Due to EXPO Milano 2015 and many other concurring events taking place during the Forum days, the offer for accommodation is already limited. The GFRD2015 Organizing Team is securing a number of rooms in selected hotels until the end of March. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you secure your accommodation as soon as possible.
The GFRD2015 Organizing Team will provide invitation letters if needed. More detailed information about VISA for international participants can be foundHere
The official language of the Forum – as well as the documentation provided during the Forum – is English only. The opening ceremony might include translation.
A Media Centre will be set up at the Centro Congressi Stella Polare. Accreditation will be granted to representatives of recognized media organizations that will be covering the Forum; accreditation cards can be obtained by registering to the GFRD, specifying evidence of membership to the News Organization.
Official conference badges will be provided on Monday 15th from 14:30 to 17:30, and from Tuesday 16th to Thursday 18th morning at the Centro Congressi Stella Polare. Official conference badges will be provided on Monday 15th from 14:30 to 17:30, and from Tuesday 16th to Thursday 18th morning at the Centro Congressi Stella Polare. Please send your passport photo to:[email protected]
The GFRD2015 will be held at the Centro Congressi Stella Polare, located in Rho (Milan) next to the EXPO2015 site. The convention centre is located within one of Europe’s largest exhibition centres and is connected to eight pavilions with a full 34,000 square metres free of columns, making it ideal for large exhibitions of congresses or large-scale events, including plenary gatherings of up to 17,000 people.How to reach the venue:
Further information will be available soon.
• From Linate Airport take bus 73 to Piazza San Babila then Line 1 underground to Rho Fiera Milano.
• From Malpensa Airport take Malpensa Express train (departs every 30 minutes) to Cadorna Station (Milan) then Line 1 underground to Rho Fiera Milano.
• From Stazione Centrale or Stazione Garibaldi take the green line underground in the direction of Abbiategrasso, get off at Cadorna-Triennale, transfer to Line 1 in the direction of Rho Fiera Milano.
• From Stazione Cadorna (Ferrovie Nord) take Line 1 underground in the direction of Rho Fiera Milano.
• From A7 Genova and A1 Bologna motorway head north on Tangenziale Ovest bypass and follow signs for Fiera Milano.
• From Milan take A4 Torino-Venezia motorway and exit at Pero-Fiera Milano.
• From A8-A9 motorway in the direction of Milan, from Milano Nord barrier head in the direction of Venice and exit at Fiera Milano.
• From A8 motorway in the direction of Varese-Como take Fiera Milano exit.
Having selected Milan as the city to host the Universal Exposition, Italy also chose Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life as its central theme. Expo Milano 2015 will talk about the problems of nutrition and the resources of our planet. The idea is to open up a dialogue between international players to exchange views on these major challenges which are relevant to everyone.
Further information on EXPO2015 can be found here
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ATM operates a public transport network which is pretty efficient (especially the underground lines and the trams (streetcars)). Single tickets cost €1.50 and are valid for 90 minutes; they are available from news-stands, tabaccherie (tobacconist – look for large T sign), bars and automatic ticket machines in metro stations.
The metro lines are: MM1, red (rossa); MM2, green (verde); MM3, yellow (gialla). Lines MM4 and MM5 are under construction to be completed by 2015, as many other extension of existing lines. The subway network is rather extended (lines split into different sections and its 72 stations cover most areas of town). Trains run every 1-3 min, 06:00-23:59 (02:00 on Saturday nights).
One of the city’s easily recognisable orange tramcars. (Streetcars) run above-ground on rail lines running through the streets. Milan is par excellence the city of trams, and it’s the second city in the world for tramway lines extension. They’re everywhere, and they are a true symbol of Milan, just like red double decker bus is for London.
Buses should probably be your third public transport option. Equally comfortable, rather punctual and clean with many routes to choose from. ATM tram and bus services stop around 02:00. However, some lines end their service earlier and some do not have a night service at all. In any case check your route and timetable in advance if you want to travel late at night. Several buses connect suburban cities and towns surrounding Milan. Some are managed by ATM. You can travel on most of them with an inter-urban ticket (biglietto interurbano) which are sold in two forms: including travel in Milan or without.
The Suburban Railway System or S-lines (the logo is a big green S on a blue background) includes a special line known as Passante ferroviario (railway link), considered Milan’s fourth subway line (although trains run every 6-15 mins), and has eight more lines, each identified by a number (S1, S2, S5, S6, S10 trough Passante Ferroviario and S3, S4, S8, S9, S11 trough other railways), connecting metro area towns with Milan. Suburban trains run less often than Metro trains (depending on the line, they range from 1 to 4 per hour) but, as some lines share tracks and stations, you can expect as many as 10 trains per hour in central Milan between Lancetti and Porta Vittoria stations. Suburban Railway ‘S’ Lines are usually marked in blue on subway maps. The Passante is not heavily used by the Milanese and in non-peak hours stations can be deserted so would not be recommended for lone (and particularly female) travellers.
Taxis can be expensive and drivers are allowed to pick passengers up from designated taxi ranks, through phone bookings and directly from the street. The main taxi companies can be reached at 02.40.40, 02.69.69 or 02.80.80, or alternatively, from a land line dial 848.814.781 to be connected to the nearest taxi stand. If you book a taxi by phone you’ll start paying from the moment the driver accepts the call and comes to pick you up. Local law define some fixed fee trips: Milan to Malpensa Airport €70, Malpensa Airport-Rho Fair €55, Malpensa Airport-Linate Airport €85, Linate Airport-Milan Fair €40. All fees are intended for a one-way, non-stop trip; taxi waiting time and booking are extras. A surcharge will apply in the evenings so don’t be surprised if the meter has €6+ on it when you enter, even if at a taxi-stand.
Bikes are available through the BikeMI bike sharing service
. If you register for a temporary subscription (weekly or daily), a user code, along with your password, will be sent to the e-mail address, chosen during your registration, with immediate activation. BikeDistrict
is a website that offers cycling directions to get around safely in the city.