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33rd IPC Conference 2024

Panoramas as Memory of the World 

hosted by the 

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)

in Lausanne, Switzerland

October 02–06, 2024

The International Panorama Council formally invites you to join its 33rd International Panorama Council Conference at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, October 02–04, 2024, with an optional post-conference excursion on October 05–06, 2024.

Panoramas as Memory of the World focuses on the memorial aspect of the panorama's media form. Panoramas, in their various forms, seek to create an immersive experience by transporting visitors into another space. They commemorate events or celebrate memorable landscapes. Through their installations in staged ecosystems and their tailored mechanisms of illusion, they also create memories. The pioneering role of panoramas as the first immersive media can be assessed in the light of technological developments, from mechanical analog back then to computer-assisted digital today.

The conference will present a diverse range of session topics centered around panoramic media including: socio-cultural and political roles of panoramic memories; the mechanics of illusion, from analog to digital; digitization and conservation; Memory of the World (Unesco program) and panoramas.


  • Day 1 | Wednesday, October 02, 9:00-15:30 (MoW Unesco workshops – Optional for conference attendees); 16:00-21:00 (Welcome events and activities; dinner);
  • Day 2 | Thursday, October 03, 9:00-18:00 (conference sessions, breaks, lunch and free evening);
  • Day 3 | Friday, October 04, 9:00-21:30 (conference sessions, coffee breaks, lunch and dinner, group photo);
  • Days 4 and 5 | Saturday/Sunday, October 05/06, (optional 2 days post-conference tour).

The Provisional Conference Program provides an overview of the events, and is available in the 'downloads' stack n the upper-right column on this page.

The conference (October 02–04) will include a keynote speech by Oliver Grau, Professor for Image Science and Dean of the Department for Cultural Studies at Danube University. The main conference includes 6 conference sessions, workshops and roundtables, and two guided tours, including the Laboratory for Experimental Museology which houses large scale interactive and immersive visualization systems, featuring the DIAGRAM project; and the EPFL Pavillons, featuring the exhibition "Musica ex Machina: Machines Thinking Musically." There is also an optional two-day post-conference tour (further details below). 

POST-CONFERENCE TOUR - October 05 & 06
An optional two-day post-conference tour begins on Saturday, October 05 and concludes Sunday, October 06. This is a special opportunity to visit four historic Swiss panoramas and related sites in a short time. The price includes transportation, meals, and one night's accommodation in Lucerne.

On Saturday, October 05 the shuttle will depart the EPFL at 8:30. The excursion will feature a first stop at the Murten Panorama, which will include a visit of its museum and a walk through the city and the battlefield of the Battle of Murten. After lunch in Murten, the shuttle will take us to Einsiedeln for a visit to the Einsiedeln Panorama followed by dinner in Lucerne. Attendees who wish to conclude the post-conference tour in Lucerne should organise their own itineraries from 17:00 Saturday onwards.

On Sunday, October 06, the program will start in Lucerne at 8:30am. This second day features a tour of the Alpineum Museum with the large diorama Gornergrat and Matterhorn Mountain followed by a guided tour of the Bourbaki Panorama in Lucerne. Lunch will be followed in the afternoon with a visit to the Thun-Panorama (Wocher Panorama).

The shuttle will then stop at a transportation hub near Bern where those traveling on via Zurich or Geneva can transfer to the airport. Finally, the shuttle will return to Lausanne for those staying another night at the conference venue.



Full Conference Registration (days 1, 2, 3) plus optional post-conference tour (days 4, 5). Prices includes meals shown in the Provisional Conference Schedule (above):

  • Speaker (delivering a conference paper) IPC Member — 215€
  • Speaker (delivering a conference paper) Non IPC Member — 315€
  • Speaker (delivering a conference paper) Student (copy student card) — 180€
  • Attendee IPC member — 250€
  • Attendee Non IPC member — 350€
  • Attendee Member of Swiss Museums Association or ICOM Switzerland (member card) — 300€
  • Attendee Student (student card) — 200€
  • Post-conference tour TWO DAYS (October 05–06) — 455€

Please fill out the form and choose correctly your registration fee. Then, pay by PayPal or wire transfer, according to instructions found in the form:





  • Conference Speakers: June 30, 2024
  • Conference Attendees (not presenting): July 31, 2024
  • Registered Conference Speakers who would like to add the post-conference tour: July 31, 2024

In order to register at the member rate, please visit IPC Membership to join IPC or renew before registering for the conference. 

