Welcome to Geneva

Geneva is a truly international city and its great history and development blends the advantages of a small city with the services and possibilities of a large metropolitan area. Internationally known as a conference city, Geneva is an ideal location due to its central setting at the heart of Europe and its multicultural flair, being home to important international organisations such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization.

Useful Information

The Eurosoil 2020 organisers have been closely monitoring and analysing the evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the worldwide impact of this pandemic. The Organising Committee has agreed on the importance of holding the Eurosoil congress in order to pursue the objective of “Connecting People & Soil” through a face-to-face meeting. The interest and engagement already created for the meeting is clear from the high number of sessions and contributions submitted.

Given the current restrictions in place in Switzerland (latest updates here) around gatherings of large numbers of people as well as the uncertainty in the medium term as to the impact more broadly of the COVID-19 travel restrictions and guidelines, country lock-downs, physical distancing requirements etc., it was decided to postpone the Eurosoil congress in Geneva, to 2021. The confirmed new dates for the congress are 23 – 27 August 2021.

Your registration will automatically be transferred and applicable to the Eurosoil congress in 2021.

The registration deadlines have been aligned to the new dates as follows – more details here:

Early Bird: until 27 May 2021 (23:59 CET)

Regular: until 28 July 2021 (23:59 CET)

Late: from 29 July 2021

All accepted contributions to sessions for the original 2020 programme will be transferred to the Eurosoil 2021 dates. The session structure will remain more or less the same and unless otherwise informed – your contribution will be in the same session and format as in the confirmation you receive in mid-May 2020.

Contributors will have the opportunity to amend/update/edit their contribution during 2021 – details of the timeline for this process will be communicated once finalised.

The organisers are considering a “late breaking” call for contributions in 2021 – confirmation of this along with practical details will be communicated once finalised.

The Session Programme will remain the same for the vast majority of the programme – some minor changes and updates will be made and announced in as timely a manner as possible.

Your support is important and essential to the success of the Eurosoil congress. The organisers aim and intend to honour the programme and congress structure that has been developed for the Eurosoil 2020 congress, albeit recognising that we will have elements to update and add to the programme in a year’s time. Your commitments in sponsorship and exhibition will be transferred to the 2021 Eurosoil event. If you have questions or wish to learn more about the new opportunities that may become available, please contact: eurosoil@mci-group.com.

In order to present a contribution at the congress, you must be registered. Reduced fees are available for residents of Low, Lower-Middle, and Middle Income countries, as well as students (proof of status is required).

If a session has not received sufficient contributions it will be merged with another session. One convener may present per session, if there is a clear case for having more than one convener, you must provide the rationale to the Theme Leader of your theme who will make a decision as to whether this can be permitted.

A maximum of two presentations per author can be accepted for Oral & PICO presentations.

Your registration includes a morning and afternoon coffee break on each day of the congress. Lunches can be purchased either at the self service restaurant within the Congress Centre or in one of the restaurants in the surrounding area. 

Altitude

374m (1,227ft) above sea level.

Climate

Geneva has a temperate climate, temperatures range from -2 to +5°C (28 to 41°F) in winter and 12 to 28°C (54 to 82°F) in summer. The annual rainfall is approximately 1 000 mm/year (including 32cm of snow) The average temperature in June is 18°C.

Currency

Swiss Franc (CHF or SFr). Average rate: 1 Euro = CHF 1.10. The exchange rate for the Euro and the Swiss Franc is not officially fixed and is subject to daily market fluctuations. Conversion rates are available at foreign exchange offices, banks, and in newspapers.

Driving

In town speed is limited to 50 km/h or 30 km/h in some areas, on national roads beyond city limits 80 km/h, and on motorways 120 km/h. A motorway sticker, « vignette », is compulsory on highways and semi-highways. It is valid for 1 year and available at the price of CHF 40.00 – at post offices and customs offices. Wearing seat belts, both in the front and in the back of a vehicle is compulsory.

Electricity

220 volts. Plug type J, socket converters are available in local shops and CICG (CHF 15.00).

Public Transport

The public transport network in Geneva covers the entire city. It is reliable and used by the majority of the population. All visitors staying at a hotel in Geneva can benefit from a personal and non-transferable pass free of charge.

Visit Geneva

Geneva is an amazing city to visit, with its gardens, manufacturers, and lake views.
A city pass will offer you preferential fares, free entries, and gifts. Valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours it is your “Open Sesame” to museums, cruises, visits, tours, and many other surprises. For more information about the city tours and Geneva Pass, please click here.

Language

There are four official languages in Switzerland: French, German, Italian and Romansh.
The official language in the western part of Switzerland and therefore also in Geneva is French. Due to its international character English and also German are often spoken in Geneva.

