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ISHPSSB & ABFHiB 2017 Meeting

Plan your trip

What you should have in mind

Now that you decided to participate in the 2017 ISHPSSB & ABFHiB Meeting, there are many details you should take into account in your trip planning. This web page provides an overview (a checklist) and links to other pages offering information and suggestions on several relevant points. This will be especially usefull for those who have never been in Brazil. 

* Travel hints. You should plan how to arrive to São Paulo, and how to travel to Rio de Janeiro and/or other places you would like to visit, in Brazil. It is convenient to buy your flight tickets well in advance, to get cheaper fares.

* Visa. You should have a valid passport (preferably valid for several months after July 2017) to enter the Brazilian border, and in some specific cases you may need a Visa. As a rule, the Brazilian government uses the reciprocity principle: if your country requires a Visa from Brazilian visitors, you will need a Visa to visit Brazil.

* Safety and health. It is strongly suggested that foreign visitors and participants acquire a travel insurance. Besides that, we provide some advices and suggestions concerning your safety and health, in Brazil.

* Money. The Brazilian currency is called “Real”. Its value vis-à-vis foreign currency suffers large fluctuations. You do not need to bring Brazilian money when you arrive. It is easy to exchange Euros, American Dollars and British Pounds in Brazil. You can also withdraw Brazilian money from cash machines using your international bank card. Credit cards are usually accepted. At some places – especially restaurants – a 10% tip is a rule.

* Accommodation. It is time to decide where you are going to stay, in São Paulo. We suggest several nice hotels and hostels not very far from the conference venue. Students may be willing to use the unpretentious accommodation available at the University of São Paulo.

* Food. Brazilian food is nice and cheap, as compared to Europe and North America. São Paulo offers all kinds of international cuisine. One should be careful with some highly spiced typical Brazilian dishes.

 * Transportation. Public transportation (underground and buses) in Brazil is cheap but can be challenging for visitors. Taxis are not expensive, and there are smartphone applications that facilitate their use. The conference local organizing committee offers a shuttle service from selected hotels, to and from the conference venue.

* Tourism. Your travel to Brazil may be pricy and exhausting. It will be worthwhile to combine your academic journey with some nice tourism in Brazil. We provide some suggestions and links to travel offices that may help you to benefit the most from your trip.

* Weather. July is winter time in the Southern Hemisphere. The Brazilian winter, at São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, is similar to spring or autumn in many parts of the United States or Europe. You should check the weather forecast and plan your baggage content accordingly.

* Your luggage. What should you bring to Brazil? What are the custom rules? Will your cell phone work in São Paulo? Electric outlets usually provide 110 volt (the regular voltage in the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro)and some hotels may provide 220volt. Your plugs will probably not fit into the Brazilian standard outlets.

* Language. During the conference, the official language is English. At the airport, restaurants, hotels, shops and on the streets, most Brazilian people can only speak and understand Portuguese.

* Behavior. There are many peculiarities of behavior and etiquette in Brazil. Here we present a few of them, that may help you to understand (and possibly accept) those different customs.

Additional information about planning your trip is presented in the following separate complementary pages:

Travel hints


Safety and health







Your luggage



ISHPSSB & ABFHiB 2017 Meeting   
International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB)   
Associação Brasileira de Filosofia e História da Biologia (ABFHiB)   
São Paulo, Brazil, 16 to 21 July, 2017   

São Paulo, Brazil
16 to 21 July, 2017

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