INFORMATION

14th ECE Secretariat

ILAE/IBE Congress Secretariat

7 Priory Office Park, Stillorgan Road, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, A94 FN26, Ireland

Tel: +353 1 2056720

Fax: +353 1 2056156

Email: ece@epilepsycongress.org

Centre International de Conférences, Genève (CICG)

Rue de Varembé 17  | CH‑1211 Genève 20 | Switzerland

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The CICG is ideally located in Geneva, just 10 minutes from the city centre and 15 minutes from the airport. It is easily accessible, being well-served by public transport.

This multi-functional centre is a comfortable size for congress participants to navigate and boasts state-of-the-art equipment.

Certificate of Attendance

Certificates of attendance will be available to delegates on completion of the evaluation form after the congress.

Language

English is the official language of the congress.

Letters of Invitation

A letter of invitation is available once registration for the congress has been completed. A letter of invitation may be downloaded in the Epilepsy Congress User Account, once the required supporting documentation (photo ID), if applicable, and payment have been received.

If a visa application is refused, we will refund the registration fee in full. Please send a copy of the rejection letter to registration@epilepsycongess.org for refunds to be processed.

Liability and Insurance

The congress organisers will not accept liability for personal injury or loss/damage to property/belongings of participants, before, during or following the congress or their stay in Geneva. It is therefore recommended that participants arrange their own personal health, accident and travel insurance.

WiFi

Complimentary WiFi is available in the congress venue, for the duration of the congress, for registered delegates only.

Please note that information on the Scientific ProgrammeRegistration and Abstracts may be found on separate pages on this website.

Destination Geneva

Geneva is located right in the heart of Europe, easily accessibly by air, road and high-speed trains from European cities. Known as The Global Village, Geneva is the smallest of the big capitals and host to 35 international organisations and 250 NGOs.

In one of Europe’s most beautiful regions, with its lake surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery, Geneva is the gateway to the Alps. The cradle of watchmaking and home to the greatest Swiss chocolate makers, Geneva promises you an original and enriching stay.

The city houses the European headquarters of the UN and the main headquarters of the Red Cross. For this reason, the city is often referred to as the “Capital of peace”.

Geneva’s most famous monument, Jet d’Eau, is the world’s tallest water fountain and provides a constant landmark for exploring the city. Geneva’s ancient Old Town offers a living glimpse of the past while Geneva’s more than thirty museums and art galleries capture the rich and vibrant history of the city including the Red Crescent Museum and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO).

Currency

The currency used in Switzerland is the Swiss franc (CHF). 1 CHF is divided into 100 cents.

Electricity

Switzerland uses 230V / 50Hz alternating current.

Sockets are for plugs with three round pins (see here for details):

Most non-Swiss visitors should bring adaptors.

Time Zone

Geneva lies within the Central European Time zone (CET), UTC+1. Summer time (UTC+2) runs from end of March to the last week of October.

Transportation

A ticket for free public transport for 80 minutes is offered for all passengers arriving at the airport.

Free Tickets: Anyone staying in a hotel, a youth hostel or a campsite in Geneva receives a “Geneva Transport Card” free of charge. This personal and non-transferable card is given out on arrival at the accommodation. It permits unlimited travel on Geneva’s public transport network  for the full duration of the stay.

Regular Ticket: A single UNIRESO Zone 10 ticket can be used to get to and from Geneva Airport, which is valid also for a train. The ticket costs CHF 3 and is valid for a 60-minute journey.

Geneva has an excellent and efficient public transport system, comprising trains, trams, buses and boats.

Geneva Public Transport network is named UNIRESO. It is an interconnected system of trams, buses (TPG), mouettes (yellow transport boats) and trains (CFF) in a city of Geneva. A single UNIRESO ticket is valid for bus, tram, lake boat and local train as the whole system uses the same tickets.

For travelling around the city of Geneva, the tram and bus system is very reliable. A daily ticket is CHF 8. Find more information on trams and buses within the city here.

When travelling by train around the rest of Switzerland, it is recommended to book a number of weeks in advance. It can cost up to four times the price to buy the ticket on the day of travel. Find more information on the main national rail service website here.

All TPG lines and schedules in Geneva can be found in the Moovit App. Moovit gives directions for TPG routes and provides helpful step-by-step navigation.

Taxis in Geneva can be ordered by phone, stopped on the street or picked-up in some 60 parking areas located downtown, at the airport and at the train stations. However, booking the taxi online or saving a taxi mobile number to your phone is recommended.

Visa Regulations

Who does not need a visa?

Switzerland is in the Schengen Zone, so “Schengen” visas also cover entry into Switzerland provided they are part of a valid travel document.

Citizens of all countries of the European Union, Switzerland and many other countries do not need a visa, only a valid passport is required to enter Switzerland. In case of doubt please contact the Swiss Consulate or Embassy well in advance before departure.

Who needs a visa?

Travellers requiring a visa can travel freely throughout the Schengen zone for three months with a Schengen visa issued by any Schengen country. Obtaining a visa entitling you to visit one Schengen country automatically entitles you to travel to and from all the other Schengen countries too.

For further information, please visit the website of the State Secretariat for Migration.

Geneva Airport & Transfer

Geneva International Airport (GVA) is one of the top-rated airports in Europe and is located just 5 km from the city centre. A train journey between Geneva Airport and central railway station in the city (Gare Cornavin) takes 6 minutes and bus to downtown Geneva takes about 20 minutes. Gare Cornavin is a hub for public transport.

Free Tickets: On arrival at the airport passengers may obtain a free Unireso ticket for 80 minutes for public transport in Zone 10 – Tout Geneve (central Geneva area, including airport and most hotels). The ticket machine which issues these free tickets is located at the baggage reclaim hall. This ticket is valid only with the arriving flight ticket in case of being inspected.

Train: A train departs every 12 to 20 minutes from Geneva Airport to Gare Cornavin Central Railway Station situated in the heart of the city, and vice versa on the return. The Centre International de Conférences Genève( CICG) is only a 10-minute drive from this station.

The first train from the Airport to the city leaves at 05:07 and the last train departs at 00:51.
The first train from the city to the Airport leaves at 04:43 and the last train departs at 00:07.

The train platform at the airport  is located in the Airport Shopping Centre, which is a 5-minute walk through the airport terminal.

See the train timetable for trains departure and arrival times to and from the airport.

Bus: City buses connecting Geneva Airport with Gare Cornavin train station depart from the airport every 9 to 15 minutes. Buses no. 5 and no. 10 travel to Gare Routiere train station or Bel-Air bus stop in 12 – 18 minutes.

Bus #5: Airport – Gare Cornavin – Bel-Air – Museum – Thônex-Vallard
Bus #10: Airport – Gare Cornavin – Bel-Air – Place des Eaux-Vives – Rive
Bus #23: Airport – Lignon – Grand-Lancy – ZIPLO
Bus #28: Parfumerie – Vernier – Airport – Grand-Saconnex – Nations – Jardin-Botanique

The bus stop is directly in front of the Airport Terminal. Find more information here.

Car Rental: Many car rental companies operate at the airport. There is a highway connecting airport with the city, and there are plenty of parking options.

Taxi: Fares between the airport and city range from CHF 35 to CHF 45 and depend on traffic density, the time of the day and the number of passengers. Some of the taxi websites recommended are:

www.taxi-phone.ch
www.taxis.ch

An alternative to using a taxi is using Uber, which is currently operating in Geneva.