Population

City and Canton: 476 006 inhabitants.

City of Geneva: 194 458 inhabitants.

Tipping

Prices in hotels, restaurants, taxi fares etc. include taxes and service. A tip, therefore, is not indispensable, but justified for good service.

European Low-Cost Hub

Among European cities, Geneva is one of the best connected by low-cost airlines. Altogether, there are more than a hundred direct daily flights landing in Geneva. It’s so easy to take a city break!

A ‘City Pass’ for a budget price

The Geneva Pass is valid for more than 47 tourist attractions and activities, free or at preferential rates, including a few gifts. Get all of Geneva for a budget price!

More about the Geneva Pass.

Hostels

In Geneva city and around Geneva you will be able to find several hostels for low prices. Please discover the Geneva tourism list.

Free public transport

As of January 1st 2007, all visitors staying at a hotel, youth hostel, or camping site in Geneva can benefit from the Geneva Transport Card, available free of charge.

This personal and non-transferable pass is established upon the visitor’s check-in at the hotel of his choice, enabling its holder to use the entire Geneva public transport network without restriction network (UNIRESO: bus and tram (TPG), train (SBB) and boats (“Mouettes Genevoises”)). It is valid for the entire duration of the stay including the departure day. Furthermore, on the arrival floor at the airport, visitors can retrieve their free 80-minute ticket from a ticket machine in the luggage retrieval hall.

For more information please visit the TPG website.

Plane

Among European cities, Geneva is one of the best connected by low-cost airlines. Altogether, there are more than a hundred direct daily flights landing in Geneva connecting it to European capitals and important cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, and Lisbon.

Geneva’s international airport is located in the NW of town, 4 km from Geneva city center and very well connected.

Flight information: 0900 57 15 00.

Transfer time by public transport to the city center is approximately 15-20 minutes. Upon arrival at Geneva International Airport, you can benefit from an 80 minutes free ticket for a ride to the place of your accommodation. The ticket machine is in the luggage retrieval hall. To reach the city center from airport:

– Bus line No 5, direction Thônex-Vallard: travel time approximately 20 minutes; get off at stop Gare Cornavin. Frequency: approx. every 10 minutes.

– Train SBB: every train departing from Geneva airport stops at Cornavin station. Travel time approximately: 6 minutes; get off at stop Gare Cornavin. Frequency: approx. every 10 minutes.

– Taxi to the city center will take about 20 minutes, and cost approx. CHF 35.00.

For further information about airport network, please visit the website of GVA Airport.

If you arrive at Zürich Airport, you can reach Geneva either by train (approx. 3 hours) or book a domestic flight (approx. 45 min).

Train

Switzerland’s rail network meets the highest European standards. Thanks to its central location, Geneva is easily accessible by train, e.g. Paris (3h30min) or Milan (3h50min). Cornavin station is the central station in the heart of the city with a non-stop connection to Geneva airport (6 min).

Switzerland’s national rail network keeps Geneva connected to the rest of Switzerland as well as Europe. For further information, please consult the SBB website.

From Cornavin station, the best way to reach the congress venue is by public transport. You will find the platforms just in front of the station building, trams are leaving approximately every 5 minutes.

We strongly encourage participants who are travelling within Europe, to consider using train travel instead of flying. More information can be found on your national train information websites, or by clicking here.

Car

Thanks to the highly efficient road network throughout Switzerland and Europe, Geneva is easily accessible by car. Arriving from the direction of Zürich you can reach Geneva via the A1 motorway.

Please note that a motorway sticker, “vignette”, is compulsory to drive on motorways and semi-highways. Valid for 1 year, the vignette costs CHF 40.00 and is on sale at post offices, petrol stations, and customs offices.

Zürich: 279 km
Paris: 541 km
Munich: 588 km

Public transport

Unireso stands for a group of 7 transportation companies in Geneva and its region. The circuits represent more than 450 kilometers in Geneva and into the near vicinities of the canton Vaud and France. With one ticket, you have the possibility to benefit from the whole network (buses, trams, boats, etc.).

Unireso tickets and day passes must be purchased before boarding the vehicle from one of the automatic vending machines located at the stops.

A valid ticket must always be carried during the journey and presented in the event of a control. Fares are CHF 3.50 for one hour public transport in Geneva, or CHF 2.00 for a “saut de puce” (max. 3 stops or 1 transfer by boat, “Mouettes Genevoises”).

FREE PUBLIC TRANSPORT

As of January 1st 2007, all visitors staying at a hotel, youth hostel, or camping site in Geneva can benefit from the Geneva Transport Card, available free of charge.

