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Safe travels to Vancouver!
Important information to know before you leave for IPTA 2019.




Did you get your electronic travel authorization to travel to Canada?

TRAVELLERS FROM ALL COUNTRIES ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE AN eTA. You can find further information here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada.html


All congress information has been made available in our Congress web app at http://ipta.guide.

Why not start planning your agenda ahead of time so that you are ready! Make sure to login to benefit from features such as agenda builder, appointment setting, and sending messages to other participants. Remember to complete your profile and upload your photo in the “My Profile” section. (Go to login, then “My Profile” will appear at the top right.)

Click here to access the WebAPP

Important - Use the the same email () and password as you have used for the congress management system (for registration, abstract submission, etc.)


Download the Final Program PDF or Pocket Guide

IPTA endeavors to reduce the environmental impact of its Congress and is therefore providing a WebApp and a condensed pocket guide rather than a printed detailed program. 

Click here to download the PDF Final Program
Click here to download the Pocket Guide

Social Events and Dress Code

For details on the social program, please scroll down to Appendix 1. 


Know what to pack

Vancouver in May is quite reliable in its mild temperatures and rain. The average maximum daytime temperature is 17ºC / 64ºF. In May, Vancouver has rain about 13 days out of 31 so come prepared with your umbrella, layered clothing and waterproof footwear. Daytimes can be warm but evenings can still be chilly. 


“Keeping Fit at IPTA” Program

You can keep fit and enjoy the company of your colleagues while joining a yoga session or going for a run. Space is limited; please sign up in advance at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6PW6M7G. This link will close on May 2 at 5pm EST but you can still sign-up onsite at the registration desk. If you are staying at the Westin, you can borrow a pair of running shoes for a small fee.

The yoga session is already fully booked. 


Remember to bring your charger, adapter and to leave your home with charged devices. 

Electrical outlets are 110 volts (60 cycles) and require this type of plug.  




Venue – The Westin Bayshore Vancouver


Front Desk:
Check-in time:
Registration area: 


1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC V6G 2V4
15:00 | Check-out time: 12:00
in the passage towards the convention centre that is part of the hotel


From airport to downtown by public transportation

Canada Line (by TransitLink) is a rapid transit rail link connecting YRV to downtown Vancouver in 26 minutes. The fare is approx. $9.

If you are arriving from within Canada, go to Level 3 and walk toward the Link Building. Just follow the signs marked Canada Line.

If you are arriving from the USA or from an international destination, walk towards the exit to the International Arrivals Greeting Area, exit the building following signs marked Canada Line. Before the parkade entrance, an escalator and elevator will take you up to the Canada Line platform (SkyTrain).

You get off the train at Waterfront (last stop). If you have light luggage, you may enjoy walking along the water front to the hotel (about 1km). Alternatively, we suggest you take a short taxi ride from the station.

Before entering the Fare Paid Zone, pay for your ticket at the ticket vending machines. These machines accept coins and bills (up to $20), debit and credit cards. 


From airport to downtown by taxi

Taxis can be found outside of arrivals. The Westin Bayshore is located 14.8 km (9.2 miles) from the Vancouver International Airport. The approximate cost of a taxi from the airport to downtown Vancouver is 35 Canadian Dollars. 

If you are staying at the Westin Bayshore, you will find taxis regularly waiting for you at the hotel entrance. If not, let a bellman know and they will have a taxi for you shortly.





Bring one piece of official photo ID to collect registration materials on your first day at the congress. 


Service Hours


Registration desk phone number: +1-514-874-1717 #203


BMO Vancouver Marathon - Sunday, May 5

If you are staying at a different hotel than the Westin, please be sure to plan extra time to get to the hotel and ask the Westin concierge or your hotel’s concierge about the best way to get to the Westin. The finish line is near the Westin. 


Lunch Options – Sunday, May 5

We have made special arrangements with the hotel to offer affordable meal options so that Congress participants can eat lunch at the hotel. Vancouver will be very busy during the marathon event which will finish around 4pm. 

The hotel restaurant H2 will have an Express Menu available, ranging from $16-23.

A salad and sandwich food concession will be available in the Congress meeting space, ranging from $10-20.


Request a Meeting Room

Would you like to hold a small meeting while at IPTA 2019? If so, please stop by the registration desk onsite and ask about our room availability. 


Corporate Morning Symposia 
Breakfast will be available.

Sunday, May 5 | 07:00-07:45 | Room: Seymour | Alexion
New Insights into the Pathogenesis of Thrombotic Microangiopathy
Christoph Licht, Canada

Monday, May 6 | 07:00-07:45 | Room: Seymour | Kaneka Medical Products
LDL-Apheresis Role in Post-Transplant Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)

Rupesh Raina, USA 


Speaker Ready Room (Fraser)

All presenters must upload their presentation(s) at least 2 hours prior to their presentation time in the Speaker Ready Room. Audiovisual Guidelines are available at www.ipta2019.org in the Program section.


Poster Sessions / Poster Set-up


Poster presenters should respect the following times. Poster Guidelines are available at www.ipta2019.org in the Program section.




IPTA Opening Ceremony 

May 4, 2019 | 16:15 | Westin Bayshore Hotel: Salon DEF
Included in registration fees for participants

Join us at the official opening ceremony as we officially launch the Congress. 


IPTA Welcome Reception and Poster Session 1

May 4, 2019 | 18:30-20:00 | Westin Bayshore Hotel: Salon ABC
Included in registration fees for participants.
Additional tickets available for purchase at $45 US.

Join the reception, mix and mingle with old acquaintances and make some new friends. Typical Vancouver food fare is on the menu! Make sure to collect your registration materials beforehand.


Poster Sessions

Session 2: May 5, 2019 | 18:30-19:30 | Westin Bayshore Hotel: Salon ABC
Session 3: May 6, 2019 | 17:00-18:00 | Westin Bayshore Hotel: Salon ABC

Come and enjoy a drink and networking amongst the posters with the presenters. A drink coupon is included in your name tag. 


IPTA Social Networking Event *SOLD OUT*

May 6, 2019 | 19:00-22:00 | Bridges Restaurant
Address: 1696 Duranleau St. on Granville Island


The Social Networking Event will finish with a dance party from 22:00 to midnight.

If you didn’t buy a ticket for the dinner and wish to join for the dance party only, you can purchase a ticket for $25 at the registration desk. 


Located on the western tip of Granville Island in the heart of Vancouver, Bridges has been a landmark restaurant for decades. The views of the city skyline, North Shore mountains and the marine activity of False Creek cannot be beat. 


10th Congress of the International Pediatric Transplant Association
c/o  The Transplantation Society 
505 Boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest, Suite 1401, Montréal, QC, H2Z 1Y7 Canada
Phone: 1-514-874-1717 ext. 203 | Fax: 1-514-874-1716 | Email: info@ipta2019.org 


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