Location / Delegate Info
Malta, officially known as the Republic of Malta (Maltese: Repubblika ta' Malta), is situated in the centre of the Mediterranean, 80 km (50 mi) south of Sicily, 284 km (176 mi) east of Tunisia and 333 km (207 mi) north of Libya, with Gibraltar 1,755 km (1,091 mi) to the west and Alexandria 1,508 km (937 mi) to the east. Malta covers just over 316 km2 (122 sq mi) in land area, making it one of the world's smallest states. Population is around 408,000 ranking the Maltese archipelago as the 7th most populated place in the world.
The de facto capital city of Malta is Valletta, where the conference will be held. The main island comprises many towns, which together form one Larger Urban Zone (LUZ) with a population of 368,250 according to Eurostat. The country has two official languages, namely Maltese (constitutionally the national language) and English. Valletta is expected to be the European Capital of Culture in 2018.
Within its compact territory Malta offers to its visitors an opportunity to experience a concentration of history, architecture and beaches which few European countries can rival. Depicted as an open air museum, Malta boasts 7,000 years of captivating history; prehistoric temples and grand palaces; three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the oldest known human-built structure in the world.
Malta is famous with tourists for its favorable climate throughout the whole year. The climate can be divided into two main seasons: the dry summer season and the mild winter season. The rainy season lasts from October to February where it detains the lowest rainfall rate in Europe. The weather in September is still hot but milder than in July-August.
More information about Malta can be found at Visit Malta, the website of the Tourist Board of Malta, while an interesting article about Malta is also available at Lonely Planet.
Malta is a member of the Schengen Agreement. This means that there are no requirements for official travel documents other than national ID cards and passports. Formal invitations to registrants that will ask them will be given upon cross-checking of their legitimacy.
Malta is well connected by airplane with most of the European capitals. Malta International Airport (Ajruport Internazzjonali ta' Malta) is the only airport serving the Maltese Islands. It is built on the land formerly occupied by the RAF Luqa air base. Since June 2007, Harbour Air Malta has operated a thrice-daily floatplane service between the sea terminal in Grand Harbour and Mgarr Harbour in Gozo. Malta International Airport is well-served by public transport, airport minibuses and airport taxis.
Air Malta, the national airline, operates fights to and from all major airports in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Apart from that, the airport is served by various international airlines and offers a wide range of travel options including multiple low cost and charter flights.
Air Malta, the national airline, operates fights to and from all major airports in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. AirMalta is offering reduced fares to conference participants. Be sure to check the offer in the respective webpage and benefit from it.
Apart from that, the airport is served by various international airlines and offers a wide range of travel options including multiple low cost and charter flights. One of the most important European airlines, Lufthansa, is Mobility Partner of the conference and via the Mobility Partner program you can have significantly reduced fares. Please check the respective page for more information and guidelines to booking.
The transfer from airport to a hotel costs approximately 8 EUR by an airport shuttle, and would cost about 20-25 EUR by taxi. However, you are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the offer of Malta Transfer to all conference participants, which reduces the fare to 5 EUR. Find more information in the respective webpage.
Malta can also be reached by boat – in fact it's a famous stop with many cruise liners which arrive to the Grand Harbour of Valletta. There are also regular ferry services from various Italian ports.
The TPDL 2013 Organization Committee provides laptops or PCs (Windows XP with Microsoft Office software) and video or data projectors in all the conference and workshop rooms. Projectors and flipcharts may be available upon request. Speakers are advised to contact the corresponding session chair before the beginning of their session.
In order to issue an invitation letter, full payment of the registration fee must have preceded. Participants outside Schengen Agreement countries that require an invitation letter for their institution/organization, should submit a request, either via fax or via an official domain name mail service. Mails through common services, such as Yahoo!, GMail, etc. will not be accepted and will be ignored. Please consult the guidelines of the Maltese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for entry in Malta and where to apply for visa in most of the countries. Conference organizers cannot contact any Maltese Embassy or Consulate Οffice on your behalf, so in case you require a visa please begin the application process as soon as possible.
Poster boards will be available from Monday, September 23 in the poster session area. Presenters are encouraged to put their poster up well before the beginning of the session. Posters should be any size below A0 (1189 x 841 mm) in portrait orientation.
There will be free wireless access to the Internet in the TPDL 2013 conference and workshops/tutorials area.
Lunch will be served inside the conference venue according to the schedule.
The conference reception includes fingerfood and will be held in Grand Hotel Excelsior on Monday, September 23rd at 19:00. Each participant will be given a reception ticket. Additional tickets can be bought at the conference secretariat.
Malta as most other E.U. countries uses Euro as its currency. Other currencies are not widely accepted, but they can be exchanged at exchanges and Banks. Banks operate from 08:00 through to 14:30 from Mondays to Thursdays, and 14:00 on Fridays.
To check for updated currency conversions, please visit http://www.xe.com/.
Three-pin square plugs (British style) are used in Malta. Visitors from the UK or Cyprus can use the normal three-pin plugs, but visitors from most European countries should have a plug adapter.
Buses are the primary method of public transport. Arriva is the company operating the bus system, encompassing various routes making it easy for the tourist to arrive at any destination. There is a major bus hub at the entrance of Valletta, which makes it a particularly convenient location for the conference.
The conference dinner will be held on Tuesday, September 24th at 20:00. It will be held in Bacchus Restaurant, which is located at Mdina. The participants will depart from Grand Hotel Excelsior by buses at 18:30; before the dinner the participants will have a short guided walk in Mdina, the "Silent City" which has been a witness of some of the most important historical events in the Maltese history and is the home of masterpiece from Roman, Arabic and Norman times – and will return to Grand Hotel Excelsior around 23:00. Each participant has been given a ticket, which will be collected by the members of the Organizing Committee. Additional tickets can be bought at the conference secretariat by Tuesday, 24th noontime.
In case of an accident or other unpleasant events during your staying in Valletta, please call one of the following telephones asking for assistance.
- Ambulance: 196
- General Hospital (Mater Dei): (+356) 2545 0000
- St. James Hospital (Sliema): (+356) 2133 5235
- General Clinic: Floriana Health Centre: (+356) 2124 3314
- Pharmacy: St Publius Pharmacy, Floriana: (+356) 2122 5444
- Police: (+356) 2294 2667, 2294 2667
- Emergency: 112
- Municipal police (Valletta): (+356) 2122 5496
- Traffic police: (+356) 2132 0202
- Fire Dep.: 112
- Malta Tourism Authority: (+356) 2123 7349