Dijon is in the Burgundy region of France, a rural region famed for its vineyards, mostard and rich food. It was for centuries ruled by powerful dukes who remained independent of the French crown, finally falling to the French kings 1477. Because of this separatist past, Burgundy’s capital, Dijon, houses plenty of evidence of the regions former wealth and power, with some very elegant medieval and Renaissance buildings.The ancient capital of Burgundy was once called Divio. The city of Dijon offers very interesting historical visits, cultural activities and fine restaurants. Not only famous for mustard, it was also the birth place of Gustave Eiffel, who built the Eiffel tower in Paris.The city is now the most important between Paris and Lyon, with major road communications and the high speed train called the TGV, getting to and from Dijon is easy.

The city has the largest amount of buildings more than 300 years old, which are still standing, this make the old town centre very agreeable to walk around, for example the Rue de la Chouette and Verrerie are very charming, with half-timbered houses and narrow cobbled streets.

Places to visit in the city would be the cathedral Notre Dame, Saint Michel, the palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, the old shopping streets with the indoor market, and also the main Burgundy vineyards begin just to the south of the city.

The town has a gourmet reputation and the choice of restaurants is vast, dishes for all tastes from all over the world. The famous Kir drink also originates from the city, created by the Cannon Kir, the drink is made of blackberries and is added to white wine or Champagne.

For weather, see: http://france.meteofrance.com/france/accueil
For other local facts and events, see: http://www.dijon-tourism.com/

Conference Venue

The conference will be held in the Pôle 2AFE of the University of Bourgogne (Campus). The conference rooms (Amphitheatre Eicher, Room 01, 02 and 03) and hall are located on the ground floor of the building.

The preferred audiovisual means are: Powerpoint, and overhead transparencies. Please, e-mail your ppt file to annie.vinter@u-bourgogne.fr before the conference.

The following audiovisual means will be provided:
o Podium
o Speaker stand
o Microphone
o PC Laptop, MS Powerpoint, CD/DVD, floppy disk, zip drive, USB and XVGA (1024 x 768 pixels), with scroll-wheel mouse, or bring your own PC laptop.


To get the Campus, Pôle 2AFE building, from the railway station for instance (Gare Foch) or from various places in the center of the city:

Take Liane 5 (direction: Campus), stop at Esplanade Erasme (25 minutes on average from Gare Foch)

Various ticket formulas are available. Choose the one which is right for you!

Single ticket : 
One hour’s travel on any line (ticket can be purchased directly in the bus).
Price: 1.00 € (current price)
Day Pass : Ideal for visiting Dijon and the surrounding area. Valid throughout the network for 24 hours counting from time of first use.
Price: 3.30 €
Card 10 trips (“carte de bus10 trajets”) : 10 times one hour’s travel on any line (can be purchased in the newspaper stands, at the railway station for instance).
Price: 7.80 €


Below are the names and Web sites of a selection of hotels that are very centrally located and very close to the bus line that gets you directly to the University. You are advised to book your room early (through the web sites, preferential rates for most of them), because there are a lot of tourist events in September in Dijon.

Kyriad Dijon Centre** +33(0)3 80435378      Fax: +33(0)3 80428417
www.kyriaddijon.com  kyriadcentre@kyrriaddijon.com
24 av. Maréchal Foch, Dijon (located in front of the railway station)
Single room: 75 euros; Double room: 85 euros (indicative prices)
Kyriad Gare** +33(0)3 80531010      Fax :+33(0)3 80531038
www.kyriaddijon.com  kyriadgare@kyrriaddijon.com
7-9 rue Albert Rémy, Dijon (located in front of the railway station)
Single room: 75 euros; Double room: 85 euros (indicative prices)
Le Campanile** +33(0)3 80 434001     Fax :+33(0)3 80 4310 02
www.campanile-dijon-centre-gare.fr  contact@campanile-dijon-centre.com
15-17 av. Maréchal Foch (located in front of the railway station)
Indicative price: 80/85 euros
Ibis Central** +33(0)3 80304400      Fax :+33(0)3 80 307712
www.hotel-ibiscentral-dijon.com  H0654@accor.com
3 place Grangier, Dijon (located in the heart of the pedestrian district, close to a bus stop of Line 5)
Single room: 70/78 euros; Double room: 80/90 euros (indicative prices)
Hôtel du Nord*** +33(0)3 80508050      Fax :+33(0)3 80508051
www.hotel-nord.fr contact@hotel-nord.fr
Place Darcy, Dijon (close to a bus stop of Line 5, 5min on foot from the railway station)
room: 83/95 euros; Double room: 93/105 euros (indicative prices)
Sofitel la Cloche +33(0)3 80301232      Fax :+33(0)3 80 300415
www.hotel-lacloche.com  H1202@accor.com
Place Darcy, Dijon (close to a bus stop of Line 5, 5min on foot from the railway station)
Indicative prices: 190/220 euros

More hotels :

For students (but not only for students), less expensive rooms are available in the Campus (first-come, first serve).

– 10 rooms “comfort” (toilets and shower in the room) are pre-booked: around 30 euros.
– 40/50 rooms “standard” (common toilets and shower, outside the room): around 20 euros.

Booking must be made before the 1st of July.
Contact: annie.vinter@u-bourgogne.fr


The dinner will be held at Château de Gilly (http://www.grandesetapes.fr/fr/Chateau-hotel-gilly/restaurant-bar.html).


Hall of the Pôle 2AFE, University of Dijon, Campus – Sunday, September 13, 2009, 17-20h.


Hospices de Beaune  (Tour organised for IGS2009, 17th September, Preregistration required, max: 42 people, first-come, first-serve)

The Hôtel-Dieu was founded on 4 August 1443, when Burgundy was ruled by Duke Philip the Good (Philippe le Bon). The Hundred Years War had recently been brought to a close by the signing of the Treaty of Arras in 1435. Massacres, however, continued with marauding bands still roaming the countryside, pillaging and destroying, provoking misery and famine. Nicolas Rolin, the Duke’s Chancellor, and his wife Guigone de Salins, reacted by deciding to create a hospital and refuge for the poor.

Over the centuries, the hospital radiated outwards, grouping with similar establishments in Pommard, Nolay, Meursault (the Hospices de la Charité). It became a community of carers, known as the “Hospices de Beaune”. Many donations –farms, property, woods, works of art and of course vineyards- were made to it. The institution is unique in its historical, philanthropic, and wine-producing heritage, and has become intimately linked with the economic and cultural life of Burgundy.


Abbaye de Fontenay  (Tour organised for IGS2009, 17th September, Preregistration required, max: 42 people, first-come, first-serve)

The Fontenay Abbey, part of UNESCO World Heritage, is one of the oldest Cistercian monasteries in Europe. Founded in 1118 by St Bernard in a marshy Burgundy Valley, the abbey has not change its magnificient Romanesque style. Except for the refectory which was destroyed, all the rooms have been perfectly conserved: church, dormitory, cloister, council room, heating room, lodging for the abbots and the forge. The Fontenay abbey is located in northern Burgundy, 80 km north of Dijon.