The conference will take place at the beautiful city of Strasbourg, France, symbolic capital of Europe, and seat of several major European institutions. Thanks to the richness and sheer density of its heritage sites, its entire historic town centre, surrounded by two arms of the River Ill ‒ and so-called Big Island ‒ has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage since 1988.
Organised around its monumental cathedral, the historic Big Island of Strasbourg contains a remarkable monumental ensemble and exemplifies medieval cities with tight network of streets as well as reflects the evolution of Strasbourg from the 15th to the 18th centuries.
Strasbourg is the capital and principal city of the Alsace region in eastern France and is the official seat of the European Parliament. Located close to the border with Germany, it is the capital of the Bas-Rhin department.
Located in the "Esplanade" district, the Central Campus is near Strasbourg historical center. Also called "Esplanade Campus", it is the main University of Strasbourg Campus, regrouping University headquarters and many University of Strasbourg elements (including the "Tour de Chimie"), as well as the main part of the research units. Several independant high schools are present as well (Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg and INSA).
The Institut “Le Bel”, building 44, 4 rue Blaise Pascal, can be reached from most hotels within 15 minutes of walking or public transportation.
How to get to the Central Campus - Esplanade ?
From the airport
- Take the shuttle train until the terminus Strasbourg Railway Station (see here)
- Take the tram line C, direction "Neuhof Rodolphe Reuss" and get off at the stop "Observatoire".
From the train station
Take the tram line C, direction "Neuhof / Rodolphe Reuss" and get off at the stop "Observatoire".
From a bus or tram station
The Central Campus is situated near the tram station "Observatoire" on lines C and E.
Please check the map of the city network Here
Coming from the North, on highway A4 :
- Follow the directions to "Kehl".
- After the tunnel, stay on the left and follow the direction "Esplanade".
- Turn left and cross the Pont du Danube.
- Go straight on Rue d’Ankara and on Rue de Leicester.
- Turn left to rue de Londres.
- At traffic light, go straight across avenue du General de Gaulle and the tram rails.
- Enter the Place d’Athènes, which is in front of the Campus Central.
Coming from the South, on highway A35 :
- Take the Exit "Place de l’Etoile-Neudorf", stay on the left lane.
- Follow the direction to Kehl.
- Continue as described above (directions for coming from the North on highway A4).
Traveling to Strasbourg: Getting to Strasbourg is easy!
You can either take internal flights (1 h) to Strasbourg (code SXB) or catch the train (2 h).
Strasbourg airport offers international and domestic flights with Air France, Lufthansa, British Airways, KLM.
You can either take a 9 min shuttle train or 15 min taxi to the city center.
Please check for shuttle, taxi services and fees before travelling as it may get tricky to reach Strasbourg from this airport if you haven't planned ahead.
Catching a train to Strasbourg
You can catch high speed trains (TGV) to Strasbourg from different cities in Europe including Paris, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Zurich, Munich. For more information please visit the SNCF site
We recommend the use of public transportation. Strasbourg is equipped with 7 tramway lines that can bring you to any interest point.
For your convenience, the tramway network map and access maps (for each venue site from the nearest tramway station) are given below.
For more information on Strasbourg public transportation, visit http://www.cts-strasbourg.eu/
A public train shuttle connects Strasbourg Entzheim airport to the train station.
See http://en.voyages-sncf.com/ for the schedule (from Strasbourg to Entzheim).
Strasbourg is very much adapted for cycling. Thus you may wish rent a bicycle with Velhop network. The cost is 5 € per day and 15 € per week.
Local taxis can be ordered at the participant’s own expense at the welcome desk or by phone: +33 (0) 3 88 36 13 13.
A taxi service from the ECPM to the airport costs from 30 € to 42 € and takes form 15 to 40 minutes depending on traffic conditions.
A number of restaurants are available in the city center. We recommend enjoying the local atmosphere in a Winstub where local specialties such as choucroute, baeckeoffe, waedele are served with local wine. A number of restaurants are listed at http://www.otstrasbourg.fr/
Please note that smoking is prohibited in all public buildings and restaurants in France.