Opening Conference of the International Year of Astronomy    

UNESCO, Paris, France, January 15-16 2009

Student Corner

All national organisations of IYA2009, in particular the SpoC (Single Points of Contact of IYA2009 organization), are asked to select on merit and motivation 1 or 2 young students to attend the Opening ceremony. The age of the students will be between 18 and 21 yrs old. The young invited people will participate to the question sessions and to the remote observing.

The national organisations take care of their travels to Paris, and their VISAS. The opening ceremony organization (LOC) will take care and finance their stay in France, including the week-end following the opening ceremony, to allow contact between young people and visits of Paris. Maps of Paris will be provided at the registration at Unesco.

Your contact in Paris for the opening ceremony (LOC)

If needed, please contact:
Dr Olivier Marco
celular phone: inside France 06 68 86 46 93, outside + 33 6 68 86 46 93

What is actually paid by LOC for students

  • 4 nights stay at Youth Hotel: 14, 15, 16 and 17 january, including breakfast
  • Lunch at Unesco, 15 & 16 january
  • Reception at the Palais de la Découverte, 15 january evening
  • Cocktail at Unesco, with cultural event Kronos Quartet, 16 january evening
  • 4 voucher "ticket restaurant", value 12 euro each, to be used for lunch/diner on 17 and 18 january
  • metro tickets, unlimited use of metro & bus inside Paris, usable day and night, from 15 to 18 january
  • 1 metro ticket Paris -> Airport (Charles de Gaulle, or Orly)
Anything else is not paid, and there is no extra budget, no grant.

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)
On the map: red cross = hostel ; M sign : metro Mairie de Clichy

Visit of Paris Observatory (reserved for students)

A visit of Paris Observatoty is proposed, on Saturday 17 January, in several groups, according to the participation. Rendez-vous is given at Paris Observatory, at 10h in the morning, 61 Avenue de l'Observatoire, 75014 Paris.