EFMC International Symposium on Chemical Biology

Jointly organised with the Swiss Chemical Society, Division for Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology (DMCCB)

 Basel, Switzerland    November 16-18, 2023


EFMC-ISCB 2023 will take place at:

Congress Centre Basel
Messeplatz 21
4058 Basel


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The Congress Center Basel enjoys a downtown location, situated directly adjacent to Basel Exhibition Centre. Travel times are short, and the historic old town, the shopping areas and the many museums and parks can be reached comfortably on foot or in a few minutes by public transport. The Congress Center Basel and its facilities are located directly alongside Messe Exhibition.

Public transports

Take tram no. 1 or 2  from the Swiss or French (SBB/SNCF) railway station; you will reach Basel Exhibition in 10 minutes. From the German Railway (DB) station (Badischer Bahnhof) you will be at "Messeplatz / Exhibition Square" in 5 minutes by tram no. 2 or 6.

Every guest who stays in a hotel in Basel receives a personal guest card when they check in. The BaselCard enables guests to use public transport in the city of Basel and its surroundings (including EuroAirport) free of charge for the duration of their stay.


There is a multi-storey car park with space for 1200 vehicles at Exhibition Square. From there follow the signs directing you to the Congress Center Basel.

How to Get to Basel?

Transfer from nearest airports

  • Basel EuroAirport

Just 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre and well served by buses, the EuroAirport boasts more than 90 direct flights within Europe, North Africa, Canada and United States. All other destinations can be reached via intercontinental hubs or the nearby Zurich airport.

EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg is jointly operated by France and Switzerland. Freiburg was added to its name to reflect its importance for southern Germany too.

It takes just over 20 minutes to get to the city centre on bus n. 50. You can step into the bus outside the Terminal level 2 in the Swiss sector. Confirmation of your hotel or Airbnb reservation serves as a free ticket for transfer from the airport to your hotel. If you do not have a confirmation, please purchase a ticket for 3 zones at the ticket machine. There is also a connection from EuroAirport directly to the Basel Exhibition Center. More information is available here.

  • Zurich Airport

The average journey time by train between Zurich Airport and Basel SBB is 1,5 hour, with 70+ trains per day. You can book your train tickets here: https://www.sbb.ch

Travel by train

Basel is an international rail hub with direct ICE, IC and EC daytime and nighttime connections from Germany, Austria, Italy, France and the Benelux countries.

All three of Basel’s railway stations – SBB (Switzerland)SNCF (France) and DB (Badischer Bahnhof, Germany) – are within 5 to 10 minutes of the Basel Exhibition Centre.

For guests travelling from Germany: MCH Messe Basel and "Deutsche Bahn", the leading German railway company, have long-term, fixed-price contracts, allowing congress participants to travel to and from all parts of Germany at a flat rate (as little as of EUR 49,50 for one-way).

Travel by car

A vignette (toll road sticker) is required to use the Swiss motorway network. You can purchase it for CHF 40 at all customs offices, post offices, petrol stations, garages, road traffic offices and from Basel Tourism. Once you have arrived in the city, more than 4,000 parking spaces await you in Basel’s car parks.

Another option is to purchase a visitor parking ticket for a half or full day from a Basel Public Transport ticket machine. This entitles you to park in all the spaces in the blue zone in Basel and Riehen.