The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) is an association of clinicians, researchers and allied health professionals, dedicated to improving the health of people affected by allergic diseases. With more than 11,000 members from 124 countries and over 50 National Allergy Societies, EAACI is the primary source of expertise in Europe for all aspects of allergy.
Florence (Italian: Firenze), in central Italy, is the capital of the region of Tuscany and was briefly (1865-1871) also the capital of the kingdom of Italy.
Florence was long ruled (1434-1494, 1512-1527 and 1530-1737) by the Medici family. A centre of medieval European trade and finance, the city is usually considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Florence is world-famous for its wealth of fine art and architecture. The Arno river, which cuts through the old part of the city, is part of the Florentine history, as many artists, poets and politicians who lived here.
For further information about Florence, please visit the city’s official website.
All abstract titles and authors will be listed in the EAACI app. Presented abstract texts will be available on the EAACI app during the meeting. They will also be published on the EAACI Media Library after the meeting.
Each participant receives a name badge upon check-in at the registration desk. This badge should be worn at all times in order to gain access to the session rooms and other events. Please note that access to the congress areas will not be permitted without an official name badge. If you have lost your badge, a new one can be printed (with proof of your original registration) at the Registration Desk at the cost of 20,00€. Your badge will be scanned at the entrance to session rooms for CME accreditation and internal EAACI statistical purposes.
Certificate of Attendance
The Certificate of Attendance can be downloaded after completing the delegates survey, which will be sent via e-mail after the Meeting.
A cloakroom is located close to the Registration desk. It is free of charge for meetings attendees, with the following opening hours:
17 October 2019 | 07:00-22:00
18 October 2019 | 07:00-18:30
19 October 2019 | 07:00-17:00
PAAM 2019 has been acrredited with 21 CME credits (ECMECs) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). Please make sure to scan your badge at the entrance to each session room, in order to obtain the CME credits. The CME Certificate with the number of credits can be downloaded after completing the delegates survey which will be sent via e-mail after the meeting.
The local currency is Euro (EUR).
EAACI Booth is located within the exhibition area, where information about the academy and future events is available. After the congress, visit www.eaaci.org and learn about the latest news on EAACI’s activities and publications.
Opening hours of the EAACI Booth:
17 October 2019 | 08:30-18:30
18 October 2019 | 08:30-17:30
19 October 2019 | 08:30-16:00
The voltage in Florence is 220-240 volts and the power sockets are of type F & L.
Emergencies / First Aid
Dial 112 for emergencies. Please contact the registration desk or any staff member for assistance.
PAAM 2019 Exhibition is open on 17-19 October 2019.
The opening hours are:
17 October 2019 | 08:00-19:30
18 October 2019 | 07:30-18:00
19 October 2019 | 07:30-13:00
Food and Beverage
Catering services are located in the exhibition area.
Coffee and lunch breaks are included in the registration fee.
EAACI will not be held liable for personal injuries or for loss of or damage to property incurred by participants at the PAAM 2019. Participants are encouraged to purchase insurance to cover loss incurred in the event of cancellation, medical expenses or damage to or loss of personal effects when traveling outside of their own countries. EAACI cannot be held liable for any hindrance or disruption of the event, proceedings arising from natural, political, social or economic events or other unforeseen incidents beyond its control.
Registration of a participant implies acceptance of this condition. The materials presented at this continuing medical education activity are made available for educational purposes only.
The official language of PAAM 2019 Meeting is English.
The time zone in Florence is CEST.
Lost and Found
Lost and Found is located at the Registration Assistance counters in the registration area.
Membership Services Desk
Visit the Membership Services Desk, located within the EAACI Booth, to sign up or renew your EAACI membership or simply get more information on its benefits.
Mobile Phone Policy
Please respect the meeting policy and switch your mobile phones to silent in all meeting rooms.
- Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception
The Opening Ceremony will take place on Thursday, 17 October 2019 from 19:30-20:30 in the Main Hall, followed by the Welcome Reception 20:30 -22:00.
- Closing Ceremony
The Closing Ceremony will take place on Saturday, 19 October 2019 from 16:00-16:30 in the Main Hall.
Photography, filming and Video Recordings
Taking photographs or making any other form of electronic recording during the sessions in the meeting rooms is strictly forbidden. An official photographer will be present for the entire event. Please note, by registering to attend the PAAM 2019 Meeting, you acknowledge and agree that official photographs taken during the meeting may be used for future meeting promotional purposes.
Poster Exhibition Information
- Poster Viewing Sessions
Abstracts are grouped thematically into blocks of 15-20 posters. During the Poster Viewing Sessions presenters are available to discuss their work and answer questions from delegates and moderators.
