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Conference venue

The conference "AFFINE HECKE ALGEBRAS, THE LANGLANDS PROGRAM, CONFORMAL FIELD THEORY AND MATRIX MODELS"  will take place at Centre international de rencontres mathématiques:
163, avenue de Luminy Case 916, F- 13288, MARSEILLE Cedex 09, FRANCE.


The CIRM: a center of conferences for high level scientific meetings in Mathematics, Theoretical Physics, Scientific Computing, Computer Algebra, etc...


CIRM is at your disposal and can help you to organize a meeting in the field of Mathematics (in its broad sense) or related scientific activities like Theoretical Physics, Scientific Computing, Symbolic Computing, etc.

As a rule, only scientific meetings belonging to certain mathematically related fields may benefit from any financial suppport offered by CIRM. However, other types of scientific meetings may take place at CIRM, provided they do not interfere with the existing scientific program already established for activities of the above kind.

CIRM's facilities include:
  • Conference rooms ,
  • Computing tools ,
  • An exceptional library ,
  • Comfortable housing facilities
  • A restaurant of very good quality...

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How to get there

CIRM is located inside the Campus of Luminy Faculty


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Geographical situation and a bit of history

Marseille, capital of the South

History and geography go hand in hand. An excellent place for human settlement for the past 28,000 years (as attested by the wall paintings in the Cosquer Cave), Marseille now has grown into a metropolis of close 807,000 inhabitants. Devoted to commerce from the outset, Massalia, as it was known to the Greeks, increased its trading territory by setting up trading outposts at Hyères, Antibe and Nice. Today, Marseille is positioned as an European and Mediterranean metropolis. The arrival of the TGV high speed train, the numerous cruise liners, the unprecedented business and leisure tourism boom and the development of the port and the free zone are the visible and incontestable signs of this status. Marseille is an economic and industrial metropolis and a centre of higher learning, with over 45,000 university students. It is also the France's second largest centre of research, yet Marseille is still attached to its roots and native culture that are manifested by its museums, theatres, opera and its newly renovated 60,000 seat stadium. A paradise for divers and sailors, where leisure activities can be practiced all year around in unspoilt nature.

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How to travel to Marseille and within Marseille

An international airport : Marseille Provence :
Tel : 04 42 14 14 14
Connections between Airport / Marseille Centre Shuttles every 20 minutes : Journey time : 30 minutes
Taxi : Journey time : 20 minutes
A railroad system : Saint-Charles Railway Station : Tel : 08 36 35 35 35
The new Mediterranean high speed train TGV : Marseille-Paris in 3 hours

A dense motorway system :
        A50 : Cassis / Toulon / Nice
        A55 : Fos / Lyon / Montpellier
        A7 : Aix / Lyon

A performant transport :
        2 metro lines
        21 bus

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Passport and visa

Every person entering France should be in possession of a valid passport and/or identification card. Some countries require a visa. Please contact the nearest French Embassy or Consulate to your home for further information.

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For international calls to France, dial the international code followed by 33 and the correspondent's number without the 0

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Electricity used in France is 220 Volts; its frequency is 50 Hz and the plugs have two male contact points. Plan to bring a transformer for your electrical or electronic equipment using different voltage.

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Climate and clothing

The weather in Marseille in June-July is usually warm and sunny. Average number of days of sunshine : 300 days per year. The daily temperatures are ranging from 25°C to 30°C. Night temperatures are usually milder between 20°C to 22°C.

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How to discover Marseille during your trip:

pharo The Palais dO Pharo : Built by the Parisian architect Lefuel, it is a genuine waterside residence that was presented to Napoleon III by the City of Marseille.
The Château d'If : Originally built as a fortress under François 1st in 1524 before it was turned into a state prison in the 17th Century. The château became famous through "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas.
The Saint-Nicholas Fort : A star-shaped fort built in 1680 by the Chevalier de Clerville according to instructions from Louis XIV. The fort was built so that the King could keep an eye on the city.

Notre-Dame De La Garde Basilica :
A chapel has existed on top of the Garde hill since 1214. It was surrounded by a fort in 1536 after having been extended a number of times throughout the centuries to accommodate the increasing numbers of pilgrims. It was reopened in 1807 after being badly damaged in the Revolution.
It was replaced by the present church in 1853. It is the work of the architect Henri Espérandieu and is a masterpiece of Byzantine-influenced polychrome building. When Espérandieu died Henri Revoil completed the church with a wonderful mosaic decoration.

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