General Conference Information
Interspeech 2011 will take place in the
The venue of Interspeech 2011 will be the "Firenze Fiera Congress and Exhibition Center” which is only five minutes on foot from the central railway station of Santa Maria Novella and 1 km from the Duomo, and is also easily accessible by public transportation, by bus or by the modern and newly opened tramway. Moreover, its only 5 km from the Amerigo Vespucci international airport.
Three venues form the Congress and Exhibition area; they are located next to each other and represent an exciting itinerary through the history and evolution of Florence - from the 16th century Fortezza da Basso, the masterpiece by Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane, one of the most important examples of military Renaissance architecture, up to the Palazzo dei Congressi, hosted inside Villa Vittoria, an architectural jewel of the 18th century, as well as the Palazzo degli Affari, planned by architect Pierluigi Spadolini and opened in 1974.
INTERSPEECH 2011 will be hosted in the Palazzo dei Congressi and in the Palazzo degli Affari . These two venues all have reception points, Internet wireless connection, refreshment bars and bank service. Inside the Palazzo degli Affari you will also find a tourist information desk with all the information you need on hotel reservations and how to move in Florence.
All keynote talks are in the Auditorium of the Palazzo dei Congressi inside the Firenze Fiera Congress Center. See conference programme for venues of other sessions.
During a visit to Florence as a conference delegate, you may wish to spend some time enjoing and experiencing the city, its culture and attractions! Florence Convention Bureau provides with all these services and combines a variety of products to enhance the opportunity of visiting the city. All necessary elements are built into one special card called Florence Congress Card: insider tips, discounts and offers to museums, cultural venues, leisure facilities, night-clubs, shops, restaurants and entertainments, spa, city tours, rental bike, taxi, chauffeured cars for airport transfers and other services.
The free Florence Congress Card can be used by delegates and their accompanying person & family and is valid prior and after the congress date.
The Conference Registration Desks are located in the Ground Floor of the Palazzo degli Affari inside the Firenze Fiera Congress Center. For registration or any administrative issues please enquire at the Conference Registration Desks. These desks will be open at the following times:
The full registration package includes:
- Conference bag containing:
- Abstract book and conference programme
- CD-ROM of Conference Proceedings
- Promotional material
- Welcome Reception to be held at the Firenze Fiera Congress Center. (Sunday 28th August)
- Student Reception at Flò lounge bar or Reviewer Reception at at Palazzo Ximenes-Panciatichi , a very famous historical building in Florence (Monday 29th August)
- Banquet at at the famous Villa Castelletti. (Tuesday 30th August)
- Coffee breaks as per programme
Your name badge, issued to you when you register, must be worn to all conference sessions and social events for identification and security purposes.
Your conference badge also entitles you special offer discounts at a number of Florence restaurants, shops and attractions.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the Firenze Fiera Congress Center. Smoking is prohibited by law in Italian restaurants and bars.
The official language of Interspeech 2011 is English.
Free Wireless Internet access will be provided throughout the Firenze Fiera Congress Center.
In addition, Internet access will be provided on allocated PCs in the Internet Room located in the (TBD) which will be open from Sunday to Wednesday during conference hours.
The Speaker Preparation Rooms are located in the "Palazzo dei Congressi" (near the Auditiorium) and in the "Palazzo degli Affari" (1st floor). If you are
presenting an oral paper, you must load your presentation onto the central
fileserver and check that it displays correctly well before your talk.
We recommend you do this well in advance of your presentation and
certainly no later than two hours beforehand.
The room will be open during the following times:
Coffee & Tea Breaks
These are scheduled according to the programme and will be served in Palazzo degli Affari, Palazzo dei Congressi, and the garden. .
Special Dietary Requirements
In all our organizations a corner for vegetarian and celiacs is always guaranteed, and we always keep in mind the special diets and religions.
All those with special dietary requirements should make themselves known to Centre Staff who will provide alternative catering.
Lunch is not included as part of your registration. There are several cafes and restaurants in Florence from which you can purchase lunch.
Registration fees do not include personal, travel or medical insurance of any kind. Delegates are advised when registering for the conference and booking travel that a travel insurance policy should be taken out to cover risks including (but not limited to) loss, cancellation, medical costs and injury. Interspeech 2011 and/or the conference organisers will not accept any responsibility for any delegate failing to insure.