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Welcome to Lyon!

With more than 2000 years of colorful, tumultuous and thriving history, this French city celebrates the art of living, luxury and fine cuisine.

As the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region located in eastern-central France, Lyon is the largest urban area in France outside of Paris. With a population of over 2 million Lyonnais, it is known as the gastronomic capital of France. Many of France's finest chefs call it home, (one of the most famous being Paul Bocuse) perhaps not coincidentally, as Lyon is located near two of France's best known wine-growing regions: Beaujolais to its north and Côtes du Rhône to the south.

Lyon was chosen as Europe’s best weekend destination in the World Travel Awards 2016! We look forward to seeing you in Lyon.

Conference Venue

Lyon Convention Centre at the Cité Internationale
Lyon Convention Centre at the Cité Internationale
Lyon Convention Centre at the Cité Internationale

The Conference ICSB 2018 will be held at the Lyon Convention Centre at the Cité Internationale. The Cité Internationale is harmoniously integrated between the Rhône River and a 105 hectares park designed but the Italian architect Renzo Piano. The Cité Internationale also houses three hotels, a cinema complex, an art museum and many shops and restaurants. 

Lyon Convention Centre at the Cité Internationale
50 Quai Charles de Gaulle
69463 Lyon cedex 06


Hotels & Accommodations

Please find below our selection of hotels for the Conference.

In all Lyon:

AccorHotels Group

10 hotels from 3 to 5 stars

Rates: from 64€ to 200€ per night, breakfast included.

Benefit from our preferential rates by clicking on the image above.


Close to the Cité Internationale:

Résidence Temporim Cité Internationale

4 stars hotel residence – From T1 to T3 apartments

From 129€ per night

Benefit from our preferential rates with the code: ICSB18, by booking on the website http://www.temporim.com/fr/


Crowne Plaza Lyon Cité Internationale

4 stars hotel

Benefit from our preferential rate of 155€ (VAT included) simple standard room.

Extra charge on double occupation: 22€. Tourist taxe non included : 1.65€

Prepayment of the reservation flexible and voidable at Day-30 – available subject to hotel availability

Booking on the link: ICSB 2018



Campanile Lyon Centre Gare Part Dieu

3 stars hotel – from 65€ per night, breakfast and wifi included.

Benefit from our preferential prices by booking on: https://www.campanile.com/en/hotels/campanile-lyon-centre-gare-part-dieu and by informing the code 90631996 in the field Business travellers with contract

Campanile Lyon Berges du Rhône

3 stars hotel– from 65€ per night, breakfast and wifi included.

Benefit from our preferential prices by booking on: https://www.campanile.com/en/hotels/campanile-lyon-centre-berges-du-rhone and by informing the code 90778763 in the field Business travellers with contract

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Appart’City Confort Lyon Cité Internationale

3 stars hotel - From 55€ per night. Tourist taxe of 1,10€ to be included.

Benefit from 10% discout by informing the code ICSB2018 on:
https://www.appartcity.com/en/destinations/rhone-alpes/caluire-et-cuire/lyon-cite-internationale.html? - field Promo code.



Getting Here

  • Lyon Saint Exupéry Aéroport
    69125, FRANCE


    • 7 French cities connected by daily, scheduled flights
    • 43 scheduled, international flights, 19 charter routes and 7 cargo routes
    • A hub for low-cost Easy Jet flights, with numerous daily flights
    • 10 minutes from the Part-Dieu TGV railway station
    • 15 minutes from the Perrache railway station (Between Lyon and Paris, one TGV every 30 minutes during peak periods)

    An express tramway, RHONEXPRESS, links the Lyon-Saint Exupéry International Airport to the Central Lyon Part-Dieu railway station in 25 minutes with departures every 15 minutes.

    Attractive discounts, up to -15%, on a wide range of public fares on all AIR FRANCE, KLM and their code-shared flights worldwide.

