the city center or from Pl. Zawiszy to the city center.

There is no additional charge for luggage.

Bike

It is possible to rent a bike in Warsaw, for instance here. There is a renting stand opposite the conference venue operated by Veturilo.

Eating out in Warsaw

Here is a bunch of links where you can find some (tested) places to eat.






Important information

Plenary speakers

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