Venue

The Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Light and Light-based technologies will take place at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in the iconic Fontenoy building very close to the Eiffel Tower.

Address

The official address of UNESCO HQ is 7 Place de Fontenoy, 75007 Paris, France

However, the main entrace on the Place de Fontenoy is currently under renovation, and entrance and registration will be from the Avenue Suffren as described below

Registration

Participants can check in and collect their badges at the registration desks which are accessed by entering UNESCO at 125 avenue de Suffren, Paris, 75007.  

Suggested Registration Hours:

Monday 19 January 2015 from 08:30 to 9:55

Tuesday 20 January 2015 from 08:00 to 08:55

Participants are required to arrive timely in advance in order to pick up their badges and pass through the electronic security gates. In order to enter the building each participant must be in possession of a valid I.D. card or passport. Unfortunately, no exceptions to this procedure are possible.

How to get to the Venue?

  • By Metro

The closest metro stations are:

- Cambronne (metro line 6) - running between Charles de Gaulle-Etoile and Nation stations.

- Ségur (metro line 10) - running between Gare d’Austerlitz and Boulogne - Pont de Saint-Cloud

- Ecole Militaire (metro line 8) - running between Balard and Créteil-Préfecture

Find your stop with the interactive map of the Paris subway http://www.ratp.fr/plan-interactif/

  • By Bus

All bus schedules can be found at http://www.busratp.fr/

- Bus line 28 (Gare Saint-Lazare Û Porte d’Orléans) - Stop at Place de Fontenoy

The line deserves the Montparnasse and Saint-Lazare railway stations, the “Invalides”, the “Champs Elysées”, the “Palais de la découverte”, and the “Ecole Militaire”.

See http://www.ratp.fr/informer/pdf/orienter/f_plan.php?nompdf=28&loc=bus_paris/

See http://www.busratp.fr/ligne-28-gare-saint-lazare-porte-dorleans-2.htm

- Bus line 80 - (Porte de Versailles Û Mairie du 18ème - Jules Joffrin) - Stop at Cambronne

See http://www.ratp.fr/informer/pdf/orienter/f_plan.php?fm=gif&loc=bus_paris/&nompdf=80

Further information on the metro and bus lines can be obtained at http://www.ratp.fr/en/

  • By Taxi

 - From Charles de Gaulle Airport:

To leave the airport, you will find taxis at the exit to the baggage reclaim area of your arrival terminal:

• terminal 1: exit 24 on the arrivals level
• terminal 2A: exit 6
• terminal 2C: exit14
• terminal 2D: exit 7
• terminal 2E: gate 12 on the arrivals level
• terminal 2F: gate 11 ont the arrivals level
• terminal 3: exit of the arrivals hall
• terminal 2G: blue gate

Approx. fares for a journey during the day :
From or to the Paris centre: €50-70

Increased fares:
   • between 17:00 and 10:00 in the morning
   • on Sundays and Public holidays

- From Paris-Orly Airport

To leave the airport, you will find taxis at:

   • Paris-Orly South, exit M
   • Paris-Orly West, exit B Arrival level

Approx. fares for a journey during the day :
From or to the Paris centre: € 40 / € 55

Please note that  French taxis charge a supplement for bags and suitcases transported in the trunk of the taxi - please do not be surprised!  

Increased fares:

• between 17:00 and 10:00 in the morning
• on Sundays and Public holidays

- Taxi Companies

Alpha Taxis
Reservation "Alpha Taxis" : 01 45 85 85 85
Les Taxis Bleus
Reservation "Les Taxis Bleus" : 01 41 52 54 25
Taxis G7
Reservation "Taxis G7" : 01 47 39 47 39
Taxi
Reservation "Taxis" : 01 42 70 00 42
G7 Horizon
Reservation "G7 Horizon" : 01 47 39 00 91 (free call)

How to get to Paris?

  • By air

You will touch down at one of Paris’ major airports, Paris-Charles de Gaulle or Paris-Orly, or perhaps at Paris-Beauvais, specializing in charter flights. The airports are all within easy reach of the capital.

- Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Located at 23 km to the North of Paris, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, also known as Roissy Airport, is one of the world's principal aviation centres, as well as France's largest international airport. Bus lines or RER line B will connect you to the city centre.

For further information see http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/

- Paris-Orly Airport

Bus lines or RER line B will connect you to the city centre.

For further information see http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/

- Paris-Beauvais Airport

A special bus link Beauvais/Paris-Porte Maillot or a TER train will connect you to the city centre.

For further information see http://www.aeroportbeauvais.com/

  • By Train

Paris can be reached by train in a matter of hours from elsewhere in France and all major European cities. All seven stations bring you right into the heart of the city. Centrally located and each with specific destinations, they offer smooth connections with the public transport network (metro, RER, bus).

Further information can be obtained at http://en.parisinfo.com/how-to-get-to-and-around-paris/your-arrival/your-arrival-by-train

  • By car

It is quite straightforward: Depending on where you come in from, you will join the ring road at one of the 30 gateways (“portes”) that punctuate the 35 km of expressway. Based on the area you are heading towards, you have the choice between the inner ring road (“périphérique intérieur”), which runs in a clockwise direction, and the outer (“périphérique extérieur”), which runs anti-clockwise.

For further information on parking see http://en.parisinfo.com/how-to-get-to-and-around-paris/your-arrival/by-car

Additional information on your arrival to Paris can be found at http://en.parisinfo.com/how-to-get-to-and-around-paris/your-arrival

Other Information

Currency

Euro is the official currency in France.

Major credit cards (VISA, Mastercard/Eurocard, American Express, Diners…) are generally accepted in airports, train stations, hotels, larger shops etc.

Weather

Paris lies in the midst of the Ile de France region, which has France's lowest rainfall; however the city is known for its unexpected rain showers that can occur at any time of year. Winter may be chilly.