Joint Scientific Committee Thirty-Four Session

27-31 May 2013
Brasilia, BRAZIL


The meeting will be held at the:

Carlton Hotel Brasilia
Setor Hoteleiro Sul - Q.5 - Bloco G
CEP: 70.322-913 - Brasilia - DF
Tel./Fax: (61) 3224-8819/3226-8109

The Carlton Hotel is located in the central area of Brasilia, the Federal District of Brazil, and is close to many attractions of the city:Praça dos Três Podere, Itamaraty Palace, TV Tower and Sara Kubitschek City Par. More information on Brasilia's local  attractions can be found at:

Brasilia is the capital district of Brazil and it has been  inaugurated in 1960 in the country’s central plateau. It represents a masterpiece of modern architecture listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and attracts architecture aficionados from many places in the world. The original “central area”, named as “Plano Piloto”, is home to about 400,000 people.  The so-called satellite cities (15 to 40 kilometres away) concentrate the remainder of the 2.2 million inhabitants of Brasília (Distrito Federal). “Brasiliense” is the name given to those that are born in Brasília. “Candango” is the term that is given to those pioneers who built the city and still live in Brasília. More detailed info can be found at  http://wikitravel.org/en/Brasilia


From the International Airport Brasilia (BSB) to the Carlton Hotel a taxi ride costs less than BRL 50 (aprox. USD 25).  Please make sure the driver uses the taxi meter and ask for your receipt. In case you need help, you can call the local organizer that will be at your disposal to provide assistance. You can print the following sign and take it with you when you travel.

There is also an Executive Bus line (line 113) that departs from the airport to the Hotels and Central Brasília on a cost of about USD 4 (BRL 8,00). The service is available daily from 6:30 am to 11:00 pm with the itinerary: Airport, Esplanade, Plano Piloto Bus Station, North and South Hoteliers sectors, back to the Airport. The time table of this line can be found at: http://www.tcb.df.gov.br/sites/300/400/00000766.pdf

Visa & Health Requirements

A valid passport (and visa, if applicable) is necessary for all persons entering Brazil. More information on entry and health requirements can be obtained from the Embassy of Brazil in your country.

Local Currency

Brazilian Real (BRL) is the local currency: approximate value 1 USD = 2,00 BRL, 1 EUR = 2,60 BRL (Exchange rates as of 15 March 2013).  The exchange rates are subject to daily variations.  Brazilian currency is decimal.  Notes come in 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2 Reais (R$).  Coins come in 05c, 10c, 25c, 50c and R$1,00 denominations. Exchange rates can be viewed at http://www.bcb.gov.br/?ENGLISH
Major currencies can be exchanged at the hotel, banks or exchange booths nearby.  The most common credit cards (e.g., Visa, MasterCard) are accepted in major hotels and restaurants.


The electric power  in Brasilia is 220V, 50/Hz, and there has been a recent change on the  plug pattern used in Brazil. Therefore, some old models may still be available at the Carlton Hotel.  If your appliance’s plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter.

Local Contact

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) is responsible for the local arrangement of the meeting. Should you require further information regarding the meeting, please contact:

Tel.:  +55 61 2033 7854 or +5561 9192 2968 
E-mails:   janice.trotte@mct.gov.br (and cc your email to andrei.polejack@mct.gov.br )