General Information


The symposium takes place from Monday 1 July 2002 to Friday 5 July 2002.


On the shores of the cleanest lake in Europe, surrounded by a scenic range of mountains, Annecy is a lovely town in the northern French Alps, 40 kms away from Geneva Airport. The city, with its superbly preserved old town and the lake are set in a spectacular mountain scenery. The city hosts a wide range of festivals throughout the year, in various areas such as animation films, sports movies, music, etc... With easy reach of the town, this natural environment offers an unlimited range of sporting opportunities on land, water, and in the air. Everybody will find something special to enjoy in Annecy, it has so much to offer !

Have a look on the Peter Wortsman paper in The Los Angeles Times


Annecy is located at an altitude of 448 meters. In June, the weather is usually very pleasant and average temperatures are between 18C (64F) and 28C (82F). Please, bring a raincoat as evening thunderstorms are not uncommon.


The symposium will be held at the Imperial Congress Center which is located within walking distance of the town center in enchanting surroundings by the side of the mountain lake of Annecy in the heart of the French Alps. The congress center is part of the completly refurbished hotel Imperial Palace (built in 1913) and was inaugurated in 1990. The present building, immediately adjacent to the lake, is divided into three main areas : the Congress Center, the Hotel (4****) and the Casino of the city. The magnificent view of the lake and mountains fosters a convivial atmosphere. Guests can relax (between sessions, of course...) in the park or on the terraces facing the lake.


Congress Center
32 Av. d'Albigny
74000 ANNECY
Phone : +33 (0) 4
Fax : +33 (0) 4

Impérial Palace web site


The official language of the conference is english. There will be no simultaneous translation.


European Union attendees need an identity card or a passport. Other foreign participants entering France for business must possess a valid passport. Citizens from some countries may also require a visa. Please consult your travel agency, or the local French Consulate/Embassy, or the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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