The venue

The Core 2 disk program will take place in building 209F of the Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS) on the University Paris-Sud campus in Orsay. The 209F is equiped with 8 double offices, a meeting room for up to 50 people and a large common/coffee room for informal discussions. This is where most of the Core 2 disk activities will take place.


Each participant will be provided with a desk for the duration of his/her stay. The IAS 209F building has 15 desks available for non-local visitors. Other office space will be available in the main IAS building (across the street).

Local scientists from the Orsay-Saclay-Paris area are also welcome to participate. We encourage them to inform us in advance of their visit so that we can provide them with office space, if possible.


Wifi access will be either via the "eduroam" network or the local "visiteurs" network. If posible, we encourage participants to set an "eduroam" account prior to coming.

Collaborative platform

Unlike similar programs held at other institutes we will not use a wiki for exchanging information. The collaborative information exchange will be done primarly using a dedicated SLACK team:


In general for lunch we will go to the local restaurant of the university (the "cantine", 5 min walk). It is a self-serve restaurant with a limited choice of meals every day but the menu changes daily.

There is also the possibility to go to the town of Orsay (12 min walks) where you will find a few restaurants, a grocery store and 2-3 bakeries where you can buy sandwiches, quiches and salads to go. The town of Orsay has a few lovely parks where you can have lunch outside.

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