Information A-Z


All accepted abstracts are published as an electronic supplement to Journal of Sleep Research (JSR), the official journal of the ESRS.


Access to all scientific sessions are only possible with your personal badge. Please always wear your badge!
€ 30.– will be charged for replacement of a lost badge.


Certificates of attendance indicating the CME credits are available as from Friday, 16 September 2016, in the afternoon after completing a survey on the congress.


Bologna has a humid subtropical climate, with little influence from the sea. The average temperature in September is 19 degrees. Spring and fall are in general mild.


A cloakroom is available during the registration opening hours.

Coffee Breaks

Morning and afternoon coffee breaks are included in the registration fee and are served in the exhibition area. Please refer to the “Programme Overview” for the times.


The official currency in Italy is Euro (EUR). All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.


The electrical current in Italy is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Sockets take the standard, round-pinned European plugs.


The ESRS 2016 congress has been endorsed by the European Respiratory Society (ERS) www.ersnet.or.


Throughout the meeting, ESRS staff will be available at the ESRS booth to answer any questions you may have or to deal with any matters concerning the ESRS Society. The ESRS Business meeting takes place on Thursday, 15 September 2016, 18.00 – 20.00.


After the congress, you will receive an email with a request to fill in an online survey. Please take a moment to fill in the questionnaire. Your answers will be used to evaluate the scientific content of the programme in order to continuously improve it for future meetings.


Opening Hours Exhibition

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 19:00 – 20:30
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 10:00 – 17:00
Thursday, 15 September 2016 10:00 – 16:30
Friday, 16 September 2016 10:00 – 17:30

Going Green

ESRS goes green and will therefore not print a final programme anymore. A pocket programme will be given to all participants onsite (free of charge) and all information are regularly updated on this website. Please use the interactive programme to compile your own scientific programme before the congress starts.


The meeting organiser cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage of property belonging to meeting participants, either during, or as a result of the meeting. Please check the validity of your own insurance.

Invitation Letter

Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation may write to the Congress Secretariat. This procedure is designed to assist participants to obtain a visa or permission to attend the meeting and does not apply to registration fees or other expenses. Please note that invitation letters can only be sent if the registration and payment has been received by the Congress Secretariat.


The official congress language is English. No simultaneous translation will be provided. The national language of Italy is Italian. English is the most popular foreign language spoken and understood in Bologna.

Local Information

If you need any information about Bologna (public transport, restaurants, shopping, etc.), please click here. The Bologna Convention Bureau will be present with a welcome desk at the airport as well as in the city centre (Piazza Maggiore). In addition, a local information desk will be available on-site at the congress venue for any further information you might need.


Tickets for lunch can be bought when registering for € 16.00 per day from Wednesday – Friday. Participants who have ordered lunch will receive a voucher for the lunch together with their registration material. In case you want to add any lunch tickets to your existing registration, please click here and log in with your personal details.
No lunch tickets can be bought onsite, please book those until 5 September 2016 at the latest.

Registration / Secretariat


Opening Hours Secretariat

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 08:00 – 19:30
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 08:00 – 19:00
Thursday, 15 September 2016 08:00 – 18:30
Friday, 16 September 2016 08:00 – 19:30

Speakers’ Service Centre (SSC)

All speakers are requested to hand in their PowerPoint presentations at least one hour before their lecture at the SSC.


Bologna offers you plenty of good restaurants serving traditional dishes that guarantee the reputation of Italy cuisine. There are also various restaurants that serve fine international cuisine.


There are a lot of different shopping opportunities in Bologna. As a rule, shops open Monday to Saturday 09.00-13.00 and 15.30-20.00, although larger department stores and supermarkets may stay open throughout the day.


Tips are not obligatory, but if the service and food are excellent then it is normal to leave the waiter/waitress a tip of between 5% and 10% of the bill.

Time Zone

Bologna is in the Central European Time Zone (CET). CET is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).

Transport in Bologna

Central Bologna is very compact and easy to get around. Bologna has an efficient bus system, run by TPER, with information booths at Bologna Centrale train station and the nearby bus station. Minibus A is the most direct of several buses that connect the train station with the city centre.


The 23rd Congress of the European Sleep Research Society will take place at the Palazzo della Cultura e dei Congressi.

Visa Requirements

In case you need an invitation letter for visa purposes, please contact the Congress Secretariat (esrs[at] We strongly advise to contact the Congress Secretariat as early as possible.


Free WLAN is available throughout the congress centre.