General Information

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The 10th FISV Annual Meeting (FISV 2008) will be held from 24-27 September 2008 at the Fierecongressi Conference Centre, Riva del Garda, Trento, Italy. Detailed information about the Conference Centre is available at the Centre's web pages. Detailed information on Getting to Riva del Garda (including FISV's shuttle bus service) will be available here.

WiFi connectivity

A wireless internet connection (WiFi) will be available at the meeting. Pre-paid cards for 1, 4, and 8 hours will be available at the front desk for 5, 10, and 20 EUR, respectively. The duration of each card is intended as the cumulative duration of actual online connections: upon disconnection, the countdown stops until the next login. Cards are linked to unique username-password combinations and, by Italian law, are non-transferrable.

Registration Desk

The registration desk at the Conference Centre opens on Wednesday, 24 September, at 10:00.
Sarà possibile registrarsi al Congresso a partire da mercoledì 24 settembre alle ore 10.00, presso il Centro Congressi.

FISV 2008 Secretariat, from 23 September:
Segreteria del Convegno dal 23 settembre:

Parco Lido
38066 Riva del Garda (TN)

 Tel.: +39 0464 520000
  Fax: +39 0464 555255

Official language

The official language of FISV 2008 is English. When preparing an Abstract or a Poster, you may use American or British variants, but please be consistent.

If you are a speaker, please remember that most people in your audience are not native English speakers - speak clearly (whether or not English is your native tongue) and not too fast.


Registration for FISV 2008 includes the following steps, available through our main Registration Hub, where additional information is available.

Meeting registration fees and mode of payment

The registration fees for FISV 2008 are shown in the table below.

  FISV 2008 registration fees (in EUR)
  single day
full meeting
12 July
12 July
12 July
12 July
  FISV members1 140.00 170.00 265.00 330.00
non-members 160.00 190.00 295.00 365.00
students2  <30 y.o.  55.00 110.00
≥30 y.o.  70.00 140.00

1 Members of any of the 14 affiliate scientific societies (AAI, ABCD, AGI, SIBBM, SIBE, SIMGBM, SICA, SIF, SIGA, SIFV, SIMA, SINS, SIP, SIPaV) benefit from this discount. Your membership must be valid at the time of the FISV 2008 meeting.
2 The Student category comprises any of the following Italian positions: studenti, dottorandi, specializzandi, tirocinanti, borsisti, and neolaureati; other internationally recognized students up to and including Ph.D. level (not completed) qualify for this rate. Proof of your status must accompany your registration.

NB. Registrations received until 12 July benefit from the early bird discount; the corresponding payment must be received within 15 Julyif payment is not received within this date, registrants will be charged the full fee, irrespective of their registration date.

The following modes of payment are possible:


Meeting attendance grants are available for individuals who meet the following criteria:

Grant requests must be accompanied by

and must be submitted with the printed copy of your registration form (as well as proof of payment or a cheque) before 12 July 2008 to:

Fondazione Adriano Buzzati-Traverso
Via Nomentana 935
00137 Roma

Grant requests will be awarded by the Organising Committee. Awardees will be notified by email for the reimbursement details.


Hotel reservations are handled by Rivatour, through their online service:

For additional information, please contact Rivatour directly at (+39) 0464 570370.


Detailed information on Getting to Riva del Garda (including FISV's shuttle bus service) can be found [here].


Poster presentations may be submitted for Special Interest Subgroups or any of the themes on this year's Oral Communication Sessions—please check the Programme to see the full list of available themes. Abstracts for the presentations are accepted exclusively through our online service (see Step 3. Abstract Submissions above) and will not be considered if received after the deadline. Each contributor can only submit one abstract as first author. Those who submit an abstract to Special Interest Subgroups need to register for at least one day (24 September).

The Organisers of each Oral Communication Sessions will evaluate the submitted abstracts and select a restricted number to be presented orally; some abstracts may be selected for inclusion in regular Parallel Symposia. The selected authors will be contacted by e-mail during the first week of August with details regarding their presentation. If you do not feel like giving an oral presentation, please check the 'poster only' option during your abstract submission. Accepted abstracts (for poster or oral communications) will be listed online after 4 August 2008.

NB. All accepted presentations should be presented as a Poster; i.e., even if your abstract is selected for an oral presentation, you are requested to present a poster ALSO.

The accepted abstracts will be published online and in the FISV 2008 Proceedings book, to be distributed to each registered participant. If, for whatever reason, you do not wish to have your abstract displayed online before the beginning of the meeting (24 September 2008), please remember to indicate this during your abstract submission.

The presentation title should not be longer than 120 characters, and the abstract text should not exceed 1200 characters (spaces included in both cases). More detailed information is available directly from the submission form — please read the guidelines carefully before submitting your abstract.

When preparing a Poster, remember that the available area is 120 cm (height) by 90 cm (width). Please indicate your presentation number clearly; this number will be available in the Poster lists (as soon as they are published online).

Help desk

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