Launch Conference of the International Year of Astronomy    

UNESCO, Paris, France, January 15-16 2009


Practical Informations

Location & dates

The opening ceremony for the International Year of Astronomy will take place on 15-16 January, 2009, in UNESCO head-quarters in Paris, France.
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The address is
Maison de l'UNESCO
125 Avenue de Suffren
75 007 PARIS

Metro (subway):

  • SEGUR station (line 10)
  • CAMBRONNE station (lines 6 and 8)

The main entrance for the Conference is 125 Avenue de Suffren , where the participants can get their badges.

For safety reasons, all participants must show identification cards or passports to receive their badges. There is also an X-ray scanner, so participants must arrive in advance, the entrance could be slow. In particular, the first day (morning of Thursday 15th January), the registration desk will be opened from 08h00.
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Travels, Transfers

Getting to Unesco, Paris   |   Metro guide   |   Possible Itinerary to go from Unesco to Palais de la Découverte


No VISA required from:
North America : USA, Canada, Mexico
South America: Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, ...
Europe, Japan, Australia, Israel...

Touristic Visa for: Russia, China, India, South Africa (about 35 euro per Visa)
For more details, look here: Do you need a Visa?

Hotels for students

Rooms have been booked by the LOC for the nights 14, 15, 16, 17 january in a Youth Hostel "Auberge de Jeunesse" Paris-Clichy.

Paris Clichy Auberge "Léo Lagrange", 107 rue Martre 92110 Clichy (Hauts-de-Seine) France
Tel. +33-1-41272690 Fax. +33-1-42705263
Located a few steps from Mairie de Clichy metro
3 possible Itineraries to go from CDG Airport to Mairie de Clichy
Itinerary to go from Orly Airport to Mairie de Clichy

If you want to extend your stay by a few days, either before or after the Ceremony, you are welcome to stay at the same place. You have to book yourself using the website, and you need a credit card to pay the extra nights. Price: 22 euro per night with breakfast.
Youth Hostel Paris-Clichy (in english)
Auberge de Jeunesse Paris-Clichy (in french)
To learn more about public transportation in Paris, visit RATP site (metro, bus, RER)

Hotels for other participants

A list of hotels is available by clicking Hotels-Paris (click on the region near Eiffel Tower)
or by arrondissement, 7, 14, 15...


Restaurants are numerous in the district, you can have a look at Restos, near a given Metro Station , or also by region.


Informations on Paris (metro, visits, events, restaurants) can be found on PARIS-Service or TOURISME-A-PARIS. Some bars, bistrots in Paris are listed in BARS & PUBS in PARIS, and everything is included in the PARISCOPE. The site of railways SNCF can be useful, as well as the regional transport organisation RATP.