Social Program and Visits

A variety of social events will be organized throughout the week for the attendees and their plus-ones. For those of you who also intend to discover Lyon and the surrounding regions on their own, you will find below a list of suggestions.

The deadline for booking a tour is June 22, 2016.

If you wish to book one of the tours described below please follow this link:


Touring options

  • Sunday 17/07/16:  Excursions (see list below)
  • Wednesday 20/07/16 afternoons: Excursions (see list below)
  • Sporting events:
Tuesday and Friday 19 and 22/07/16 at 7.00 am
Morning jog around the Parc de la Tête d'Or
For all levels.
Details to be announced.
Wednesday 20/07/16 from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm
The Statphys2016 World Cup
A friendly soccer tournament.
Details to be announced.
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For those who over-enjoy the gastronomy of Lyon, Morning runs will be organized by and with members of the organizing committee to help you run it off, Tuesday 19July and Thursday 21 July 7:00 am within the beautiful Parc de la Tête d’Or

STATPHYS WorldCup: Wednesday 20 July, 14:00-19:00, 7 persons per Team, on an outdoor synthetic football (soccer) field. All participants can register by clicking the following link: Completing the short registration form will help us in building one or more teams from each continent that are well-balanced with respect to the age and sex of the players.

LABORATORY TOURS: Wednesday 20 July, 14:00-17:00. Registration and information following this link:

Several laboratories of the University of Lyon open their doors to small groups for an inside view of the physics explored in the neighborhood: discover the control room of the CMS detector of the CERN LHC accelerator in the IPNL, the experimental facilities of the Liquids and Interfaces team of the ILM, or the statistical physics related experiments in the ENS de Lyon, and more! Deadline 30 June.


EXCURSION A1: Sightseeing tour of Lyon!
Sunday Morning (10:00 am till 12:00 am), meeting point: Place Bellecour
Wednesday Afternoon (02:00 pm till 04:00 pm), meeting point: Congress Center
The price includes: Guided tour / Transportation by coach

A tour of Lyon, part of UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE. The historical city of Lyon has been selected by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The circuit is an invitation to explore 2000 years of the city’s history. From the hill of Fourvière, down to “Le Vieux Lyon”, across to the Presqu’île – a “nearly island”. An ideal solution for seeing Lyon’s emblematic buildings and discovering its history from Roman times through to the present day.


EXCURSION 2 - Vieux Lyon and its traboules ! Pedestrian Tour
Sunday Morning (10:00 am till 12:00 am),
meeting point : Front of Catedral St Jean.
Wednesday Afternoon (03:00 pm till 05:00 pm), meeting point : Front of Catedral St Jean.
The price includes : Guided tour

This Renaissance district, listed by Unesco, is the largest area of this kind in France... This unique area of Gothic and Renaissance architecture was chosen by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. It covers 24 hectares along the banks of the Saone river. Old Lyon's urban development took place principally in the 15th and 16th centuries. After visiting the Gothic cathedral, wander through the narrow cobbled streets and passageways called Traboules. These famous covered passageways which lead from one street to the next via corridors through residences, superbly hide renovated architectural treasures: inner courtyards, covered Italian archways”, spiral staircases, etc. 



EXCURSION 3 - Traboules of the Croix Rousse hill and the mural of famous people of Lyon - Pedestrian tour
Sunday Afternoon (14:00 am till 16:00 am)
Wednesday Afternoon (03:00 pm till 05:00 pm)
Meeting Point : 02:00 PM Croix Rousse Square Métro C.
The price included : Guided tour.

Enter the world of Silk through the Traboules passageways... Lyon is the capital of silk weaving in France. You will discover the ”Traboules” (passageways) winding down the hill of the Croix-Rousse where 30,000 silk weavers lived in the 19th century. Down the slopes of the Croix-Rousse hill, cross the Place des Terreaux, with the City Hall, the Fine Arts Museum and Bartholdi's fountain to get to the "Famous people of Lyon mural", where you can see, side by-side, portraits of the great men who have made the name of Lyon.


EXCURSION 4 - Tournus & Cluny
Sunday (07:30 am till 07:00 pm)
Meeting Point : 07:30 AM Bellecour Square / Rue Paul Lintier - Statue of St Exupéry
The price includes: Guide for the Day / Typical lunch / Tasting / Transportation by coach

Departure to Tournus, Walk in the medieval town centre to visit the St Philibert Abbey. The 11th C collegiate church is considered a landmark of Romanesque architecture, overlooking the river. Continuation to Cluny, stop at Solutré's Rock. Lunchtime stop in a typical restaurant. Afternoon dedicated to discovering Cluny and the Abbey which radiated and extended its influence across the whole of Europe throughout the Middle Ages. The Abbey church was the largest in western Christendom, prior to the construction of St Peter's Basilica in Rome. Cluny Abbey was largely destroyed during the French revolution but the remaining vestiges give an ample impression of its scope and influence.




