The course is held in a one-week session, and requires full-time attendance during this week. Lodgings and meals are organized for students unable to commute from their places of residence. The locale is the Dorigny campus of the University of Lausanne and the EPFL. Dorigny can be conveniently reached by local train ("TSOL") or by car (see below).
Sessions runs from 8:30 to 18:00 approximately, with a lunch break. As a general rule, each half-day consist of a theoretical introduction of 90-120min, while the rest is spent doing practical exercises under the supervision of the course staff.
The course is free of charge to all academic participants. For those belonging to a University that participates in the 3ème Cycle Romand (Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel, Fribourg, Berne, Basel and EPFL), transportation or lodgings will also be reimbursed. We will use EMBnet funds to give limited support to participants from other institutions.
Location, housing and transportation
The course takes place in rooms INN218 and INR219 at the Informatics Department of the EPFL. The EPFL can easily be reached from the center of Lausanne by the urban railway, the "TSOL" (M1). It is also near the motorway, but there is no free parking at the school. The organizers will not be able to reimburse parking fees (the parking fee is Frs 15.- for the week).
Housing has been arranged at the Hôtel Comfort des Voyageurs, which is located in the center of the City. The main railway station is accessible in 5 min. using the M2 from Gare du Flon.
To get to the hotel from Lausanne-CFF train station, take the Metro M2 to "Gare du Flon". At "Gare du Flon", take the elevator and get out of the building at the top floor. Take the footbridge, walk across the Rue du Grand Pont, take the Rue Pichard, and turn right into Rue Grand St Jean (follow the green line to the red spot on the map).
To get to the EPFL from the hotel, within a 3 min. walk you can reach the next TSOL stop (M1, Gare du Flon) and take the TSOL to the EPFL or UNIL stop (follow blue line on the map, it takes about 15 min.).
Hôtel Comfort des Voyageurs, Rue Grand St-Jean 19, 1003 Lausanne, Tél: (0)21 3199111, Fax: (0)21 3199112
The number of participants is limited by the number of assistants and by the number of workstations available in the classroom. Every effort is made to ensure that the skills acquired during the course can be used at any academic site connected to the Internet.