Special Interest Group Meeting: Advancing Precision in Additive Manufacturing

16th – 18th September 2019

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LS2N, Ecole Centrale de Nantes – Building S
1 rue de la Noë, 44321 Nantes Cedex 3, France
Coordinate GPS:  47.2485, -1.549525

Welcome Reception
Networking Dinner


École Centrale de Nantes, or Centrale Nantes, is a French elite engineering school – established in 1919 under the name of Institut Polytechnique de l’Ouest. It delivers Graduate, Master, and PhD Programs based on the latest scientific and technological developments and the best management practices

The Centrale Nantes campus is situated in the heart of Nantes, France in the Pays de la Loire region. Nantes is two hours by train from Paris.

LS2N, Ecole Centrale de Nantes – Building S
1 rue de la Noë, 44321 Nantes Cedex 3, France


Travelling to Nantes

You can travel directly by plane via the international Nantes Atlantique airport.
If you land at Paris-Charles de Gaulle or at Orly airports, there is a direct TGV (high-speed train) to Nantes. You can book your train ticket on http://en.voyages-sncf.com/en/ 

Getting to Centrale Nantes

From the train station
From the north exit of the station, take the tram line 1towards F. Mitterand. Get off at the Commerce stop. To get to Centrale Nantes, take tram Line 2towards Orvault Grand-Val, and get off at the Ecole Centrale/Audencia stop. Centrale Nantes is right next to the tram stop. One ticket costs €1.90. It is valid for one hour after you stamp it and can also be used on the regular bus and trams.

From the airport
Nantes Atlantique international airport is situated about 10 km southwest of Nantes. There is a Tan shuttle bus (navette aéroport) which for €9 will take you downtown, either to the train station or to Place du Commerce. From here you can take tram line 2 as above.

A taxi from the airport  will cost approximately €50. You can take a taxi from the rank in front of the airport or book ahead.

Taxi companies:

Please note euspen does not endorse any taxi companies and is not responsible for any bookings made.  Please read the cancellation policy carefully before you book.


Nantes (hotels near the meeting venue Ecole Centrale de Nantes)

Delegates may wish to use www.booking.com when sourcing a hotel.  Please note delegates are responsible for their own accommodation bookings.


StarsAccommodation NameWebsite Link
4-starRadisson BLU Hotel Nanteshttps://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-nantes
4-starMercure Nantes Centre Grand Hotelhttps://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1985-mercure-nantes-centre-grand-hotel/index.shtml
4-starNovotel Nantes Centre Bord de Loirehttps://hotelnantes.info/novotel-nantes-centre-bord-de-loire.htm
4-starHôtel La Pérousehttps://www.hotel-laperouse.fr/fr/
3-starHôtel Amiralhttps://www.hotel-nantes.fr/
3-staribis Nantes Centre Gare Sudhttps://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0892-ibis-nantes-centre-gare-sud/index.shtml
3-staribis Nantes Centre Tour Bretagnehttps://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1394-ibis-nantes-centre-tour-bretagne/index.shtml
2-starHotel The Originals Nantes Centre Gare Novellahttp://www.novella-nantes-centre.com/


Please note euspen does not endorse any hotel and is not responsible for any bookings made.  Please read the cancellation policy carefully before you book.

Welcome Reception

On the evening of Monday 16th September there will be a welcome Civic Reception which is open to all our meeting delegates.  The venue selected for this informal evening is the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, Nantes.

Located in the historic heart of Nantes, the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany is the flagship monument of its urban heritage, with the Cathedral Saint-Pierre.

On the city side, it is a fortress whose 500 meters of walkway are punctuated by seven towers connected by curtain walls. Court side, it houses an elegant ducal residence of the 15 th century tufa stone, late Gothic with early Renaissance-inspired brands, and other buildings dating from the 16 th and 18 th centuries. These contrast with their whiteness and carved refinement, with the roughness of the outer walls of blocks of granite separated by shale beds.

We invite our delegates to join us at for light refreshments with an opportunity to catch-up with old and new friends in this high profile venue.

Address:  1st Floor “Tour du Fer à Cheval”, Château des ducs de Bretagne, 4, place Marc Elder, 44000 Nantes

BusWay: Line 4, Stop: Duchesse Anne
Tram Line: Line 1, Stop: Duchesse Anne

Networking Dinner

On Tuesday 17th September from 19:30-22:30, there will be a Networking Dinner for all delegates where we shall celebrate the evening whilst cruising down the river Erdre.

On this idyllic dinner cruise, you will discover the Erdre as you gaze upon the most beautiful avenue in Nantes with some twenty pleasure palaces and châteaux dotted along its course.

With the surrounding landscape immersing you in the river’s unique atmosphere, you are guaranteed a memorable evening of networking, food and friendships.

Dinner Menu:

Vegetable tartare with honey vinegar, curd cheese and rocket
Roast lamb fillet with red curry, creamed yellow carrots and courgettes with quinoa
Organic cheese, Nantes lab lettuce and balsamic vinaigrette
Lime tart with pineapple and Timut pepper tartare and mango sorbet


Boarding Location: Place Waldeck Rousseau, Quai de la Motte Rouge, Nantes

Travelling by Tram: Line 2, Stop: Motte Rouge

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