Oct 3 – 5, 2012
University of Geneva
Europe/Zurich timezone

Practical information

Practical information

University of Geneva
Uni Mail Building
40, bd du Pont-d'Arve
CH-1205 Genève
slide show of the building
Other information:
See also:

dynamic map

OAI6 access map


The detailed conference programme is online. The complete conference fee is 275 CHF, but if you can't attend the whole conference, you have the possibility to register only the days you want to attend: People working for institutions member of LIBER are entitled for a 25% discount. You may check on LIBER's members list. Lunches and social events are included in the price.
  • Wednesday 22 June : 105 CHF
  • Thursday 23 June : 105 CHF
  • Friday 24 June : 65 CHF

For the conference fee, payment must be made in advance.

Please provide us with full payment as soon as possible. If payment is not received by 30th May, registration will be cancelled by the organisers.

In case of cancellation before 30th May, a reimbursement will be processed, but the bank transfer will be at the participant's expense. There will be no refund for cancellations received after 30th May 2011.

Payment details:

Payment can be made:

- By e-banking:
IBAN: CH66 0024 0240 FP10 0541 3
Account holder : CERN-CONFERENCES

It is VERY IMPORTANT to indicate the following details with your payment: "OAI7 - 73397", your name and your registration ID sent in the confirmation mail you will receive.
Please note that you must pay any bank charges for this transaction, which you should add to the total of your registration fees.

- By e-payment
Please follow the instructions on the registration form.

- By cheque:
IMPORTANT: Cheques for any currency listed in our exchange rate table (see below) are accepted. Your invoice will be calculated in Swiss Francs (CHF) and you will need to calculate the equivalent sum in your own currency. The exchange rate on the day of your transaction will be, of course, the one which is valid (for info: currency rates form UBS). Please direct any questions about this to the organisation committee.

Please make all cheques payable to 'CERN-CONFERENCES ' and send them to the following address:

CERN Library
OAI7 Organisation
Céline Courtial
389, route de Meyrin
CH-1211 Geneva 23

IMPORTANT: Please ENSURE the following reference: "OAI7 - 73397", your name and your registration ID are written on the back of the cheque.


How to come to the conference ?

If you arrive by plane, the Geneva International Airport offers you a free ticket into town, valid throughout the « Tout Genève » zone of the Geneva Public Transport system. You can get your ticket only from the machine which is to be found between the baggage carousel and immediately before customs. You can then take the train from the station until Geneva center. All the trains will bring you to the Gare Cornavin in 5 minutes (first stop).

From Gare Cornavin, step in the tramway 15, direction Palettes. The fifth stop is "Uni Mail".

Besides, if you are staying in Geneva, you will also receive a «Geneva Transport Card» (free travel on the Geneva Public Transport system throughout your stay) when you check in at your hotel, camp ground, youth hostel, etc.

For more information: http://www.genevahostel.ch/pdf/2008_transports-gratuits_EN.pdf

You may look up TPG routes using this timetable. In particular, the keywords "Uni Mail" (where OAI7 will take place), "Aéroport Genève" (Geneva's airport), "Gare Cornavin" (Geneva's main train station) will be recognized.

Directions to the Globe (CERN)

From Gare Cornavin, take tramway 16, direction CERN. The Globe is located at the terminus.

The Globe on Google Maps.

Food & Drinks

Please note that lunches are included in the conference fee for all the three days. Also included in the fee is the official welcome buffet on Wednesday evening at CERN. The aperitif on the roof from Thursday is also included in the fee, but dinner afterwards is not and participants are free to go to any restaurant downtown (see Social Events).

Breakfast is not included in the conference fee.


Wifi & Internet

Participants will be given a login and a password at the registration desk. These give acces to the University of Geneva's WiFi network as well as to desktop computers located in Uni Mail libraries.

Please be aware that there are only a few electrical outlets in the conference auditorium. If you wish to use portable electric devices please make sure that you have an adequate supply of batteries.

Swiss adaptors are needed to adapt to a Swiss power socket http://www.internationalconfig.com/icc6.asp?item=30170  (three pin). A small number of Swiss adaptors will be available to borrow from the registration desk.


More information about Geneva 

Tourist information:

Information office:
Pont de la Machine 1
1204 Genève
Phone: +41 (0) 22-311 99 70
Closed on Sundays.

Tourism office:
Rue du Mont-Blanc 18
1201 Genève
Phone: +41 (0) 22-909 70 00
Closed on Sundays from 1 September to 15 June.

More information:


The Old City

Hidden away in the Old City's picturesque narrow streets you'll find a multitude of art galleries, antique shops, bookshops and charming cafés. Leading off from the Cathedral, cobbled streets and connecting passageways entice you to stroll around the Bourg-du-Four, along the Promenade de la Treille or the Terrasse Agrippa d'Aubigné.


Parks and Lakeside

525 acres of public parks to relax in. As you walk along the quays from the Botanical Gardens, past the Flower Clock and the Water Jet all the way round to the beautiful rose gardens in the Parc des Eaux-Vives and the Parc de la Grange, all Geneva's different facets will unfold before you - from its gardens and buildings to the Lake.



All sorts of shops from small boutiques (in the Rue du Rhône neighbourhood and the Corraterie, in the Old City) to department stores in the Rue de la Confédération, de la Croix d'Or, du Marché ("downtown") and Coutance.

Opening hours:
Monday-Wednesday 9am-7pm
Thursday 9am-9pm
Friday 9am-7.30pm
Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday closed

You can change money in the main Geneva banks, stations and foreign exchange offices.