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Budapest, Hungary
15-16 November 2013
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  • Presentations are online
  • 20 November: ESPACOMP 2014 will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • 21 October 2013: Program of the pre-conference educational day available.
  • 02 October 2013: Final program available.
  • 24 July 2013: Preliminary program available.
  • 09 July 2013: REGISTRATION IS OPEN.
  • 08 July 2013: Travel and general information on Budapest added
  • 19 June 2013: Abstract submission deadline has passed. Thank you for your submissions!
  • 12 June 2013: Last call for abstracts: Submission deadline is Saturday, June 15, 2013
  • 23 May 2013: Pre-conference educational day program available
  • 06 March 2013: Abstract submission open


Welcome to the ESPACOMP meeting website! The 17th ESPACOMP Annual Meeting will be held in Budapest from November 15 -16, 2013. Prior to the ESPACOMP scientific meeting, a pre-conference educational day will be organized on Thursday November 14.

On this website, we gathered for you all the information regarding the meeting, such as the program, poster guidelines, information on the registration, the venue, how to get to the meeting and where to stay.

This website will be updated continuously in the build-up to the meeting. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact us at any time.


Click on the image below to go to the detailed program.

Prior to the ESPACOMP scientific meeting you can choose to attend a pre-conference educational day on Thursday November 14. Two parallel sessions will be organized in the morning:

  • Workshop 1: Introduction to statistical methods for longitudinal analysis of adherence data
  • Workshop 2: Introduction to patient adherence for the Central and East European Countries

The third session in the afternoon will have the following topic

  • Workshop 3: Medication adherence interventions: translating the state of art evidence into your daily clinical practice with direct translation into Hungarian
    Note that the afternoon workshop is limited to 50 participants.

The scientific meeting will be held on Friday November 15 until Saturday November 16 lunch time and offers a mix of key lectures, selected abstract presentations, and a poster session of selected abstracts. If you choose to register for the pre-conference educational day on Thursday and the scientific meeting on Friday and Saturday, we offer an interesting discount.


The abstract submission deadline passed on June 15th, 2013. Thank you for your submissions.

61 abstracts were submitted, the majority of which have never been presented before.

All abstracts for oral presentation and for poster presentation have been selected. Congratulations on your selections! The abstracts that have been chosen for oral presentation are indicated in the detailed program. The abstracts selected for poster presentation are listed at the end of the detailed program. Mind that selections for neither poster nor oral presentations exempt attendees from the registration fee.




The ESPACOMP team would like to thank all the speakers and authors who contributed to build up an exciting program.

We are looking forward to seeing you again next year.


To register for the meeting, create your account and/or login in the upper right corner of the website. Click on "register for ESPACOMP 2013" in the upper left corner of the website. The registration fees* of this year's meeting are as follows (only one option can be selected):

* Providing the registration fee is covered in advance, the indicated fees include evening events of the days registered for (drinks on Thursday, and dinner combined with sightseeing on Friday), meeting material and lunches and coffee breaks at the venue during the meeting.
* Note for students: please email a copy of your student identification to

For participants who are registered for the scientific meeting on Friday and Saturday (only those who have paid their registration fee), an evening dinner will be organized during a cruise on the Danube at 19.00 o'clock. The trip will take approximately 2 hours.
Venue: Boat Primus
Dock: short walking distance from the hotel, please check our MAP.

Payment of the registration fee is necessary to confirm your registration. As we have to reserve the places in advance, the evening programs are free only to those covering the registration fee in advance.  On-site payment is dissuaded and only allows access to the meeting, not to the evening events.
It is NOT possible to pay via credit card or checks.

You can make your payment to the bank account details below, mentioning the name of the attendee in the reference field! Upon registration, an automatic confirmation including these payment details will be emailed to you. A receipt of the payment will be sent to you upon acceptance of the payment.

Account n°: 001-5834755-87
Account holder: ESPACOMP ASBL
Bank: BNP Paribas Fortis, Montagne du Parc 3, B – 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
IBAN: BE67 0015 8347 5587


The meeting venue is the Danubius Hotel Gellert (1. Szent Gellért tér, 1111 Budapest, Hungary).

