*Local Information [#u2feb89a]

**Conference Site [#z53bc73e]

Espace Mendes, Poitiers, France
Espace Mendes France, Poitiers, France

- Web site : [[http://www.maison-des-sciences.org/]]
- Location : Google maps [[External link:http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=fr&q=espace+mendes+france,+Poitiers,+France+&ie=UTF8&z=15&iwloc=A&om=1]]

[[Poitiers:http://www.mairie-poitiers.fr/]] is a town on the Clain River in west central France. It is a commune and the capital (préfecture) of the Vienne département and of the Poitou-Charentes région. The town is picturesque; and its streets are interesting for their remains of ancient architecture, especially of the Romanesque period, and the memories of great historical events.

- Poitiers at Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poitiers
- Poitiers at WikiTravel ([[en:http://wikitravel.org/en/Poitiers]], [[fr:http://wikitravel.org/fr/Poitiers]]).


**Access [#bc20fe05]

***Come to Poitiers by road [#ee2d2c33]
~Poitiers is situated on the Paris-Bordeaux axis (Nationale 10 highway and A10 motorway).

By the A10 motorway, Poitiers is:
-330 km from Paris
-220 km from Bordeaux
-130 km from La Rochelle

*** Come to Poitiers by rail [#yaad1c84]
~Poitiers is on the TGV Atlantique rail line (station in the town):
-Poitiers - Paris [[Gare Montparnasse:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gare_Montparnasse]]: 1hr. 30min.
-Poitiers - La Rochelle: 1hr. 25min
-Poitiers - Bordeaux: 1hr. 45min

Reserve a train ticket : [[External link:http://www.voyages-sncf.com/dynamic/_SvHomePage?_DLG=SvHomePage&_CMD=cmdHomepageUK&WB=HP&rfrr=4685ac17fd2e7656e4918c53b246a3f7]]

*** Come to Paris by air, then to Poitiers by rail [#a0574356]

~Airports to Paris

- To reach Paris from the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport, the easiest is to take RER line B (all trains go to Paris). Alternatively, you can train Roissy Bus or airline shuttles to reach Paris, and then use metro or bus.
- To reach Paris from the Orly airport, the easiest is to take the Orly Bus that stops at Denfert-Rochereau station (about 15 minutes). Alternatively, you can take the Orly Val to reach line B of the RER. Airline shuttles are also available to reach Paris. 

~Take the TGV high speed train in Paris [[Gare Montparnasse:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gare_Montparnasse]].

***Come to Poitiers by air [#c97bd4cd]

~Poitiers-Biard airport: 33 (0)5 49 30 04 40

[[http://www.poitiers.cci.fr/images/carte_du_reseau_2007.jpg:http://www.poitiers.cci.fr/aeroport/lignes/index.asp]]

~Regular flights :
- Poitiers - London Stansted. Ryanair.com. Schedules / booking : [[External link:http://www.ryanair.com/]]
- Poitiers - Lyon. Air Linair [[External link:http://www.poitiers.cci.fr/aeroport/lignes/lignes2.asp]]

**Accommodations [#kcf652a2]

Our choice of hotels located within walking distance of Espace Mendès France.

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|~Hôtel| tel/fax | cost/per night min/max + breakfast| web |h
|~Hôtel de l'Europe **| phone +33549881200 / fax +33549889730 | Special C5 participants : room + breakfast : 57.00 Euros for one person - 68.00 Euros for 2 persons |  [[External link:http://www.hotel-europe-poitiers.com/]]|
|~Hôtel Ibis Centre (Accor) ** | phone +33549883042 / fax +33549551187 | 46€ - 59 € + 7€| [[External link:http://www.ibishotel.com/]]|
|~Hôtel Le Plat d'Etain ** | phone +33549410480 / fax +33549522584 | 44€ - 62€ + 7.5€| [[External link:http://www.poitiers-leplatdetain.com/]]|
|~Hôtel Au Chapon Fin ** | phone +33549880297 / fax +33549889163 | 47€ - 52€ + 6€| [[External link:http://www.hotel-chaponfin.com/]]|
|~Hôtel Central ** | phone +33549017979 / fax +33549602756 | 45€ - 53€ + 6.5€| [[External link:http://hotel-reserver-chambre-hebergement-poitiers-vienne.centralhotel86.com/]]|
|~Grant Hôtel *** | phone +33549609060 / fax +33549628189 | 66€ - 84 € + 12€| [[External link:http://www.grandhotelpoitiers.fr//]]|
Youth Hotels (FUAJ) [[External link:http://www.fuaj.org/eng/hostels/aj_fiche.php?aj_id=63]]

**Social events [#m9ceba34]

Excursion to visit La Rochelle on Thursday January 17

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