General Info

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It IS possible to get to and around Marseille without speaking French. Here's some information to help you navigate the area:


Marseille Provence Airport
+33 (0)4 42 14 14 14

25 minutes from the center of Marseille. Links 74 cities in 27 countries, a flight to Paris departs every half hour.

MP2 Terminal
For low cost airlines.

Airport Shuttle

A shuttle bus between the airport and Marseille Saint-Charles Train Station departs every 15 minutes. The trip takes about 25 minutes; a one-way ticket is 8.50 €.

Airport Taxi

+33 (0)4 42 88 11 44
About 40€ during the day, 50€ for nights & weekends.


Marseille Saint-Charles Train Station
(+33) 36 35

Marseille Public Transportation System

+33 (0)4 91 91 92 10

Metro Lines 1 and 2:

First departure time: 5:00 AM from all terminus.

Last departure time: 10:30 PM from Monday to Thursday and 0:30 AM on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Free maps and guides are available at the information desks and in the main subway stations: La Rose, St Just, Réformés, Saint Charles, Vieux Port, Estrangin, Castellane, La Timone, Bougainville, Joliette, Noailles, Rond Point du Prado and Ste Marguerite.

Street tramway (2 lines):

First departure time: 5:00 AM from all terminus.

Last departure time: 0:30 AM.

Metro station BLEUE 1 COLBERT
Bus Airport Shuttle GARE ST CHARLES


Highway A55

Coming from Fos, Martigues, Arles, Montpellier, Toulouse, Barcelona

Highway A50

Coming from Cassis, Toulon, Nice, Milan, Turin, Genoa

Highway A7

Coming from Aix-en-Provence, Lyon, Paris, Brussels

In Marseille, the Prado-Carénage tunnel provides a direct link between highways A55 & A50 in five minutes, excluding rush hour traffic, for 2.70 euros

Passport and Visa

Every person entering France must have a valid passport and/or identification card. A visa is required for some nationalities. Please contact the nearest French Embassy or Consulate, or for further information. The conference organizers will provide an official letter of invitation upon request to help overcome administrative difficulties in certain countries. This invitation will not imply any obligation from the Organization to provide any kind of financial contribution. Requests should be made by fax or e-mail and must include the participant’s complete mailing address, fax number, e-mail address and proof of professional or student status.


To call France from abroad, dial the local international access code, followed by 33 (France country code), and the domestic number including the area code (minus the initial 0). For international calls made from France, dial 00, followed by your correspondent’s country code and number.


Electricity in France is 220 Volts; frequency is 50 Hz and plugs have two male contact points. Plan to bring an adaptor and transformer, if necessary, for electrical appliances or electronic equipment using different voltages.

Climate and clothing:

September weather in Marseille is usually still quite warm and sunny, but temperatures can fall with the Mistral wind. Average number of days of sunshine is 300 days per year. Daily temperatures range from 17°C to 25°C. Night temperatures are usually milder, between 10°C to 15°C.

Safety and useful telephone numbers

Do not leave valuables of any kind in your vehicle.
Please take care of your personal belongings at all times.

Emergency Police: +33(0)17*
Rescue Services (Firemen): +33(0)18 or +33(0)112*
Emergency Rescue Services: +33(0)15 or +33(0)112*
Anti-Poisoning Centre: +33 (0)4 91 75 25 25*
Info on the H1N1 flu: +33 (0)825 302 302*
Lost & Found property: +33 (0)4 91 14 68 97*
Social Rescue Services: +33 (0)4 95 04 58 53*
Emergency Medical Practitioner: +33 (0)36 24*
Emergency Heart Attack: +33 (0)4 91 49 91 91*
Emergency Pharmacy: +33(0)3237*
Diving Accident: +33 (0)4 91 74 49 96*
Dental Emergency: +33 (0)892 566 766*
Traffic Information: +33 (0)800 100 200*

* Omit +33 and include 0 if calling from a French phone.




Click here for information about online registration, rates, and registration deadlines. Don't forget to sign up for the special gala dinner!

Venue / Accommodations

Welcome to Marseille! The conference will be held at the Mercure Marseille Center hotel, and the special gala dinner will take place on board the lovely Le Marseillois. You can read more about the venue and accommodations here.


The meeting will run from Saturday morning (28 September 2013) through Monday noon (30 September 2013). For a full conference schedule and a list of session themes, click here.

Presentations / Abstracts

Abstract submissions are now closed. Click here to view our program schedule.


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