The conference takes place at the Le Centre de Congrés de Lyon (Lyon Convention Centre), 50, Quai Charles de Gaulle, 69463 Lyon, France Cite Internationale. The conference hall will be open for delegates from 08:30 on each day of the conference.

How to get to Lyon

Participants should make their own transport arrangements to their hotels and to the conference venue. The Convention centre provides advice here.

Public transport in Lyon is good. Tickets can be bought for a single journey, a day or multiple days, Tickets should be validated each time they are used on a bus, tram or metro train. Taxis are available as well as Uber.

The nearest bus stop for the conference venue is Musee d’Art Contemporain. There will be signs showing access to the IFBF from this bus stop (routes C1, C4, 132, 172), approximately two minutes’ walk. Please note that if you are travelling by bus from Part Dieu railway station that the bus stop for route C1 has been relocated about 300 m north of the station because of road works.

You can download a metro map or find out other information about public transport here.

There is car parking available at Cite International. Discounted rates are available if booked in advance. The closest car park for the venue is parking P1 La Cite. Please check that you are parked legally.

Cite International has a number of cafes, small restaurants, cinema, as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art. It is adjacent to the famous Tete D’Or Park with its open spaces and a boating lake.

Conference Format

The conference format is a mixture of invited presentations, presentations based on a written paper and panel discussions. There will be time for questions and discussion, either after each presentation or at the end of each session, as the chairman of the session decides. If you wish to ask a question or raise a topic for discussion, please follow the directions of the chairman or the stewards. We will also be using for delegates to ask questions of presenters via the app or web browser. You may wish to download the app to your phone before the conference.

Refreshments are available in the Conference Centre before the session, at mid-morning break, lunch and during the afternoons. There is an evening reception on Tuesday at 17.40 in the conference centre. This is open to all delegates and is sponsored by Oxkem. The conference dinner is on Wednesday evening at 19.00 and is sponsored by Solvay. Places at the conference dinner need to be booked in advance, and at the latest by 1st July 2019.

There will also be a poster session on Wednesday afternoon, where you will be able to speak to the poster presenters about their work.

Check-in: The information desk will be open for delegates to check in to the IFBF as follows:

Monday 8th July:

10.30 – 11.00 for delegates attending the introductory seminar.

14.30 for delegates visiting IFPEN.

Tuesday 9th July:

From 08.30

Please bring a copy of your invoice and a form of identification (driving licence or passport) for registration to speed up the check-in process. You will be issued with a conference badge and lanyard, which you will need to wear throughout the conference for identification and entry purposes. There will be security checks in place at the conference centre.

Dietary or other requirements: Please check that we know about any dietary or access requirements immediately if these are not shown on your registration.

Programme: The conference starts at 09:30 on Tuesday morning. Light refreshments will be available from 08:30. Please be seated by 09:30. The detailed conference programme with timings is available on the website and will be kept updated during the conference.

The conference language is English.


The conference will take place in the auditorium, which has tiered, theatre style seats, each with a small table. Please note that there are no power outlets available in the auditorium.

Please do not bring food or drink into the auditorium.

Information for presenters: We have sent information to our oral presenters and to our poster presenters separately. This information is also available on our website.

Delegate list

Your registration included agreement that we can prepare and distribute a list of delegates and affiliations. We will prepare a draft delegate list, please check that your name and affiliation is shown correctly. Many delegates use either twitter or LinkedIn so please make use of these to let others know you will be going. For twitter use #IFBF19 and @IFBFFlowbattery and for LinkedIn join our LinkedIn group: Flow Battery Forum, which is a closed group only for people who have registered for or attended an IFBF.

Conference Proceedings: You will receive a paper copy of the conference proceedings at check-in. Please look after your copy, it cannot be replaced. If you wish to purchase an extra copy you may do so at the check-in desk. We will publish copies of presentation slides on our website, for access by registered delegates, soon after the conference. This is dependent on presenters releasing their presentation slides promptly.

We have some copies of the proceedings from the previous IFBF meetings that are available for sale. Please ask at our reception desk if you would like to purchase copies.

Internet access & electricity supply: The conference centre has wifi. The electricity supply in France is 230V/50 Hz.

Conference Dinner: The conference dinner will be on board the Hermes restaurant boat which will cruise along the rivers Rhone and Saone, offering good views of the city. Drinks will be served from18.30. The boat will depart from the Quai opposite the conference centre at 19.30 and return at 22.00. The evening dinner is sponsored by Solvay.

If you have not booked for the dinner or if you wish to bring a guest to the dinner, let us know as soon as possible.

Poster presenters – link here for further information regarding your poster presentation.

Oral presenters – link here for further information regarding your oral presentation.

We look forward to meeting you in Lyon.