Q: I am a Conference Speaker. I have already registered and paid for the conference. Now, I would like to add the post-conference tour to my registation. Is this possible?
A: Yes! Simply complete the Registration Form again, this time indicating that you will join the tour. Then pay only the post-conference tour fee, by PayPal or wire transfer.

Q: I am a Conference Speaker. I see that registration for attendees has been extended to July 31. Will the deadline for speakers also be extended through July?
A: No; the deadline for Conference Speakers remains June 30. After that date, we will prepare the detailed conference program with sessions.

Conference hotels are not included in the registration fee. Conference participants are free to organize their stay as they see fit. Note that the EPFL campus is situated in between Lausanne and Morges, on the shores of the lake Leman.

There are two conference hotels with pre-booked rooms, on a special conference rate. Both these hotels are within walking distance from the conference venue and will offer a local public transport card included in the price. There are 40 pre-booked rooms on a first come first served basis. Information on how to book (with conference discount price) is available in the registration form.

Accommodation on the Post-Conference tour hotel is included in the registration fee for the tour. 

Conference Hotel 1: Starling Hotel (4 stars)

  • Details (price, check-in, breakfast, location etc.) are included in the registration form 

Conference Hotel 2:  Swiss Tech Hotel (2 stars)

  • Details (price, check-in, breakfast, location etc.) are included in the registration form 

If you are registered for the post-conference tour, book until Saturday morning, October 05. The tour will depart from the conference venue. The overnight stay in Lucerne is included in the registration fee for the post-conference tour and therefore there is no need to book your accommodation. The end of the post-conference tour is at the conference venue on Sunday, October 06, late afternoon. En route, there will be an afternoon stop at Bern station for those who need connecting trains to Zurich or Geneva airports. If you want to book an additional night after the post-conference tour, we suggest booking in Bern or in Lausanne.


Air Travel
Fly to either Geneva or Zurich. Train connectionS  are available from both locations to Lausanne or Morges (From Zurich, about 2h30min, one-way full price CHF 82 and from Geneva, about 1h, one-way full price CHF 29). Check the Swiss Railway website for timetables.

Ground Transport
Access to the campus via the main train stations (Lausanne, Renens, Morges).

The EPFL campus is easily accessible thanks to a dense urban public transport network and its proximity to major rail connections. The site is served by the m1 metro, tl buses (1, 31) and MBC buses (701, 705). Check the Transport Lausannois (tl) website for timetables.

From Lausanne station by bus (about 25 minutes)

  • tl1 direct route towards EPFL/Colladon, stop at the terminus

From Lausanne station by metro—via Le Flon (about 20 minutes)

  • m2 towards Croisettes, get off at Lausanne-Flon
  • m1 metro towards Renens gare, EPFL stop

From Renens station by bus (about 11 minutes)

  • tl31 at Renens gare sud stop towards Venoge sud, UNIL-Sorge stop or Argand stop

From Renens station by metro (about 6 minutes)

  • m1 towards Lausanne-Flon, EPFL stop

From Morges station by bus (about 15–20 minutes)

  • MBC 701, towards Lausanne Bourdonnette, Pré-Fleuri stop, Parc Scientifique stop, Pâqueret stop or Champagne stop


Presenters will be required to upload their completed, ready-to-use presentation files to a Dropbox folder by end-of-day Date. More information will be provided by email.

For questions concerning the conference, please contact the Secretary General: secretariat@panoramacouncil.org.

We look forward to seeing you in the conference!