9th International Workshop on Surface Modification
for Chemical and Biochemical Sensing

Poland, 8 - 12 November 2019

9th International Workshop on Surface Modification
for Chemical and Biochemical Sensing

Workshop registration desk: Warsaw

Warsaw (Warszawa) can be conveniently reached by plane, train, or bus.  From the Warsaw Central Railway Station, the Warsaw Chopin Airport or the Warsaw Modlin Airport, please, come to the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Kasprzaka 44/52, 01-224 Warsaw, Poland. You will receive your Workshop materials there.  Free lunch will be served to all participants in the Institute's cafeteria.  Two busses will take us to the Żelechów venue of the Workshop.

Workshop location: Żelechów Palace

The Żelechów Palace Spa and Wellness Centre is located in a small town Żelechów, ca. 100 km East-South of Warsaw, at the Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego 36, 08-430 Żelechów.  Time of travel from Warsaw to Żelechów is approximately 2.5 h, depending on the traffic.  Please, be aware, that there is no convenient public transportation from Warsaw to Żelechów.  That's why we are doing our best to arrange transportation for participants from the Institute to the Hotel.

Arranged transportation

Public transportation

Buses from Warsaw to Żelechów

For the convenience of participants there will be two buses to Żelechów departing on Friday, November 8, from the premises of the
Institute of Physical Chemistry
of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Kasprzaka 44/52, 01-224 Warsaw

  • First bus will departure at 13:00.
  • Second bus will departure at 16:00.

Participants will take seats in the bus according to the time of registering at the Institute.

Buses from Żelechów to Warsaw

After the Workshop, two buses from Żelechów to Warsaw will depart on Tuesday, November 12,
between 13:00 and 14:00.

Warsaw - Żelechów on your own

  • Taxi: Żelechów Hotel can be reached from Warsaw by taxi but it should be arranged in advance, because the distance is 100 km. The taxi back to Warsaw can be arranged by the Hotel reception. The cost is around 400 PLN (100 EUR).
  • Train: There is a direct train from "Warszawa Zachodnia" railway station to Garwolin city. Garwolin is 25 km from Żelechów, so it can be reached by taxi. Warszawa Zachodnia railway station can be reached by taxi as well, both from the Chopin airport as well as from the Central railway station. How to get to the Warszawa Zachodnia railway station by public transportation you can find out on this website: jakdojade.pl.  The route works also for coming back from the Hotel to Warsaw. Train schedule is available here: rozklad-pkp.pl

How to get to the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS

From the Chopin Airport

  • Taxi:  Taxi should cost between 35-40 PLN (8-10 EUR). The Institute is only 9 km from the Chopin Airport.
  • Public Transport:  Take the bus 175 (direction: "Pl. Piłsudskiego"), step out at the bus stop "Dworzec Centralny" and change for the bus 109 (direction: "Os. Górczewska"). Your final destination is close to the bus stop "Szpital Wolski".

From the Modlin Airport

  • Bus/train:  The Warsaw Modlin airport is located around 40 km outside of the Warsaw.  To get to the Institute you need to take a modlinbus or train to the Warsaw Central Railway Station (travel will take about 40 min - 1 h).  Then, you need to take bus 109 (direction: "Os. Górczewska") from the Central Railway Station ("Dworzec Centralny" bus stop).  You can find more information on the Public Transport Authority of Warsaw website.
  • Taxi:  Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the Airport to the institute, however this can be quite costly.

From the Central Railway Station

  • Taxi:  Taxi should cost between 15-20 PLN (3.5-5 EUR). The Institute is only 3 km from the Central Railway Station.
  • Public transport:  Take the bus 109 (direction: "Os. Górczewska") from the "Dw. Centralny" bus station located just outside the Station. The Institute is located close to the bus stop "Szpital Wolski".

