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Earth system function and climate change - GEN

From the deep past to the Anthropocene: coupling Earth system function to climatic change

Celebrating frontier research and promoting equality

7th-8th-9th March 2018 Salle Agora, Domaine du Haut-Carré - Talence (France)

Practical Information

Important dates


  • Registration for the symposium opens on-line: 7thDecember 2017
  • Call for abstracts opens : 7th December 2017
  • Registration for the ERC Information Meeting and Networking Event opens on-line: 7th December 2017
  • Registration for the symposium closes : 5th March 2018
  • Deadline for the submission of poster contributions : 2nd March 2018
  • Publication of poster contributions : 5th March 2018
  • Mentoring workshop : 7th March 2018 (9:00 - 12:00)
  • ERC Information Meeting and Networking Event : 7th March 2018 (13:30 - 19:00)
  • Coupling of Earth system function to climatic change symposium : 8th-9th March 2018
  • ClimateMusic Project  : 8th March 2018


Please find below a list of hotels located approximately 15 minutes from the symposium venue and 10 minutes from the city centre:

Please find below a list of hotels located in the heart of the city centre at least 35 minutes from the symposium venue :


  • Please indicate the title of your poster and the list of authors being sure to underline the presenting author.
  • Please also indicate which topic your poster content is most closely associated with from the following choices:

    -        Improving our understanding of the climate system to anticipate a changing world

    -        Re-constructing ancient climate and carbon cycle interactions

    -        Tracking and predicting changes in the functioning of the contemporary carbon cycle

    -        Gender balance in STEM subjects

  • If you are a PhD student or a researcher that has been awarded a PhD less than 7 years ago please indicate to be eligible for the poster prize.

Poster Specifications


  • Maximum Size : A0 (164cm x 100cm)

Lunches and Aperitif

  • Lunches will not be provided before the ERC pre-symposium event on the 7th March 2018 so be sure to eat before hand!
  • An aperitif will be served during the ERC pre-symposium 'speed-dating' session to all registered participants of the ERC pre-meeting.
  • Lunches will be provided to all registered participants to the symposium on the 8th and 9th March 2018.
  • All coffee breaks and aperitifs during the symposium are included in the conference registration fee.

Transport to Bordeaux and Venue

Getting to Bordeaux

Bordeaux is located in SW France and can be easily reached by air, rail and road.


Bordeaux is connected by a number of international airlines with routes to many of the major cities in Europe and over 20 flights between Bordeaux and Paris each day. There are several low cost airlines that fly in to Bordeaux (Easyjet, Ryanair, Vueling...), as well as chartered flights from international destinations during the summer months.

Public transportation between the airport and the city centre can be cheap (1.60euros) and frequent. The No. 1 bus stops right outside Merignac Aeroport every 10 minutes and takes a route through town until it reaches the train station Gare St Jean after about 40-50 minutes. This bus also intersects at the stop 'Victoire' with the tram line B that runs directly between the symposium venue 'Forum' and the city centre. 

A direct navette bus also connects the airport to the city centre and train station and departs every 1h (single trip 8 euros; tickets can be purchased from the bus driver). The journey to the train station usually takes about 30 minutes but can take longer during rush hour.

You will also find a taxi rank outside the airport. Check with the driver how much the fare will be to your hotel or the venue as it can be expensive. Expect to pay between 35-45euros.


The high-speed train (TGV) now only takes ~2hrs to reach Bordeaux 'Gare Saint-Jean' from downtown Paris 'Gare Montparnasse' with trains departing roughly every 45-60 minutes. It is also possible to take a direct train to Bordeaux from the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle International airport in Paris in less than 3 hrs however, the service is less frequent. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the SNCF webpage.

Getting around Bordeaux and to the Venue

Information and tickets for the bus and tram routes can be obtained from the ticket office in the station or from outside the train station where tickets can also be bought from one of the ticket vending machines. The price for a ticket accessing all trams and buses during a 1 hour period will cost 1.60euros. A card can also be bought for 5 and 10 voyages. Note that to buy a ticket for 5 voyages you will probaby have to go to the ticket office as the machine caters more for 10 voyages, single day passes or single trips. For more information on the different fares and locations to buy tickets can be found online here.

There is a bus line Number 10 direction Beausoleil that can be caught from Rue St Vincent de Paul just outside the train station. This bus is a 20 minute ride to Talence and the nearest bus stop to the venue is called the Mairie de Talence. From here it is a 8 minute walk to the Forum tram stop through the Parc du Chateau Peixotto.

Tram ligne C destined for 'Bordeaux Parc Expos-Stade Matmut Atlantique / Cracovie / Gare de Blanquefort' will pass through the city centre stops of 'Place de la Bourse' and 'Quinconces'. The tram line C also intersects with the tram line B at 'Quinconces' that takes you to the 'Forum' tram stop near the symposium venue.

The symposium will be held at L'Agora du Haut-Carre located in Talence.

From the 'Forum' tram stop by foot follow the tram line until you reach a small roundabout and take a left turn up Rue Pierre Noailles until you reach another roundabout. The third exit on the roundabout should have a panel at the entrance indicating Agora haut Carre. Follow this road until you reach the Agora building.

Information on public transportation solutions and timetables can be found at the Transports Bordeaux Metropole web site.

For those participants booked into the Teneo hotel they are conveniently located near the forum tram stop.