ESOS will take place at the "Institut d'Etude Scientific de Cargèse" (IESC) in France (Corsica).
Schools and workshops held at the Institute have frequently seeded the roots of major advances in physics and related disciplines. Typically 30 scientific events take place at the IESC per year; these attract 1500-2000 participants from all over the world.
Though physics remains the privileged theme for schools and conferences, during the last ten years the Institute opened up to all disciplines. These include :


  • Health and Life Science
  • Physics and Engineering Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Materials Science and Engineering


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The Institute housing facilities on site include 26 double rooms, a studio, an apartment (for 2-4 persons) and a villa (for 2-6 persons). Two rooms are fully accessible to persons with reduced mobility.

Participants are often lodged in the village of Cargèse, in studios to 4 bedrooms apartments. A 20 minutes walk is required to reach the Institute from the village, it is therefore necessary to provide proper footwear and a flashlight for night returns.

The Institute provides lunches to all participants but breakfasts are served only to participants staying on site. Participants staying in the village, should take care of their breakfasts. Upon request from the organisers it is possible to arrange a breakfast service in the village.

Evening meals are not included in the forfeit of the Institute (with the exception of barbecue, appetizers or on explicit request). Participants should autonomously take care for evening meals.The Institute may, upon request, assist in organizing group meals at restaurants in the village.

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The premises of the Institute are spread across three groups of buildings. In the central buildings (1), are located the administrative structures (management, reception and secretariat, home of the guardian), the restaurant, the music room and the library. Around the amphitheater (2) are located several offices a meeting room for up to 35 people and the IT room. A third building (3) constructed in 2011 according to the most modern energy saving criteria is exclusively dedicated to housing. A dining room, public rest rooms and showers are also available there. The villa Menasina (4)  is located about 500 meters from the central buildings. It is the historic site, where the first meetings were held in the sixties. Today it is in general reserved for the organizers and their family.

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