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Useful information

The most relevant information listed below in alphabetical order.


The participant's name badge will be provided at the registration desk. All participants are requested to wear the badge throughout the congress. Only badge holders will be admitted to the sessions.

Business hours & shopping

Shops are open between 10.00 and 18.00 hrs on weekdays and from 10.00 to 15.00 on Saturdays. Shops in the city centre have extended opening hours, some even on Sundays between 12.00 and 16.00 hrs.

Certificate of Attendance

Certificates of Attendance will be provided for all participants. The Certificate of Attendance will be sent out by e-mail the week after the congress.

Climate and clothing 

The average temperature in June is around 18 C.

Credit cards 

International credit cards are accepted for payments in hotels, restaurants and shops.


The currency in Sweden is the Swedish krona, SEK.


The Congress Organisers or the Congress Secretariat cannot accept liability for injuries or losses of whatever nature incurred by participants and/or accompanying persons, nor for loss of or damage to their luggage and/or personal belongings. Please check the validity of your own travel insurance. All reasonable endeavours will be made to hold the 21st International Vacuum Congress and to present its program as scheduled under circumstances which assure the comfort and safety of all participants and accompanying persons. However, neither the 21st International Vacuum Congress nor its committees, representatives or agents, shall be held liable by any person as a result of the cancellation of the congress or of any of the arrangements, programs or plans connected therewith, or for any injury, damage or inconvenience which may be suffered by any person while travelling to or from, or during such person's presence in Sweden in connection with this Congress. Participants and accompanying persons are advised to purchase their own insurance against any such occurrences.


Electricity in Sweden is 220V and 50 Hz with 2-hole sockets. We recommend you to bring an universal power adapter if needed.

Letter of invitation

Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation in order to obtain a visa and authorisation to attend the congress can, after registration, contact The Congress Organisers or the Congress Secretariat. A letter of invitation often facilitates the procedure of obtaining a visa. Please note the letter is not a commitment on the part of the congress to provide any financial support.


Morning/afternoon coffee and lunch will be served in the exhibition area.


By attending this event and/or associated events as part of the 21st International Vacuum Congress, you consent to being filmed or photographed. These images/films may then be used as part of future marketing campaigns and/or be archived on the 21st International Vacuum Congress website or other open access internet resource such as Facebook or Flickr.

Printed congress material 

We are an environmentally-friendly congress and do therefore avoid printed congress material. All information about the congress is available on this website and on the IVC-21 app. 

Public transport

Malmö has a well-developed public transport system. For more information please visit

Smoking policy

Sweden has a non-smoking policy, i.e. smoking is prohibited in public buildings, public transport, taxis, buses and trains.

Time zone

Sweden is in the Central European Time zone.

Tourist information

For information about things to do in Malmö, please visit the official tourist website: Malmötown

For information about things to do outside of Malmö, in Skåne region, please visit Visit Skåne

For information about things to do in Copenhagen, please visit Visit Copenhagen


Participants needing a visa for entry to Sweden are strongly advised to make their application in their home country and well in advance. If in doubt, information can be obtained from your nearest Swedish Embassy or consulate, or from your travel agency. Please note that whilst invitation letters will be sent in advance of the Congress, neither the 21st International Vacuum Congress nor the Congress Organisers can be held responsible for failure to obtain a visa and in such an event it will not be possible to reimburse the registration or the hotel fee.