IMAST: International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques
Vienna, Austria
July 15-18, 2009
Hofburg Congress Center
Vienna, Austria
Past IMAST Meetings

IMAST Committee

Todd J. Albert, MD

Past Chair:
Lawrence G. Lenke, MD

Francis H. Shen, MD
Robert Wienecke, MD
Azmi Hamzaoglu, MD
B. Stephens Richards, MD
Michael F. O'Brien, MD

Save the Date 
17th IMAST
July 21-24, 2010
Sheraton Centre Toronto
Toronto, Canada

For more information and/or questions, please contact the Scoliosis Research Society:

Megan M. Kelley
Meetings Director – IMAST
555 E. Wells Street, Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
P. + 1-414-289-9107
F. + 1-414-276-3349


Arriving in Vienna
Flights are available to Vienna International Airport (VIE) from most major European cities and many destinations outside the European Union. Taxis are readily available at the airport, just past the Arrivals Hall and approximate taxi fare to the IMAST meeting hotels is € 40-50.

Vienna's underground railway, the S-Bahn connects the airport and the city centre, with departures every 30 minutes from 7:43 to 21:43. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes and the fare is € 3.

Delegates may also take the City Airport Train (CAT) between Vienna International Airport and Wien-Mitte station. Travel time is just 16 minutes and trains run daily every thirty minutes between 5:38 and 23:35. Tickets may be reserved online at or purchased at ticket machines at the airport. The price of a one-way ticket is € 9, and a roundtrip ticket costs € 16.

Buses also run between the airport and the city center, or Schwedenplatz, and between the airport and the train station, or Westbahnhof. Buses depart every 20 minutes from 6:30 to 23:30 and every 30 minutes between 23:30 and 6.30. Transfer time is approximately 20 to 25 minutes and the fare is € 8.

The Wiener Linien (Vienna Transport Authority) network is one of the most modern and efficient in the world, including 5 underground lines, 28 tram routes, and 90 bus routes that ensure that you can effortlessly reach almost any destination in Vienna. At peak times, an underground train runs every three minutes, and trams and buses around every three to five minutes. In the evening hours, the intervals are between five minutes (underground) and a maximum of 15 minutes (tram). Furthermore, public transport in Vienna is safe, clean, efficient, easily-accessible, and a good value.

Passport and Visa Requirements
Visitors to Vienna must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months after the planned departure date from Austria. Nationals of most countries are not required to obtain visas and can stay for periods varying from seven days to 180 days, depending on nationality, though delegates are encouraged to check with any Austrian embassy or consulate for the latest status.

Austria's official language is German, which is spoken by nearly all the country's residents. In hotels, major restaurants, stores, and tourist centers, most people speak English.

The Euro is the official currency. The official exchange rate fluctuates constantly.

Vienna is located in an area of temperate climate. While cold in the winter, temperatures in July range from 59° F / 15° C to 78° F / 25° C.

In Vienna, electrical current is 220 volts/50Hz and the European round 2-pin plugs are standard. Americans and Canadians with 110V equipment will need a transformer which changes the voltage and an adapter to fit Austrian sockets. These can be bought at any hardware store. British, Australians and South Africans can use a plug adapter which most department stores stock.

Time Zone
Vienna is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.