Practical information

Ecsite Annual Conference 2018

Creative Collisions
Geneva, Switzerland 7 June 2018 - 9 June 2018
Natural History Museum of Geneva

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.

Trains to Geneva

France’s high-speed trains TGV from Paris reach Geneva’s main railway station in just three hours and Geneva is also well connected to northern Italy. The Swiss Railway network reaches every corner of Switzerland.

Check out the Swiss railway website.

Conference venues

CICG convention centre

The International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG) 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.

Exception: the Experience design in practice pre-conference workshop (Wednesday 6 June) is taking place at the Natural History Museum of Geneva.

Natural History Museum of Geneva

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.

The Experience design in practice pre-conference workshop (Wednesday 6 June) will also be taking place there.


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

Nicknamed "the biggest international village in the world", Geneva is a cosmopolitan city ideally situated at the heart of Europe. It is known as a City of Peace and Sustainability, home to the European headquarters of the United Nations. Geneva is also one of Europe’s most beautiful regions, with its lake surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery.

Besides its ideal location in a spectacular natural setting, Geneva is a welcoming, human size city (less than 200,000 inhabitants), with a unique density of scientific and cultural centres. The city is home to a dense network of cultural and scientific institutions and hosts a vibrant scientific community, offering many exciting opportunities for the public to interact with science. Committed to producing knowledge through cutting-edge research and diffusing it through education, world-class institutions such as CERN, the Natural History Museum, the Conservatory and Botanical Garden or the University of Geneva have indeed developed a wealth of innovative science education and outreach activities.

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. Check out the dedicated booking platform for hotel details and booking forms.

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.