Montpellier city & Montpellier SupAgro at a glance
The Conference will take place at Montpellier SupAgro.

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Montpellier is one of France's oldest University cities with Paris and Toulouse (XIII Century), and has become today a major hub for research on environment and development issues. The city is located on hilly ground 10 kilometers (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean Sea coast on the banks of the Lez River.

The medieval center, “the Ecusson”, gives to the city its unique and intimate feeling. We hope that you will take this opportunity to enjoy the social and cultural life of the City and to visit the unique surrounding (natural and Unesco World Heritage sites)...

The 2014 ranking for best French cities where to study, conducted by L'étudiant magazine is out. Montpellier, ranked third place last year, add up a place to get on the second place, just behind Toulouse and before Grenoble.

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Montpellier SupAgro - © Joël Arpaillange
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Montpellier SupAgro

Montpellier SupAgro it's 1669 students, 88 teacher-researchers and 321 staff members. It offers a full range of training courses from Bachelor (professional) degree to PhD, as well as several excellent engineer training curricula. Its main purpose is initial and continuing training, research, international scientific and technical cooperation, and development represent the main missions. Agriculture, food, environment and rural territories are at the heart of its concerns.

It is located close to the centre of Montpellier. The link below, the different ways to access Montpellier SupAgro Headquarter, 2 place Pierre Viala, 34060 Montpellier are listed.

Access Montpellier SupAgro

Montpellier, the French place to go

"Seduced by Montpellier’s designer style and contemporary architectural works, the New York Times named the city as one of the top 45 places to go in 2012 in January. The only one in France! City Hall designed by the most celebrated architect in France Jean Nouvel, Pierres Vives building from Zaha Hadid, and the 2 new tramway lines by Christian Lacroix… Some works to discover before everyone else!"


Selection of hotels

Selection of hotels with Agropolis International negociated rates.

Book by yourself

Search through the online system of Montpellier Tourism Office.

(Wel)come to Montpellier

•••By air

Montpellier Méditerranée Airport is the 11th French airport and the 1st airport in Languedoc Roussillon. Six regular airlines (Air France, Alitalia, Air Arabia, Ryanair, Easyjet, Volotea) operate to and from it. In 2013, the airport features the following destinations (new destinations are likely to be available in 2015).

Direct daily flights to 4 international hubs:

  • 2 hubs in France: Paris & Lyon
  • 2 hubs in Europe: Amsterdam & London Gatwick
  • Paris Orly: 8 daily flights
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle: 4 daily flights
  • Nantes: 3 daily flights
  • London Gatwick, Lyon: 2 daily flights
  • Amsterdam: 1 daily flight
  • Frankfort: 5 weekly flights
  • Charleroi, Strasbourg: 4 weekly flights
  • Casablanca, Fes, Rotterdam, London Luton: 3 weekly flights
  • Roma, Basel, Lille, Leeds: 2 weekly flights
Montpellier Méditerranée network map

The airport is at 10 kilometers from Montpellier center (15 minutes drive), midway between the town and the sea. Taxis, car rental and a shuttle service (11 times/day) are available. The cost of a taxi is around 25€, and the cost of the shuttle is 1.60€ (intermodal ticket with city bus/tramway included: 2.60€).

 Attractive discounts on a wide range of airfares on all Air France and KLM flights worldwide.

•••By train

High-speed train (TGV): 15 direct high speed trains are operating daily from downtown Paris (3h ½) and 5 daily direct high-speed trains from Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport (4 hours). The train station is located downtown Montpellier and most of the hotels. There are also direct trains to Barcelona, Geneva, Nice and Italy, Bordeaux, etc.


•••By road

Montpellier is linked to Paris by the A9 and A75 Motorways (around 700 km). It is also linked to Italy, Spain, Switzerland.

Map out your route

Local transportation

Tramway & buses

You can buy tickets at the automatic distributors available at each tramway station. To buy passes, go to TAM office, next to railway station. Fares are:

  • One-way fare: 1.50€
  • 1-day pass: 4€
  • 7-day: 15.60€
  • 10 ride pass: 10€

  Tickets can be bought in the automatic distributors available at each tramway station.


The tramway “ligne 1”, decorated in blue with white swallows, connects the northern part of the city with the odysseum terminal on the southeast side. The “ligne 2”, decorated in a flower-power theme, goes from east to west. The colorful “ligne 3”, designed by the famous fashion designer Christian Lacroix, goes from west to east, arriving near the seaside at Perols. From there, you can rent a bike or take a short walk (around 20 minutes) to get to the beach. The golden “ligne 4”, also designed by Christian Lacroix, serves only downtown. Some 30 bus lines are connected to the tramway lines to offer a comprehensive network that will transport you around Montpellier.

Vélomagg' bicycle service

To take full advantage of our beautiful weather and gentle environment, stop by one of the city's numerous bike stations and pick up a bike to ride around. You'll feel truly free meandering through town and along 150 km of bicycle paths. The Vélomagg' service offers bicycles just the way you want them: available and inexpensive.

For your riding pleasure, 50 automatic bike stations with over 2,000 bicycles are available in Montpellier and Agglomération area. Service is open 24/24, 7/7.

 All you need is personal identification and you can rent a bicycle to ride the streets of the city and outlying area. You can buy tickets at the Esplanade bike station (next to Montpellier Tourist Office).



  • Tram Taxi: +33 4 67 58 10 10
  • Blue Taxi: +33 4 67 03 20 00
  • Radio du Midi Taxi: +33 4 67 10 00 00
  • Languedoc Taxi: +33 4 67 10 03 04
  • 2000 Taxi: +33 4 67 04 00 60

 Also available upon call, or at the railway station, or the Comedie station.

Practical informations

•••Banking and credits cards

Banks are open generally from 9:00 to 16:30 with a break at lunch time, from Monday to Friday. Cash machines (ATM) can be found almost everywhere.


Most shops are open from 9 or 10 am until 7 pm. On Sunday, shops are closed.


A large variety of restaurants and cafés are scattered throughout Montpellier, with a very large offer downtown, at walking from SupAgro. Some of them are opened late at night. Prices for a menu usually start from 12€ at lunch and 18€ for dinner.

Tourism office

•••Emergency numbers

15: Emergency ambulance service
17: Police
18: Fire Brigade


French health care does not cover visitors to France. Please ensure that you have a suitable insurance coverage for the event of illness or accident. The organizing committee will not accept liability for personal injuries sustained by or for loss or damage to property belonging to the participants.

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