General Information

The conference and showcase will be held at the Centre Mont-Royal, in downtown Montreal, close to cultural attractions as well as many hotels and restaurants.

Centre Mont-Royal
2200 Mansfield Street
Montréal, QC, H3A 3R8, Canada
Tel.: (514) 844-2000


French and English are Canada's two official languages. French is the predominant language in Montréal. However, all banks, hotels, airline offices, shops and key visitor attractions have multilingual staff.

The official language of the conference is English. All abstract submissions and presentations must be in English.

Letter of Invitation

Upon request, the secretariat of the Photonics North 2018 will send a letter of invitation. The letter is meant only to confirm the name, dates, location and purpose of the conference so that the participant can obtain a visa or travel funds and in no way represents a commitment to the participant on the part of the organizing committee.


Some participants may require a visa to enter Canada. Please check with the Canadian embassy or consulate for the specific requirements for your country. We strongly suggest that you begin the process as soon as possible to avoid any delay. It is the sole responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa. The organisers will not provide any financial support.

Find out if you need a visa:
List of Canadian embassies and consulates:


The Photonics North 2018 secretariat and organizers cannot be held liable for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property incurred by conference participants and accompanying persons during the Photonics North 2018 or directly arising from it. Participants should make their own arrangements for health and travel insurance.

Medical Insurance

Visitors are not covered by Canadian health insurance plans. Check with your personal medical plan before leaving your home country to ensure you have adequate travel insurance.


Dress code is informal for all conference events.


Average temperatures in Montreal, Canada during the month of June are expected to range from 13-23°C

Travle Information

By plane

The Pierre Ellliott Trudeau International Airport is 20 km from the city centre.  It is used by more than 14.8 million passengers every year travelling to and from North American, South American and European destinations. Travel is convenient, with direct flights from Paris, Ottawa, Toronto, and all major U.S. east-coast cities: Boston, Detroit, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. There are many flights from U.S. cities and from all major Canadian cities, as well as numerous departures every day from many countries with only one connection. 

Airport Transfers

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is 20 km from the centre of the city. Taxi fare from the airport to the city centre is a flat fee of CAD 40. Major credit cards are accepted. Public transportation is also available. The 747 bus service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, between the Montréal-Trudeau airport and the central bus station (Gare d'autocars de Montréal - Berri-UQAM métro station).

Travel time may vary between 45 to 60 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.


Air Canada (
Reservations:      1 888 247 2262
Information:         1 888 422 7533

Porter Airlines (
Reservations:      1 888 619 8622

United Airlines (
Reservations:     +1 800 538 2929 (International)/1 800 864 8331 (Domestic)

WestJet (
Reservations:      1 888 937 8538 (1 888 WESTJET)

US Airways (
Reservations:      1 888 240 4770

American Airlines (
Reservations:      1 800 433 7300

Delta (
Reservations:     +1 800 241 4141 (International)/1 800 221 1212 (Domestic)

Air Transat (
Reservations:       1 866 255 4871

By train

The Montréal train station serves the downtown area and is at 850m (10 minutes walk) to the Palais des Congrès. Via Rail Canada offers daily service between Toronto, Ottawa, and Québec City.

By bus

The Montréal main bus terminal is 2.5 km from to the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal. The Orléans Express Network serves many cities and there are many connections to Montréal from many cities.

By car

Highway 20 (autoroute Jean-Lesage) runs along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, and Highway 40 (autoroute Félix-Leclerc) is the north shore access to the city. For delegates from northeastern U.S., or eastern and central Canada, car travel is a viable option. The province’s 4,500-km highway network is among the most developed in Canada and links Montréal to the rest of Canada and the United States.

Currency, Banking, ATM & Credit Cards

The currency is the Canadian dollar. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and at foreign currency exchange offices either at the Airport or at other locations throughout the city. Bank debit or credit cards are the most convenient means of getting cash at the many Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs). ATMs are spread throughout the city and accept cards with the Interac, Plus, and Cirrus networks.  Most are in operation 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Most businesses accept U.S. currency and traveller’s cheque, as well as major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express).

Sale Taxe

There is a 5% goods and services tax (GST) in effect in Canada and a 9.975% provincial sales tax (PST) in the province of Québec, for a combined sales tax of 14.975%. These taxes apply to most items and are not refundable. An additional 3.5% is also applicable on hotel accommodation.


The electrical current is the same as in the United States: 110 volts AC at 60Hz. Adapters are required for electrical devices from other countries.

About Montréal

To get more information about the city of Montreal, we invite you to visit the official Montreal Tourism website:


Photonics North 2018 Secretariat

Conferium. Conferences. Events.Service
425 boul. René-Lévesque Ouest
Québec, QC G1S 1S2 Canada
Phone: 1 800 618-8182

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Important Dates

Abstract submission opening
November 16, 2017

Registration opening
November 16, 2017

Abstract submission deadline
February 26, 2018

Notice of acceptance
April 3, 2018

Date by which presenting authors must registered
May 7, 2018

Early bird registration
May 7, 2018

June 5-7, 2018

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