The meeting will take place at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villanueva de la Cañada near Madrid. More about ESAC and how to get there can be found on:


Please note that there is no public transport to ESAC, the closet bus-stop is 2.5 kms distant. For that reason we will provide a shuttle service between Madrid and ESAC as detailed below.


Access to ESAC

Make sure you bring a valid passport or ID to the Gaia DR2 Exploration Lab as you will need it to gain access to the site.


lunch at ESAC

Please bring some cash to pay for lunch at the ESAC canteen.


SHUTTLE between Madrid and Esac

A bus will shuttle the attendees between Madrid city and ESAC. This bus is free for participants.


  • Mon, June 25th:
    • ​Bus departing opposite to 'Hotel Moncloa Exe' to ESAC at 09:00
      • Bus will be labelled as 'ESA/ESAC Gaia DR2 2018'
      • Contact +34 91 8131254 in case you need some assistance from the LOC
    • Bus departing ESAC to Madrid centre (returning to Hotel Moncloa Exe) after the cocktail at 20:00 

  • June Tue 26th, Wed 27th, Thu 28th:
    • Bus departing opposite to 'Hotel Moncloa Exe' to ESAC at 09:00
    • Returning to 'Hotel Moncloa Exe' from ESAC at 18:30 


  • Fri, June 29th:
    • Bus departing opposite to 'Hotel Moncloa Exe' to ESAC at 09:00
    • Shuttle to the airport (stopping at all terminals) at 14:00 (time to get the airport is about 30-40min)

For arranging taxis to hotels/airport please contact the LOC personnel at the registration desk.

The address of 'Hotel Moncloa Exe':

Hotel Moncloa Exec

Calle Arcipreste de Hita, 10,

28015 Madrid



The workshop will be held in the D001, D002 and D50, D52 (for breakouts) rooms of the D Building (see map below)