The summer school will take place in Belfort, France. It will be hosted by the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM), the FCLAB Research Federation and the FEMTO-ST Institute.



  • A relatively large variety of hotels is available in the city, from basic ones to 4 star hotels.
  • A youth hostel (auberge de jeunesse) is also available in the city.
  • Regarding CROUS housing:
    • Location: résidence Duvillard, Belfort (close to the school location)
    • Rooms are available from Monday morning to Friday
    • Keys should be retrieved there between 8:30am and 8pm on Monday
    • People who asked for a room should have been contacted by CROUS directly


Belfort is a beautiful city in northeastern France in the Bourgogne Franche-Comté region, situated between Lyon and Strasbourg. It is located on the Savoureuse river, on the strategically important natural route between the Rhine and the Rhône rivers, and close to the Vosges mountains. Belfort forms the largest metropolitan area in the Franche-Comté region with an urban population of about 320,000 inhabitants.

Belfort is the hometown of Alstom, where the first TGVs (high speed trains) were produced, as well as the GE Energy European headquarter and a center of excellence for the manufacturing of gas turbines.

A picture of the Lion of Belfort and its castle - Source: Jean-Christophe Benoist, Wikipedia


Every year, Belfort is home to the Eurockéennes music festival, which attracts over 135,000 people. This year, the festival will take place on 4-7 July 2019, i.e., right after the summer school!

An aerial view of a part of the festival - Source: Wikipedia