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ISCAS'2000      Geneva     logo iscas'2000

Local Informations


Conference site information

ISCAS Secretariat addresses 

After the conference

During the conference

ISCAS Secretariat ISCAS Secretariat
Att. Christiane Good Att. Christiane Good
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Centre International de Conférence de Genčve (CICG)
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland Rue de Varembé 15
Email: iscas@epfl.ch 1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland
Tel. +41 21 693 26 56 Tel. +41 22 791 94 41 (urgent calls only)
Fax +41 21 693 67 00 or +41 22 791 91 11

Internet Access

During the conference computers with Internet access will be available at the Conference Center. They are reserved for participants to read and send e-mails, view conference related websites or view the ISCAS 2000 CD-ROM.

Time Zone

Central European (GMT+2).

Change

The local currency is the Swiss Francs (CHF).

Electricity

Electricity is supplied at: 220 volts / 50 Hz

Tipping Prices

In hotels, restaurants and taxi, fares are calculated to include taxes and service. A tip, therefore, is at the client's discretion.

Emergency/Medical

For health emergencies, call 144. Police: 117. A nurse will be on duty in the Conference Center during the conference

Opening Hours

  • Banks: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, closed on Saturdays and Sundays. At other times, money can be changed at the central station and in most hotels.
  • Shops: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 6:30pm, Saturdays 8:30am to 5:00pm; closed on Sundays.
  • Post Offices: Monday to Friday 7:30am to noon and 1:45pm to 6:00pm, Saturdays, 7:30am to 11:00am; closed on Sundays.

Postage Stamps

Postcards and letters up to 20 g.: Europe and Mediterranean countries CHF 1.10, other countries CHF 1.80.

Driving

Speed limit in town 50 km/h, major roads outside urban area 80 km/h, highways 120 km/h. Compulsory sticker for highways: CHF 40.-, valid one year.


The city of Geneva online

Magnificently situated on the banks of Lake Léman, between the Alps and the Jura mountains in the Southwest corner of Switzerland, Geneva has been successful in combining the best of both worlds. It is an modern international center of world importance and a small and friendly town of only 180'000 inhabitants.

The town, whose rich past still comes to life today, is a truly international capital and can offer visitors a tremendous diversity. This includes its humanitarian commitment, its varied cultural activities, its major congresses and exhibitions and its renowned cuisine, beautiful countryside and opportunities for many different excursions.


Sightseeing in Geneva and surroundings


Weather

The French part of Switzerland boasts continental weather and has an altitude of 375 m (1,227 ft.) above sea level. During the time frame of this conference at the end of May, temperatures can be very pleasant and range from 15-20C. However, precipitation can also be a frequent occurrence at this time of year.

Check current weather conditions and 5-day forecast in Geneva.

Or the weather in general in Switzerland.


Getting to Geneva

A comprehensive air, rail and road transportation network links the City of Geneva to the world.

Swiss Map

plane By Air

There are two international airports in Switzerland: Geneva and Zürich  (train connection from Zürich to Geneva: approx. 3 1/2 hours).

An ISCAS welcome and information desk will be opened on Saturday May 27 and Sunday May 28 at Geneva Airport to help you finding your way to the Conference Center (CICG) or to your hotel.

 Swissair Swissair Official Carrier of ISCAS 2000

As the official carrier of the conference, SWISSAIR offers special fare to all ISCAS participants. In order to benefit from these reduced flight tickets to Switzerland,  we kindly ask you to contact the nearest Swissair Travel office or the below mentioned agents quoting the code SR IDS G CGRF - C00-018 and the name of the event.

  • UK participants : Karin Rommel Travel Pic tel. 44 171 499 7611 / fax 44 171 493 0326
  • USA/CAN participants : Conferences International Toll free 1 800 221 8747 / fax 1 617 796 0101
train By train

Many international routes pass through Geneva to provide convenient connections across Europe. Paris is less than 4 hours away from Geneva by the TGV (high velocity train). Reaching a maximum speed of 270 km/h (170 m/h), city-center to city-center travelling time compares very favourably with intercity flights.

