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The conference will take place in Aix-en-Provence, one of the most beautiful city of Provence, at the Centre de Congres of the city.

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Aix can easily be reached either by plane or by train.  By plane from the Marseille Airport, Aix is only 25 minutes by car  or by shuttle bus from the airport.  By the high speed train (TGV) from Paris (3 h 40 min) or Nice (2 h), Aix is only 15 minutes by shuttle bus from the Aix TGV train station.  The shuttle bus is from the Cartreize company (RDT13) starts at Marseille Airport stops by at the TGV train station and ends at the Aix center train station.  From the Aix center train station, the conference center is about 1 km away and the city center 500 m away.

In order to avoid the very large crowd at the CDG2 train station counters, it is advised to get its TGV ticket in advance. Otherwise if you are daring enough to get your ticket at CDG2, here is the procedure for doing so. TGV ticket can also be obtained in other countries such as the United States, provided that you spend at least 400$.

The weather at the end of June is not as hot as it can get later in the Summer, and the Northern wind (the Mistral) will easily cool you down.

Aix-en-Provence is also well known for its classical music festival that will start on July 1st, 2010 with the following tentative program.  For the painting lover, this is also the occasion to discover the place where Paul Cezanne lived.  For the theater lover, there is the Avignon festival taking place in July.  For picturesque visit, one can recommend going to Marseille, or visit the Luberon region, and, why not, go see the Géant de Provence, le Mont Ventoux made famous by the Tour de France. 

There is more than meet the eye, and you are advised to get more information from the website of the tourism office.

Local Transportation

Bus maps are available here

Bus fees are available here


The Hotel Booking Service at the Tourist office in Aix-en-Provence has pre-booked hotel rooms in the town. This free service is made available to insure your hotel reservation. All hotels but the ones in the outskirts of Aix-en-Provence are at walking distance from the Conference center. The town is only a 15-minute walk across!

As there is a high level of tourist activity in Aix-en-Provence during the summer season, we strongly recommend that you send back the hotel registration as soon as possible.

To benefit from preferential tariffs, the hotel registration form should be sent back before the 13th of May 2010. After this date, no guarantee of availability or tariff can be made.

Please get in contact with the Hotel Booking Service at your earliest convenience to book your hotel or for any complementary information.


Florence THURET / Fabienne MORUCCI / Tanja BACHER
Congress Department
Tel : 00 33 (0)4 42 16 10 09
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If you have special inquiries, please contact Thierry Appourchaux or Catherine Cougrand.