Travel and visa
Food and Accommodation
Health emergencies
Program and schedule
Conference venue
Audiovisual equipment (AV) and Wifi

Travel and visa

Q: Do I need a visa?
A: See this website to check whether you are exempt or whether you need a visa: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/getting-a-visa/

Q: How far is the conference from the airport?
A: Please see the information posted on the Venue page.

Q: How can I obtain an invitation letter to request my visa?
A: All registered participants will receive a confirmation letter by email (PDF). If you require additional information to appear on the letter, please reply to that email and ask. 

Food and Accommodation

Q: Are there hotels close to the conference venue?
A: Yes, but with public transport, almost any hotel in Paris is close to the Venue.

Q: Do you recommend any hotel?
A: Please compare hotels and ratings online. For general suggestions, see Venue.

Q: Is there a conference hotel?
A: No. But you will find suggestions and websites on the Venue page.

Q: Where do I go for meals?
A: Delegates will be given a map of the conference area with recommendations on where to eat. There will be one buffet lunch on opening day for which prior registration is required. Additional meals may be provided (information will be posted online by March).

Q: I have food restrictions, how can I tell the organisers?
A: The ingredients of the buffet and dinner will be posted on the conference website a few weeks before the conference begins. If you find that you are allergic to any of the ingredients, you will then be able to contact the organisers.

Health emergencies

In case of sudden illness or accident, contact:

  • SAMU (ambulance): dial 15.
  • Police: dial 17.
  • Firefighters: dial 18.

Programme and schedule

Q: How long do panel, seminar and workshop sessions last?
A: Panel sessions last one hour and a half. Seminar and workshop sessions last two hours.

Q: Is there a limit to the number of participants in a panel, a seminar or a workshop?
A: Panel sessions are restricted to four speakers. A seminar or workshop session may have up to twenty participants.

Q: I will leave early / arrive late during the conference, can my session be scheduled early / late?
A: Please inform your seminar/panel organizers of your scheduling restrictions, they will get in touch with the conference organizers who will do their best to accommodate your needs.

Q: Can I change the title/abstract of my paper?
A: Yes, but only until January 15th, 2014. Please inform your seminar/panel organizers who must submit the final list to the conference organizers by that date. Any change after January 15th may not appear in the final printed program.

Q: When will the programme be posted online?
A: In February.

Q: Will the programme be printed and distributed at the conference?
A: Yes, in your conference pack.


Q: When must I register?
A: If you want to profit from the early fee, you need to register before January 15, 2014 (extended deadline for early fee registration). Late registrations will be possible until the day of the conference, with increased fees. See registration page for more information.

Q: Can I pay by cheque?
A: Yes, but only if your cheque is drawn from a French bank account in France. For all other accounts, please use Paypal or your credit card via Paypal.
If that does not work, you can do a wire transfer in EUROS to “Société Française Shakespeare” in the amount of your registration to the following account
IBAN: FR76 1027 8060 3100 0203 5530 357.
Bank name: Crédit Mutuel.
Address: CCM Paris 1-2 Louvre Montorgueil, 28 rue Etienne Marcel, 75002 Paris, France. Please indicate “SH450” to identify the payment.

Q: Will I be given a certificate of participation?
A: All registered participants will be sent an invitation letter by email (PDF). Upon registration at the conference, they will be given a letter certifying their participation at the conference.

Q: What is the difference between registration online and registration at the conference?
A: Registration at the conference will  consist in distributing welcome packs and badges to those who registered online. The badge will be required for entrance at the venues and social or cultural events.

Q: Where will registration take place?
A: On the opening day, registration will take place at the Institut du Monde Anglophone, 5 rue de l’École de Médecine, 75005 Paris. All other days, registration will take place at the main conference venue (see Venue).

Q: Do I need to register?
A: Plenary lectures will be open to the public. But if you are participating in any panel, seminar or workshop, you must register. You must also register if you wish to attend the opening events and closing cocktail reception, and enjoy coffee/tea breaks as well as invitations and special discounts for cultural events during the conference.

Q: How is the registration fee calculated?
A: The Société Française Shakespeare organizing the conference is a non-profit association staffed by unpaid volunteers. The registration fee covers part of the organizing costs (coffee/tea breaks, printing, translation, services etc.). The fee is considerably lowered thanks to the generosity of conference sponsors and academic grants. See the list of our sponsors in the footer.

Q: What is the discount coupon code?
A: Please disregard this field as the feature is reserved for keynote speakers.

Conference venue

Q: Where will the conference take place?
A: The conference will open at Théâtre de l’Odéon and continue at the nearby Sorbonne and École des Mines, in the heart of the Quartier Latin. Cultural events will take place in other venues, all of which are easily accessible by public transport. Detailed information is available on the conference website (see Venue).

Q: Are the venues wheelchair-accessible?
A: Nearly all of the venues are wheelchair-accessible.

Audiovisual equipment and Wifi

Q: Will there be AV-equipped computers and screens at the conference?
A: Yes. If you plan on bringing your own computer, please bring your own set of cables.

Q: Will there be Wifi at the conference?
A: Some rooms may not be equipped with wifi. Others will have wifi with a login which will be provided onsite.

Q: What is the voltage in France?
A: 220V. If you have foreign plugs, please bring your own converters.

Q: What is the conference hashtag on Twitter?
A: #Shake450.


If you did not find an answer to your question after careful search of the conference website, please feel free to contact us.

Email: contact AT societefrancaiseshakespeare DOT org

Mobile phone: +33 7 71 13 40 04. This number will be operational during the conference week everyday from 7:45 to 20:30.