Practical information

Practical information

On this page you find information about France and Corsica, your venue to Corsica and the School center, practical information for the school duration.

About France and Corsica


Visas are not required for citizens of most European countries, permanent residents of a Schengen state, as well as for a series of other countries. If you need a visa a personal invitation letter may be necessary (see annex documents right below), which you may request from the Organizing Committee. Conditions such as the remaining validity of your passeport may also apply. Here are some documents to assist you. We leave it under your responsibility that you check that these conditions still hold at the time of your departure.

  • Full legal information about entering France from the French embassy.
  • Do you need a visa?: details from the French Embassy. Please check carefully that the dates for the visa include the full range of the School!
  • Holders of permanent residence permits issued by a member Schengen state can enter without a visa. The residence permit and passport should be valid at least 90 days after the entry date.

Practical information

  • Euro is the only currency in use.
  • Power plugs and sockets are on the Europlug compatible standard (eg as in France or Germany), voltage 220V.
  • EHIC: European Health Insurance Card. This card is free and allows attendees coming from European member states to receive medical treatment for free or at a reduced cost. Probably to be requested from your provider of health insurance.

Tourist information

Travel information

  • The airport closest to the conference site is Ajaccio Napoléon Bonaparte airport (AJA), 30 km south of Cargèse. At the time of the School you may fly with direct and mostly daily flights from several airports in France (Paris Orly or Charles de Gaulle in Paris, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Toulon), and on some days to several large cities in Europe: Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, Basel-Mulhouse. While Paris and Lyon may be suitable hubs for those connecting with other flights, notice that Paris Orly and Paris CDG airports are far from each other.
  • Boat: you may also decide to take the boat from Marseille (company Corsica Linea and La Méridionale) or Toulon or Nice (company Corsica Ferries), overnight, and reach Ajaccio on Monday 9th morning.
  • Participants will be picked-up at the airport on 9th Oct and brought back on 21th Oct. Transportation from Ajaccio will be organized ahead of the School. Transportation back will be organized during the School.
  • Although we will take care of your transfer, you may notice that the transfer may be done with public transportation from the Bus station of Ajaccio (same place as the Harbour), with company Corsica Bus Ceccaldi . See the official and unofficial websites.
  • Welcoming: All participants reaching Cargèse with the shuttle buses of the School will be welcome, whatever the hour. You will be taken directly to your location of accommodation, school site or Cargèse village. The opening session is scheduled at 9am on Tuesday Oct 10th.

Local information


Cargèse is a medium-sized village along the western coast of Corsica, between Ajaccio and Porto. It is directly on the sea, however very close to the mountains, covering most of Corsica. Climate: The average (night & day) temperature at the time of the school is in the range 12°C to 22°C, so, liable to be around 17°C, with possibilities of rain. Please bring suitable warm and waterproof clothes.

Conference site

  • The conference site is called IESC, stading for Institut d'Etudes Scientifiques de Cargèse. It is ruled jointly by the University of Corsica, the University of Nice, and CNRS.
  • Accommodation is covered by the registration fees. Participants will be split between the School site and the village, and organized by IESC.
  • Lodging is provided on the basis of two persons per room. You should bring with you toiletries (soap etc.). Linen/blankets and towels are provided.
  • Laundry (automatic washing machines) are available in the accommodation building at the school site, as well as in the village. The washing agent is provided.
  • Catering. Breakfasts and lunches are covered by the registration fees. DIners shall be covered by the participants. Kitchen facilities are available, as an alternative to bars and restaurants. Shops are available in the village.


  • Climate: the daily average (night & day) temperature at the time of the school ranges from 12°C to 22°C, thus likely to be around 17°C, with possibilities of rain. Please bring suitable warm and waterproof clothes.
  • Casual wear: one outing and one or more sport sessions have been scheduled, including indoor pool. Please bring casual wear and a bathing suit for such purpose.
  • Posters: we encourage participants to bring posters to present their work. Posters will be hanged during coffee breaks and special sessions. The preferred size of the posters is A0 portrait. Early in the time schedule oral sessions have been scheduled for quick presentations of the participants as an introduction to their poster (two slides max). Please have such slides prepared in an electronic format!