Practical Information

Geographical information

The Russian Federation is a sovereign state in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. Its population numbers 146,519,759 people and the territory spans over 17,125,407 km2. The capital of the state is Moscow with a population over 8 mln people. St.Petersburg is the second largest and important city with a population over 5 mln people. It is a large industrial, cultural, scientific and educational center in the Russian Federation.

St. Petersburg located in the Northwest of the Russian Federation. It, spanning the banks of the Neva River, is one of the most beautiful European cities and its architectural ensembles of the Hermitage, Russian Museum, St. Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac Cathedral are on the UNESCO World Heritage list.


St. Petersburg is the largest northern city in the world and located at 60 N. July is one of the warmest months in St. Petersburg. The average temperature is 18 C° – 20 C° (64.4 °F − 68 °F). July is famous for its long summer daylight hours, the sun hardly sets at all and this period has become known as the 'White Nights'. Hot sunny days are not rare, but you never know when it is going to rain. It is wise to bring your umbrella and a windproof raincoat or jacket.

Time difference

Time in St. Petersburg is +3:00 hours GMT.


The national currency of Russian Federation is Ruble (Новый символ российского рубля). Major foreign currencies can be exchanged at the airport, hotels, banks or other exchange offices  located in the city. It is recommended to specify the exchange rate before your departure to Russia


Official language of Russian Federation is Russian.

The working language of the Conference is English.

Translation into English will be provided during all tours officially announced in the Conference program.

 When walking around the city in your free time, it may be problematic to find an English speaking adult Russian. The knowledge of European languages, especially English, is more common among young people.

Power supply

220 Volt and 50 Hz AC current supplies are used in Russia. Most of the sockets are standard European-size for double round-pin plugs.

Conference Venue

Congress Hotel Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovskaya****

Address: Pobedy Sq., 1196240, St. Petersburg, Russia                           

Conference registration fees

Conference participation is only possible if the registration fee has been paid prior to the event.

All registration fees are quoted in USD. For more detailed information, please click here .

Early bird
before 15 April 2016


Full participant



Student participant*



Accompanying person (limited to one person/delegate)



Accompanying persons (“spouses”) can attend Welcoom Reception on 11 July, Conference dinner on 12 July and their special programme only, they are not permitted to attend the Conference sessions, coffee breaks and lunchs during the Conference. For more detailed information, please click here


Foreign participants require an entry visa in order to visit the Russian Federation.

Useful information about how to obtain Visa Support Documents for an entry visa for Russia is available here .

Conference Hotel

The Organizing Committee of the OATS 2016 offers all participants of the Conference to stay at the Hotel Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovskaya.

For room rates and room reservation, please click here


Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms of the Congress Hotel Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovskaya

How to get to the Hotel Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovskaya:

1. The Conference Secretariat arranges Complimentary transfers between the Pulkovo International airport and the Hotel Park Inn Pulkovskaya for those who book this hotel. Please, fill in the Transfer Booking Form and send it to The Transfer desk is located in the Arrivals hall on the first floor of the Terminal. Please inform the staff on the Transfer desk that you are participant of the International Oat Conference and they will arrange you the appropriate free taxi.

2. A Complimentary shuttle service from/to the airport is also provided by the Hotel Park Inn Pulkovskaya. You can download the Shuttle Bus Schedule here.

3. Taxi from Airport to Hotel. City taxi counters are located in the Arrivals hall on the first floor of the Terminal. You can pay for your taxi by credit card at the taxi counter, or by cash to the driver at the end of a ride. The fixed fare: 1000 . Time to destination: 20 minutes in normal traffic conditions.

4. Participants who arrive by train, are advised to get to the Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel by city taxi at their own expense.

Congress Registration & Welcome Desk

Date/Time/Location for collecting Name Badge and Conference satchel:

11 July   15:00 - 18:00 lobby of the Hotel Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovskaya

12 July   8:00 - 18:00  foyer of the Congress Hall at the Hotel Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovskaya

Dress code

Plenary&Parallel sessions, IOC business meeting
business casual

Field session with BBQ lunch en plein air
Casual, flat shoes, umbrella

Welcome buffet reception in the «ATRIUM» restaurant of Park Inn by Pulkovskaya Hotel
business casual

Conference dinner at the «METROPOL» restaurant in the city center
jacket & tie

Accompanying persons program
Casual, flat shoes, umbrella

Full day Post Congress tour Casual, flat shoes, umbrella

Special dietary requirements

Vegetarian meals will be available at all lunches (buffets) and dinners.

Complimentary transportation

Pulkovo airport - Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel on 11 and 12 July

Conference dinner on 12 July

Visit to the N.I. Vavilov Institute on 13 July

Field session and Pavlovsk Palace tour on 14 July

City tour on 15 July

Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel - Pulkovo airport on 15 and 16 July


Conference Local Host

N.I. Vavilov Institute of Plant Genetic Resources (VIR)
42-44, Bolshaya Morskaya Str.
St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
Fax + 7 (812) 571-8762

Conference Local Organizing Committee
Prof. Igor Loskutov
Co-chair of the 10th International Oat Conference
N.I. Vavilov Institute of Plant Genetic Resources (VIR)

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