EXCURSION 5 - Chamonix Mont-Blanc
Sunday (06:30 am till 08:00 pm)
Meeting Point : 06:30 AM Bellecour Square / Rue Paul Lintier - Statut of St Exupéry
The price includes: Guide for the Day / Typical lunch / Ticket for Train du Montenvers and Cable Car to Aiguille du Midi/ Transportation by coach from convention centre.
Departure to Chamonix. Discover the Mont-Blanc with an excursion to the top of the Aguille du Midi (3800m) by cable car. Climb on the "Petit Train du Montenvers" to an observation point above the “Mer de Glace”, one of the biggest glaciers in Europe. Panorama of famous peaks. Descent by cable car to reach la Mer de Glace. Visit to an ice cave to discover ice sculptures. Lunchtime stop in a typical restaurant.


EXCURSION 6 - Workshop cooking
Wednesday afternoon (02:00 pm till 06:00 pm)
Meeting Point : 02:00 PM Main Entrance of Convention Center
The price includes: Workshop cooking and tasting / Transportation by coach from convention centre.
Welcoming participants around hot and cold drinks – a cooking lesson with the chef to prepare two desserts (ex: “chocolate fondant” and “tarte aux pralines”), then tasting desserts with wine. C_tarte_aux_pralines_2.jpg

EXCURSION 7 - The Dombes Region
Wednesday afternoon (02:00 pm till 07:00 pm)
Meeting Point : 02:00 PM Main Entrance of Convention Center
The price includes: Guide for the Day / Typical lunch / Tasting / Transportation by coach from convention centre.

Departure to the medieval village of Chatillon sur Chalaronne, enjoy the sights of the ancient marketplace, visit the 13th century Apothecary of the ancient Hopital de Chatillon. Continue by road through the quiet landscape of the Dombes... specific flora and fauna, ponds... Stop at the medieval village of Pérouges, discover its tiny paved streets, visit the house of the Princes of Savoie, and the workshops of local the craftsmen. Taste the traditional “Galette de Pérouges”.



Visit Lyon

Lyon Renaissance district
This Renaissance district, listed by UNESCO, is the largest area of its kind in France.

Enter the world of Silk through “Traboules” passageways...
Lyon is the capital of silk weaving in France. You will discover the “Traboules” (passageways) winding down the hill of the Croix-Rousse where 30.000 silk weavers used to live in the 19th century.  

Fourvière’s church: a major building of Lyon heritage
Built between 1872 and 1896, by the architects Pierre Bossan and Sainte-Marie Perrin. Its style is eclectic: austere outside and richly ornamented inside. Discover the mosaics, stained glass windows and marbles.

The murals in the City centre
In Lyon, “Trompe l’oeil” murals and wall-sized frescoes are essential reference points in the urban landscape! They tell the story of Lyon in different ways: here, through its great men from ancient times to the present day, here, in the form of a giant library, or here, like a film decor presenting one of Old Lyon’s really finest hotels: la Cour des Loges…

Hidden monsters and gargoyles
Discover the medieval imagery of a fantastic bestiary through three emblematic churches of the city. Chimera, dragons, dogs, lions, monsters, bear-cubs, phoenix and griffins…


Lyon: culinary arts capital of france

The reputation of Lyon for fine cuisine was established centuries ago. The Lyon region contains the greatest number of ‘starred’ Chefs whose names are known all over the world: Paul Bocuse, JP Lacombe, Guy Lassausaie, Pierre Orsi, Gérard Vignat, Mathieu Viannay...

• 60 starred chiefs in the Rhône Alpes Region among which 18 are in Lyon : 5 with the supreme distinction of three stars, (Troisgros, Bocuse in Lyon, Veyrat, Blanc, Pic),14 with the distinction of two stars of which four are in Lyon (Ansanay-Alex, Lebec, Viannay, Gauvreau), 41 with the distinction of one star.

• Over 1000 restaurants and “bouchons” (typical regional Lyon cuisine)


Art, history, civilizations, sciences: 38 museums in lyon

The Fine Arts Museum
Located in the middle of the historic city centre in the building of a former Royal Abbey dating from the 17th century, the Lyon’s Fine Arts Museum has one of the largest art collections in Europe.

The Gadagne Museum

The Hôtel de Gadagne, a superbly renovated Renaissance building, houses two museums, the Lyon Historical Museum and the International Puppet Museum.

Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, Fourvière
The Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon- Fourvière and the archaeological site are situated on the slopes of the Fourvière hill. A superb collection of mosaics, sarcophagi, statues and artefacts, are preserved in this museum. 

Tissue museum and decorative arts, silk museum
The diversity and wealth of the Musée des Tissus collections is such that exhibitions can touch upon many different subjects and appeal to an ever more varied public.

The Museum of Cinema, Lumière brothers

In 1895, the City of Lyon became the birthplace of the 7th art, when Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the "Cinématographe".

Around Lyon

Paris, Geneva or the French riviera can be easily reached by train in two hours or less: French Railway Website
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