Location

SAS 2015 main conference and workshops will be held at the congress center Palais du Grand Large, in Saint-Malo, France. It is located in the heart of the city, facing the sea.

It welcomes about 150 meetings a year and provides meeting organisers and participants with all modern congress facilities and services.

Visa

Please be aware that citizens from certain countries may require a visa to enter France. If unsure, check with a French embassy or consulate. Additional information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs In case you need an invitation letter, please contact us .

Travelling

By train

The TGV is the high speed train. Train tickets can be bought online from SNCF or Raileurope.

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  • From Paris-Charles-De-Gaulle (Paris-CDG) airport:
    There are direct TGVs to Rennes where you easily get connecting trains or shuttles to Saint-Malo (maximum waiting time 0:30).

    If this does not fit with your own flight schedule, you may consider taking a TGV at Paris-Montparnasse railway station. See below.

    Within Paris-CDG airport, you find:
    • the TGV station;
    • the RER subway station to reach Paris-Montparnasse railway station. Instructions. Subway map and schedules;
    • Air France bus shuttles to reach Paris-Montparnasse railway station.
  • From Paris-Orly airport:
    Find the RER subway station to reach Paris-Montparnasse railway station. Instructions. Subway map and schedules;
  • From Paris-Montparnasse railway station:
    There are direct TGVs to Saint-Malo in 2:56.

    Depending upon your travel schedule, you may prefer using a direct TGV to Rennes where you easily get connecting trains or shuttles to Saint-Malo (maximum waiting time 0:30).
  • There are direct TGVs from Lille, Lyon, Marseille, and Strasbourg to Rennes where you easily get connecting trains or shuttles to Saint-Malo (maximum waiting time 0:30).
  • From London to Paris, you may wish to use the Eurostar to Paris, and then one of the solutions above.

By car

From Paris: 370 km (3:30) by motorways A11/A13 (through Rennes) or A13/A84 (through Caen).

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By plane

From Rennes-St Jacques airport there are 22 direct daily flights to/from French and European towns. From Dinard Airport (70 km from Rennes) there is a daily flight to/from London Stansted by Ryanair.

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  • Rennes-St-Jacques Airport (70km from Saint-Malo): Direct, daily routes from major French and European cities, including 5 daily round-trip flights from Paris. Low-cost flights from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Spain.
  • Dinard-Pleurtuit airport (10km from Saint-Malo): Daily round-trip flights from London, flights from Jersey, Guernersey. More information.

By boat

From Great Britain (Portsmouth), Ireland and channel islands.

 

Information is also available from this page.

Brittany

Brittany is a large peninsula "on the edge of the world" as people used to say, in the northwest of France, lying between the English Channel to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. Brittany is one of France's most rugged regions with hundreds of bays, inlets and islands. It is said that Brittany is a fascinating mix of spectacular coastline known as the "Emerald coast", ancient beautiful towns, historic fishing villages, magical islands and inland woods.

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Brittany is one of the six Celtic Nations and used to be a Celtic duchy for more than one thousand years before its annexation to France in 1532. It is a fascinating land rich in culture, tradition and history with a strong regional identity that has been forming during centuries of relative isolation. Brittany is a region proud of its roots and has successfully retained its customs and traditions.

Surprisingly for a people with strong individualistic tendencies, Brittany doesn't have its own distinctive style of cooking. The only true Breton specialities are pancakes (crÍpes, which usually have a sweet filling, and galettes, which tend to have a savoury filling) and cotriade, a fish stew traditionally made from conger eel and the remains of the catch. Generally, Breton cuisine is simple, with little use of sauces, and features much fish and seafood.

Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo is a walled charming corsair city.

Saint-Malo is less than 60 km away from Mont Saint-Michel, the impressive "Wonder of the Western World" forming a tower in the heart of an immense bay invaded by the highest tides in Europe.

Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel