EWASS 2014 : European Week of Astronomy and Space Science
30 June – 4 July 2014, Geneva, Switzerland
Social Events & Tourism
The Welcome Cocktail will be served in parallel to the participant's registration in the entry hall of the CICG conference venue on the late afternoon of Sunday, 29 June 2014. The event is free of charge for conference participants, but pre-registration is required.
Date: Sunday, 29 June 2014, 18:00-19:30
Springer Drink for the 25th anniversary of A&A Review
A simple, informal drink will be served for PhD students to allow them to meet each other and exchange their experience. This event takes place on the terrace of the CICG venue on Thursday, 1st of July from 18:00 to 19:00.
The conference dinner takes place on the evening of Wednesday, July 2nd, and is held on board of the "Henri-Dunant" boat of the CGN (General Company of Navigation). The scenic cruise takes you around the Lake of Geneva with magnificent day-and-night views on the shores. The boat has a length of 50m and was built in 1963. Its capacity is limited to 210 people for dinner.
Date: Wednesday, 2nd July 2014 18:45-22:15
Visit to CERN
There is the possibility to visit the impressively large Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of CERN currently in long shot-down period. CERN is celebrating in 2014 "60 years of science for peace".
With 12'500 tons, CMS is the heaviest detector of the LHC and led (in association with ATLAS) to the discovery - announced in July 2012 - of the famous Higgs boson. This breakthrough was at the origin of the Nobel Prize of physics awarded to François Englert and Peter Higgs in 2013.
The following visits of up to ~50 pers. per day of the CMS cavern are possible:
Geneva guided tour "Rive Droite"
The Geneva "Rive Droite" guided tour will bring you from the front of the United Nations, to a guided visit of the Museum of Science History - with numerous astronomical instruments - located in the beautiful XIXth century's Villa Bartholoni enjoying unique views on the "Perle du Lac" Park and the lake. You will finish the tour in the lively district of Paquis after a short walk on the shore of the lake with panoramic views on the town and the famous fountain.
Date: Monday, 30 June 2014
Geneva guided tour "Rive Gauche"
The Geneva "Rive Gauche" guided tour will bring you to the old town of Geneva dominated by St. Peter's Cathedral. You will also see the historic Reformation Wall, the famous 140-m high water fountain and the artistic flower clock. The lively district of Bel-Air and the City Center will invite you to discover Swiss watchmaking industry.
Date: Thursday, 3rd July 2014
Geneva: the smallest of the big capitals
Geneva is situated in one of Europe's most beautiful scenery, between lake and mountains, at an altitude of 374 m above sea level. In the very heart of Europe, Geneva has a long tradition as a venue for major meetings and is a host city to many international organizations such as the United Nations Organization, the World Health Organization, the International Labor Office, the International Red Cross and the European Organization for Nuclear Research, among others. It has been a cultural center for many centuries and home to many creative spirits in the fields of science and art. It has all the advantages of a small city combined with the facilities and services usually only found in much larger cities.
Geneva is Europe's most international city. Some 44% of its ~200'000 inhabitants are not Swiss nationals. The city remains open to people of different origins and cultures. Switzerland has three official languages: French, German and Italian. French is the official language spoken in Geneva, but most citizens speak fluent English. English is also the official language of most multinational and of international organizations based in Geneva.
What to see in Geneva
Geneva offers a wide range of leisure activities on the shores of the beautiful Lake Geneva. The following tourist sites are world renown and should be visited.
See also: Ten Good Reasons to Visit Geneva
The Geneva Tourist Board provides practical help and advice to all visitors.
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