Practical Information

Below you find all information to plan your conference trip to Geneva and to make the most of your stay in the city.

  • Travel to Geneva

    Geneva is located in the heart of Europe and can be easily reached from various international cities by train, plane or car.

     

    By train

    If you travel to Geneva by train, you will arrive at the main station "Gare Cornavin". It is located in the city center, where many hotels are located.

    Swiss Railways Timetable

     

    By plane

    Geneva Airport offers all arriving passengers a ticket valid for 80 minutes on Geneva’s public transportation system (bus, tram, train, boat). This also includes the trains from the airport to the city center (travel time: seven minutes) in case that you have booked a hotel in that area. The free ticket can be obtained at the two automatic distributors located in the baggage claim area, just before going through customs.

    Geneva Airport

  • Visa

    All participants are required to make their own visa arrangement for travel to Switzerland. If you need an invitation letter for immigration and visa purposes, please email us at ripe2020@unifr.ch as soon as possible.

  • Accomodation

    Geneva offers a variety of hotels. Please note that accommodation in Geneva is generally in high demand due to the numerous international organizations based in the city. We recommend that you reserve your room early. To mitigate high hotel rates, we did our best to keep the conference fee as low as possible.

    To facilitate your commute to the conference venue, we recommend that you book a hotel close to the main railway station (“Gare Cornavin”), along bus line number 5, or close to the airport and “Palexpo” exhibition center.

    To find a hotel, please have a look at the official website of Geneva Tourism or any of the common hotel booking platforms.

    Additionally, two hotels close to the airport/Palexpo block hotel rooms for conference participants until September 30, 2020. The booking form also contains information about their cancellation policy.

     

    Hotel “ibis Styles Genève Palexpo”:

    room for single use: CHF 170/night; room for double use: CHF 188/night (including breakfast and VAT; excluding city tax of CHF 3.75/day/person)

    download the booking form (PDF)

    hotel website

     

    Hotel “ibis budget Genève Palexpo”:

    room for single use: CHF 120/night; room for double use: CHF 133/night (including breakfast and VAT; excluding city tax of CHF 3.75/day/person)

    download the booking form (PDF)

    hotel website

  • Conference Venue

    The RIPE@2020 Conference will be held at EBU’s headquarters.

    Address: European Broadcasting Union, L’Ancienne-Route 17A, 1218 Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland

    Google Maps

    Open Street Maps

    We recommend using public transportation for your commute to the EBU. The name of the bus stop next to EBU is “Le Pommier”.

    From the city center, the main railway station ("Gare Cornavin") and the international district: bus lines 5 (direction: Aéroport; every 7-10 minutes), F (direction: Ferney-Mairie or Gex-L’Aiglette; every 7-15 minutes) or 28 (direction: Les Esserts; every 15-30 minutes). The travel time from the main railway station is 10-15 minutes.

    From the airport: bus lines 5 (direction: Thônex-Vallard; every 7-10 minutes; travel time: 7 minutes) or 28 (direction: Jardin Botanique; every 15-30 minutes; travel time: 14 minutes).

    Public transportation map
    From the bus station to EBU

    Timetables are available on https://www.tpg.ch/en.

    Staying in a hotel or a youth hostel in Geneva entitles you to receive a free “Geneva Transport Card”. Please ask for it upon arrival at your accommodation. The card allows you to use the whole public transportation system of Geneva (bus, tram, train, boat) for the full duration of your stay for free, including your return trip to the airport by bus or train.

    If you need a ticket, it can be purchased from ticket machines at most bus stops or online. Please always make sure to be in possession of a valid ticket before boarding the bus.

  • Welcome Reception

    The Welcome Reception on the evening of Wednesday, October 28, 2020 will be hosted by Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS). A shuttle bus service will be provided that will take participants directly from the EBU to the reception.

    Address: RTS Radio Télévision Suisse, Quai Ernest-Ansermet 20, 1211 Genève

  • Gala Dinner

    The Gala Dinner will take place on the evening of Thursday, October 29, 2020, and is included in the conference fee. More information will be provided soon.

  • Paper Presentations, Working Groups and Publication

    Full papers for the conference need to be submitted by September 1, 2020, via “EasyChair”.

    At RIPE conferences, participants are assigned to working groups that stay together for the whole duration of the conference. We will assign 9-12 papers to each working group so that every paper has sufficient time for presentation and, most importantly, discussion.

    More information about presentation logistics will be provided in due time.

    We plan to publish a selection of papers in a peer-reviewed book handled by NORDICOM publishers.

  • Contact
  • COVID-19 and Making Travel Arrangements

    As accommodation in Geneva is generally in high demand due to the numerous international organizations based in the city, we recommend that you reserve your room early.

    However, while we are confident that RIPE@2020 will take place as planned, given the current circumstances we recommend that you take out a travel insurance before or while booking your accommodation and your travel.

    Moreover, should it become necessary to cancel or postpone the conference, we will reimburse your registration fee (minus a small transaction fee for the bank transfer).