In the heart of the South West of France, Toulouse always attracts professionals working in research and innovation: the global capital of the aeronautical industry, the birthplace of the state-of-the-art on-board systems industry, the city of start-ups in all sectors (digital, health, robotics, IoT…) a preferred destination for students, headquarters of Oncopole (220ha. dedicated to cancer research which is home to public and private sector researchers, doctors, clinicians, industries and associations).
This European hub of technology is also home to world leading companies: Airbus, ATR, Thales, Actia, Evotec and NXP. It is the site of four knowledge hubs: Aerospace Valley, Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation, Cancer Bio in the field of health and Pôle Eau for water. A metropolis that boasts the French Tech label, this area focused on excellence is home to more than 22,000 researchers, 400 research units and no fewer than 110,000 students.
In terms of congresses, Toulouse is the 4th leading venue in France, 50th at European level and 93rd worldwide (ICCA 2015).
In order to ensure you miss none of its cultural, heritage and architectural treasures, it is essential to strike out and explore the city nicknamed the Ville Rose in its entirety on foot, by bike or by boat:
The emblematic monument of Toulouse, with its square decorated with the Occitan cross and elegant façade. The Capitole houses the town hall and the theatre.
The banks of the Garonne
An exceptional view of the River Garonne and its monuments: the Pont-Neuf, the quayside of La Daurade and the Grave Dome.
The Augustins convent was constructed in the XIV Century in the southern Gothic style and, since 1793, has been home to the fine-arts museum of Toulouse.
A great tip for congress delegates: the museum is open late on Wednesdays, closing at 21h.
The Bemberg Foundation
Housed in the elegant Assézat Mansion House, the foundation presents a collection of furniture and fine-art from the Renaissance to the start of the XX Century.
A great tip for congress delegates: the foundation is open late on Thursdays, closing at 20h30.
Toulouse, the capital of the air and space industry
At the Cité de l’Espace you can touch the stars. With its 2,500m² of exhibitions, its IMAX 3D cinema, Planetarium and simulators, set off to discover space and the wonders of the universe.
At the Aeroscopia museum you can discover some legendary aircraft: the Concorde, an Airbus A 300B with a glass bottom, the Super Guppy…
A great tip for congress delegates: the Starline shuttle bus allows you to connect between the Cité de l’Espace and the Aeroscopia museum, via the city centre.