Practical Information

General Information

The conference is taking place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 2 (53.3408506, -6.2682319). It is in Dublin city centre and close to hotels, restaurants and shopping. There will be refreshments served in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon with a lunch served each day. On the Friday 27th, the conference will end about 2pm (with lunch), so there will be no afternoon refreshments on that day.

Registration desk opening times

The registration desk will open each day from 8:15am. The desk will be manned at all times and will provide printing facilities for boarding passes and other minor printing needs.

For speakers, each podium will contain a Windows computer with Powerpoint installed. Speakers are welcome to use this computer, or they may also use their own.

Each room will have a number of phone charging points at the back, as well as UK power blocks. There will be a limited number of multi-country power adaptors available from the registration desk.

Oral presentations

Presentations in conventional oral sessions are expected to last 15 minutes, which is about 12 minutes to speak and 3 minutes for questions. For symposia, the oral presentations are expected to last 20 minutes, which is about 15 minutes talking and 5 minutes for questions.

While sessions are scheduled into blocks, there may be free time at the end of a session where interested parties are welcome to remain back in the room to discuss further.

Every oral session (both conventional and symposia) will have a session chair who will check that all presenters are present before the session begins and ensure that each presenter is ready to present and keeps to schedule. To this end, we ask that all speakers in a session assemble in their designated rooms 15 minutes before their sessions begin.


Poster presentations

For those who are presenting posters, the posterboards will be in the Goldsmiths Hall 2 (ground floor) for both Wednesday (25th) and Thursday (26th), so presenters are welcome to put their poster’s up at any time after first coffee break. Please remember to take your poster down at the end of the day. Otherwise the posters will be removed and disposed of on the following morning prior to 9am. Please also remember that the posterboards will be able to accommodate A0 portrait or A1 landscape posters.


For those giving demos, the demos will take place in the open area outside of the conference rooms on the first floor. Each demo will have a desk and a posterboard available. It is our expectation that the demos will be organised to occur every 10 minutes for the duration of the demo session. In this way, all demos can be seen by all interested third parties.


There will be a different themed lunch in the Radisson every day; this will include Irish, European and Asian themes.

Social events

There will be two social events at MB2016. The welcome reception will be in the Guinness Storehouse and the conference banquet will be at Clontarf Castle.

Dublin & Ireland

More information about Dublin and Ireland


The official language at the conference is English. 

Credit cards

All major hotels and most restaurants accept credit cards.


The national currency in Ireland is the Euro.


Electricity is supplied at 230V (50 Hz). Adapters may be required for your personal equipment.

Liability and insurance

The conference fees do not include provisions for the insurance of participants against personal injuries, sickness, theft or property damage incurred during the conference. It is recommended that delegates make prior arrangements for health, accident and other insurance they deem necessary. Neither the Conference Organization nor its sponsors are responsible for any loss, injury or damage - however caused - to persons or belongings.

Coffee and Tea breaks

Coffee and tea, and other refreshments will be free of charge during coffee and tea breaks.


Wireless internet will be availalable throughout the conference centre. You are welcome to twitter about the conference, with hashtag #mb2016.