Meeting Information

General Information


Meeting Venue

Hotel Spa Porta Maris

Plaza Puerta del Mar, 3

03002 Alicante, Spain

Tel:+34 965147021

Fax: +34 965216945


February 7-10, 2013


The official language of the AOPT 2013 meeting is English.

Clothing is informal for all occasions.


The average temperature in Alicante at this time of the year is around 14 ºC / 57 ºF, with an average of about 26 mm / 1.1 in of rainfall.

Time Zone

The time zone in Alicante is Central European Time (CET) (GMT +1 hour), and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Registration & Accommodation

All participants must submit a completed registration form. Hotel accommodation at reduced rates is offered to participants at the Hotel Spa Porta Maris and the Hotel Suites del Mar.

Early-Registration Dates

Open, September 1, 2012

Deadline, January 25, 2013


On-site Registration Desk Opening Hours

Thursday, February 7: 16:00 – 18:00

Friday, February 8: 07:30 – 19:00

Saturday, February 9: 07:30 – 17:30

Sunday, February 10: 07:30 – 12:00

Visa Requirements

Participants are advised to apply early for their visas, should they require one to come to Spain. Visa regulations depend on your nationality and country of origin. We suggest you contact your local Spanish Consulate for official instructions on the specific visa regulations and application procedures that may apply to you. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa if required. A valid passport is required for entry into Spain. European Union residents have separate requirements.

Letter of Invitation

Official letters of invitation designed to help overcome administrative difficulties in certain countries will be sent upon request. It must be understood that such letters do not represent a commitment on the part of the AOPT 2013 Organizing Committee to provide any financial assistance. If you require such a letter, please apply to the Meeting Secretariat at and provide your full name and address details with your request.

Liability and Personal Insurance

The AOPT 2013 Organisers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants and accompanying persons. Participants are recommended to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip in Alicante.

Banking, Exchange and Credit Cards

The official currency in Spain is the Euro (€). Official banking hours in Alicante are generally Monday to Friday from 08:30 am to 14:30.

Most bank branches in Alicante exchange traveller’s cheque, Euro cheques and foreign currency. Banks offer similar exchange rates as the Bureaux de Change, and the commissions are usually lower.

Automated cash dispensers are located outside most banks and in selected hotels, and cash can be withdrawn 24 hours a day. All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.

Opening Hours of Places of Interest
Museums, art galleries, Santa Barbara castle are open from Tuesday until Sunday 10:00 to 19:00 (Most museums close on Mondays).

Opening Hours of Shops
Shops are generally open from 10:00 until 20:30 Monday to Saturdays.

AOPT 2013 Meeting Secretariat


AOPT 2013

Instituto de Neurociencias

Universidad Miguel Hernandez-CSIC

Avda. Santiago Ramon y Cajal, s/n

03550 San Juan de Alicante


Tel: +34 965919365

Fax: +34 965919549

18 April 2012