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October 11-15, 2010
Lyon, France

General informations

Lyon lies in the southern half of France, in the region "Rhone-Alpes". Although Lyon lies 400 km away from Paris, high speed trains and flights connections make it only 2 hours away from the capital.


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Touristic Highlights

- Some neighborhoods were designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1998. This includes: the Roman district and Fourvière, the old city ("Vieux-Lyon"), the silk district (slopes of Croix-Rousse) and the main island ("Presqu'île"). Both Vieux-Lyon and the slopes of Croix-Rousse are known for their narrow passageways ("traboules") that pass through buildings and link streets on either side.

- There is a strong Roman heritage in Lyon. A good starting point is the Roman museum in Fourvière.

You will find many useful informations on the webpage of the tourism office (in english)

Arriving in Lyon

Connection with Paris

Participants from distant countries are likely to travel through Paris. The connections between Paris and Lyon are very good: regular flights connect Paris airports with Lyon's airport and regular TGVs (french high speed trains) travel directly from the Charles de Gaulles airport in Paris to Lyon's train stations. The TGV trip from Charles de Gaulle to the Part-Dieu train station lasts 2 hours. The round trip should cost between 80 € and 160 €, booking in advance provides the cheapest prices. All trains are managed by the french national company SNCF.

Access by train

Lyon has two railroad stations, "Perrache" which is located on the island and "Part-Dieu" which the main station, located in the east bank of the city. The metro line B, which goes to the conference site (see below) stops at the Part-Dieu station

Access by plane

The Lyon St Exupery airport is located ~ 15 km east of city. Regular tramways connect the city and the airport (web site: Rhonexpress). It is possible to buy round trip tickets for approx. 25 euros. To reach the city center ("presqu'île"), it is better to stop at "Vaulx-en-Velin La Soie" and continue your trip with the metro (line A) until "Terreaux", "Bellecour" or "Perrache". To go to the Gerland neighborhood, stop at the Part-Dieu trainstation and take the metro (line B) that goes directly to the neighborhood where the conference is located. The trip between the airport and the Part-Dieu train station should last less than 30 minutes. Taxis are also available at the airport, the trip to the conference site should last ~ 30 minutes and should cost around 30 €

Access to the conference site

The conference is located at the "Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon" (ENS) in the Gerland neighborhood of the city. Gerland is best reached with the metro B (blue line). The ENS is located at walking distance from both metro stops "Debourg" and "Stade de Gerland". Be aware that other buildings of the ENS are located just beside Debourg. Here is a map of the neighborhood of the conference site (click on tags for further informations)


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Here is a map of the main public transportation lines. For further informations on public transportation, see the website of the transport compagny: TCL (in english)

Accomodation

There are many hotels available in Lyon. However, we recommend to book as soon as possible, as this is a relatively busy season. In order to ease your choice, here is a (non-exhaustive) selection of hotels.

In Gerland:

Downtown:

You might also try with the following link from the Lyon tourism office: Accomodation in Lyon

Restaurants

Near the conference

Even though Gerland seem to be a quiet neighborhood, it becomes pretty busy when the Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon's famous football team) is playing at the Gerland stadium. Except during these evenings, you should be able to spend a quiet time in one of the restaurants of the neighborhood. Here is a (non-exhaustive) selection of restaurants which are close to the ENS (click on tags for further informations):


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In the city center

Lyon is considered as the gastronomic capital of France. The city has so many restaurants that it is hard to propose a meaningful selection. Instead, you will find in the map below the location of famous streets/areas offering a wide choice of restaurants. In those streets you should be able to find a place that fits your wishes and prices. Of course, do not hesitate to look for other good adress in the city by yourself !


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