    Event: ICSB
    ID Code: 32813AF
    Travel Valid Period: 23/10/2018 to 06/11/2018
    Event location: LYON

    Please visit the event website or access directly through http://globalmeetings.airfranceklm.com/Search/promoDefault.aspx?vendor=AFR&promocode=32813AF

  • The Convention Centre is situated close to the Lyon Périphérique Nord (Northern Ring Road)

    • 1½ hours from Geneva,
    • 3 hours from Turin,
    • 4 hours from Paris,
    • 4½ hours from Milan,
    • 5 hours from Barcelona
  • 2 hours from Paris, 1½ hours from Marseille, 4 hours from Brussels

    Urban network

    To the Convention Centre, 3 bus and trolley lines linked directly to the Métro, TGV station and City Centre
    Reach the centre of Lyon or the Part-Dieu TGV railway station in 12 minutes
    Express tramway between Lyon St Exupéry airport and the Part Dieu TGV station
    Close to the Convention Centre, 6 Vélo’v stations (pushbike rental) within easy reach

    From railway stations - by public transport:

    Bus C1 from Part Dieu railway station - Bus stop Cité internationale | Centre de Congrès
    Bus C2 from Part Dieu railway station - Bus stop Cité internationale | Transbordeur
    Bus C4 from metro/tramway station Jean Macé - Bus stop Cité internationale | Centre de Congrès
    Bus C5 from metro station Cordeliers - Bus stop Cité internationale | Centre de Congrès
    Bus C26 from metro/tramway station Grange Blanche - Bus stop Cité internationale | Transbordeur
    Bus 70 from Part Dieu railway station - Bus stop Cité internationale | Transbordeur

    Get more information by accessing the TCL network website:



Getting Around

Lyon has the 2nd largest public transportation network in France. The extensive network of buses, subway and tramway of the T.C.L. (Transports en Commun Lyonnais – Lyon Public Transportation) enables rapid and easy transport from one place to another in the city and its suburbs.

The Cyclopolitain (Eco-friendly taxi service) uses a unique electric tricycle taxi cab with a transparent roof, ideal for short trips along the city centre’s cycle paths or though the many pedestrian areas. Eco-friendly and wallet friendly at the same time—one euro per person and per kilometer.

Additionally, Lyon offers a convenient, easy way to see the city ; the Lyon City Card. This card gives you access to more than 40 services, attractions, museums, selected shows and guided tours. It also provides discounts on tours and shows and it allows you to travel on buses, metro, trams and cable cars for free. You may purchase one, two or three-day Lyon City Card passes.

Past of Lyon: A Brief Look

Past of Lyon: A Brief Look
Past of Lyon: A Brief Look
Past of Lyon: A Brief Look
Past of Lyon: A Brief Look
Past of Lyon: A Brief Look
Past of Lyon: A Brief Look
Past of Lyon: A Brief Look
Past of Lyon: A Brief Look

Historically, Lyon was known as an important area for the production and weaving of silk; significant discoveries were made through scientific and pharmaceutical research that helped to grow this and other emerging industries. During the 19th century, Lyon boomed in the areas of banking and mechanical engineering and had a notable role in the history of cinema. From the medical field, the visionary virologist Charles Mérieux, known for his work in mass vaccination cultivation, hailed from Lyon. Lyon's long-established reputation as a creative city supporting inventors and technicians has made it a forward-thinking, celebrated French city throughout the centuries.

Present of Lyon: A Quick Peek

Present of Lyon: A Quick Peek
Present of Lyon: A Quick Peek
Present of Lyon: A Quick Peek
Present of Lyon: A Quick Peek
Present of Lyon: A Quick Peek
Present of Lyon: A Quick Peek
Present of Lyon: A Quick Peek
Present of Lyon: A Quick Peek
Present of Lyon: A Quick Peek

With an exuberant passion for life, Lyon blends its rich past with its bustling present. Lyon is renowned for its historical and architectural landmarks and it is a prestigious UNESCO World Heritage site. Old Lyon offers a glimpse into Medieval and Renaissance times with its restored houses and public buildings. Yet, Lyon is also a major center for the banking, chemical, pharmaceutical, biotech and software industries. It is the international headquarters of Interpol and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Culturally, Lyon has a well-earned reputation for having world-class art, food and entertainment.


Lyon is gourmet's paradise. With more than 1600 restaurants in the city itself, visitors have access to some of the best chef's tables in the country, if not the world. From Michelin-starred restaurants to local bistros known as bouchons, Lyon cuisine delivers an artful experience; a virtual riot for the taste buds. The locals credit the beginning of Lyonnais cuisine (bouchons) with the legendary Mères Lyonnaises. View a partial list of restaurants here.


There are close to 40 daily food markets across Lyon and visitors are welcome to taste the very best of the city's fresh produce. One of the most famous markets, Les Halles, is a must-see for the gourmand. Originally opened in 1859, it was relocated in 1971 and in 2006 it was completely renovated and renamed "Halles de Lyon- Paul Bocuse". The change was a nod to Lyon's arguably most celebrated chef, who also shops at the market that boasts over 50 food merchants.

