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General Information

The conference will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland. Lausanne is a green city in the heart of Europe and is the capital of the Canton of Vaud, being the fifth largest city in Switzerland. Lausanne's situation is exceptional as the city is located between Lake Geneva (known to French-speakers as "Lac Léman")– the largest lake in Western Europe – and the vineyards and big forest.

Lausanne is also known as the "Olympic Capital", being headquarters to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

As the center of a community of 250'000 inhabitants it has a strong vocation as a communications hub, readily accessible by road, rail, plane and even by boat. A place for higher education and research, Lausanne attracts a large number of students and scientists from all around the world. They can study or work in prestigious institutions such as the EPFL, the Institute for Management Development-IMD, the University of Lausanne or the University of Art and Design.

Please note that Eurosensors 2009 in Lausanne will take at 2 locations : The welcome reception on Sunday afternoon and the plenary session on Monday morning will be held at the Palais de Beaulieu in the center of Lausanne. The remaining oral and poster sessions will be held on the vibrant EPFL Campus with a possibility to visit our laboratories after Eurosensors09 closure. A bus transfer will be organized to bring all conference participants from Beaulieu to EPFL.

For the social excursion and conference banquet, we will first take a short boat cruise on the Lake of Geneva to Château de Chillon (a castle built in 1150), near Montreux where we will have our conference banquet with a medieval gala dinner.

During the boat excursion we will cruise along the Lavaux vineyards – a UNESCO World Heritage List since 2007. Fashioned through the ages by human activity, this landscape, composed of terraced vineyards and typical villages, has enabled Lavaux to be considered as a site of universal interest.

Directions to Lausanne

Arrival by Plane – For international arrivals, Geneva International Airport (GVA Cointrin) is the closest. Follow the signs in the arrival area to the train station located in the basement of the airport (5 min walk). Several direct trains for Lausanne leave each hour, the duration being approx. 45 minutes. You may purchase train tickets and check the timetable here (use Geneva Airport as your departure station and Lausanne for the arrival station). Please note that directions are similar for arrivals from Zurich airport (ZRH), but the travel time by train to Lausanne is approximately 2.5 hours. There are also smaller airports in Bern and Basel as well.



Here is a an overview of the central Lausanne area, including the main venues and hotels.

View Eurosensors09 in a larger map (includes Geneva Airport and Château de Chillon)

Directions to Beaulieu

Click here for a printable map of the central Lausanne area. (2.5 MB .pdf)

Directions to the EPFL

Click here for detailed directions to the EPFL.

Transport system in Lausanne

Lausanne is built on hills with steeps roads. Once you arrive in Lausanne, you can efficiently use the local public transport system to transfer to various locations (Hotel, Beaulieu, EPFL). For an overview of the Lausanne Transport systems, please consult the metro web site (French only).

Click here for a pdf map of the metro lines.

When you check-in at your Hotel, you will receive a ticket pass for all Lausanne public transport (Bus, Metro) that you can use freely during your stay. All conference particpants will receive a detailed map of Lausanne in the conference bag.

Car Access

We strongly recommend that you use public transportation while attending Eurosensors'09. However, if you require parking at Beaulieu and/or the EPFL, there will be a small number of parking passes available for a fee. Please inquire at the conference Registration Desk upon arrival.

Chateau de Chillon
Château de Chillon
Palais de Bealieu
Lausanne Cathedral

EPFL Campus