The Swiss National Railroad system (CFF/SBB) is the most efficient means of transportation to travel across the country (in 3-4 hours, you can reach almost any part of Switzerland). Most Swiss train stations have an information counter where the traveller can obtain all the help he needs regarding train schedules and special discount information. There are also many regional trains for local transportation in the vicinity of Geneva.

For timetables: the train schedules

 By car

Geneva is at the crossroads of Europe's major highway systems linking France and Italy, Germany and Spain. The Simplon and Grand Saint Bernard alpine road tunnel brings Northern Italy's main centers within easy reach.


Local Transportation in Geneva and surroundings

FREE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION BY BUS, TRAMS OR TROLLEYBUS WITH YOUR NAME BADGE

Your conference name badge also serves as your pass for free public transportation in Geneva during the Conference (from Sunday, May 28 to Wednesday, May 31, 2000). Your registration confirmation letter can be used to ensure a free ride for your first bus trip in Geneva.

Bus, tram, trolley bus

The network of buses, trams and trolley buses in the canton of Geneva is efficient and effective.

From anywhere in Geneva with the Route calculator of the Geneva Public Transportation (TPG)

Taxi

Current daytime rate is CHF 6.30 (initial charge) + CHF 2.70/km. Some extra charges may apply for night or week-end transportation.


How to get to the Conference Center (CICG)

Address : Rue de Varembé 15, Geneva

...from the airport by bus:

Line

Direction

Stop at:

10

Cité-Nouvelle

Servette (change)

Timetable

11

Nations

Nations

Timetable

...from the train station by bus:

Line

Direction

Stop at:

5

Palexpo

Vermont (CICG)

Timetable

Keep your registration confirmation letter handy if you intend to travel by bus on your arrival day.

By taxi:

From the airport to downtown Approx. cost: CHF. 25.--.

Note: Current daytime rate is CHF 6.30 (initial charge) + CHF 2.70/km. Some extra charges may apply for night or weekends. To call a taxi in Geneva: 33 141 33.

By car:

Be aware that there is no parking available at the CICG. You can park at the Parking des Nations, for about 1.-CHF/per hour. (5 minutes walking distance from the CICG).

Rent a car offices: Hertz ++41 22 798 22 02 Alamo 0800 55 70 21
Avis ++41 1 298 33 3 Europe Car 0848 80 80 99

If you have any problems ?

Go to the special ISCAS welcome desk open at Geneva airport (arrivals floors) on Saturday and Sunday May 27/28. Our hostess will try to help you finding your way to the Conference Center (CICG) or to your hotel.


Maps

General view of Geneva

Aeroport, CICG Center, Central Station (540 KB)

Train Station and City Center (330 KB)

GENEVA CITY AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION MAP:

pdf version

This map shows the bus connections between the Conference Center, the Central Railway Station and the hotels President Wilson and Hotel Intercontinental. The inset shows the two adjacent buildings of the Conference Center – CICG and CCV.

GROUND FLOOR OF THE CONFERENCE CENTER (CICG LEVEL F):

pdf version

This map shows the ground floor plan of the Conference Center (building CICG). Note for MPEG-4 Exhibitors: the exhibition booths will be situated in the lounge to the right of the main entrance. Note for publishers/editors: the exhibition stands will be situated in the passage around Rooms III and IV.

GROUND FLOOR OF THE CONFERENCE CENTER (CICG BUILDING):

pdf version

This map gives the layout of the Conference Center (building CICG). All conference and meeting rooms, situated on the different levels, are denoted with Roman figures.

GROUND FLOOR OF THE CONFERENCE CENTER (CCV BUILDING):

pdf version

This map gives the layout of the Conference Center (building CCV). The conference rooms are all situated on the ground floor, and are denoted with Latin letters.


Pictures of Geneva