The CYTO Congress
The CYTO Congress is developed through the efforts of over 50 members of the Organizing and Planning Committees, including the ISAC Marylou Ingram Scholars and Shared Resource Lab (SRL) Emerging Leaders, who propose themes, speakers, and assist with the review of abstracts.
The Congress will include elements for scientists working in all areas of cytometry and at all career stages. Top faculty and leaders in the industry will contribute their time and talent to CYTO Innovation, State of the Art Lectures, Scientific Tutorials, Workshops, Frontiers, and Plenary Sessions featuring cutting edge cytometry technology and applications. The program will also include Parallel Sessions with examples of contemporary cytometry from the research lab to the clinic and Poster Sessions providing an opportunity for discussions between authors and delegates. Additionally, the Congress will include Commercial Exhibits featuring companies displaying hardware, software, and reagents for cytometry research.
We proudly recognize that CYTO is the premier meeting for showcasing the state of the art and science of cytometry and look forward to seeing you in Prague!
Please check back in the coming weeks and months for program details.
The Congress will be held at the Prague Congress Centre, which is conveniently located on Line C of Prague’s outstanding underground railway network, allowing attendees easy access to and from the airport and the historic downtown. You can find information in English, including maps and timetables, by clicking here. Free tickets to ride the public transport system will be distributed onsite. More information will be provided before the meeting.
Prague Congress Centre
5. května 65
140 21 Prague 4, Czech Republic
Adjacent to the North-South Prague City Expressway, follow road signs for Kongresové centrum Praha.
GPS settings: 50.062112.14.428886.
Banking and Foreign Exchange
In the Czech Republic, the Czech koruna (crown) (Kč) is the unit of currency. Its international abbreviation is CZK. Czech banknotes come in 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, and 5000 denominations. Some institutions will accept Euros, but it is not a guarantee, and change is generally given in korunas. 1 crown equals 100 haléř (hellers), but while heller coins have not been used since 2008, they will be shown in prices, although the final price will be rounded off to the nearest koruna. Coins come in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Kč. Click here for more information about currency.
Banking hours are typically Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
There is an ATM located at the Prague Congress Centre. Official exchange rates can be found at by clicking here.
April is a nice time to visit Prague. Prague averages between 40 and 56 degrees Fahrenheit (4 to 14 degrees Celsius) in April.
Czech Useful Vocabulary
English is commonly spoken in many hotels, shops and restaurants in Prague, but you may wish to use a few useful words and phrases:
Ahoj (hi) (a-hoy)
Dobrý den (hello) (doe-bree den)
Dobrý večer (good night) (doe-bree vecher)
Jak se máte? (how are you) (yak seh mah-te)
Mám se dobře (I am fine) (mahm se do-breh)
Prosím (please/thank you) (proseem)
Ano (yes) (ah-no)
Ne (no) (neh)
Promiňte (forgive me/excuse me) (promeenyuh teh)
You may find more words and phrases by clicking here.
Czech Republic landlines start with phone code 420, followed by a 2 for Prague and an eight-digit number.
Prague offers outstanding dining featuring the distinctive flavors of the country. Don’t miss traditional favorites like kulajda (potato soup flavored with dill, vinegar, and mushrooms, with an egg on top), or sausages, beef tartare, roast duck, svickova (creamy vegetable sauce with beef and bread dumplings), goulash, fried cheese, fruit dumplings, chlebicek (open-faced sandwiches) and so much more! Click here for more about what and where to eat and drink.
If you are planning to use a credit card to pay for your meal, check with your server first. Not all restaurants accept credit cards and some may have a mandatory minimum for your bill before you can use one.
Electric power is set at 220 volts. If you bring an electrical appliance to the Czech Republic, you may need an adaptor to fit the electrical receptacles. You may also need a converter to change the voltage to 220 volts if you come from a country where it is 110.
In case of an emergency, police services, fire or emergency medical assistance can be contacted by dialing 112 (you will be connected with English-speaking operators). More information on emergency services can be found by clicking here.
Non-Czech participants attending CYTO 2018 will need a passport that is valid for at least three months past the date of the Congress. Participants are encouraged to confirm their own country’s passport validity requirements. To confirm if you need a visa and other related information, click here.
ISAC has secured a housing block for attendees and exhibitors across several hotels near the Prague Congress Centre. The CYTO 2017 hotel reservation link will be available in November.
The official language of the Congress is English. Translation service will not be provided.
The CYTO badge must be worn at all times for admission to the scientific sessions, exhibits, and social events.
Smoking is banned in all public places including all dining establishments, on public transport platforms and on public transport, and in cultural facilities.
Value Added Tax (VAT) in Prague is at two rates: the standard rate is 19% for goods or services, and the reduced rate of 9% for food, some pharmaceuticals, printed matter, passenger transport, and some cultural activities, among other things.
Prague is in the Central European Time Zone, one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).
While tipping is not mandatory in the Czech Republic, it is customary in many circumstances for service, especially at almost all sit-down restaurants which offer table service and many food servers depend on tips as an essential part of their wage. Generally, the average tip is 10% of the total meal cost. It is not considered good manners to leave your tip with a credit card, as it may not reach your server. If paying with a credit card, it is acceptable to leave your waiter a cash tip.
