Meeting in Marseille (FRANCE)

Date and venue


It will be a 2-days meeting, taking place on the 30 September & 1 October 2021.

  • Thursday, 30 September: General meeting (1st part)
  • Friday, 1 October: General meeting (2nd part) + MC meeting

A networking dinner will be organised on Thursday evening.


Amphithéâtre Jacques Derrien

Polytech-AMU (Luminy Campus), Aix-Marseillle University

163 av. de Luminy, Luminy Campus, 13288 Marseille (France)


Objectives of the meeting

The goal of this meeting is to facilitate contact among researchers to continue collaborations on the three major areas identified in the previous meeting in Warsaw:

  • biotechnological applications
  • electron-phonon interaction issues
  • intense laser irradiation

You can download the programme of the meeting here.

How to get to Marseille

By plane:

Marseille Provence airport (MRS) is the main airport in the Marseille region and it is located 27 km northwest of Marseille, on the territory of Marignane.

Transport from Marseille Airport to the city center:

The cheapest and easiest way to get to Marseille city center from the airport is by bus. The Airport shuttle bus takes 30 minutes to reach the Saint Charles train station in Marseille. You can read “Navette Aeroport-Gare St Charles” on the buses. Tickets cost 10€ one-way (or 16€ return). You can purchase your tickets at the transport kiosk in the arrivals hall or at one of the many automatic ticket machines located around the arrivals terminal.

The airport shuttle bus leaves from Terminal 1 (MP1). You can find the bus waiting at platform 2 between Hall 1 and 3. Be aware that each shuttle has a different route, so make sure you are getting on the correct one.

Fares and schedules can be found here.

By train:

Marseille’s main station is the Gare Saint Charles and is located on the east side of the city at walking distance of the city center (10 min). Being the main station most trains arrive and depart from that station.

By bus:

The Saint Charles Marseille bus station (Marseille Gare routière Saint Charles) is centrally located, walking distance to the city center is 10 minutes. The train station (Gare Saint-Charles) is located next door.

The bus station is served by international Eurolines buses as well as regional bus lines. Intercity connections include more than 20 cities in France (Paris, Toulouse, Lyon…) and international bus connections to Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza…), Italy (Rome, Milan, Genoa…), Portugal (Lisbon, Porto, Braga…) and 8 more European countries.

Public transport in Marseille

Public transport in Marseille is managed by the Régie des transports de Marseille (known as RTM). You can easily plan your journey using RTM website.

Marseille has a bus, metro and tramway network. There are two metro lines (lines M1 and M2), two tramway lines and a more extensive bus network. The metro runs from about 5 a.m to 12 p.m. You can use the same card or ticket on different lines (bus and metro).

Remember that your public transport ticket or card should be validated before getting on the bus or subway.

A single journey ticket (‘Carte solo’) costs 1,5€. This ticket can be bought on the bus, from automatic ticket machines at the entrance to metro stations and at RTM sales offices.

You can also buy a ‘Carte liberté’. This non-personalised card (6€ / 12€) can be used by several passengers (4 max.). It can also be used for free parking at metro stations. Price per ride: 1,20 €.

How to get to Luminy campus

From Marseille old harbour area (Vieux Port):

  • Go to metro station “Noailles”
  • Take the line 2 “Gèze – Sainte-Marguerite Dromel” (red line), direction Sainte Marguerite Dromel
  • Get off at Stade Vélodrome/Rond Point du Prado
  • Take the bus B1 “Castellane – Campus de Luminy” or 21 JET “Métro Rond Point du Prado – Campus de Luminy”
  • “Campus de Luminy” is the final stop (Polytech School will be on your left)
  • Follow the signs to Derrien theater (building C)

Time of journey: 40 min. (aprox.)

From the train station (Gare Saint Charles):

  • Go to metro station “Saint-Charles Marseille”
  • Take the line 2 “Gèze – Sainte-Marguerite Dromel” (red line), direction Sainte Marguerite Dromel
  • Get off at Stade Vélodrome/Rond Point du Prado
  • Take the bus B1 “Castellane – Campus de Luminy” or 21 JET “Métro Rond Point du Prado – Campus de Luminy”
  • “Campus de Luminy” is the final stop (Polytech School will be on your left)
  • Follow the signs to Derrien theater (building C)

Time of journey: 40 min. (aprox.)

