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Frequently Asked Questions (last update February 22, 2023)

Q: Who are the ISMB/ECCB 2023 Conference Chairs?
A: The conference Co-chairs are:

Alessandra Carbone, CNRS - Sorbonne Université, France
Lim Soon Wong, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Additional details are available here.

You can learn more about ISMB/ECCB at https://www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2023-general-info/about-ismb-eccb-2023 

Q: Who do I contact for information on the conference?
A: You can get information on the conference from:

Steven Leard, ISMB Conference Director
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Q: Where will the conference be held?
A: The conference will be held at the Centre de Congrès de Lyon located at: 50 Quai Charles de Gaulle, 69006 Lyon, France

The Lyon Convention Centre is situated at Lyon’s northeast Gateway, between the Tête d’Or Park, the Quai Charles de Gaulle and the Rhône, right on the edge of the city center, near the northern ring road and 5 minutes from a junctionconnecting with a major European motorway network.

Learn more at: https://www.ccc-lyon.com/en

Q: What are the conference hotels?
A: The ISMB/ECCB organizers through ISMB's official housing partner bNetwork are able to offer a variety of accommodation options including some adjacent the congress centre.  Full details on booking are available at: https://iscb2023.bnetwork.com

Q: Can I ship materials or items to the hotel?
A: You should contact the hotel directly to confirm. In most cases hotels will accept packages but may charge a handling or service fee.

Q: Are Children allowed at the conference?
A: ISCB conferences are professional events. Children of registered ISCB conference attendees are welcome to attend the conference with their parent or guardian, as long as younger children are under the supervision of a parent or guardian at all times. Parents or guardians may bring children to educational events provided the child does not disrupt the event.

Q: Are Guests of Attendees allowed to attend ISMB?
A: ISCB allows guests (defined as a non-scientist family member or non-scientist friend) of registered attendees. If you are a registered delegate who would like a non-scientist family member or friend to see your invited talk or poster presentation, please visit the registration desk to obtain a guest badge.

Guests are charged a fee for any meal function they are attending and can be purchased at the registration desk where they will receive a ticket for entry.

Please note: All guest badges must be requested onsite at the registration desk and are required for visiting at the conference.

Q: Is there a policy about Alcohol and Smoking at ISMB?
Alcohol: Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beer, and soft drinks may be offered during the meeting. Alcoholic beverages will be distributed per the laws and regulations of the country where the event is being held and may only be allowed in specific areas.

Smoking and Use of Tobacco: ISCB conference are tobacco and vaping-free events. Smoking, and use of tobacco is permitted only in designated areas outside of the venue. Tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, are not permitted in the conference or at conference events.

Q: Where is Lyon, France?
A: Lyon is located at the confluence of the rivers Rhône and Saône, to the northwest of the French Alps, 391 km (243 mi) southeast of Paris. A UNESCO world heritage site Lyon the city has been welcoming visitors for over 2000 years.

Q: Do I need a visa to visit France?
A: International travellers should check with the French government if unsure if you require a visa to enter France. You can find details here: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/france/visa/#who-needs-a-schengen-visa-to-enter-france 

If you require a letter of invitation to travel to France please register for ISMB/ECCB and then email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a letter of invitation to support your application. Please complete this no less than 12 weeks (May 1, 2023) in advance of the conference.

Q: How to get to Lyon?
A: There are a number of options for travel to Lyon.

Airport: Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport is located 25 km from the city centre and is served by public transport along with taxi, UBER and private car. Details on the airport are available at: https://www.lyonaeroports.com/en

The Rhônexpress tram/train shuttle connects Lyon city centre to Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV station, located just 2 minutes from Terminals 1 and 2 of the airport. For details visit:

Tickets can be purchased online, from machines at the airport/tram stops or from the on-board conductor (€4 fee). The machines and conductor accept all major bank cards and cash (euros).

