Other Important Information

National Currency & Exchange Rate

The Brazilian monetary unit is the Real (R$). The exchange rate available to visitors is published daily in the newspapers along with the commercial dollar rate of the day used in official international business transactions.  To have an idea of the exchange rates you may visit, e.g., the website http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/. Cash and traveller's check can be exchanged at most banks, at exchange houses (in some malls and airports), as well as in the major hotels. All major credit cards are accepted in Brazil, and some shops even accept US$ dollars.


The official language in Brazil is Portuguese, but the official language of the Meeting is English.

Electrical Appliances

Electrical appliances in Brazil operate on 110 – 120 Volts. The frequency is 60 Hz, and type N socket and plug are the official standard in Brazil (Type N consists of two pins and a grounding pin). Some hotels are equipped with sockets interchangeable between 110 Volts and 220 Volts.


By the time of the symposium the average temperatures are expected to be around 24°C (75°F). A mild climate is expected, but sunny and rains occasional are not unlikely.

Suggestions for your packing list  

In such a tropical and natural environment, sometimes mosquitoes may be an annoyance. Pack your preferred insect repellent lotion. Don’t forget your sunscreen lotion, hat and sunglasses (and a rain coat, just in case). A light jacket or cardigan for the evening is suggested as temperatures may drop slightly.