Practical information (items in alphabetical order)

Practical information

General information to help you
plan your stay in Strasbourg


Special rates have been negotiated in two selected hotels - please therefore ensure you book your accommodation via the official accommodation page.

  Accompanying persons' program

As in previous years, tourist information on tours, visits, excursions and activities will be available during the whole week near the registration desk. Accompanying persons are therefore encouraged to make use of this information, and to plan their own schedule.

Accompanying persons are welcome to attend the reception on the Thursday evening.

We kindly ask you to let us know (on your registration form) whether your accompanying person will attend the reception.

  Arrival in Strasbourg

An information document has been prepared to help you on arrival in Strasbourg. You may download it here.


October is Autumn in France; the average daytime temperature is generally approximately 15 C dropping to 10 °C overnight. For weather information visit:

  Currency, Banking, Credit cards

The Euro is the official currency in France. For a currency conversion guideline, click here

Banks offering currency exchange facilities are located in the city center. Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 5.00pm, Tuesday to Saturday, although many close at lunchtime.

All major credit cards are accepted and Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are readily available throughout France.


The standard supply voltage in France is 220 V AC, 50 Hz. France uses the type of socket shown in the photo below.


It is strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance to cover the duration of your visit to France and to protect you against cancellation charges, loss or damage to your luggage and personal effects, loss of cash and medical expenses.

  Internet access and computers

There will be free wifi internet access in the Convention and Exhibition Center.


French is the common language throughout France. The Conference and CIML meeting will be conducted in English and simultaneous interpretation into and from French will be provided.

  Lunch and refreshment breaks

Lunch and refreshments will be served on the days indicated on the Schedule.

  Meeting documents

Delegates should please note that (as usual) no paper documents will be available for the Conference and CIML meeting; all the meeting documents will be made available for download via the CIML and Conference pages.

  Mobile phones

France has an extensive GSM phone network. Check with your phone company before leaving home about international mobile roaming facilities available in France. The four available networks are Orange, Bouygues, Free and SFR.


There will be an OIML Reception on the Thursday evening; dress code is business casual and more information will be given during the week of the meetings.

  Special requirements

Every effort will be made to ensure that any special needs delegates have are taken into account.


Most goods and services sold in France are subject to 20 % VAT. Food is subject to 5.5 % VAT and restaurants 10 % VAT. VAT is always included on bills and invoices.

  Time zone

The standard time zone in France is GMT/UTC +2 hours. Local time, and various other information concerning the Alsace Region (and indeed all major cities in the world) can be found at the World Time and Date web site.


There are no firm rules about tipping in France and service is always included in the bill. Tipping is not necessary but is appreciated for good service.


The venue for the 15th International Conference and 51st CIML Meeting is:

Convention and Exhibition Center (How to get there)
(Palais de la Musique et des Congrès)
Place de Bordeaux
FR-67082 Strasbourg
Tel. +33 (0)3 88 37 67 67

The Convention and Exhibition Center is extremely well-connected, and is located just a few minutes away from the historic city centre (Tram: lines B and E - Wacken tram stop). There are 250 free parking spaces on site and a 570-space park-and-ride nearby.