From Rond Point du Prado/Stade Vélodrome:

  • Take the bus B1 “Castellane – Campus de Luminy” or 21 JET “Métro Rond Point du Prado – Campus de Luminy”
  • “Campus de Luminy” is the final stop (Polytech School will be on your left)
  • Follow the signs to Derrien theater (building C)

Time of journey: 25 min. (aprox.)


Participants are responsible to book their own accommodation.

If you wish to stay in the city center, a hotel around Noailles metro station (it is close to the Vieux Port) or Gare Saint Charles (it’s the main train station and the bus to the airport Marseille-Marignane can be taken from there) could be a good option.

If you prefer to be in a mid-way between the campus and the city center, the best option would be booking a hotel around “Stade Velodrome” and “Rond Point du Prado”. From there you can take a direct bus to the campus (B1 or 21 JET) that will take around 25 minutes but also a direct metro to the train station.

Here below you can find some suggestions:

Hotels near Vieux Port:

Ibis Styles Marseille Vieux Port

Hôtel Life Marseille VP – Vieux Port

Best Western Hotel Marseille Bourse Vieux Port by Happyculture

Hotels near the train station Saint-Charles:

Hotel Terminus Saint-Charles

Holiday Inn Express Marseille Saint-Charles

Hotels near Rond Point du Prado / Stade Vélodrome:

B&B Hotel Marseille Prado Vélodrome

Citadines Prado Chanot Marseille

AC Hotel Marseille Prado Velodrome

Reimbursement of the travel expenses

TUMIEE COST Action provides financial support to reimburse participants for their travel expenses. Detailed information about the COST reimbursement rules can be found here and in the COST vademecum (pages 22-26).

In order to be reimbursed you must receive an official invitation through e-COST indicating you are eligible to be reimbursed. After the meeting, you will be required to fill out your online travel reimbursement request (OTRR) through the link you can find in your invitation email.

As a way to summarise the rules, you can consider the following (please, consider this as a quick guidance only, complete and detailed information is in the vademecum):

Any transport you take in your country (flight, bus, car…) is reimbursed based on the supporting documents provided (tickets for flights and buses; proof of distance by Google maps for car travel). Taxi, car rental, fuel, parking expenses are not eligible.

For the flight ticket: it must be return and economy/tourist class ticket from the country of your primary affiliation (as registered in e-COST) to the country of the meeting. Seat reservation, luggage and cancellation insurance are eligible. Max: €1200.

Once you arrive to France, everything should be covered under the Daily Allowance (DA). For France, the DA is €175 per day. This DA is intended to cover accommodation, meals and transport in the host country. No receipts will be required.

The maximum DA rate that can be claimed is calculated against the actual number of days you attend the meeting (as confirmed against your signature on the official attendance list for each day of the meeting), plus 1, permitting you to arrive on the day before the meeting and/or leave one day after.

In the travel days, the DA is based on departure and arrival times, as bellow.

Participants from France:

  • For travel distance above 100km, expenses are reimbursed based on travel tickets.
  • For travel distance below 100km, transport must be covered under the Daily Allowance.
COVID-19 in France

Participants are advised to observe closely the travel restrictions and requirements for travelling from/to their home countries and France.

Currently, France has classified the countries based on health indicators as follows: green, amber and red. Most of European countries are in the green list. This means that if you are fully vaccinated you will have to present proof of your vaccination status and a sworn statement attesting to the absence of symptoms of covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case of covid-19. If you are not fully vaccinated, a negative PCR or antigen test not older than 72 hours will be required.

You can find full and updated information about travel rules to/from France (including the statement of honour you will have to fill out and present at the airport) in the following link: (in English)

For information about restrictions and requirements in metropolitan France, you can visit the following page: (in English)

Other useful information

Local organisers:

Andres Saul and Claudio Attaccalite are the local organisers in Marseille.


The currency in France is the Euro (€)

Power adaptors:

For France there are two associated plug types, types C and E. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type E is the plug which has two round pins and a hole for the socket’s male earthing pin. France operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.


French is the official language in France. However, the majority of people, especially in tourist sites like Marseille, speak English better or worse. You should have no problems with communicating in English.

About Marseille:

Marseille is the prefecture of the Bouches-du-Rhône department and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in France. Situated in the Provence historical province, it is located on the coast of the Gulf of Lion, part of the Mediterranean Sea, near the mouth of the Rhône. Marseille is the second-largest city in France with a population of around 870.000.

Marseille is famous for its Bonne-mère, its Vieux-Port and its Château d’If. It is also known for its significant cultural outputs, from savon de Marseille to tarot, as well as its typically Southern culture of pastis and pétanque.

For information about tourism in Marseille: