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Official conference language

The official language of the conference is English.

Internet access

Password secured free WIFI is available at the venue of the conference.
For access codes please contact the registration desk on-site.


France uses the Euro €. The easiest way to get money is to withdraw euros from an ATM (hole in the wall, cash dispenser) on arrival in France. Most French ATMs accept foreign cards (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, etc). These credits cards are also accepted in most restaurants, cafés, shops and petrol stations. Shopkeepers often state a minimum charge.


Electricity in France runs on a 220-volt, 50-hertz AC current. France also uses a Type E plug (round pin and receptacle with male grounding pin). If you bring electrical appliances, you might need a plug adapter. 

Time zone

Lyon is located in the Central European time zone (UTC+01:00).


Restaurants usually charge for meals in one of two ways: a fixed-price menu (also called a "menu"). This includes two or three courses (with cheese and/or dessert, and sometimes a half-bottle of wine) for a stated price. Or you can order "a la carte", which is generally more expensive.

Tipping in France

Almost all restaurants include a tax and a 15% service charge (service compris) in their prices. If a meal or service has been particularly good, leaving an extra 2-3% is customary, as is leaving the waiter with the small change from your bill if you pay in cash. If the service is not included (service non compris), a 15% tip is appropriate. In hotels, tip bearers receive approximately €1.50 per bag. Taxi drivers should be given 10-15% of the metered fare. It is standard practice to tip tour guides and bus drivers after an excursion, usually between €1.50 and €3.00, depending on your level of satisfaction.


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