Other information

Passports and Visas

  • Participants resided in the EU: Neither passport nor Polish visa is required to enter Poland for a foreign participant of the European Union states. A personal ID card suffices.
  • Participants from countries outside the EU: Other foreign participants are requested to hold their passports valid for at least 6 months. No Polish visas are required for citizens of most foreign countries. If needed then, please, contact the nearest Polish Consulate or consultweb page of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for visa arrangements. If an official letter of invitation is necessary then, please, send your request for an invitation letter to the organizers as soon as possible. Please, allow sufficient time preceding the Workshop for your Polish visa to be issued. The requested invitation letter sent is meant to help a participant to raise funds or to obtain a Polish visa. However, it is not a commitment of the organizers to provide any financial support or health insurance, unless clearly stated.

Insurance and liability

Participants are advised to take their own arrangements with respect to their health, travel, and property insurance. The Workshop organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents, loss of belongings or damage to private properties of participants or accompanying persons either during or directly arising from the SMCBS'2019 Workshop.

Local information

Internet connection

There is a WiFi network connection accessible free of charge to the hotel guests.  There is also wireless network connection in the lecture and seminar halls.  There is no WiFi connection available at the registration desk in the Institute of Physical Chemistry in Warsaw.

Mobile phones

Mobile networks and carriers in Poland use 2 GSM bands (900/1800), 2 UMTS (B1/B8) bands, and 4 LTE bands (B1/B3/B20/B38).  Find out if your unlocked phone or mobile device will work in Poland: FrequencyCheck.

When calling from your mobile to a stationary phone in Żelechów use the +(48 25) prefix.

Currency and credit cards

The currency unit in Poland is the Polish zloty (zł), which is subdivided into 100 grosze (gr). The currency code is PLN.

Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in Poland.  Discover cards will only be accepted by some ATMs, e.g., those of Citibank and Euronet.  American Express cards can be used in ATMs run by, e.g., the Millenium and Pekao banks.

Time zone

The time zone in Poland is GMT+1 h (Central European), which is the same as that in Germany and Spain, but 1 h ahead of that in Portugal and the U.K. as well as 2 h behind of that in Moscow.

Emergency telephone numbers

European emergency number: 112

Police: 997 | Fire service: 998 | Ambulance: 999


Power voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. CEE 7 standards.

Ground connection is afforded with an extra pin in a CEE 7/5 socket.

Weather and clothing

The weather in November in Poland is shining with rainbow of falling colored leaves and because of that this season of the year is called the Polish gold fall. But it may be misty and rainy equally well and evenings may be quite cold. The average daytime temperature varies from 0 to 15 °C. There is a chance of rain, so that an umbrella, raincoat and comfortable walking shoes are advisable. Do not forget to check the weather forecast before departure for Poland.


Polish craftwork is fascinating: wood craving and hand-woven rugs come mostly from the Zakopane region of the Carpathians Mountains. Other souvenirs include glass, hand-woven baskets, paper cut-outs as well as pottery and cut lead glass. One of the most common souvenirs is jewelry of amber from Baltic Sea. (Ancient Roman merchants used to come here to get it and the Cesar throne was richly amber encrusted.) Each individual piece of amber can be fashioned into a pendant, ring, bracelet, or earrings. Most highly prized is a piece of amber with a prehistoric insect preserved inside, though it is a rare find. Poland is also known for its silver jewelry, which is sometimes combined with amber to create uniquely Polish pieces of art jewelry.


Poles are known for their hospitality and appreciation of good food. Polish meals offer a wide selection of delicacies ranging from fresh game in season to Baltic herring. Red beetroot soup (borsch) is unique. Well known are Polish smoked sausage (kiełbasa) and stuffed cabbage (gołąbki). Dumplings (pierogi) come stuffed with meat or cottage cheese and potatoes, or blueberries, or sauerkraut and mushrooms. 'Bigos' is a stew made of sauerkraut, meat and mushrooms, while roast duck comes stuffed with apples. For dessert, try pastries with poppy seeds or, perhaps, a Polish donut filled with preserved fruit (pączek).