Practical information

Ecsite Annual Conference 2018

Creative Collisions
7 June 2018 - 9 June 2018
Muséum d'histoire naturelle de Genève

Getting there

Getting to Geneva is easy, with many direct and cheap flight connections from around the world.

Flying to Geneva

Geneva international airport offers connections from/to major European cities and the rest of the world.

Conference venues

CICG convention centre

The International Conference Centre of Geneva (ICCG) is conveniently located near the International airport and major highways, the railway station, the international organisations, Lake Geneva and the historic old town. The building is equipped with the latest technical facilities and its variable geometry provides great organisational flexibility. Pre-conference and main conference sessions will be taking place there, as well as our trade fair.

Geneva Natural History Museum

The building designed in 1966 by Swiss architect Raymond Tschudin to house the Natural History Museum is located very close to the city centre and well served by public transport.
The Nocturne (Friday 8 June) will take place in the Museum, its famous diaorama rooms and edgy temporary exhibitions - but also in its beautiful park, recently converted into a natural laboratory and educational place devoted to promoting local biodiversity & nature in the city.


Ecsite conference attendees will be offered special visits to CERN's outreach spaces each day of the main conference. The Speakers Reception (Wednesday 6 June) will be hosted on the CERN campus at the Globe of Science and Innovation, CERN's famous outreach space for its work in the fields of science, particle physics, leading-edge technologies and their application in everyday life. The building is a symbol of sustainable development made possible by science and innovation. Its structure is reminiscent of the shape of the planet, while its construction is based on the most ecological of all building materials, wood.

Patinoire des Vernets

Patinoire des Vernets is Geneva's ice rink. It is primarily used for ice hockey but also sometimes for events and concerts - and for our Gala Dinner (Thursday 7 June). Opened in 1958, it has a seating capacity for 7,135 people.

Bâtiment des Forces Motrices

This beautiful building was built in 1886 directly on the river Rhône to supply Geneva’s households with drinking water and regulate the level of the lake. It has been converted into a welcoming prestigious hall and auditorium in the heart of Geneva, certainly one of the hippest venues in the city today - and where we will be holding our Farewell Party (Saturday 9 June).

Your stay in Geneva

Ideally located at the heart of Europe, Geneva is home to a dense network of cultural and scientific institutions. The city hosts a vibrant scientific community, offering many exciting opportunities for the public to interact with science.

A wide range of world-renown scientific institutions, such as CERN, the Natural History Museum, the Conservatory and Botanical Garden or the University of Geneva have developed innovative science education and outreach activities, built on a long tradition of involving citizens in the production of scientific knowledge.

Nicknamed "the biggest international village in the world", Geneva is also known as a City of Peace and Sustainability, home to the European headquarters of the United Nations, WHO, WMO and many more international agencies and organisations.

Not to forget its ideal location in a spectacular setting between lake, rivers, forests and majestic summits of the Alps.

Not as expensive as you think

Flights to Geneva are very affordable. Once you're there, don't forget that your standard main conference registration covers lunches and dinners.

All you have to do is find the accommodation solution that suits you. If you're on a tight budget, don't worry: several hundreds affordable rooms have been pre-booked. A dedicated online booking platform will be in place by beginning of 2018.

Free tickets are available for public transport trips from the airport to the city and a free public transport card comes with most hotel bookings.