11–14 September 2018

Congress Center Basel

Useful information


The BASEL LIFE 2018 App can be downloaded in the App Store (available soon) and in Google Play.


An ATM is located outside the Congress Centre to the left of the main entrance.


Access to the congress will only be possible with your personal badge, which you will be able to print in the entrance area. Please wear your badge at all times! If you forget your badge, we can reprint it for a deposit of CHF 30. The deposit will be returned once you show that you still have both badges, of which we will keep one. If you lost your badge or do not show both badges anymore, CHF 30 will be charged.


A cloakroom is available on the ground floor during the registration helpdesk’s opening hours and can be used free of charge. Please note that the cloakroom is unguarded. On Friday, 14 September you luggage can be stored during the secretariat opening hours. Cloakroom staff will be available.

Coffee & lunch

A lunch will be served in exhibition hall 4.1 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Coffee is available in the exhibition hall 4.1 during the exhibition hours and in the EMBO - Foyer of the 2nd floor during the official coffee breaks of the EMBO programme.

Please note: If you are only registered for MipTec or JobFair no lunch is included.

The City of Basel

Basel is an inspiration: located at the Swiss–German–French border, it is a welcoming, active, and enterprising city of open-minded citizens, who excel in business and the arts. Thanks to its manageable size and excellent public transport, it is quick and easy to get around the city.

Conference Venue – Congress Center Basel (CCB)

BASEL LIFE will take place at the Congress Center Basel which is one of the most modern congress centers in Switzerland. Equipped with the latest technology, it provides an excellent atmosphere for conferences and exhibitions. The Congress Center is located directly alongside Messe Basel in the heart of the city. The historic Old Town, the shopping areas and the many museums and parks can be reached comfortably by foot or by public transport.

Congress Center Basel
Messeplatz 21
4058 Basel / Switzerland


All official prices are indicated in Swiss Francs (CHF), which is the official currency of Switzerland. All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, and shops.


The electrical current in Switzerland is 230 Volts AC, 50 Hz (continental European standard). Sockets take the standard, round-pinned European plugs. There is limited compatibility with other continental European plugs: the standard continental hexagonal plugs with two round pins (Euroconnectors, pin distance 19 mm [3/4 inch], pin diameter 4.0 mm [1/6 inch]) found on many electrical travel products may be used without any problems. Please do not forget to bring an adapter since German, French, and Austrian plugs with thick pins (diameter 4.8 mm [1/5 inch]) as well as Italian plugs with three thin pins in a row are not compatible with Swiss wall outlets, despite the equal distance of the two main pins on German, French, and Austrian plugs.


Special offer: Discounted travel with Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines

Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines offer a comprehensive global route network linking major cities around the world. We offer special prices and conditions to participants, visitors, exhibitors, invited guests as well as employees of the contracting partner.

To make a reservation, please click on and enter the access code CHZJYPO in the "Access to Your Special Lufthansa Offer" area. This will open an online booking platform that will automatically calculate the discount offered or provide you with an even better offer if another promotional fare is available.

Industry exhibition

The MipTec exhibition, with companies presenting state-of-the-art technology and solutions, is located in Hall 4.1. 

Exhibition opening hours:
12 September 2018: 09:30–17:00
13 September 2018: 09:30–18:00
14 September 2018: 10:00–16:30


The congress organisers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage of property belonging to congress participants, either during, or as a result of the meeting. Please check the coverage of your own insurance.

Internet terminals

Several internet terminals are located in the exhibition area and are available to all congress participants during the opening hours of the exhibition. An attendee list (with names and home cities) can be viewed at the internet terminals. Please note that only attendees who agreed to the publication during the online registration are listed here.

Meeting Room

Meeting Room Mekka can be rented onsite for approx. 10 pax. The price per hour is CHF 50.-. For reservations and payment, please visit the Exhibition desk on the 1st floor, hall 4.1 next to the escalator. Your personal ID will be needed as deposit for the room key.

MipTec Stage

Located in the heart of the exhibition and surrounded by a meeting area, the stage will offer an excellent platform for presentations. The stage will also host the EMBO Flash Talks, the Award ceremonies and the Networking Event of BASEL LIFE on Wednesday evening, 12 September 2018. The schedule is integrated in the scientific programme.           


The congress language is English. No simultaneous translation is provided.
The official language of Basel is Swiss German. French and English are widely spoken. 


Poster exhibition

The poster exhibition is located in exhibition hall 4.1. There will be an aperitif served during the poster sessions. 

EMBO Flash Talks
Wednesday, 12 Sept 2018

15:30–16:30h (Hall 4.1, MipTec Stage)

Innovation Forums – Flash Talks and Poster Session
Thursday, 13 Sept 2018                
16:45–17:30h (Hall 4.1, MipTec Stage)

Authors are kindly asked to be present at their posters during the poster session and the times shown above. All authors are required to mount and remove their posters at the above mentioned times.

Poster Award

The Steering Committee is proud to grant the Poster Award at BASEL LIFE 2018! This annual programme serves to highlight and reward high-level presentations. Eligible candidates are all poster presenters at the BASEL LIFE 2018. Award comprises CHF 300 for the winner, CH F200 for 2nd place and CHF 100 for 3rd place.

Judging and selection will take place during the poster sessions and is handled by the BASEL LIFE Steering Committee.

The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, 13 September 2018 at 14:30 on the MipTec stage in the exhibition hall 4.1.


Basel offers both a wide range of international restaurants (Italian, Chinese, Japanese, French, etc.) and typical Swiss cuisine.

People usually have lunch between 12:00 and 14:00 and dinner between 18:00 and 20:00.

Registration helpdesk opening hours

12 September 2018: 08:00–17:30
13 September 2018: 08:30–18:00
14 September 2018: 08:30–17:30

Social media

Join the Basel Life social-media community on Facebook and Twitter. Stay up to date and participate in the discussions!

Speakers’ Service Centre (SSC)

There are two Speakers’ Service Centres (SSC) to guarantee quick access for EMBO at BASEL LIFE and Innovation Forums speakers.

The SSC for the Innovation Forum speakers is located in the foyer, next to the entrance area.

The SSC for EMBO at BASEL LIFE speakers is located in room Hongkong on the 2nd floor of the Congress Center Basel.

All speakers are kindly requested to hand in their PowerPoint presentations at the SSC at least 45 minutes before the start of the session.

Time Zone

In winter Central European Time (CET) applies in Switzerland, in summer period, summer time applies (CET + 1).


Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Congress Centre.


Network name (WLAN SSID): BASEL LIFE 2018
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