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Montpellier & Corum at a glance
Montpellier is one of France's oldest University cities with Paris and Toulouse (XIII Century), and has become today a major hub for research on environment and development issues. The city is located on hilly ground 10 kilometers (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean Sea coast on the banks of the Lez River. The medieval center, “the Ecusson”, gives to the city its unique and intimate feeling. We hope that you will take this opportunity to enjoy the social and cultural life of the City and to visit the unique surrounding (natural and Unesco World Heritage sites).
The Conference will take place at “Le Corum” Conference Center.
It is located in the centre of Montpellier and can be reached from the Place de la Comédie, via the Esplanade and its pedestrian walkways – Getting to Le Corum
In order to book an hotel room, 3 options are offered to you :
1. Fill in the registration form (opening end of June) in which a selection of hotels with negotiated rates are attached.
2. Book by yourself: download a list of hotels
Special rates have been negotiated between Agropolis International (Cirad) and some hotels. They can be obtained only when booking either by phone or email directly to the hotel (not through the online booking available on web sites)
3. Book by yourself: search through the online system of the Tourism Office of Montpellier
4. Home-stay offers should be proposed early 2014 - further information to come.
You can find maps and information at the Montpellier Tourist Office located at the Place de la Comédie, 500m from Corum, and open 7 days a week (phone: 04 67 60 60 60) or at the Corum information desk (level 1). Montpellier offers a comprehensive network of buses and trams, available from 5 am to 1 am.
Information on Montpellier local transports (TAM).
Tramway & buses
The tramway “ligne 1”, decorated in blue with white swallows, connects the northern part of the city with the Odysseum terminal on the southeast side. The “ligne 2”, decorated in a flower-power theme, goes from east to west. The colorful “ligne 3”, designed by the famous fashion designer Christian Lacroix, goes from west to east, arriving near the seaside at perols. From there, you can rent a bike or take a short walk (around 20 minutes) to get to the beach. The golden “ligne 4”, also designed by Christian Lacroix, serves only downtown. Some 30 bus lines are connected to the tramway lines to offer a comprehensive network that will transport you around Montpellier.
Vélomagg bicycle service
Banking and credits cards
ShoppingMost shops are open from 9 or 10 am until 7 pm. On Sunday, shops are closed.
Emergency numbers15: Emergency ambulance service
18: Fire Brigade
InsuranceFrench health care does not cover visitors to France. Please ensure that you have an adequate insurance coverage in the event of illness or accident. The organizing committee is not liable for personal injuries sustained by or for loss or damage to property belonging to the participants.
By AirMontpellier Méditerranée Airport is the 11th French airport and the 1st airport in Languedoc Roussillon. Six regular airlines (Air France, Alitalia, Air Arabia, Ryanair, Easyjet, Volotea) operate to and from it. In 2013, the airport features the following destinations (new destinations are likely to be available in 2015).
• Direct flights to 3 international hubs :
The airport is 10 kilometers from Montpellier center (15-minute drive), midway between the town and the sea. Taxis, car rental and a shuttle service (11 times/day) are available. The cost of a taxi is around 25€, and the cost of the shuttle is around 5 €.
There are also direct trains to Barcelona, Geneva, Nice and Italy, Bordeaux, etc
More information on SNCF website
Montpellier is linked to Paris by the A9 and A75 Motorways (aroud 700 kms). It is also linked to Italy, Spain, Switzerland.
Updated: 20 November 2014