Practical information

Venue

The 2019 M-fed Conference & Workshop will be hosted at the University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté, in the Science Building in the campus of Dijon.

Local language (French) version

Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté
Bâtiment Sciences Gabriel
6 boulevard Gabriel
21000 Dijon
FRANCE

English version

University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté
Sciences Gabriel building
6 boulevard Gabriel
21000 Dijon
FRANCE

Language

The official language of the conference is English. All abstract submissions and presentations must be in English.

French is the official language in France. Even though foreign languages are taught in school (mostly English, Spanish and German), you have to be aware for French people remain bad at speaking a third language. However, when you speak slowly, communication (e.g. asking for directions) is generally not a problem. As a tourists destination, you will find multilingual staff at banks, hotels, shops and key visitor attractions in Dijon.

Letter of Invitation

Upon request, the secretariat of the M-fed 2019 conference can provide a letter of invitation confirming the name, dates, location and purpose of the conference. This letter no way represents a commitment to the participant from the organizing committee, but may only help participant to obtain a visa or travel funds.

Insurance

The M-fed 2019 Conference & Workshop secretariat and organizers cannot be held liable for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property incurred by conference participants and accompanying persons, either during or directly arising from the M-fed 2019 Conference & Workshop. Participants should make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.

Weather

The average temperatures in Dijon during the end of October usually range from 5°C (41°F) in the morning to 13°C (55°F) in the afternoon. Fog is frequent in the morning during fall/winter and generally dissipates in the middle of the morning. Please consider bringing appropriate rain gear and an umbrella.

Currency, Banking & Credit Cards

The Euro is the official currency of France, and of most European Union member states.

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and at foreign currency exchange offices at locations throughout the city, or at the airport if you travel by plane. However, the most convenient mean of getting cash stays the ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) which can be found all over the city.

Most businesses in France accept major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)

Sales tax

In France, the indicated prices include the VAT (either 10% or 20%, depending on the goods/services) and are considered as “TTC” (Toutes Taxes Comprises: all taxes included). You will not be charged for additional taxes.

In some stores dedicated to professionals, you may encounter prices indicated as “HT” (Hors Taxes: without taxes), meaning excluding the VAT. In this case, the VAT will be charged to this price.

Electricity

Current type: France operates 230 volts AC at 50Hz electrical current. For US, Canada or Japan citizens (as well as other countries using 110 volts residential voltage), please verify if your devices are compatible (you may find something like “110-240V” on the adaptor). If not, you may need to use a voltage converter or transformer.

Plug types: two plug types are used in France, types C and E. Adaptors can be found in most electronics stores.When using a converter, please ensure that your device is compatible with 230 volts 50Hz current.

French power socket compatible with plug types C and E​

Time Zone

Dijon, and more broadly Metropolitan France, use Central Europe Time (CET) also known as UTC/GMT +1 as standard.

A variation of standard clock time is applied in most European countries during summer (Daylight Saving Time), From March, 31th 2019 to October, 27th 2019, France use Central European Summer Time (CEST) UTC/GMT +2.

Daylight Saving Time will end the Sunday before the 2019 M-fed Conference & Workshop. Please pay attention to the schedule if you plan to travel during the Sunday 27th – Monday 28th. Advantage if you are already in France: you can sleep one extra hour!

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