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Bordering the deep blue waters of Lac Léman, Geneva has grown wealthy and influential as the cultural and economic focus of French-speaking Switzerland. It is also an urbane, international city, and the home of global institutions such as the Red Cross and the World Health Organization. Geneva has established a reputation as a centre for art and culture. The city has over 30 museums, as well as many art galleries, theatres and an opera house where an impressive number of famous artists have appeared. Fashionable hotels, chic restaurants and elegant shops jostle for position along the flower-decked lakefront that encircles the famous water fountain, the “Jet d’eau” of Geneva. It spouts 140 meters (460 ft) over Lake Geneva shooting 500 litres of water per second. The history of this picturesque column of water dates back to the XIXth century when the turbine house on the Rhône River produced too much water on days when water was not taken up by industrial work. To remedy the situation, an engineer by the name of Butticaz developed a way to pump a 30-meter (98 feet) high stream of water into the air outside the building. The first purely decorative jet was created in 1891. The “Jet d’eau” has come to symbolise Geneva around the world and traditionally signals the coming of spring each year. For more information on Geneva please visit the following links:


The river Rhône flows out of Lac Léman and runs through the centre of Geneva under several bridges, including the pretty Pont de l’Ile. The Rive Gauche, south of the river, is a fascinating part of Geneva, with a grid of waterfront streets comprising the main shopping and business districts. Behind, clambering up the hillside, are the narrow, cobbled lanes of the old town, whose principal thoroughfare, Grand Rue, leads to the seventeenth-century Hôtel de Ville (town hall) and the arcaded armory, which is backed by a lovely terrace. The streets around the Hôtel de Ville, with their laid-back cafés, second-hand bookshops and art galleries, make for a pleasant walk. Nearby is the late Romanesque cathedral, a monumental edifice whose plain, soaring interior contains the beautiful, fifteenth century frescoes of the Chapelle des Maccabées.
Among the city's several museums, the pick is the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (2 rue Charles-Galland), which holds a massive archaeological collection, a selection of Swiss landscape painters and a magnificent altar-piece carved for the cathedral in the 1440s and moved here for safekeeping. Finally, make a point of seeing Geneva’s pride and joy, the impressive 140 metre high “Jet d’eau”, spouting high above the ornamental flowerbeds of the surrounding Jardin Anglais, down by the lake.

Getting Around

Located in the centre of Europe, Geneva is easily accessible by air from all major European cities, and there are interesting low-cost connections from several of them. The international airport is only 15 minutes from downtown. Geneva’s centre is small enough to walk around, but for the suburbs you'll need to take a tram or bus. The prices of the Geneva Transportation network (Unireso) are linked to the distance traveled. A zone pass, covering the whole city, costs CHF 2.– per half-hour, CHF 3.– per hour and CHF 7.– per day.
Note: registered participants of FENS Forum 2008 will be granted free public transportation by showing their badge.
To learn more on how to benefit from a free transportation ticket as from your arrival at the Geneva airport, click here.




The FENS Forum will be held at Palexpo Conference Center
Chemin Edouard-Sarasin
1218 Le Grand-Saconnex

How to reach the Forum venue?

The Palexpo Conference Center is located next to Geneva international airport and can be reached easily by walking (10 min, 1 km) from the airport or airport train station.

From the city center, the Palexpo can be reached:
- By train: from Cornavin station (6 min), train every 15 min
- By bus: bus n5 (TPG) last stop is at Palexpo Conference Center, 17 min from Cornavin, bus every 10 min
- By taxi: the average cost from the city center is 30.- CHF.
- By car: direct exit from the highway

Note: registered participants of FENS Forum 2008 will be granted free public transportation by showing their badge.
To learn more on how to benefit from a free transportation ticket as from your arrival at the Geneva airport, click here.


There is a public parking at Palexpo, P12. It is open and accessible 24h. Cost: CHF 1.50 per hour, CHF 15.- per day.

Meeting room rental

You may contact Mrs Sandrine Haemmerli via Email to receive information about renting a meeting room.

Photography, filming and audio recording

Unless previous permission has been granted by the speakers or poster presenters, photography, filming and audio recording is strictly forbidden during the scientific sessions.




