Venue and access

Chamonix’s strong links with the scientific and medical worlds began in the 18th century: first with experimental expeditions, then the construction of high-altitude observatories and the theory on the major glaciations of the Quaternary period. In this extraordinary natural laboratory, many fields of investigation continue to attract scientists from all over the world, as witnessed by: The Ecole de Physique in Les Houches created in 1951 from which 26 students have been awarded the Nobel Prize; the creation of the Institut de Formation et de Recherche en Médecine de Montagne; the Ecole Nationale de Ski et d’Alpinisme; the Centre de Recherche sur les Ecosystèmes d’Altitude; and the network of players devoted to science, including several researchers based in the valley.

The venue for the event – Chamonix Mont-Blanc Conference Office comprising dedicated facilities for international conferences – is the perfect location to ensure a pleasant and successful ISEM 2017.


  • Direct access via motorway A40 linked to the european road network
  • Switzerland : 16 km via the Col des Montets mountain pass
  • Italy : 15 km via the Mont-Blanc tunnel

BY AIR (international airports)

  • Geneva Cointrin : 90 km
  • Lyon Saint Exupéry : 220 km
  • Turin Casale : 170 km


Paris to Geneva in 3 hrs via the direct TGV ; Bellegarde or Annecy  in 2 hrs 45 mn via TGV. Then regional TER line to St Gervais-les-Bains/Le Fayet. Connection to Chamonix via the Mont-Blanc Express tourist train.


  • Daily connections to and from Geneva (TGV train station and airport)
  • Free public service with Chamonix Bus covering the entire valley, as well as the « Mulets » shuttle service covering the town service