Train Travel: Gare de la Part-Dieu is the primary railway station of Lyon's Central Business District in France and used by all trains serving Lyon city centre. It's normally the station to choose when booking trains to or from Lyon. It belongs to the Paris-Lyon-Marseille railway. Train services are mainly operated by SNCF with frequent TGV high-speed and TER regional services as well as Eurostar and Deutsche Bahn. Learn more about travel by train options at: https://www.sncf-connect.com/en-en/ or www.gares-sncf.com 

Train route PDF available here

Car: Travel by car is an option for many Europeans. Parking options at the congress centre are noted below.
Travel by car PDF available here

Local Transit: There are a number of transit options to travel within Lyon. Explore options viewing the PDF

Q: Where can I park my vehicle?
A: There are several options for self-park and pay located by the congress centre. The PDF provides a map of parking locations - open PDF

PO: Managed by Lyon Park Auto (LPA)
Car park covered with 1000 places situated at approximately 100m of the congress centre:
Hourly price list:
From 9:00 am till 7:00 pm: 0.50 €/15 minutes ; 2.00 €/1 hour
From 7:00 pm till 9:00 am: 3.00 €
Unlimited subscription : 111,10€/mois

P2: Managed by Lyon Park Auto (LPA)
Car park covered with 1200 places situated at approximately 50m of the congress centre.
Hourly price list:
From 9:00 am till 8:00 pm: 0.50€/15 minutes ; 2.00 €/1 hourFrom 8:00 pm till 9:00 am: 4.50
Unlimited subscription : 111,10€/mois

P1: Managed by Indigo
Car park covered with 1150 places situated in approximately 50 m of the congress centre exit of elevators.
Hourly price list:
From 9:00 am till 8:00 pm: 0.50 €/15 minutes ; 2.00 €/1 hour
From 8:00 pm till 7:59 am: 0.50 €/15 minutes ; 2.00 €/1 hour ; 4,5€ (20h00-8h59)

Q: What sightseeing opportunities are available in Lyon?
A: From the ancient theatres and abundant ruins that date back to Gallo-Roman times, winding through the Middle Ages and Renaissance influences in Vieux-Lyon, from the classical buildings on the Presqu'île, to the canuts and silk manufacturing workshops in the Croix-Rousse, Lyon has been welcoming visitors for over 2000 years. Over time, the city stretched itself along the banks of the river Saône, later encompassing the Rhône and beyond, and today has reached the Confluence area, all while managing to preserve its precious heritage.

Learn more about things to do in Lyon at https://en.lyon-france.com

Q: What is the local climate?
A: The hottest month of the year in Lyon is generally July, with an average high of 81°F and low of 61°F. When planning it suggested to bring a light rain jacket or umbrella. And for conference attire, a light sweater for sitting in conference rooms to allow for your own temperature preferences.

Q: What is the local Time Zone?
A: Lyon uses Central European Summer Time (UTC+02:00) For more details on time and current weather visit:

Q: What is the local Electrical Current?
A: The normal electric current in Frances is 230 V with most travellers needing to use devices below 220 V. Plugs and sockets may differ from those in other parts of the world, so travellers should bring adapters or transformers for electrical appliances such as hairdryers and shavers. The following page provides additional information https://francetravelblog.com/do-you-need-a-travel-power-adapter-for-france/ 

 Q. what language will the conference sessions and materials be presented in?
A. All conference presentations and materials will be presented in English.

Q: Where can I find medical information?
A: In all cases, except for emergencies, look in the phone book provided in your hotel or with the front desk. In case dial 112.  Please note France has separate numbers for each of the emergency services.

  • Fire service: 18
  • Police: 17
  • Ambulance: 15

Additional information on medical and pharmacy information can be found at: https://thisislyon.fr/tips-and-advice/healthcare/

Q: What is the custom on tipping?
A: A gratuity is generally not required for restaurant meals. As a general guideline tips are provided for taxi and hotel bellman. The general rule of thumb is to round up the charge when paying a bill, and a euro a bag for bellman.

Q: What is the currency?
A: The monetary unit is the Euro (€).

Q: How can I pay to register for ISMB/ECCB?
A: Delegates can pay on-line using the following credit cards or by wire* or by mail with payment by Check. Accepted credit cards are Mastercard and Visa.

Last day to pay by wire or check Ends on June 19, 2023 - after this time only Credit Card payment is accepted. Please note a €25.00 fee is charged for wire payments.

Q: Where do I register when I arrive?
A: Conference Registration is available from Sunday, July 23 to Thursday, July 27.

The Conference Registration Desk is located in the Hall Terreaux as shown on the PDF

The registration desk will be staffed during the following hours:

Sunday, July 23 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
(Morning and Full-day Tutorials Only, Student Council Symposium)
11:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday, July 24 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Tuesday, July 25 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Wednesday, July 26 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Thursday, July 27 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Q: What should I do if I lose something at the conference venue?
A: Please check with the conference registration desk.

Q: What are the poster sizes?
A: Poster details can be found at: https://www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2023-submissions/abstracts#postersdisplay