General Information

We are looking forward to seeing you in Alicante for the 14th Symposium on Biodegradable Metals Conference!

We invite you to visit this website regularly, as more information becomes available on our Committees, Speakers and Sponsors.

In the meantime, here are some tips & tools to better prepare your stay:

Language

The official language of the conference is English. All abstract submissions and presentations must be in English. Simultaneous translation will not be available.

Visa & Letter of Invitation

Some participants may require a visa to enter the European Union. For more information click here.

Letter for visa. They can only be sent by email (free of charge) or Priority Mail at the cost of 100 € each priority-mailed envelope. Fees for a group of letters can be paid only once if all letters are to be sent at the same address, at the same time). This is not refundable.

Insurance

The Conference Secretariat and organizers cannot be held liable for personal accidents, loss of or damage to private property of the conference participants and accompanying persons, either during, or directly arising from the Biometal 2022 Conference. Participants should make their own arrangements for health and travel insurance.

Clothing & Weather

The dress code for the conference is informal for all occasions.

The average temperatures in Alicante during the month of August are generally 31 °C (day) and 21 °C (night).

Travel Information – Getting Here

Alicante Airport (IATA: ALC, ICAO: LEAL), also known as Alicante-Elche Airport, is currently the fifth largest airport in Spain and is the gateway to the Costa Blanca resort region, serving both Valencia Community and the Region of Murcia.

By Plane

Alicante-Elche Airport is located in Spain, 9 kilometers southwest of Alicante and ten kilometers from Elche. It is located at the entrance to the Costa Blanca.

Travel is convenient with direct flights from Paris, Londres, Dublin, Minsk, Madrid and (some flights only available seasonally).

There are many flights coming from Europe cities, as well as numerous departures every week from many countries with only one connection.

Airport Transfers

You can get by taxi from Alicante Airport to downtown within 20 minutes, since it is located 9 kilometres southwest of Alicante city centre.

In Spain, metered taxis turn to be a convenient and fast mean of transport; in that sense, locals tend to use them more often than app cabs such as Uber (since its regulation is very much discussed in the country).

Airlines

Easy Jet (www.easyjet.com)
Reservations: + 806 141 141

KLM (www.klm.com)
Reservations: 1 (800) 618-0104

Lufthansa (www.lufthansa.com)
Reservations: 1 (800) 563-5954

Ryanair (www.ryanair.com)
Reservations: + 44 871 500 5050

American Airlines (www.americanairlines.com)
Reservations: 1 (800) 433-7300

Air France (www.airfrance.com)
Reservations: 1 (800) 667-2747

By Train

Alicante Airport doesn’t count with an own train station or a subway stop located at the Airport. 

Passengers who wish to continue their trip by train may find a way to transfer to the nearest train station (Luceros) and tram station (Mercado).

Alicante is served by both train services, operated by the Spanish National Rail Company (RENFE), and by the TRAM, managed by Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV), which serve several destinations within the Costa Blanca such as Benidorm and Denia, along with Alicante.

See below the available TRAM Lines:
- L1 – L3: Alicante (Luceros) – El Campello – Benidorm. See schedule
- L1 – L3 – L9: Alicante – El Campello – Benidorm – Denia. See schedule
- L2: Alicante (Luceros) – Universidad – Sant Vicent del Raspeig. See schedule
- L4: Alicante (Luceros) – Playa de San Juan (Pl. Coruña). See schedule

Operating hours: From 06:00h to 23:00h.

By Bus

Recommended route: Our recommendation is to take the C6 bus line, which connects Alicante Airport with both Luceros and Mercado stations. By this way, you will be able to get off at any of them, which makes fair easy to board either RENFE or TRAM (lines 1, 2, 3 and 4).

By Car

To get to Alicante, it is possible to take the AP 7 motorway, which crosses the province from southwest to northeast, connecting Valencia in the north with Murcia and Andalusia in the south. It is also possible to take the A-31, Madrid-Alicante motorway.

All major car rental compagnies have offices both at the Jean-Lesage Airport and in the downtown area (Avis/Budget, Discount, Entreprise, Hertz). All hotels will help you if you need to rent a car.

Taxis

You can also get around by taxi. You can easily find stops at various places in the city, including the bus station, RENFE train station, the Explanada de España, etc.

Taxis can also be booked 24 hours in advance.

Radio Tele Taxi Alicante
Phone: +34 965 101 611
Phone: +34 965 252 511
Whatssapp: +34 671 101 611

Prices fixed for services between Alicante AVE station and other towns on the Costa Blanca.

Currency, Banking, ATM & Credit Cards

The currency is the Euro (€).

Cash is usually withdrawn from automatic teller machines at bank branches. In addition, in Spain it is easy to find ATMs to withdraw cash in shopping centres and shopping areas, large urban centres and historic centres in small towns.
If you need to change your money to €, you will be able to do so at bureaus de change, at various banks, and at the majority of hotels and travel agencies.
If you need to send money from Spain or receive money that has been sent to Spain, you can do so from the Spanish postal and parcel service offices (Correos office), which you will find in any tourist destination, and through specialized companies in large cities.

In Spain you can pay in cash in almost all cases, and usually only Euros are accepted. In some cases, if the payment is made through a machine, it may be necessary to pay by card.
The option to pay with credit and debit cards, mainly Visa and Mastercard, is very widespread. However, a minimum consumption of around €10 may be required for payment by card and this may be subject to commissions depending on the conditions of your card.
When making payments, it is not acceptable to haggle the marked price.

Electricity

The voltage and frequency in Spain is 230 V, 50 Hz.

Time Zone

Madrid, Spain is 6:00 hours later than New York