Getting to Prague
The Prague airport is 15 kilometers/9 miles from the city center and provides several transportation options.
There are several main routes into Prague:
- From Germany: Waidhaus to Rozvadov
- From Germany: Teplice
- From Germany: Pomezi Border Crossing
- From Austria: Drasenhofen to Mikulov
- From Austria: Jetzelsdorf to Hate
- From Plzen: D5
- From Brno: D1
Click here for more information about driving to Prague.
Vaclav Havel Airport Prague is located 17 kilometers from the city center. It offers two terminals with shopping, restaurants and cafes, free Wi-Fi, currency exchange and ATMS (please note that fees and/or commissions may apply). Inside the arrivals section of both terminals are a Prague Visitor Information Centre and a Public Transport Information Centre. You can reach the city center, Congress Centre, and hotels by public transport, taxi, Prague airport transfers, or rental car.
By Public Transport
Although there is no direct metro or train connection to the airport, there are public buses and the Airport Express. You may ride the Airport Express and get on the metro line C at Hlavni nadrazi, and ride three stops to the Vysehrad stop. You may use 119 bus, but when you get off at Nadrazi Veleslavin you will need to carry your luggage on stairs. Porters are available from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. To get to the Congress Centre, ride the metro line A to the Muzeum station, transfer to the metro line C, and go two stops to Vysehrad. You may alternatively use the 100 bus. At the last stop take the metro line B to Mustek, where you will transfer to the metro line A, ride one stop to Muzeum, transfer to metro line C, and ride two stops to Vysehrad. For more information about Prague buses, click here.
Please note, the last public bus leaves at 11:40 pm, so you will need to use a different option if you land late at night. Click here for a map of bus service to the city center.
If you are using an international train, you will likely arrive in Prague at Hlavni Nadrazi (Main Railway Station) or at Nadrazi Holesovice (Holesovice Station). Both of these are on the red line, so you can easily transfer to the metro line C and get off at Vysehrad for the Congress Centre. Hlavni Nadrazi is located in Prague’s center so is convenient for visiting Wenceslas Square and other tourist sites. Click here to view the CD website translated into German or English).
Most international coaches arrive at Florenc, the international bus terminal, located in the center of New Town. From here, you may get on the metro line c (red) and ride four stops to Vysehrad station.
Getting Around Prague
Prague, the city of a thousand spires, is a great city for walking, located as it is in a valley between hills split by a river. Many of the major sites are in the valley, like Wenceslas Square, Old Town and Charles Bridge, but others, like Prague Castle, are up on the hillside. However, make sure you have flat, comfortable shoes while you walk the cobblestoned streets and sidewalks.
Driving and Parking in Prague
Driving on the city’s historic cobblestone streets can be difficult. Parking may also pose a challenge, as Prague’s downtown has a large pedestrians-only zone as well as a residents’ zone where parking is restricted to permit holders. There are parking lots in the center as well as on the outskirts of the town. Click here for more information. There is also a parking lot underneath the Prague Congress Centre. Click here for more information in English.
FREE Prague Public Transportation
Prague's public transportation system has been rated as fifth in the world in the Sustainable Cities Mobility Index 2017
(compiled by Arcadis). The swift and efficient metro is in operation from 500-0000, and there are special night tram and bus services. Prague's Congress Center is located next to the Vysehrad metro station and is two stops (4 minutes) from the historic city center. It is 40 minutes by public transport from the airport. A ticket to use the public transport system for free will be distributed to all registered attendees onsite at the Congress Centre. More information will be provided before the Congress. For a map of the system, click here
The Prague commuter rail is an efficient means of getting around the city. It has three lines – line A (green), line B (yellow) and line C (red). The station closest to the Prague Congress Centre is Vysehrad, on line C, the red line. Trains begin running at 445 and the last train leaves its station of origin at 2400. Intervals between trains during rush times range from 1-3 minutes during peak times and 4-10 minutes during off peak. All stations have escalators and most are disabled-accessible. For more information about the metro, including maps and useful vocabulary, click here.
Prague’s buses operate throughout the city during the day and some bus lines (501-513) continue to run once the metro stops for the night until 430. For more information, click here.
Trams run throughout Prague and are handy ways to get from one area to another. While the metro will shut down soon after midnight, trams run 24 hours a day (although there are day trams and night trams, and the night trams (51-59) run every 40 minutes instead of every 10). Tram 22 is popular as a way to see some of the scenic areas, running past the National Theater to up to Prague Castle. Click here for more information.
It is best to order a taxi by phone if possible or through an app. If you do get into a taxi on the street, make sure that it has a yellow lamp on the roof and it must say taxi on both sides, as well as having the driver’s name, rates, and license number on both doors. It is suggested to agree to at least an approximate fare before beginning the trip. The official fare is approximately 30 CZK per kilometer and the starting rate is approximately 40 CZK. Please check the price which should be listed on the car, before you get in. Several reputable taxi companies include:
--AAA Radiotaxi - tel. 14 0 14 or 222 333 222, https://www.aaataxi.cz/en/
- City Taxi - tel. 257 257 257, http://www.citytaxi.cz/en/
- Profi Taxi - tel. 14 0 15, www.profitaxi.cz
The Prague Congress Centre is about twenty kilometers from Vaclav Havel Airport Prague and the average fare is between 550-600 Kč.