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Welcome to Geneva!
Here you will find some useful information on how to get to ELAG 2005, enjoy the social events, about your stay at CERN and what to do in Geneva.
Many low cost flights connect Geneva to other European countries.
Taxi - (rather expensive, approximately 35 CHF from the Airport). Recommended for heavy luggage!
Bus - take the number 28 bus from outside the airport exit. At the stop “Hôpital de la Tour” take the number 9 bus marked "9 CERN" to its terminus at the CERN entrance. Ticket costs 3.00 CHF (button B on the ticket machine, available at each bus stop with Swiss coins or with Euros: 0,10 - 0,20 - 0,50 - 1 and 2 Euros).
(3.00 CHF are equivalent to 2.00 Euros).
Swiss Railways timetable.
From Geneva railway station at Cornavin:
Bus - Take the number 9 bus marked "9 CERN" (not "9 ZIMEYSA") to its terminus at the CERN entrance (about 25 minutes). Ticket costs 3.00 CHF (button B on the ticket machine, available at each bus stop with Swiss coins or with Euros: 0,10 - 0,20 - 0,50 - 1 and 2 Euros).
Going from CERN to Geneva:
Take the number 9 bus in front of Entrance B. Going downtown takes about 25 minutes. Going back to CERN: take the bus marked "9 CERN" (not "9 ZIMEYSA").
Travelling by Car
Passport & Visa [Top]
Ensure your passport is valid until well after you plan to end your trip; if it is due to expire in that time, renew it before you depart.
Citizens of certain parts of former USSR and former Yugoslavia, require visas.
See http://www.foreigners.ch for exact details, and check with your local Swiss embassy or a reputable travel agency before travelling.
CERN Hostels, hotels in Geneva [Top]
If you would like to book a room in the CERN hostel please fill in the relevant section of the registration form as soon as possible because availability of rooms is limited.
You should pay for your hostel. The hostel will accept major credit cards, or cash. Payment can be made at the reception desk between 7:30 am– 7:30 pm (Monday – Friday) and from 09:00 am – 1:00 pm (Saturday and Sunday). Prices are about 55 CHF for a single and 73 CHF for a double room.
How to get the keys of your room if your accommodation is in the CERN Hostel:
The CERN Hostel opening hours are Mon-Fri 7:30 am to 7:00 pm and 09:00 am – 1:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. For further information please phone on 022-76-74481 from outside CERN and 74481 from inside CERN.
If you are arriving at CERN outside the opening hours of CERN Hostel, you will have to go directly to the CERN Main Entrance (Entrance B) and ask the guard. The keys are held in a building just to the right of Entrance B.
There are two CERN Hostel buildings:
Building 38 is a non-smoking hostel, apart from a certain number of specific bedrooms, reading and television rooms, where smoking is allowed.
Building 39 is a non-smoking hostel, apart from specific reading and television rooms, where smoking is allowed.
Hotels in Geneva
Arrival Procedure [Top]
If you arrive at CERN between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm go to the CERN General Reception in Building 33 (open from Monday – Saturday) near to the bus stop and at the side of the car park. The access cards for each registered participant will be available there from 28th May onwards.
If you arrive at CERN between 6:00 pm and 8:00 am (and you have a booked room at the Hostel) go and pick up your access card and room key at Entrance B, next to the bus terminus.
In Geneva buses run from 6:00 am to midnight; outside these hours you will need to take a taxi.
Social Events [Top]
- There will be an ELAG 2005 official welcome dinner on Wednesday 1st of June at the CERN Restaurant 1. All participants are invited.
- Library Visit: Wednesday 1st of June from 17:00 -17:45. More details will be given during the plenary sessions.
- On Thursday 2nd of June evening there will be a wine
aperitif in the library garden followed by a wine-sharing
Contact Person for Logistics [Top]
Susanne Schaefer is responsible for the running of the conference and the workshops. You can contact her at Susanne.Schaefer@cern.ch or at the phone number +41-22.767.24.31 from outside Switzerland and 022-76-72431 from outside CERN and 72431 from inside CERN. Her office is located in Building 3/1-017.
