Conference Venue

CNSM 2011 will be held in the historic building of the Paris Descartes UniversityParis Descartes University
12, Rue de l'éle de Médecine
75006 Paris
, in the heart of the renowned Quartier Latin in Paris.
Paris Descartes University is located in one of the most famous and attractive districts of Paris, and and is very close to the Seine river. Most attractive places in Paris, such as Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse Tower, Saint Michel's fountain, Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardin des plantes, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame de Paris, etc. are within few minutes.

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Bld Saint Germain des Près is one of the most luxury place in Paris, and hotels in the very vicinity are little expensive and overbooked. We note that Paris 5 university is located near the metro N° 4, which is the most frequent line in Paris (1 metro every 2 minutes). The bus station is located near the entry, and deserved by many bus (63, 86, 87 and 96). Here a few suggestions of hotels:

Hôtel Jardin de l'Odeon ***

Jardinodeon   jardinodeon2
7 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Tel. +33 (1) 53 10 28 50 - Fax +33 (1) 43 25 28 12
Single occupancy rate: 250€ 

Hôtel Relais Saint-Germain ****

relais1   relais2
9 carrefour de l'Odéon 75006 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0) 1 44 27 07 97 - Fax. : +33 (0) 1 46 33 45 30
Single occupancy rate: 220€ breakfast included

Novotel Paris Gare Montparnasse ***

novotel   novotel2
17 rue du Cotentin, 75015 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 91 23 86 - Fax: +33 (0)1 53 91 23 74
Single occupancy rate: 140€ breakfast included

Hôtel de l'Académie ***

Academie   academie2
32 rue des Saint Pères, 75007 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 45 49 80 00 - Fax +33 (0)1 45 44 75 24
Single occupancy rate: 139€ breakfast included

Best Western Trianon Rive Gauche ***

 Western3   Western2
1 bis, rue de Vaugirard, 75006 PARIS
Tel : +33 (0)1 43 29 88 10 - Fax : +33 (0)1 43 29 15 98
Single occupancy rate: 139€ breakfast included

Hôtel F1 Paris Porte de Châtillon

forumle1   formule12
21/23, avenue de la Porte de Châtillon, 75014 PARIS
Tel : +33 (0)1 58 14 01 60 - Fax : +33 (0)1 58 14 01 65
Single occupancy rate: 47€, breakfast: 3.70€

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General Information

Entry to France

Visas and Legal Formalities

Visas are delivered by the French diplomatic authorities in the country of origin of the applicant. The paper acceptance email usually suffices to obtain a visa to enter France. However, if you need nonetheless an invitation letter from the organizers in order to obtain a visa to enter France, please send to

An invitation letter will be emailed to you afterwards. Please note that a Visa letter can only be sent to you once your registration and payment for CNSM'2011 have been received.

Day-to-day Info

Time zone

Paris Time Zone is GMT + 2 hours.

Weather forecast

Use this link for weather forecast in Paris


In France the norm is 220 volts, with a frequency of 50 Hz, while in the United States or Canada, for example, it is 110 volts for 60 Hz. Voltage and sockets vary from country to country and so an adapter and a transformer too may be necessary. In France, plugs are type C (unearthed CEE 7/16 and CEE 7/17) and earthed types E and F.


French mail boxes are yellow and they can easily be found in public places and on the outer walls of post offices. Collection times are indicated on each box. Stamps are available in post offices, which are open from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday through Friday, and on Saturday Mornings, but also through tobacconists.

Banking and Shopping


The European Union's currency is the €.

Value of the euro against the US dollar can be found at

Banking Hours

All banks are offering a change service and are generally open from 9 am to 6 pm from Monday to Saturday. In smaller towns and cities banks may close from 12 noon to 2.00 pm. Be aware that on the eve of public holidays, banks often close early.

Credit cards

One of the most economical ways to use your money in France is by paying directly with your credit card and to get cash directly from ATMs or banks. Using credit cards for purchases is easy and reliable throughout France. Visa is the most widely accepted, followed by MasterCard. American Express is more often accepted in premium establishments. Most establishments post signs indicating the cards they accept. If you intend to use credit cards in smaller shops and restaurants, it is a good idea to ask what cards they take before ordering. ATM machines are available anywhere in France, and they often offer the best exchange rates. Virtually, all ATMs in France take Visa and Mastercard, and many are linked to the Cirrus and Plus systems. American Express has ATMs in major cities as well. Be sure to remember your PIN number: you will often be asked for it when paying at hotels, restaurants, shops, etc...

Shopping hours

Most of the Department stores and shops are open on Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. till 7:30 p.m.

Shopping Tax

A sales tax of 19.6 percent (the Value Added Tax) is tacked on to almost every purchase. However, provided that you are non-resident of the European Union, if you spend more than amount at any participating store, you can get the VAT amount refunded before you depart
The VAT can be refunded for goods but not services.


Most restaurants include tax and a 15% service charge ("service compris") in their prices. If a meal or service has been particularly good, leaving another E Euros (or 2-3 %) is customary, as is leaving the waiter the small change from your bill if you pay in cash. If service is not included ("service non compris") a 15 % tip is appropriate. Tip is not mandatory but expected from hotel porters, taxi drivers or hairdressers depending on your satisfaction.