Cooking Lessons, Food & Wine Tasting

If there was ever a place to hone your culinary skills, it is in Lyon. Lyon offers a variety of lessons and tastings. See suggestions


You may be surprised to learn that Lyon is France’s second party city, where residents and visitors alike come to enjoy spectacular nights out! Vieux Lyon, Presqu’île, Croix Rousse and the Saône riverbanks are some of the city's trendiest locations. And for a spectacular 'nightcap', be sure to have a look at the city’s monuments at night as 100,000 projectors illuminate 200 sites bringing the city’s night scene to life! Click for a list of the city's hot spots.


Whether it's fashion, furnishings or antiques, shopping in Lyon is a deeply-rooted tradition and there are several shopping areas that are guaranteed to please. Here are a few local favorites:

The Presqu'île: Situated between Place Bellecour and Cordeliers, Le Carré d’Or is home to over 70 different designer labels and brand name stores; a major hotspot for shoppers. Be sure to visit rue Edouard Herriot to find the high-end boutiques of Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Mont Blanc, Escada, Cartier and other premier designers. The area between rue Victor Hugo and rue de la République is one of Europe’s largest commercial and pedestrian zones and here is where you will find the majority of high street shops and chain stores. Close by is the Auguste Comte quarter (south of Bellecour) made up of nearly 100 stores that sell antiques, art work, home furnishings and more.

Croix Rousse: If you'd prefer to shop away from the commercial and high street stores, visit Le Passage Thiaffait, home to the Village des Créateurs, located on the Croix-Rousse hills. This unique designer's village features several workshops and boutiques of young and up-coming Lyon designers and offers them an opportunity to exhibit their work.

La Part-Dieu: Located on the left bank of the Rhône river, La Part-Dieu’s shopping center houses over 260 stores, including the famous Les Galeries Lafayette. The Center also includes a 14-screen cinema, restaurants and bars.

Click here for an overview of what the entire city has to offer.


The museums of Lyon offer a myriad of themed events, tours and interactive presentations appropriate for all ages. Museums from the Gallo-Roman period to present day offer visitors the opportunity to view priceless collections. ECE 2018 attendees may be particularly interested in visiting the Museum of the Medicine and Pharmacology History; a large collection dedicated to the evolution of the medical field through the centuries. Click here for venue details for all museums. 

Monuments and sites

Centuries-old and architecturally significant, Lyon has been officially classified a UNESCO world heritage site. To find out where to see the abundance of the city's amazing landmarks, click here.

Tuesday's social program

Lyon sightseeing city - From 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm


Departure from La Cité Internationale

Sightseeing guided tour of the city where you will discover the peninsula, from the Place des Terraux to the Place Bellecour, the banks of the Saone and the Rhone, the Fourviere hill, the Old Lyon listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.

From the esplanade of Fourvière, you will admire a breathtaking panorama of the city shaped by over 2000 years of history, its two rivers and hills.

Discovery of the Basilica, a tribute to the Virgin Mary.

Visit of the Old Town with its “Traboules”

Way back to the Cité Internationale with a stop on the way at Place Bellecour

Beaujolais and the Golden Stones - From 02:00 pm to 06:30 pm

Pierre Dore

Departure from Lyon Cité Internationale.

On this tour, you will discover all the beauty and richness of South of Beaujolais landscapes. The golden stone villages are divine at sunrise, magnificent in the reflections of the sunset.

Their yellow ochre colour is absolutely unique and earned the name of Beaujolais Tuscany given to the region.

You will stop in the medieval village of Oingt, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Perched on a hill and surrounded by the Beaujolais vineyards, Oingt has kept from its medieval past the ancient chapel of the castle, the fortified door, and a dungeon. In the heart of the village, ochre yellow facades houses are home of craftsmen and artists.

On this tour, you will discover this part of the vineyards with a wine tasting in a traditional cellar. Way back to Lyon (1st stop Place Bellecour and then Cité Internationale) 

Gala reception - The Selcius

On October 30, ICSB 2018 invites you to its gala dinner, to be held at The Selcius, located in the heart of the Confluence neighbourhood. 

Historically, the Selcius building was a saline warehouse, where salt was transported by boat from the south to the north of France. Recognizable by its unusual architecture, its characteristic arches have been preserved during the rehabilitation of the Docks of the Saone river, nowadays known as Docks of the Confluence.

The Selcius welcomes you in an exceptional venue of more than 1000m2. Discover the exquisite restaurant and its open kitchen, but also "Le Chaï" wine bar with an unique perspective and the outstanding view on the banks of the Saone river.

Le selcius