Practical information

Ecsite Annual Conference 2018

Creative Collisions
Geneva, Switzerland 7 June 2018 - 9 June 2018
Natural History Museum of Geneva
#Ecsite2018

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.

Ecsite Conference welcome desk at the airport
A welcome desk dedicated to Ecsite Conference participants will be located in the arrival hall: desk n.16 A/B (next to the visitor centre), it will be open on:
Wednesday 6 June / 09:00 – 17:00
Thursday 7 June / 09:00 – 17:00
A courtesy of the Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau (SCIB).

Free wifi at the Airport
Geneva Airport is pleased to inform you of the improvement to its free internet connection service: enjoy 90 minutes of surfing usable over several sessions. Works through a code received by SMS (free of charge). This code can also be used to connect to the public WiFi of the city of Geneva (and vice versa).

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 pre-conference workshops Experience design in practice and When faith and facts collide (Wednesday 6 June) are taking place at the Natural History Museum of Geneva.

Address
Centre International de Conférences de Genève
Rue de Varembé 17
CP 13
CH1211 Geneva 20
Switzerland
www.cicg.ch

How to get here
Plan your journey at www.tpg.ch/en
From the airport: take bus 5 for “Thônex-Vallard” and get off at “Vermont”.
From the Cornavin train station: take bus 5 for “Aeroport” and get off at “Vermont” OR take bus 8 for “OMS” and get off at “UIT” OR take tram 15 for “Nations” and get off at “Nations”

Wifi
Username: ECSITE
Password: geneva2018


History of Science Museum

The Natural History Museum of Geneva is pleased to invite those participants who will be around on Tuesday 5 June to an exhibition opening at the History of Science Museum, the second museum venue it is running, located on the banks of Lake Geneva. The “Animal beauty - From taxidermy to sculptors” exhibition features François Chapelain-Midy, Yvan Larsen and Thierri Jaccoud.

Address
Parc de La Perle du Lac
28 rue de Lausanne
CH-1202 Geneva, Switzerland

How to get there
Plan your journey at www.tpg.ch/en
From the CICG convention centre, take bus 1 or 28 at the “Nations” stop for “Jardin Botanique” and get off at the “Jardin Botanique” stop, then walk 5 min OR take tram 15 at the “Nations” stop for “Palettes” and get off at the “Maison de la Paix” or “Butini” stop, then walk 10 min.
From other places, take bus 1 or 25 and get off at the “Perle du Lac” stop, then walk 3 min OR take tram 15 and get off at the “Butini” stop, then walk 10 min OR take bus 11 or 28 and get off at the “Jardin Botanique” stop, then walk 5 min.
By rail: the History of Science Museum is 15 minutes on foot from “Cornavin” station, and 5 minutes from the “Genève-Sécheron” stop (local trains only).

Wifi
Select “ville-geneve” network and follow instructions (you need a mobile number in order to connect)

Taking place here
“Animal beauty” exhibition opening
Tuesday 5 June, 18:30


CERN

Ecsite conference attendees will be offered special visits to CERN's outreach spaces each day of the main conference (more info). 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.

Address
CERN is on the border between France and Switzerland and it has two official addresses, one French and one Swiss. You are more likely to arrive from the Swiss side,
but you never know…

For Switzerland
CERN
CH-1211 Geneva 23
Switzerland

For France
Organisation Européenne
pour la Recherche Nucléaire
F-01631 CERN Cedex
France

How to get there
Plan your journey at www.tpg.ch/en

From Geneva International Airport
Public transport: first take a free public transport ticket from the machine you will find at the exit to the baggage collection hall, just before customs control. Then you can take bus Y for “CERN” and get off at the “CERN” stop opposite the large Globe and the CERN site or take bus 23 for “Carouge-Tours”, 28 for “Petit-Lancy-Les Esserts” or 57 for “ZYMEYSA-Gare” and get off at “Blandonnet” and then catch tram 18, and get off at the final stop, “CERN”. Approx. journey time: 30 min. Taxis: approximately CHF 35, to be found at the airport exit.

From the CICG convention centre
For both the Speakers’ reception and the special tours, a bus is foreseen from the CICG. Please refer to information received by email. If you need to make your own way: take bus 22 from “Vermont” for “Plan-les-Ouates, ZIPLO”, get off at “Bouchet” stop and change to tram 18 for “CERN” – get off at the final stop and you’re there. Approx. journey time: 1 hour with a margin of security.

From the Natural History Museum
Take bus 5 for “Aéroport”. Get off at “Place de Neuve” and change to tram 18 for “CERN” – get off at the final stop and you’re there. Approx. journey time: 1 hour with a margin of security – if you are attending the pre-conference, make sure to leave as soon your workshop is over.


Les Vernets ice rink

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. 

Address
Patinoire des Vernets
Rue Hans-Wilsdorf 4
1227 Les Acacias

How to get there
Plan your journey at www.tpg.ch/en
Public transport: Take bus 11 (from “Nations”, for instance) for “Bout-du-Monde” and get off at the “Vernets” stop. Approx. journey time from CICG convention centre: 30 to 40 min

Wifi
Select “ville-geneve” network and follow instructions (you need a mobile number in order to connect)


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 pre-conference workshops Experience design in practice and When faith and facts collide (Wednesday 6 June) will also be taking place there.

Address

Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle
1, route de Malagnou
1208 Geneva, Switzerland

How to get there
Plan your journey at www.tpg.ch/en
From the CICG convention centre, take bus 5 at the “Vermont” stop for “Thônex-Vallard” and get off at the “Muséum” stop. Approx. journey time from CICG convention centre: 30 min.
From other places, take bus 5 or 25 and get off at “Muséum”; take bus 1 or 8 and get off at “Tranchées” or “Muséum”; take tram 12 and get off at “Villereuse”.

Wifi
Select “ville-geneve” network and follow instructions (you need a mobile number in order to connect)


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).

Address
BFM Arfluvial SA
2, Place des Volontaires
1204 Geneva, Switzerland

How to get there
Plan your journey at www.tpg.ch/en
Public transport: Many lines stop at the “Bel-Air”, “Palladium” and “Stand” stops, located very centrally.

Wifi
Select “ville-geneve” network and follow instructions (you need a mobile number in order to connect)

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.

Useful information

Luggage storage

You can safely store your luggage at the CICG’s cloakroom.

Registration desks

See dedicated section

Upload room

The Upload room (for session presentations) is located on the 2nd floor, room 11. All main conference session speakers (7-9 June) are requested to upload their presentations via the Upload room, at least three hours prior to their session

Meeting rooms

The lounge areas and the Pop Up Office at the Business Bistro are available for spontaneous meetings on a first come, first served basis.

Dietary restrictions

At all meals, you will find options to suit major dietary requirements (gluten and lactose intolerance, as well as vegetarian and vegan
options). For the Gala Dinner, those not wishing to eat fondue have said so during online registration – you’re covered, don’t worry!

Accessibility

The Congress Center is accessible to people with mobility impairment. If you have visual impairment and need help recognising the space, please contact Ecsite.

Breastfeeding room

The Infirmary on level -1 will serve as breastfeeding feeding room.