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Useful Information


Congress Venue


The ISFNR 19th Congress is scheduled to take place in Riga from June 17 to June 21, 2024. As you plan your transportation and accommodation, please take note of the following details:



Getting from Riga Airport to Riga Centre


Foreign travelers primarily use air transportation to reach Riga. Riga International Airport (RIX) is the largest airport in the Baltic States and provides direct connections from major European destinations, cities in Central Asia and the Middle East. To get to the city centre from Riga Airport, you can use public bus or taxi.

Bus No. 22 takes you from the airport to the city centre. The bus stop is located in the P1 car park between airport arrival exits E and C. The bus from/to Riga Airport to the city centre takes about 30 minutes, the bus frequency is 10–30 minutes (see the timetable here). A regular ticket for one trip can be bought from the bus driver (1.81 EUR). Note that this is the only public bus route where the ticket can be bought from the bus driver. You can pay for the ticket with a bank payment card only. You can buy the bus ticket before commencing your trip in a ticket vending machine at the stop of Bus 22 or in Narvesen press kiosk at Level 1 and 2 of the terminal (1.50 EUR). Bus 22 stops include Nacionālā bibliotēka 'National Library' (congress venue on the first day; get off here if you are staying at Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel), 11. novembra krastmala (get off here if you are staying at Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel or any of the Old Town hotels), and Autoosta 'Bus Station' (another option for getting off if you are staying at any of the hotels in Riga Old Town). Explore the routemap of Bus 22 to determine which bus stop is closest to your hotel!

Taxi can be hired only on the carriageway which is located immediately at the airport exit from the arrivals hall. A taxi ride to the city centre takes an average of 20 minutes. Rates offered by taxi service providers for a ride to the city centre may vary. Therefore, before getting into a taxi, we advise you to find out the fare you can expect to pay for the journey. Taxi drivers are obliged to provide you with clear and precise information about the rates according to which the fare will be calculated and about any extra charge for an additional service provided separately from the transport service.




Getting around Riga


Riga has three methods of public transportation – tram, trolleybus and bus. Public transport operates between 5:30 and 23:30. For more information about public transportation in Riga, please refer to the Rīgas satiksme website:

Types and prices of tickets

Ticket purchase locations

Routes and timetables

Route planner

You can take Bus 23 to get from Riga city centre to the main congress venue, the House of Nature. If you stay in Old Town, get on the bus at the 13. janvāra iela stop and get off at the LU Akadēmiskais centrs stop (see the map and the timetable). Alternatively, you can use any bus or tram heading away from Riga city centre that stops at the Nacionālā bibliotēka stop, from which it is a 9-minute walk to the House of Nature. For convenient planning of your movement on foot or by public transport, we recommend using the Google Maps application.




Accommodation


Riga offers a plenty of accommodation options. The majority of them are concentrated in the historic centre of Riga, located on the right bank of the Daugava River. Check booking.com or other websites to choose the one that best suits your preferences. Note that the congress venue is located on the opposite bank of the Daugava. The historic centre of Riga and the congress venue are connected by a bridge, which can be crossed on foot or by using public transportation or taxi.

For your convenience, we have secured special rates at two distinguished hotels, both within walking distance of the congress venue:

Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel****

Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel****

To take advantage of the reduced prices, please make your reservations through the official websites of the respective hotels. During the booking process, you will have the opportunity to apply a PROMO code, ensuring you receive the discount.




Congress Participation Fee: Terms and Conditions


Participation Fee Amount and Payment Deadline

Regular participation fee until January 31, 2024:

    • ISFNR members: 280 EUR;
    • ISFNR non-members: 330 EUR;
    • Reduced fee for students and accompanying persons: 200 EUR.

Late participation fee after January 31, 2024:

    • ISFNR members: 330 EUR;
    • ISFNR non-members: 380 EUR;
    • Reduced fee for students and accompanying persons: 230 EUR.

Before registering, ISFNR members should verify their membership status. In case of doubt, please contact the ISFNR treasurer Ave Goršič at ave.gorsic@folklore.ee.

Researchers permanently residing and working in Ukraine are eligible for free participation in the congress. For more information about this opportunity, please contact us beforehand at isfnr.congress.2024@lulfmi.lv.

Note: The participation fee applies per participant, not per presentation. In the case of presentations with multiple co-authors:

    • If all co-authors attend the congress in-person, each individual must register separately and pay the participation fee.
    • If a presentation has two or more authors but only one of them will attend the congress, registration and participation fee apply only to the attending author.
    • If a congress participant has more than one presentations during the congress, they are required to register once and pay a single participation fee, regardless of the number of presentations.


Payment Method

The participation fee must be paid in euros (EUR).

Participation fee payment should be made via bank transfer using the following details:

Bank: A/S SEB banka

Account holder's name: Latvijas Universitates agentura "Latvijas Universitates Literaturas, folkloras un makslas instituts"

Account holder's address: Mukusalas iela 3, Riga, LV-1423, Latvia

Registration No: 90002118399

SWIFT (BIC) code: UNLALV2X

Account number (IBAN): LV36UNLA0001000609477

Purpose: ISFNR congress participation fee, [your name, surname], EKK 21396

NB! Please make sure that the purpose of the transfer is indicated as stated in the example!


Refund Policy

    • If a congress participant cancels the participation in the congress due to unforeseen circumstances and notifies the organisers by April 30, 2024, 50% of the congress participation fee will be refunded.
    • The organisers can refuse to refund the participation fee if it has already been used for the purpose of organising the event.
    • In the case of no-show, the participation fee will not be refunded.


Inclusions and Exclusions

    • The participation fee includes congress materials, catering (lunches and coffee breaks as scheduled in the congress programme), and social events scheduled in the congress programme.
    • The participation fee does not include other participant expenses: transportation to and from the congress venue, accommodation, visas, insurance, and other potential expenses.


Should you have any questions, please e-mail: isfnr.congress.2024@lulfmi.lv



Last time modified: 05.04.2024 09:16:47