International Spring School on


(MAP 2012)

March, 12-16, 2012, Sophia Antipolis,France

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    Venue and useful informations

    The meeting will take place at INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France, on March 12 to 16, 2012.

    Wi-Fi network with access control on site. You will receive your credentials by email automatically a few days before the conference. Inria is also involved in Eduroam project.

    Lunches and breaks will be served on site.

    2004 route des Lucioles
    BP 93
    F-06902 Sophia Antipolis cedex
    Tel: +33 (0)4 92 38 77 77
    Acces map

    Check-in / Registration and opening session: Kahn building
    Tutorial and workshops: Kahn and Euler building

    How to reach the location of the conference

    By plane
    Nearest international airport is Nice-Côte d'Azur (20km)
    Regular shuttles from the airport (Terminal 1 and 2) to Sophia Antipolis by bus: Line 230 - bus stop "Inria"

    By car
    GPS           43.61619N (43°36'58")       7.06786E (07°04'04")
    Access map

    • From Marseille-Aix by the A8 motorway, take the exit Antibes-Grasse-Sophia Antipolis, direction Sophia Antipolis.
    • From Nice by the A8 motorway, take the exit Antibes-Sophia Antipolis, direction Sophia Antipolis (the road on the right just after the toll).

    By train
    The closest railway station is located in Antibes.
    Regular shuttles from Antibes SNCF railway station to Sophia Antipolis by bus with Envibus:
    Lines 1 - 11 - Bus stop "IUT (1) or "Inria"(11)
    Express line: 100 - Bus stop "Templiers" (5mn walking distance from Inria)
    Fare ticket: 1€

    By public transport (Fare ticket: 1€)

    • From Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport : Line 230 - Bus stop "Inria"
    • From Nice-Ville : Line 230 - Bus stop "Inria"
    • From Antibes : Envibus Lines Lines 1 - 11 - Bus stop "IUT (1) or "Inria"(11)
      Express line 100 - Bus stop "Templiers" (5mn walking distance from Inria)

    By taxi
    About 20 minutes, (appr. 55€)
    Transfert Service (English spoken) +33 (0) 6 09 50 92 53
    Taxi Sophia +33 (0) 6 27 51 01 51
    Centrale Orange Taxi +33 (0) 820 906 960
    Motorbike transport: +33 (0) 6 58 79 81 31
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    Car rental
    Nice Cote d'Azur Airport offers a choice of several car rental companies (Terminal 2).

    Arriving on Sunday
    The bus number 230 does not operate on Sundays. However, line 250 can reach Antibes (Place de Gaulle). This is at a walking distance from the hotels we suggested in Antibes. You can also change and take Envibus Line 9 to Sophia Antipolis. The stop called "Skema" is close to the hotels Novotel and Omega, "Bouillides" close to the hotels Mercure and Ibis and "Eganaude" is close to the hotels Sophia Country Club and B&B hotel.

    Nice to know

    Opening/closing hours, public holidays, currency, areas codes for France, Emergency phone numbers, advice for a trouble-free stay...

    The French Riviera benefits from a Mediterranean-type climate, characterised by exceptional sunshine almost 300 days a year and mild temperatures for most of the year.
    It rains heavily but infrequently mostly in March/April and October/November. In winter, freezing temperatures are rare, but sweaters are advised.

    Opening hours
    Shops are usually open from 9 am to 7 pm from Monday to Saturday. Department stores may stay open until 9 pm. Banks are open from 8.30 to 12 noon and 2 to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday, with some branches opening on Saturday mornings.

    Legal holidays
    The 1st of January, Easter Monday, May 1st (May Day), May 8th (VE Day), Ascension Day (Thursday), Whit Monday, July 14th (Bastille Day), August 15th, November 1st (All Saints), November 11th (Armistice Day) and December 25th (Christmas). 
    On legal holidays, banks, government offices, shops, the majority of businesses and also many museums and tourist attractions are closed.

    Credit cards are accepted in many shops, hotels and restaurants (there is usually a minimum amount of between €7 and €15). For cash, you will find cash-points on just about every street corner (24 hours a day).
    Bank branches, exchange bureaux and some post offices handle currency exchange transactions and traveller's cheques. Whatever you are buying, prices are net. A gratuity is however the custom in restaurants and for certain specific services (taxi cabs.).

    Emergency phone numbers 
    Dial the following numbers (toll-free)
    SAMU (medical emergencies): 15
    Police emergency: 17
    Fire-brigade: 18
    European emergency call: 112

    To call France in France: 0 + area number + number
    To call France from abroad: 00 + 33 + number
    To call abroad: 00 + country exchange number + number

    Electric standards
    220 Volts - 380 Volts / 50 Hertz

    A few tips for a pleasant trouble-free holiday
    - You are strongly recommended to respect smoking/no smoking signs in public places.
    - It is always useful to have a little cash on you at all times for little out-of-pocket expenses like taxi fares to the airport, drinks, etc.
    - A service charge is included in the price of each item on the menu in any cafe or restaurant as required by French law. In theory, no further tipping is expected.
    However, it is pretty common to leave something after a bite to eat or drink. But it’s never expected and is only given for good or attentive service, or at a place you habituate frequently. Extra generosity will never hurt.
    - If you are driving, park only where authorised and respect speed limits on highways and motorways.

    Useful link
    Official tourism portal for the Riviera Côte d’Azur