Venue

Welcome reception: CERN Globe of Science and Innovation

The welcome reception is organized CERN’s Globe of Science and Innovation, CERN Globe

The globe is located in front of CERN’s reception on the Meyrin site. The most efficient way to access is tram 18 at the terminus. (Getting to CERN)

CERN Venue

ICIS-17 Conference venue : CICG

The conference venue is the ”Centre International de Conférence de Genève” (CICG). CICG is located in the vicinity of the United Nation Organisation’s Geneva office and disposes of the infrastructure support required by large international conferences. Located at the entrance level, auditorium 2 hosts all oral presentation in plenum. At the same level, coffee breaks, poster exhibition and Exhibitor’s booth in a dedicated multi-purpose area.

Registration will be at the lobby on Monday and then in the 2nd floor room 14.

Conference outing

We propose Chamonix for the conference outing goal with three options:

  1. Cable car trip to the Aiguille du Midi at 3842m, with spectacular views from the rooftop of the Alps. A local guide will provide detailed information.  Very strong winds may temporarily interrupt cable car operation, in which case option b) will be offered instead.
    The rapid climb to high altitude means there is no time to acclimatize to the altitude, which may induce headaches or mild altitude sickness. We recommend this option for participants in good physical health and not susceptible to a fear of heights or claustrophobia. (aiguille-du-midi)

  2. 1908’s cogwheel train trip to Montenvers 1913m to look at the Mer de Glace and Drus’ 1000m high granitic west wall. In Montenvers altitude sickness is very unlikely and this destination is reachable for almost all weather condition. (montenvers-mer-de-glace)

  3. Walking tour through the village of Chamonix is synonym of very relaxing sightseeing within a vast variety of souvenirs in countless shops, or in its unique alpine museum (musee-alpin).

With this choices we must accept a limited meteorological risk in view of the stunning beauty of Western Europe’s highest summit and of the city of Chamonix, historical pioneer in climbing, mountaineering and … cosmic ray laboratory.

***Good shoes, watertight and warm clothing including gloves and hat are absolutely necessary. Sun glasses and UV protection cream are necessary even when the sun hides behind clouds.

Conference Banquet

The banquet will take place in the medieval castle of Chillon (more) . We will start with a full visit of the Castle rooms and exhibitions, this means quite some exercise and, provided good weather conditions the conference picture will be taken in the castle’s cour interieure.

Chateau Chillon

A cloak room will be available to switch from mountain excursion to Banquet dress code. The banquet will be served in the Chatelain’s rooms and Aula Magna, to fit all participants.

Chateau Chillon Chateau Chilllon

Visit of CERN

CERN’s visit takes place during accelerator operation, nevertheless a vast list of sites can be seen; we expect approximately 200 participants that will constitute 20 groups each lead by a guide and following separate path to avoid visitor’s traffic jams and to respect safety rules.

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