Occitanie, a beautiful Southern French region ...


The conference will take place in La Grande Motte, France, a Mediterranean city with immediate surroundings providing a lot of touristic sites to visit, the vineyards, the coast, the mountains and numerous World heritage sites of the Languedoc-Roussillon region (e.g. Roman remains such as Le Pont du Gard or the Nîmes arenas, the medieval city of Carcassonne, etc.)
The Conference will be held in the Congress Centre (Le Palais des Congrès) in La Grande Motte, France.
The Congress Centre overlooks the Grande Motte marina. The beach, down-town and restaurant areas are all within close walking distance.



  Conference Centre address:
Palais des Congrès Jean Balladur
Avenue Jean Béne
34280 La Grande Motte


We have negotiated special housing rates for the Conference participants. All hotels are located 5-10 minutes walking distance from the Congress Centre.
June is the beginning of holiday period in the Mediterranean region. We recommend to book the rooms as soon as possible.
Please mention ‘IAP2018’ in all correspondence with the hotels.

  • Hotel Mercure****
    Email: H1230@accor.com
    Single/double room: 125€/night
    Breakfast: 15.90€/pers.
    Not included: City tax 2.48 euros/person/day
  • Le Prose****
    Email: contact@le-prose.com
    Single room: 135€ (including breakfast)
    Double room: 145€ (including breakfast)
    Not included: City tax 2.48 euros/person/day

Alternatively, several hotels with different levels and prices are located around the conference centre, please consult directly the official reservation center of La Grande Motte Tourist Office for an exhaustive list: La Grande Motte Tourist Office - Accommodation List

How to reach La Grande Motte?
  • By car
    • Coming from Montpellier
      Take the A709 Motorway in the direction of Avignon/Lyon,
      Exit Montpellier-Est (exit n°29)
      Take the express way in the direction of La Grande Motte.
    • Coming from Nîmes
      Follow directions for Perpignan on the A9 Motorway,
      Exit at Lunel (exit n°27)
      Take the express way in the direction of La Grande Motte.
    • Car park
      Congress center with free parking.

  • By train
    TGV (high-speed train) station St-Roch Montpellier
    Daily connection with every major cities, TGV arrive at Montpellier’s train station (Saint Roch). https://en.oui.sncf/en/train-ticket
    The TGV train station is at 25 km from the congress.

  • By tram-bus
    • From the TGV station Saint-Roch take the tramway line N°1 (blue with white swallows) in direction of Odysseum, stop at Place de France (it takes 20 mn from the train station to Place de France) where a bus service carries out regular transfers to and from La Grande Motte: line 106 (20 km - 20 minutes).
    • From Place de France take the bus line 106 in the direction of Aigues-Mortes, stop at Grande pyramide/Port (This bus ride takes 40 mn).
    • Schedule of the bus Montpellier-La Grande Motte and La Grande Motte-Montpellier is here: https://herault-transport.fr/fiche_horaire/106-sept.pdf

  • By plane-taxi/bus
    Montpellier Méditerranée airport is located 16 km from the congress center. Daily flights operate from Paris with Air France. Direct regular flights to Lyon, Clermont-Ferrand, Nantes, Rennes.