What does Emperor Napoleon’s birthplace have to do with a scientific conference on oxide electronics? They took place on the same island – the Island of Corsica. Hidden in the quaint island town lies the Institut d’Etudes Scientifiques de Cargèse which took one domestic flight, two international, and a 45-minute bus ride to get to. Visible from the plane’s decent into Ajaccio was a single line of mountains which serpentines along two-thirds of the island. Traveling from the capital city of Ajaccio to the Institut proved to be a precipitous bus ride overlooking the mountainous terrain of native Corsica.