Hotel Gellért is one of the most traditional hotels in Budapest and Hungary. Located in a picturesque environment at the foot of Gellert Hill, on the bank of the Danube, it is ideally situated for both business and leisure travellers. This impressive location is within walking distance to Budapest's most fashionable shopping and business district with one of the most beautiful sights of Budapest, the Liberty Bridge.


Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is an economic, financial and cultural centre with two million inhabitants. The city, known by many as the "Pearl of the Danube", is undoubtedly one of the most beautifully located capitals in the world. Budapest has a history dating back over 2000 years: there are ruins from the times of the Roman Empire as well as from the Middle Ages.

Its main characteristics reflect the atmosphere of the end of the 19th century when the millennium of the Hungarian state was celebrated. It boasts a number of museums, theatres, concert halls, a lot of restaurants and other amenities.

Due to the favourable geological setting of Budapest, there are more than 100 thermal springs and wells producing more than 30,000 m3 of thermal water supply to 12 medicinal baths. In recent years the UNESCO put several parts of the city on the World Heritage list. For more information about Budapest, you may wish to visit some of the links below:

Official home page of Budapest:
Official touristical web-site of Budapest:
Selected foreign web sites:


General information

The region is in between the former West and East, there is easy access from both sides, and also from other continents. For travel to Budapest there are several good options. The international airport of Budapest (terminals 2A, 2B) connects the city directly to some overseas and to all important European destinations.

The three main railway stations (Déli, Keleti, Nyugati) are either terminations or stops of many intercity trains from west and east, south and north. There are several international coach services to Budapest. Motorists can also reach Budapest easily on the European motorway network. One can even travel to Budapest by boat.

* By plane

There are daily direct flights from most European and from some North American cities. Liszt Ferenc Airport is situated on the SE margin of Budapest, 20 km from the city centre and is a popular destination for many low fare air carriers.

The Airport Minibus service is relatively cheap and reliable. Public transport buses (#200E, air conditioned, from Terminal 1 also #93) circulate between the terminals and the Kobánya-Kispest terminal of the Metro line 3 (“blue line”) at 8-15-minute intervals in daytime.

As an alternative, trains from Terminal 1 leave for Nyugati railway station frequently. Fotaxi has exclusive rights for operation of a taxi service from (and to) the airport for fixed prices according to distance zones (hence the name) based on a contract with Budapest Airport Ltd.

Budapest airport has two terminals (practically one large, as 2B is directly connected to 2A),

Terminal 2A: for international flights arriving from the Schengen zone
Terminal 2B: for flights arriving from the non-Schengen zone, departure terminal for budget airlines.

* By train

Budapest has direct rail links to some 25 capitals. There are three major international railway stations in Budapest:
• Keleti pályaudvar (Eastern Railway Station), on Metro line 2 (“red line”)
• Nyugati pályaudvar (Western Railway Station), on Metro line 3 (“blue line”)
• Déli Pályaudvar (Southern Railway Station), on Metro line 2 (“red line”)

For information on international connections in English see the railway journey planner of the MÁV-Start Zrt. (Hungarian Railway Passenger Transport Co.) or the international railway journey planner Deutsche Bahn.

* By coach

Volánbusz Zrt. (Eurolines Hungary) has scheduled passenger coach services to and from several European countries, see its coach journey planner. International buses depart from and arrive to the Népliget Coach Station (Metro line 3 “blue line”). The discount coach company OrangeWays operates buses to a limited numbers of European destinations, especially to the neighbouring countries of Hungary.

* By boat

Once familiar but now a rather exotic way of travel to Budapest is by ship on the Danube. You can travel from Vienna to Budapest and back by hydrofoil.

* By car

Budapest is in the centre of the radial road network of Hungary. It is along the European highways E60, E71, E73, E75, E77. There is a motorway connection from Budapest with the most neighbouring countries of Hungary. Motorways are toll roads; a (virtual) vignette system is in operation. For details (maps, vignette prices, methods of payment etc.) about the Hungarian motorway system see the official home page.

Visa and customs information

* Customs information for Hungary

Hungary joined the European Union on 1 May 2004. Since that date Hungary has adopted the customs regulation of the European Union. Detailed information about travel documents and customs can be found in this booklet published by the Hungarian Customs and Finance Guard, providing useful information for tourists travelling within the European Union or travelling from a non-community country (third country) to any Member State of the European Union. For further information about the custom procedures, please consult the homepage of the Hungarian customs authority.

