To reach the campus from the city center, take the bus line 4 (to CAMPUS) or line 2 (to CAMPUS). Beware, the bus 2 has two terminus: Vignières and Campus. Vignières is located 2 stops before Campus.
The trip from center town (railway station) to the Campus takes about 20 minutes. Buses run approximately every 10 minutes.
You can buy your bus ticket directly to the driver (1.40 euro). You can also buy 10 tickets for 8 euros in tobacco shops or SIBRA agencies (Annecy bus company).
A small number of rooms at low price have been reserved in the following hotels:
To get a room at a special price, you have to specify the identifier "FOIS/ICCS 2016". Rooms will be allocated on the first-come, first-served rule (don't wait to the last minute!).
With 79,048 inhabitants, the Annecy urban area is nested in the alpine mountains near a pristine lake and it is the largest city of Haute-Savoie. Its Old Town is well preserved and it hosts Europe’s cleanest lake. The city was built in the XIIth century around its castle, named Annecy le Neuf, to differentiate it from the neighbouring Gallo-Roman town, Annecy le Vieux (Annecy the old). It became important in the XVIth century in succeeding Geneva as a regional capital. Annecy is well connected to the neighboring countries of Switzerland and Italy by highway and railways.
The Mont-Blanc summit nearby can be reached by car in less than one hour. Annecy airport has frequent connections to Paris as well as other towns such as Chambéry and Lyon. Flights to international countries are available either from Geneva (half an hour from Annecy) or from Lyon (one hour from Annecy). For those who wish to combine conference attendance with some local sightseeing, renting a car may be an interesting option. There is no need to have a car during the conference as local bus transportation is cheap and convenient, including a route (#4) that passes many Annecy hotels. Tickets can be purchased by paying with cash on board or by credit card at some points of sale. Visitors can choose from a broad range of hotels, many of them located in historic buildings in the city center. More information on accommodations can be found here. For arrangements, attendees should use the reservation system of their hotel of choice or other online booking service, which may offer considerable early discounts. Student accommodation is also available at certain residences.
With 12,500 students, a rich variety of multidisciplinary studies, and 19 research laboratories with an international reputation, the University of Savoie is an establishment on a human scale offering a wide perspective on Europe and the world. Its three university campuses include Annecy-le-Vieux, Le Bourget-du-Lac and Jacob-Bellecombette, and all offer particularly attractive living and studying conditions at the heart of an exceptional environment located between lakes and mountains. The conference and workshops will take place in the Polytech building on the Annecy-le-Vieux campus.
Climate: July is a hot month, with stable and unstable phases. Due to the Alpine location, thunderstorms may occur and the temperature may range between 15 and 35 degrees centigrade (59 to 95°F).
Food: Many restaurants are available in Annecy (see the map). Annecy is home to one of the major chefs of the world (Marc Veyrat) and several restaurants provide very high-quality food. Basic local cuisine focuses on cheeses (reblochon, beaufort, etc.), sausages with white wine (diots au vin blanc), or tartiflette, to cite but a few delicacies.