General Information

Conference venue

Marseille Provence Métropole
Jardins du Pharo – Pharo Gardens
58, Boulevard Charles Livon
13007 Marseille, France

Palais du Pharo
...overlooks the harbour (Vieux-Port) and the Château d'If, famous for being the prison of the Comte (Count) de Monte Cristo. It is easily reached within 10 minutes, on foot, from Marseille city centre, along the Marina. The Palace was built as the sea-side residence of Napoleon III, although he never lived in it. Passing through the town in 1852, he visited La Tete du More and remarked that he "had always wanted a home where he would have his feet in the sea." The matter was sealed and the Town Council duly bought him the land as a gift. Under the guidance of Lefuel, one of the architects who had worked on the Louvre, the first foundations were laid in August 1858. Built in stone and ornately decorated, the Palace is typical of the lavish style of the Second Empire. Napoleon's wife, empress Eugenie de Montijo, eventually bequeathed the palace to the city of Marseille in 1883.

Adjoining the Palace, and within the enclosed Palais du Pharo gardens, are the residence of the Rector of the University of Marseille, the Military School of Tropical Medicine and the Municipal Assembly building, all three of which will be used for ETMM-8 sessions. The old Palace interior is generally closed to the public, but the gardens, which look out onto the historic old port, the military fort and Cathedral de la Major, are open and freely accessible.


Capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, Marseille is undoubtedly a truly international city. It is the gateway to the Mediterranean, and main industrial centre in the south of France also the second French research centre after Paris. Marseille is the premier congress destination of the Mediterranean area.

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Marseille - originally named Massalia - is the oldest city of France, having been founded in 600 BC by Greeks from Phocaea as a trading port. The town prospered and eventually came under the rule of the Romans, who built massive fortifications. Marseille was the main port of trade between the Romans and Gaul, an arrangement that made the city one of the richest in the region. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Marseille was often besieged by ‘barbarian’ hordes; however, its status as one of the pre-eminent trading ports on the Mediterranean meant it could always rebound quickly from any attack and often benefited from its ‘neutral’ status by supplying both sides of any wider conflict. The fortifications were very solidly built and protected the town so well that parts of Marseille were only overrun infrequently during this turbulent time, and the heart of city was never captured.

In 1660, King Louis XIV removed parts of the original town fortifications to allow the spreading out of the city, which soon thereafter encompasses parts of the south side of the harbour and spread inland. After recovering from the Great Plague in 1720, trade with the East resumed and was widened to incorporate routes to Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. Marseille became more prosperous than ever. It began to attract many immigrants from Africa and the French colonies as well as trading partners across the globe. The local population enthusiastically embraced the French Revolution and sent 500 volunteers to Paris in 1792 to defend the revolutionary government; their rallying call to revolution, sung on their march from Marseille to Paris, became known as La Marseillaise, now the national anthem of France.

During the nineteenth century the city was the site of industrial innovations and a growth in manufacturing. The rise of the French Empire and the conquests of France from 1830 onward (notably Algeria) stimulated the maritime trade and raised the prosperity of the city. Maritime opportunities also increased with the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. This period in Marseille's history is reflected in many of its monuments, such as the Napoleonic obelisk at Mazargues and the royal triumphal arch in the place d'Aix.

During the latter part of the 20th century, Marseille experienced a sharp downturn in its wealth and status. In recent years, however, Marseille has been revived, with new life and money being injected into the older districts. Marseille is gradually recovering its former glory, and with the ongoing renovations, the city has become one of France’s most popular destinations for holidaymakers.

Marseille is easily reached by air, road and rail. It has an international airport offering daily flights to most other major European cities. It is also served by several motorway and railway links, the fastest being the high-speed-train (TGV) service from Paris, taking around three hours.



Marseille has a direct fast train connection to Paris (Gare de Lyon – 3 hours), to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport (3h30) and an international airport.

Marseille Saint-Charles Train Station (SNCF) –
Tel: (+33) 36 35
(Subway / "Métro" Line 1 or 2: Saint Charles Station)


The international airport Marseille-Marignane is about 25 minutes away from the centre of Marseille. 83 cities in 30 countries directly linked; a link with Paris every half an hour.

Marseille Provence Airport:
Tel: +33 (0)4 42 14 14 14
There are shuttles between the Airport and Marseille Saint-Charles Train Station:
Duration of trip: approximately 25 minutes depending on traffic (Departures every 20 minutes)

Taxis in Marseille

Taxis Marseillais - Tel: +33 (0)4 91 02 20 20
Radio Taxis France - Tel: +33 (0)4 91 85 80 80
Taxis Plus - Tel: +33 (0)4 91 03 60 03


From Cassis / Toulon / Nice: Highway A50
From Fos / Martigues / Montpellier: Highway A55
From Aix-en-Provence / Lyon: Highway A7


There is no possibility to park inside the Pharo Gardens. Paying street parking is possible outside the Pharo Gardens. A paying public car park is located in front of the Pharo site.

Marseille Public Transportation System (RTM) -

There are two metro lines and two tramway lines serving Marseille, as well as an extensive bus service covering the whole city.

  • Single Ticket including free transfers within a 1-hour period
  • Return Ticket including free transfers within a 1-hour period and return
  • 1-Day Pass: this pass allows unlimited travel on all buses and subway lines during one day; valid from the first validation until midnight.
  • 3-Day Pass: this pass allows unlimited travel on all buses and subway lines during three consecutive days, from the first validation.
  • « Libertés » Pass: this pass allows free transfers within a 1-hour period and travel with up to 4 people at the same time.

General Information

Marseille Tourist Office
4, La Canebière - 13001 Marseille – France
Tel: +33 (0)4 91 13 89 00
(Subway ("Métro") Line 1: Vieux-Port Station)

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. The conference organizers will send out an official letter of invitation upon request to help overcome administrative difficulties in certain countries. This invitation will not imply any obligation from the Organization to provide any kind of financial contribution. Requests should be made by fax or e-mail and should include the participant’s complete mailing address, fax number, e-mail address and/or professional or student status proof.


The conference organizers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss of or damage to property belonging to congress participants, either during or as a result of the conference. Please, check the validity of your own insurance.

Language and currency

The official language for the Symposium is English. According to the Monetary Union, the official currency is the EURO. Other currencies will not be accepted during the conference.


For international calls to France, dial the international code followed by 33 and the correspondent's number without the 0. For international calls from France, dial 00 followed by your correspondent’s international code and number.


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

Climate and clothing

The weather in Marseille in June is usually warm and sunny, but temperatures can fall with Mistral wind. Average number of days of sunshine: 300 days per year. The daily temperatures are ranging from 20°C to 25°C. Night temperatures are usually milder between 15°C to 20°C.