First international conference

Organic Rice Farming and Production Systems

27th-30th August 2012

Montpellier - FRANCE

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Key dates

February 2012

Paper submission open

March, 26th 2012

Online pre-registration open

April, 30th 2012

Paper submission deadline EXTENDED

May, 9th 2012

Online registration open

May, 15th 2012

Notification of paper acceptance

June, 15th 2012

Submission of final papers

August 27th2012

Registration deadline

Practical information

Travelling Information

A valid passport (or identity card for European citizens) is required for all visitors entering France. No visa is required for citizens from the EU or from most other European countries, USA, and Argentine. Please contact the French embassy, consulate or customs agency in your own country for details regarding visa and entry requirements.

You will find more information on the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs website: coming to France.

How to reach Montpellier

By air and bus:

Montpellier-Méditerrannée airport is located 8 km southeast of Montpellier. There is a regular shuttle service between the airport and the city (it takes 15-20 min to get to the city). From the airport take the shuttle to the city ("place de l'europe"). Take the trawmay T2 (direction "les sabines") and get off at the stop "gare Saint Roch".Then take bus n° 6 direction "Euromédecine" from near the railway station: It is a 2 minutes’ walk from the bus station to the railway station (gare SNCF). Bus n° 6 leaves from the left of the square in front of the railway station. Get off at bus stop "Pierre Viala".

Alternatively there are always taxis available from the airport and from the station.

Montpellier-Méditerrannée airport: Tel: +33 (0)4 67 20 85 00 - Airport web site

[Montpellier Public transport - TAM web site (in french)

By train and bus:

The high-speed train TGV connects Paris to Montpellier in 3h20, Roissy CdG airport to Montpellier in 3h30, and Brussels to Montpellier in 5h. Other daily or overnight trains provide connections between Montpellier and London, Brussels, Madrid, Rome, Amsterdam, Munich, Frankfurt, Geneva, etc.

Take bus n° 6 (the n° 6 bus leaves from the left of the square in front of the railway station direction "Euromédecine" and get off at bus stop "Pierre Viala".

[SNCF: Tel: +33 (0)8 36 67 68 69 - SNCF web site

[Montpellier Public transport - TAM web site (in french)

By road

- Exit motorway A9 n°30 at "Montpellier Sud".
- At the roundabout take the 2nd exit marked "Mosson"
- Continue straight on for several km ("Avenue des Prés d'Arènes" then "Avenue de la liberté").
- Then turn right, sign posted "Hôpitaux Facultés".
- Filter into the left hand lane (you will see "Géant" hypermarket on your right). Go through the underpass (av. Marius Carieu).
- Turn right at the 8th set of traffic lights, sign posted SupAgro / INRA into "Avenue du Professeur Louis Ravas".
- INRA is on the left hand side of the road, after passing 1 set of traffic lights.

itinerary map

How to reach the meeting place

The meeting will be held at the :

Campus Inra / Montpellier SupAgro
2, place Pierre Viala
34060 Montpellier Cedex 1

[ plan campus (pdf) ]


As Montpellier is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the south of France, we advise you to book your hotel as soon as possible. You can download here a list of hotels in Montpellier:[ hotels (pdf) ]

You can also go to the website of the official reservation center for the Montpellier Tourist Office : accommodation.

Tourist Information


Montpellier and its suburbs have about 420,000 inhabitants. It is the capital and the largest city of the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Montpellier was founded in 985 and since then has continuously developed on a beautiful site, facing the Mediterranean sea to the south and backed to the north by the mountains of the Massif Central (Les Cévennes). Formed by its long history, Montpellier offers two faces: the old town, small enough to walk around through the narrow streets often lined with 18th century mansions or older buildings and the modern town, dynamic and developing as emphasized by the impressive building complex of Antigone, created by the Spanish born architect, Ricardo Bofill. Montpellier is also a "University city" with 70,000 students spread over 11 disciplines. Research plays a major role in biology, medicine, engineering, chemistry, agronomy, computer sciences, etc... Finally, Montpellier is a perfect place for enjoyable entertainment with hundreds of fine restaurants and bars (often outdoors in summer), movie theatres, opera, etc.. There are also a great Olympic indoor swimming pool and a brand ice-skating park in the city as well as many places for an unforgettable jog like along the River Lez (for harden runners, a round trip to the seaside is about 20 km). Finally the seaside (typical village being Palavas) is only 10 km away and can be reached by using city buses (30 min trip).

Getting Around Montpellier

You can hire a bicycle or use buses and/or the tramway.
Bicycles can be rented at the TAM agency that is located at the train station (low level main entrance) or at the tourist office ("place de la comédie").

Weather and clothing

The average daily temperature in August is 18-28° C (64-82°F). However, the hottest daily temperatures can be in excess of 30°C (90°>F).


The organizers of the conference cannot accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or personal insurance nor for injury or damage involving persons or property before, during or after the conference.

Electrical current

The electrical current in France is 220 volts 50 Hz; 2 pin round plugs.


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