This personal and non-transferable pass is established upon the visitor’s check-in at the hotel of his choice, enabling its holder to use the entire Geneva public transport network without restriction network (UNIRESO: bus and tram (TPG), train (SBB) and boats (“Mouettes Genevoises”)). It is valid for the entire duration of the stay including the departure day. Furthermore, on the arrival floor at the airport, visitors can retrieve their free 80-minute ticket from a ticket machine in the luggage retrieval hall.

For more information please visit the tpg website.

Bike

You can borrow bicycles for FREE! Enjoy getting around on two wheels and pedal throughout the city during your stay.

Find a borrowing site HERE.

Venue: Centre International de Conférences, Rue de Varembé 17, 1211 Genève

Located in downtown Geneva, a few steps from the lake and only 6 minutes from the airport to the city centre. 

– Free wireless Lan

– A great variety of nearby and on-site restaurants

– 1 bar/kiosk

– Direct public transport link to airport and downtown

All the advantages and safe environment of a small city combined with the facilities and services of a major capital.

Airport access

The Geneva Airport is largely accessible to persons with disabilities. The airport is well connected by public transport. There are regular trains connecting the airport to Gare Cornavin (the train station). Bus routes 5 and 10 connect with the airport. For more information other bus routes, you can consult the Geneva Airport website.

If using public transport on arrival, you should remember to get a free public transport ticket that is valid for 80 minutes. The free ticket machine is located in the baggage claim area, just before the exit to the main arrival hall.

For persons using wheelchairs, the bus is a better option to and from the airport as the trains are usually not accessible. To use the train you are required to book special assistance at least an hour in advance for assist in boarding and getting off the train. However, no special notice is needed to use the bus. The bus stop is located at level E (Enregistrement, in French, departure level). From the arrival lounge take the lift to level E, exit out of the terminal and go toward the left for about 15 meters. Cross the road over the pedestrian crossing and you will reach the bus stop.

At the time of departure you may take bus route 5 to the airport from the Gare Cornavin bus stop.

Accessibility in public transport

Most hotels in Geneva will give you a free transport card. This card will allow you to travel for free on bus, tram, and boat in Geneva. If you do not have a free transport card, then you should buy your ticket from the machine before you get on the bus/tram/boat. Please be aware that not all ticket machines provide change.

Most trams and buses are accessible and the Geneva transport authority is constantly replacing inaccessible vessels with accessible ones. However, on any route, if there is an inaccessible bus or tram that you encounter, then ask the driver when the next accessible bus or tram will be arriving, and she or he may call the dispatcher to find out.

While there is a button to press to indicate to the driver that a person with disabilities wishes to board, you need to indicate to the bus driver directly that you wish to board the bus. The driver will come and open the ramp so that you can enter. Let the driver know the stop where you want to get off. For the tram, while it is completely accessible, it is better to get into the carriage right behind the driver as those are indicated as accessible. Moreover, the driver can provide assistance if required.

Mobilité pour tous (Mobility for All) is a program in partnership with Geneva Public Transport service network that provides free service to enable persons with vision impairments or walking difficulties (not wheelchair users) to travel on public transport network with a guide. The guides mostly speak only French.

The service is available from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. You need to book the assistance 48 hours in advance. Tel.: +41 22 328 1111. More details of the program are available in French on the website.

Taxi Services

Regular taxis must be reserved in advance, as they cannot be hailed in the street. Tel.: +41 22 331 4133.

UBER service is also readily available throughout the city.

If you require a visa invitation letter to facilitate a visa application, this can be requested and received automatically when registering for the congress. Visa invitation letters can only be provided to participants who have paid for their registration in full.

Hotel Bookings

MCI as the appointed Professional Congress Organiser, has secured rooms in a range of hotels in Geneva which you can choose from and reserve directly as you register. Please proceed to the registration portal to make a booking.

Low-cost accommodation listings are available in the “How affordable is Geneva?” question below – reservations in these properties must be made directly and cannot be made through the registration and hotel booking system.

The congress “Get Together” that was originally planned for Thursday 27 August 2020, will be re-scheduled in the congress planning for 2021. If you have already purchased a ticket with your registration, this will simply be transferred to the new event. If you are already registered, you can purchase a ticket by returning to your registration account. For new registrations, you can simply choose to purchase a ticket when you register for the congress. Here you will be able to enjoy a relaxed evening with colleagues and peers. The ideal opportunity to take some time to network, connect with other congress participants, and enjoy some of the local Swiss specialities from the region of Geneva and its surroundings.

There will be excursions available for reservation, these will take place either immediately before, or immediately after the congress. More details will follow as soon as they are available.

The congress organisers are making every effort to secure sufficient financial support to be able to offer a limited number of travel bursaries. If you would like to be contacted should travel bursaries become available, there are two ways to let us know:

1. In the Registration system when registering for the congress

2. In the Call for Contributions system when submitting a contribution for the congress

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