* Visa information for Hungary

Hungary is part of the Schengen Area of 25 European countries. For non-Schengen EU, USA and Canadian citizens a valid passport is sufficient to enter Hungary. Citizens of other countries should check whether visa is needed for them when entering Hungary (for more information please visit the home page of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary).

On request, the Organizing Committee will issue invitation letters for visa applications. Please apply in due time for a visa if necessary. Please indicate during the registration if you need a personal invitation to attend the meeting. It is important to note that a visa is only a preliminary permission for entry, which does not authorise its bearer automatically to enter the country.

Other information

* Public transport in Budapest

Public transport in Budapest is provided by Budapest Transport Ltd. (known to all Hungarians simply as BKV). Budapest has an efficient public transport network. In general the buses, trams and trolleybuses operate between 4.30 AM and 11 PM. All-night bus service operate on the major thoroughfares in the city (night bus timetables are posted at stops and in most metro stations).
The three metro lines intersect at Deák Square in the centre of the town. Metros run at 2-15 minutes intervals from about 4.30 AM to 11.15 PM. There are also five suburban railway lines (HÉV) serving the outskirts of the city. For maps, timetables, ticket and pass information etc. see the home page of the BKV Ltd. (Budapest Transport Ltd.)

* Taxis in Budapest

Budapest taxis have yellow number plates and a taxi sign in yellow. Any vehicle without these features is operating illegally. It's a good idea to avoid drivers who volunteer their services but don't have a registered taxi sticker on their car. This can prevent unpleasant surprises when it comes time to pay. All cars must have a taximeter installed, and these also print out a receipt. Taxi drivers are required to give an invoice on request. Tipping: in general 10% of the fare is acceptable.

The total charge that has to be paid by the passenger is made up of three separate parts: the basic charge, which is irrespective of how far the journey is, presently HUF 450 during day and night, a per kilometre charge which depends on how many kilometres are covered during the journey HUF 280/km, and the waiting charge which is HUF 70/min. From 1 September 2013 a new regulation came to force which regulates the taxi fares. No fixed, shuttle or pre-agreed prices are available any more. The taxis will be coloured to yellow within a few months time.

* Telephone

The international code for Hungary is 36, the area code for Budapest is 1. To call a number within Hungary, first dial 06. Budapest telephone numbers have seven digits, all other areas have six digits (in addition to the area codes). To make an international call from Hungary, first dial 00, then the country code followed by the area code and the subscriber’s telephone number.

Public telephones accept either coins (20, 50, and 100 HUF) or phone cards (available from tobacconists, newsagents, post offices, and petrol stations). To call a (Hungarian) mobile phone, from a public telephone first dial 06, followed by the subscriber’s seven-digit number starting with 20-, 30- or 70-.

* Time

Hungary is in the Central European Time Zone. In the summer months clocks are set at GMT + 2 hours.

* Weather

The weather in Hungary in November can be cool and rainy. Temperatures are usually in the range between +5 and +10 °C during the day.

* Electricity
The electricity is 230 V, 50 Hz. Japanese, UK, USA and other visitors: please note that in Hungary Continental European German-style CEE7/4 sockets (“Schuko sockets“) are used, which also accepts CEE7/16 “Europlugs“.

* Foreign exchange, banking facilities

The official national Hungarian currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). All the major credit cards are accepted in Hungary in places displaying the emblem at the entrance. Though Hungary is a member of the European Union, only a few shops and restaurants accept Euros (EUR) for payment. Currency exchange booths are available in Budapest at the airport terminals, railway stations, travel agencies, banks and various places in the city.

The exchange rates applied may vary. Click here to see the actual official exchange rates. Traveller’s cheques and convertible currency may be exchanged at these facilities. Major credit cards are usually accepted in most hotels, restaurants and certain shops in the city. Obtaining cash against ATM or credit cards is very easy from the ATM cash machines that can be found at almost each bank office, hotel or on the street.

* Liability and insurance

The organisers cannot accept liability for any personal accidents, loss of belongings or damage to private property of participants and accompanying persons that may occur during the meeting. Participants are advised to make their own arrangements to obtain health, travel and property insurance before their departure to the event.