Money and Communication [Top]
Currency and exchange rate
CERN Post Office
• a complete financial service (payments, orders, post office accounts)
• a mailing service
• other services (Publifax, phone cards, telegrams, stamp collectors' service, telephone booths, packet kit sales service).
Building 63 (Main Building)
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and from 1:45 pm to 4:30 pm
Telephone: 022-767 27 98
Fax: 022-782 44 06
BANK and Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) Available 24 hours a day.
There is a branch of the Union de Banques Suisses SA on the CERN site (Bldg. 500). It provides the full range of normal banking services such as over-the-counter operations, consultancy and sales (loans, investment and back-up services) and also Swiss Franc and Euro cash dispensers, with a very wide credit card range.
Bank office hours:
Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Telephone: 022-783 21 88 or 022-783 21 84 (Bldg. 500)
Fax: 022-783 21 69
Phone cards can be purchased at the Post Office (Bldg. 63), and at the newspaper stand (Bldg. 501-Main Building)
Using the telephone:
For calling on site, use only the last five digits of the phone number (e.g. 72431 instead of 76-72431).
Reading your email
There are several options for reading your email. From the CERN Library you can use any available protocol for accessing your own mailbox, e.g. http, Telnet, SSH, FTP, etc.
The temporary username and password will allow participants to use the Library's 6 PCs and 10 X-terminals. They will be included in the Welcome pack.
In order to connect a laptop to the network at CERN you should register as a visitor in advance (when you are asked for a contact person at CERN you can enter the details of: Tullio Basaglia, Group SI, Department DSU).
Wireless network is available in some areas. It is available in the Hostel (only in Bldg. 39), in the Council Chamber, in the library and in most conference rooms.
Note that Swiss power sockets are three pin but will accept standard European two pin plugs, however, the sockets are recessed (hexagonal) so some adaptors may not be suitable. See a picture of a European to Swiss adaptor. A small amount of European-Swiss adaptors will be available to borrow from Susanne Schaefer (tel: 72431 from inside CERN).
Moving around in CERN [Top]
Printed plans of the CERN site can be obtained from the Reception. A copy will be included in the Welcome pack.
A Restaurant is available on site, where you can have breakfast and lunch.
Monday-Friday: 07:00 am – 01:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 07.00 - 23.00
Prices range from 10 to 20 CHF.
Souvenirs and Chocolate shop
The shop, located in Bldg. 501, is open from 7:00 am to 5:15 pm (Monday to Friday).
You can buy cigarettes, Swiss chocolate, newspapers, postcards, etc.
CERN Visit [Top]
CERN invites you to a free visit in English on Saturday from 08:45 am – 12:00 am, meeting in building 33 (reception). Reservation is obligatory.
The visit consists of an introduction to CERN presented by one of our English speaking guides, followed by a film projection and a visit to one of the experimental areas.The choice of the itinerary is made by the Visits Service depending on the availability of the area on the day of your visit.
Please reserve a place on the registration form.
All about CERN in … 7 sentences! [Top]
Did You Know ?...
• That antimatter is routinely produced at CERN (more than 10 million particles per second).
• That the world's largest magnet, weighing more than the Eiffel tower, is at CERN.
• That the vacuum in the Laboratory's accelerators is the best between CERN and the moon.
• That CERN's biggest accelerator is 27 kilometres around, and particles travelling near the speed of light lap it over 11000 times each second.
• That CERN's detectors are the size of four-storey houses.
• That over 1800 physicists work on the biggest experiment being prepared for CERN's next accelerator. This experiment will generate data at a rate about equal to everyone on Earth simultaneously making 10 telephone calls each.
· Infinitely CERN (Memories from fifty years of research 1954 – 2004 / Sciences & Histoire – Editions Suzanne Hurter Histoire: Editions Suzanne Hurter 2004.
· Antimatter, the ultimate mirror / Fraser, Gordon. - Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2000. - 213 p.
· How the Web was born: the story of the World Wide Web / Gillies, James; Cailliau, Robert. - Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2000. - 372 p.
· The quark machines: how Europe fought the particle physics war / Fraser, Gordon. - Bristol: IOP, 1997. - 210 p.
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... or you can read the science fiction story by Dan Brown: Angels and Demons