Marseille is already an important conference destination, but would like to push the limits even further. A charter has just been signed between the city and the academic, medical and scientific community to attract more of these types of conferences to Marseille.
Marseille is now without doubt a recognised and sought-after conference destination. Over the past few years, the city has worked its way up to become the second most popular destination in France for international conferences (after Paris), with a very respectable 74th place globally (ICCA rankings).
The charter signed on 4 December at City Hall is one step towards achieving this goal.
This charter links the City of Marseille and the Bureau des Congrès to a number of research bodies and medical and scientific teaching organisations.
The occasion brought together Jean-Claude Gaudin (Mayor of Marseille), Yvon Berland, President of the University of Aix-Marseille, Jean-Jacques Romatet, Director General of APHM (1), Younis Hermès, Regional CNRS (2) representative, Dominique Nobile, INSERM (3) regional representative, Michel Laurent, President of IRD (4) and Frédéric Fotadiu, Director of the Ecole Centrale de Marseille.
The diverse training offered by these institutions, their many centres of academic and scientific excellence (across all fields), the quality of their research laboratories, their medical experiments and break-throughs and the many international partnerships in these fields ensure that Marseille’s scientific community enjoys recognition across France and abroad.
This charter will further strengthen the role of this well-known local scientific community, making Marseille an essential conference destination.
1: Assitance Publique Hôpitaux de Marseille (Marseille Public Hospitals)
2: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (French National Centre for Scientific Research)
3: Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (French National Institute for Healthcare and Medical Research)
4: Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (Research Institute for Development)
Source: City of Marseille