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Location & Venue


The conference will take place in Montpellier, France, a beautiful, Mediterranean city with immediate surroundings providing a lot of touristic sites to visit, the vineyards, the coast, the mountains and numerous World heritage sites of the Languedoc-Roussillon region (e.g. Roman remains such as Le Pont du Gard or the Nîmes arenas, the medieval city of Carcassonne, etc.)



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).




Venue and accommodation

The conference will take place at the Mercure Hotel Centre situated a stone's throw from the Place de la Comédie and Place de l'écusson (historic center of the city) and the cultural district (Le Corum) of Montpellier.

The auditorium offers all the technical facilities for conferences and breaks, lunches and dinners will take place on the mist-cooled terrace bathed in Mediterranean colors
  •  Accommodation

50 rooms have been blocked at workshop venue - Mercure Hotel Centre - and to benefit from a negotiated rate of 136 €/person/day (+ 16 € for breakfast), reservation has to be made directly at the Mercure Hotel Centre before midnight on 15th May 2018.
For that, please, contact directly the hotel  by e-mail to Mr Frédéric Mercier (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and quote the conference name "ELEN2018" AND reservation number: 237841 to get the negotiated rate.

However a complete list of hotels is available through the Montpellier Tourist Office website


  • Arrival in Montpellier Méditerranée airport
The airport is located near to Montpellier City (15 min by car). It guarantees many frequency flight connexions for Paris, Lyon or Madrid. Alternatively, Ryanair Company flights into Montpellier, Nimes and Perpignan cover many locations from England and Ireland. Finally, International flights also go to Barcelona in Spain located at three hour drive on the A9 north from Montpellier

Taxis and shuttle bus have commonly used to join Montpellier City.
For more details please click here


  • Arrival by train in St Roch Railway Station
The city's main train station is Montpellier St. Roch. France's TGV train service links Montpellier to major cities, including Paris, Lille, Lyon, Valence and Nice, as well as offering travel through to Barcelona. Most of the major towns on the Côte d'Azur are accessible by using train transport from the St. Roch station.
Four tram lines currently operate in Montpellier. They take in the train station, Place de la Comédie, Corum and the University. In general, tram transport frequently travels during the day, but not as often during the evening. Tram services operate up until 24:00.
Link to Tramway's map
  • Arrival by road
A9 motorway:- Paris - Montpellier: approx. 440 miles -
Exit Montpellier Est, 10 minutes from Le Corum (Montpellier Center).



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