Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers)

Is a computer required for the course?

It is not necessary to have a computer for the course. All course materials are printed and given to each participant. No exercises or lectures require the use of a computer.

What accommodations are available off-campus?

There are many hotels in the Lille city center. The closest hotel to the Lille Grand Palais is the Novotel Lille Centre Gares Hotel and is almost just across the road from the course location. In addition, there are many other hotels in the city, and these may be found simply through travel websites.

What materials are provided with the courses?

The course has extensive course notes. The notes consist of several hundred pages and many example spectra are included. There are also tables to help with interpretation. A second notebook of exercises is provided for the afternoon problem-solving sessions.

What is the dress for the course?

Participants may dress casually. In past years many participants have attended lectures in T-shirts and shorts, and others wear business casual. Basically, you dress however you feel most comfortable. The weather can be pleasant in Lille in June, but it can also be quite cool.


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Course Location


Travel to Lille is relatively straightforward. The Lille Airport is a regional airport that serves mostly France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy, but seasonal flights are available from Greece and Turkey. Lille is on the major train lines for the north of France. High speed trains are available from Brussels, Paris, and Germany, at the EuroLille station. Many other trains come to the Lille Flanders station.

Taxis are available in front of the Lille Flanders station, which is less than a 10 minute walk from the EuroLille station. Despite the proximity of taxis, it is less than ten minutes to walk from Lille Flanders to the Lille Grand Palais. The course is very close to the center of the city and many hotels and restaurants are within easy walking distance.

Updated February 28, 2019