- Poster Discussion Sessions
Moderators will lead a discussion of around 15 related electronic posters in the session, asking the audience and the presenters to set the work in context and draw out important themes and conclusions. These sessions will be in an electronic format and will take place in six designated Sessions.
The Press Office is located at the entrance of the venue next to the Registration desk.
Opening hours of the Press Office:
17 October 2019 | 08:30-19:30
18 October 2019 | 08:30-17:30
19 October 2019 | 08:30-17:00
Registration is located at the main meeting entrance. The opening hours are:
17 October 2019 | 07:00-21:00
18 October 2019 | 07:00-18:30
19 October 2019 | 07:00-17:00
Self badge print stations are available in the registration area.
Registration fee for delegates includes:
- Admission to the meeting and the exhibition
- Pocket programme
- Coffee and lunch breaks
- Opening ceremony and welcome reception
Safety, welfare and behaviour
Florence is a generally very safe city. Yet, like most other major cities, there is petty crime. Therefore, please be aware of thieves and pick-pockets at all times. Please pay special attention to your personal belongings, especially when walking in the city centre or using the public transportation system, but also inside the meeting venue. Do not wear your badge outside the meeting venue, and do not give it to anybody, even if you are leaving the meeting. Any security problems or concerns within the meeting venues should be reported to a member of EAACI. Security staff will handle any emergency situation and everyone is required to follow instructions announced via the public information system. Emergency exits are marked with green exit signs.
In respect of Italian and European laws and regulations, as well as due to current health and safety rules and legislation in effect, registration and/or admittance to the PAAM 2019 Meeting shall be limited solely to participants who are 18 years of age or older. Registration by anyone who is under 18 is unauthorised and in violation of these terms and conditions and will automatically result in the forfeit of their registration. Identification is to be provided to meeting staff upon request. Participants below 18 years of age will not be granted access to any part of the meeting at any time. This is also valid for children accompanied by their parents and for any other unregistered person. If access to the meeting is needed and no registration is available, the person should contact the registration desk. Badges are required to be worn at all times in the congress venues.
EAACI holds a very firm position against any form of discrimination and aims for a respectful, safe and productive environment for all participants including service providers and others associated with EAACI Congresses and Events. This position applies to all EAACI events and/or events organised in the name of EAACI. EAACI does not tolerate any disruptive behaviour, sexual harassment, bullying, racism, physical or verbal abuse or any other form of unacceptable behaviour by participants and/or staff at our meetings. All delegates and staff shall adhere to dignity and mutual respect. EAACI expects fair and appropriate behaviour at all times.
Sessions may fill up quickly. Please arrive in good time for the start of a session.
Smoking is prohibited in the congress venues.
Speaker Service Centre
The Speaker Service Centre is located in the registration area.
The opening hours are:
17 October 2019 | 07:30-20:30
18 October 2019 | 07:00-18:00
19 October 2019 | 07:00-16:00
The international access code for Florence is +39. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for England).
Transportation – Access to Venue
Arriving by car
Florence is well connected with the main Italian cities, thanks to the Italian motorway network, thus making it easier to get to the city centre, where the Fair & Congress Center is located.
Arriving by train
The main railway station of Santa Maria Novella is located two minutes away by foot from the entrance of the Fair & Congress Center, and from the central reception of Firenze Fiera, on the ground floor of Palazzo degli Affari. The other two railway stations (Rifredi and Campo di Marte) are at a ten-minute distance from the central railway station of Santa Maria Novella, and connected to it through local trains and city buses.
Arriving by plane
The International Florence Airport “Amerigo Vespucci” (IATA code – FLR) is only 4 km away from the Florence city centre and can be easily reached by taxi or with the Ataf/Sita ‘Vola in Bus’ shuttle service, connecting the airport to the main railway station of Santa Maria Novella in just 15-20 minutes. Thanks to the connections with Rome Fiumicino Airport, Milan Malpensa and the main European capitals, Florence is easily connected to the rest of the world. The main car rental companies can be found inside the airport.
Fortezza da Basso
Viale Filippo Strozzi, 1
T: +39 05549721 F: +39 0554973237
Average weather in October in Florence
Daily high temperature decrease by 6°C, from 24°C to 18°C, rarely falling below 14°C or exceeding 28°C.
Daily low temperature decrease by 4°C, from 13°C to 9°C, rarely falling below 4°C or exceeding 17°C.
Free Wi-Fi will be offered in all meeting areas throughout the duration of the event. The access code/password is paam2019.