101st Meeting of the

Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Scientific Advisory Council

12 - 13 May 2022, Strasbourg, France


Please be advised that the 101st meeting of the CFHT Scientific Advisory Council will be held on 12-13 May 2022 at the Observatoire astronomique de Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France. The meeting will be both an in-person/hybrid meeting and a zoom link will be provided on the upcoming Agenda.

The following information is provided to assist participants with the practical arrangements of attending the meeting.

Arrival in Strasbourg

To get to Strasbourg from outside of Europe, the two most practical options are:

-- Air    Fly to Strasbourg airport which has connections to major European cities and, in particular, 3-4 flights a day to Amsterdam Schiphol with code-share with Delta and other SkyTeam companies. Strasbourg airport is a short 25 minute taxi ride (~50€) from downtown or one can take a regional train from the airport to the main station in downtown Strasbourg. These trains run every ~15 minutes and the ride to/from the airport for 2.90€. Strasbourg Airport

Fly to Paris CDG and take the high-speed train (TGV) from CDG to Strasbourg. It takes 1h45 and the train ticket can often be booked with the plane tickets. Strasbourg station has an official airport code (XWG). Air France, in particular, has an official flight number for the seats they book on the train: AirFrance

--Train (TGV)   Other airlines tend to have similar options. If not, it is always possible to book a train ride directly through the French train company although do keep in mind that tickets are valid for a given train and will need to be exchanged prior to boarding if a late flight arrival makes you miss your train. If that's a concern, make sure to buy an exchangeable ticket: SNCF

If you are arriving from within Europe, trains can be quite competitive with flights and have the benefit of arriving directly in downtown Strasbourg.

Ground transportation

Strasbourg has a fairly extensive public transport system. In particular, multiple tram lines criss-cross the downtown area and make it easy to reach any hotel/destination. Tickets need to be bought from the machines on the platforms (2.00€ per ticket) and stamped before boarding: CTS

To reach the Observatory by tram, take tram C and get off at the stop "Observatoire" that is a 2-minute walk to the Observatory.

Rental cars may not be ideal given the difficulty to park in Strasbourg.

Accommodations

There is a very large choice of hotels in Strasbourg. Strasbourg is a very touristy town, especially in May, so it is recommended to book your hotel room soon.

The recommended hotels are listed below:
Hotel Couvent des Franciscains.
Hotel Les Harras
Hotel ETC
Hotel Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile
Hotel Gutenberg
Hannong Hotel
La Maison Rouge
Hotel des Arts
Hilton

Apart from the Hilton that is a little out of the way but perfectly accessible via a quick tram ride, all other hotels are downtown and within a 20-minute walk from the Observatory.

Health Information on Covid-19

Below is a link on information pertaining to Covid-19:
Covid-19 Health Information

CFHT personnel will be in touch with you as the meeting dates approach and keep you informed about additional details of the SAC meeting and preparatory meeting documents.

Thank you,

Dr. Laura Parker
2022 Chair
Scientific Advisory Council


Laurie A. Dale
CFHT