* Shopping in Budapest (opening hours)

Food shops are open from 7 AM – 6 PM Mon – Fri, 8 AM – 1 PM Sat (but there are several larger stores open on Sunday morning and a number of small 24-hour shops). Other shops are open between 10 AM-6 PM Mon – Fri, 10 AM – 1 PM Sat. Most shopping centres are open 10 AM – 8 PM even on Sunday. Tesco is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Office hours: generally from 8 AM – 4 PM Mon – Fri.
Post offices: Mon – Fri: 8 AM – 6 PM, Sat: 8 AM – 1 PM
Banks: Mon – Thu: 8 AM – 3 PM, Fri: 8 AM – 1 PM.

* Important phone numbers

(English is usually spoken at the emergency numbers listed below. In case English is not spoken, dial 112)

  • Ambulance: 104
  • Fire brigade: 105
  • Police: 107
  • Central help number: 112
  • General enquiries: 197
  • Inland enquiries: 198
  • International enquiries: 199
  • Hungarian Automobile Club help number: 188


Hotels listed below are the official conference hotels recommended by the Organizers. You can book a room in the hotel's online booking system or by filling a booking form. However the discounted conference rates are available only by the way described below. VAT, city tax and the breakfast are included in the prices.

Danubius Hotel Gellért ****

Address: H-1111 Budapest, Szent  Gellért tér 1.
Official ESPACOMP booking link.
Click here to access the hotel's website.

  • Economy single room: 60 EUR/night (single occupancy)
  • Danubius single guestroom: 75 EUR/night (single occupancy)
  • Danubius double guestroom: 90 EUR/night (single occupancy) ; 100 EUR / night (double occupancy)
  • Danubius double guestroom (with panorama to the Danube or the Gellért Hill): 100 EUR / night (single occupancy); 120 EUR / night (double occupancy)

Built in wonderful Art Nouveau-style and opened in 1918, the impressive Gellért hotel shares the building with the world-famous Gellért Spa. The Danubius Hotel Gellért is situated at the banks of the Danube river, at the foot of the Gellért hill, about a 10-minute walk from the city centre, the business areas and the next underground stop.

Access to the conference venue
Danubius Hotel Gellért is the Conference Venue.

Boutique Hotel Budapest****

Address: H-1056 Budapest, Só u. 6.
Official ESPACOMP booking form.
Click here to access the hotel's website.
Location from the congress venue: 10 minutes by public transportation.

  • Standard room: 79 EUR / night (single occupancy) ; 89 EUR / night (double occupancy)

It is Hungary’s first price valued Boutique Hotel in Budapest. From its excellent location at the very centre of Budapest, in the heart of the pedestrianized shopping area, Boutique Hotel Budapest represents the very best in modern and relaxing urban design. This brilliant Boutique Hotel is the best choice for all who want to combine business and leisure in a unique way. The hotel is situated right in the city centre, only 50 yards from the River Danube. Many of Budapest’s most famous sights are within easy walking distance. The area around hotel is also well served by public transport.

Access to the conference venue
Walk to the Fővám tér (it takes about 3-4 minutes). Take the tram #47 or #49 in front of the hotel (the stop is called „Fővám tér tér”) to the Buda side for one stop (the stop is called „Szent Gellért tér”).

Mercure Budapest Korona ****

Address: H-1053 Budapest, Kecskeméti utca 14.
Official ESPACOMP booking form.
Click here to access the hotel's website.
Location from the congress venue: 10 minutes by public transportation.

  • Standard room: 75 EUR / night (single occupancy); 85 EUR/night (double occupancy)
  • Privilege supplement: 20 EUR (single or double occupancy)

Four-star superior hotel located in the capital's downtown district offering the best features for business and recreation. Easy access from all points of the city and from the airport.
421 rooms. Radio, color TV, direct-dial telephone, minibar. Non-smokers rooms, air-conditioning, rooms for handicapped, sound-proof windows, electronic key-card system, hairdryer in all rooms.

Access to the conference venue
Take the tram #47 or #49 in front of the hotel (the stop is called „Kálvin tér”) to the Buda side for two stops (the stop is called „Szent Gellért tér”).


All the latest information on ESPACOMP 2013 can be found on this website, which will be updated continuously in the build-up to the meeting. Email announcements will be sent out regularly, but if you have any specific requests, please feel free to email us at:

Date meeting
2013-11-15 → 2013-11-16