- By plane

Geneva offers many possibilities in terms of cheap traveling.
Traveling to Geneva is rather easy and, if booked well in advance, can be done at a very attractive price:
The majority of Europe's Low Cost Airlines have direct flight to and from Geneva. If booked early enough, flight tickets can be as low as € 25 (Easyjet). See the Geneva airport website for a list of airlines flying to Geneva.

Swiss International Air Lines is proud to be the Official Carrier for the 6th Forum of European Neuroscience 2008 (FENS Forum 2008) in Geneva and is offering special Congress Fares to all participants. These Congress Fares offer reductions of up to 25% depending on the fare type, route and space availability.

Congress Fares are valid on the entire SWISS route network for flights to Switzerland, including flights operated by partner airlines under an LX flight number. These fares are now bookable for the travel period 14 days prior to and 14 days after the event.

To take advantage of this offer, book easily and conveniently through SWISS.COM via the following link:

The special SWISS congress fare is marked with a "C". It may not necessarily be the lowest fare but it offers flexibility in the event of rebooking or cancellation.

SWISS looks forward to pampering you on board with typical Swiss hospitality.

Low-cost travel:
For information on all airlines connecting with Geneva, please connect to the Geneva airport website.
It is important to realize that the earlier one is booking, the cheaper the flight will be.

- By train:

Geneva Train Station (Cornavin) has connections to many of Europe's main cities:

- France: Paris, Lyon (direct) / Marseilles and Nice (via Lyon)
- Germany: Frankfurt, Munich, Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Berlin (via Basel)
- Austria: Graz, Vienna (via St. Gallen)
- Italy: Milano and Rome (via SimplonTunnel)

Prices for fares range from € 80 to € 150
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Public transportation

The Geneva International Airport is very close to Geneva city centre. It is easily reachable by train or by bus using the united network of public transport Unireso. Only one single ticket is required to travel by train, tram, bus or boat in the area France-Vaud-Geneva (cost 3.- CHF for one hour).

Note: registered participants of FENS 2008 will be granted free public transportation by showing their badge.
This includes buses, train in the Geneva area, or boat (Les Mouettes). See map for details at:
To learn more on how to benefit from a free transportation ticket as from your arrival at the Geneva airport, click here.

It takes only 6 minutes from/to Geneva city centre by train (every 15 minutes). The Airport railway station has direct access to the Airport Check-in and Arrival levels. All trains stop at Geneva-Cornavin station (city centre).

The following urban buses leave from the Airport (bus stops at the Check-in level, in front of the train station) to:
- Geneva city centre and Onex: bus 10 (every 10 minutes);
- International organisations and the lake or Meyrin: bus 28 (every 20 minutes);
- Le Lignon - Lancy - Plan-les-Ouates: bus 23 (every 15 minutes).

Tourist information and public transport tickets are available at the Unireso information desk in the Arrival hall after the customs. Tickets can also be purchased from ticket machines located at the stops (small change CHF or Euro required) and at the train station.


Fares between airport and city range from about CHF 30.- to CHF 35.- and depend on traffic conditions, time of day and number of passengers. Presently, the fare within Geneva, including airport, is the amount shown on the taximeter. The driver will request a small extra charge for luggage. Tip and VAT are included.


There is no limit on the amount of foreign currency you can bring to Switzerland. Travellers over 18 years old may import: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco, 2 litres of alcoholic drinks (up to 15%) or 1 litre of strong alcoholic drinks (over 15%).


The Swiss Currency is the Swiss Franc (CHF). At time of publishing : 1 EURO = 1.66 CHF / 1US$ = 1.22 CHF.
Payment in euros is accepted in most shops and restaurants, but change will be given back in CHF.


Voltage: the wall sockets (for 2 or 3 pole plugs) supply 220-volt alternating current. In most hotels, sockets for North- American 110 volt electric shavers have been installed. For other appliances, transformers and adapters are necessary.



Participants requiring a visa for entry to Switzerland are strongly advised to make their application in their home country at least three months before the intended date of travel. If in doubt, information can be obtained from your nearest Swiss Embassy or Consulate or from your travel agency. Should you need a letter of invitation to obtain an entry visa for Switzerland, it will be a pleasure for MCI Suisse SA to send it to you.

Please be informed that for citizens of some countries, a visa/passport for France is required for certain excursions.

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Participants are requested to make their own arrangements in respect of health and travel. The organizers will not be held liable for illness, accidents or thefts suffered by participants or accompanying persons during the FENS Forum or their stay in Switzerland before or after the Forum.