Important deadlines

15 Jun 2013

Deadline for submission of revised abstracts for publication.

15 Jul 2013

Expiration of reduced registration fees.

15 Aug 2013

Deadline for uploading completed scientific document.

26 August 2013 Opening Ceremony begins at 17:30


Place and Date: 
Busan (Pusan), Korea
26−31 August 2013
All IUSSP-XXVII International Population Conference events, will take place at:
BEXCO 
55 APEC-ro, Haeundae-gu,
Busan, Korea
Tel: +82-51-740-7300

Getting to Busan
There are several options available to travel to/from Busan, Korea, including flights, trains or by ferry. For more details please visit http://busan2013.iussp.org/traveltobusan.php

Local Transportation
Ground transportation services from Gimhae/Busan International Airport to the conference venue BEXCO (27 km distance or 40 minutes by a car) are provided by:
Taxi:  Service is available at the exit of the airport. Cost: Approximately 25,000 KWR (25USD) total. Most taxi takes payment by cash (Korean Won), credit card and transportation card (Maximum allowed up to four people with luggage per taxi). 
Bus:  Service is available 2 m from the exit of the airport. Take No.307 Bus to the venue BEXCO.
Cost: Approximately 2,000 KRW (2 USD) 
※ If you use the Transportation Card, swipe the card when getting off the bus for automatic entitlement to a free transfer to another bus or to the subway (provided that your journey is continued within 30 minutes).
Subway:  Service is available 5m from the exit of the airport. Take Busan Gimhae Light Rail Transit and transfer to line 2 at Sasang Station and get off at Centum city (BEXCO) station. Cost: Approximately 2,000  KRW(2USD) 
Rental Car:  Rental car desks of Kumho, Pacific, Unity, Gukje, Aju Auto and Samsung are located adjacent to the main exit on 1st floor of domestic terminal.  Gimhae/Busan International Airport to BEXCO by Rental Car Driving distance is 27km and driving time will be about 40 minutes. 
BEXCO Parking: BEXCO offers self-parking (3,125 spaces) at 1,000 KRW for first 30 minutes and 500 KRW for each additional 30 minutes.

For more information about Busan and local transportation, please visit the official website of Busan Metropolitan City

Hotel Reservations:
Accommodations in Korea will be managed by a company we have contracted, and reservations can be accessed via the IUSSP Conference website at http://busan2013.iussp.org/accommodation.php.

Visas
Foreign nationals entering the Republic of Korea are generally required to have a valid passport and a Korean visa. However, many are permitted visa-free entry for a limited time under certain conditions. Please visit http://busan2013.iussp.org/visa.php for more information.
Tours
The Korean National Organizing Committee has arranged for a special selection of tours (optional, family and technical tours) at a discounted fee. Participants will be able to appreciate Korea’s rich history and Busan’s fascinating landscape while refreshing their hardworking minds and bodies over splendid scenery and historical sites. For more information, please visit http://www.iussp2013busan.org/tour/e_tour_01.asp?sMenu=tou1
For reservation, please contact Rachel Kim,rachel@seoulcitytour.net(please make sure to write “IUSSP2013” in the subject line of your email)
Location 
Korea is situated on the Korean Peninsula, which spans 1,100 kilometers north to south. The Korean Peninsula lies on the north-eastern section of the Asian continent, where the oceans to east of Korean are joined by the western-most parts of the Pacific. The peninsula shares its northern border with China and Russia. To the east is the East Sea, beyond which neighboring Japan lies. To the west is the Yellow Sea. In addition to its mainland, Korea includes some 3,200 islands.  
Busan, a bustling city of approximately 3.6 million residents, is located on the southeastern tip of the Korean peninsula. The size of Busan is 765.64km2 which is 0.8% of the whole land of the Korean Peninsula. The natural environment of Busan is a perfect example of harmony between mountains, rivers and sea. Its geography includes a coastline with superb beaches and scenic cliffs, mountains which provide excellent hiking and extraordinary views, and hot springs scattered throughout the city. Busan is the second largest city in Korea. Its deep harbor and gentle tides have allowed it to grow into the largest container handling port in the country and the fifth largest in the world. In the coming years, capacity is set to grow further with the opening of the New Port. The city's natural endowments and rich history have resulted in Busan's increasing reputation as a world class city of tourism and culture, and it is also becoming renowned as an international convention destination.
  
Climate 
Korea lies in the temperate zone and has four distinct seasons. Late August is autumn in Korea and the weather is sunny with the average daytime temperature around 23~30 degrees Celsius. We recommend a set of warmer wear for the evening and when in the conference center as it is air conditioned.  
  
Population 
South Korea has a population of almost 50 million. The capital and largest city is Seoul, with a population of 10,421,782. (2010 estimate) 
  
Language 
All Koreans speak and write the same language, which has been a decisive factor in forging their strong national identity. Hangeul, Korea’s official language was first invented by King Sejong during the mid-15th century. Originally called Hunminjeongeum, the language was fully conceived in 1443, and further promulgated by King Sejong of the Joseon Dynasty in 1446. At the time of its inception, the language consisted of 17 consonants and 11 vowels. Currently, 3 of the originally established consonants and 1 vowel are no longer in use, bringing the total number of characters to 24. Korea’s Hangeul vocabulary is formed by the selective combination of vowels and consonants to create words.  
The language for the conference will be English, with French to English translation available during sessions.

Time Zone
Korea’s time zone is (GMT+9) / No daylight savings time.
Hours of Office and Business Operation 
- Shopping hours In the City of Busan: Monday to Sunday from 10:30 to 20:00.
- Business Hours Government office hours are from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM from Monday through Friday
- Private businesses open at any time from 08:30 AM to 10:00 AM and close in the evening.
- Banks are generally open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday.

Electricity and Outlet Adapter 
220 volt outlets are most common with two round pins. Though the hotels may have a few outlet plug adapters to borrow, it is suggested to bring a universal outlet adaptor.

Currency & Exchange 
Korea`s official monetary unit is Won (KWR).  Exchange rate KWR/US Dollar is about 1,093 won and KWR/Euro is about 1,461 won (as of February 2013)

Cash dispensers (ATMs) that accept all major credit/debit cards can be found at several locations in the airport, and at banks and retail areas throughout the city. There is an ATM machine in BEXCO. Currency exchange services will charge either a flat fee for small denominations or a percentage of the amount exchanged. Usually the exchange rate favors the banks.    

Tax & Tipping 
Value-added tax is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. Tipping is not customary in Korea. In tourist hotels and at some large restaurants a 10% service charge is added to the bill.
Insurance 
You are requested to arrange your own health and travel insurance. The Congress Organizers are not responsible for any injuries, damages or losses of any nature incurred by participants and/or accompanying persons.  
  
Emergency 
Wherever you are, Korea Travel Phone will help with all your travel needs. Simply dial 1330 from either your cell phone or public telephone to have all your travel questions answered. 1330 is a travel information phone service provided exclusively for foreign tourists traveling throughout Korea. A friendly multilingual operator (English, Japanese, and Chinese) is available to assist with any information you need 24 hours a day. Also linked to the Emergency Phone 119, it provides foreign tourists with an emergency language translation service. If you get in trouble in Korea, simply dial 1330 so that you can get the help you need as soon as possible without time-consuming language barriers.
There are hospitals and pharmacies available close to BEXCO.