LOCATION


This conference will be held in Avignon located in Provence, in the south of France. Avignon is 3 hours from Paris by high-speed train and 45mn from the Marseille international airport.
Unique and seducing, Avignon is well known in the whole world, its patrimony recalls us the different periods of our history, they are the main elements of our collective culture and memory. Yesterday, the capital of the Christianity, today, it is the European city of culture, capital of the Cotes du Rhone and the theater, the city changes the face but ever the same, a city of spirit, cultivating the creativity and always to go ahead.

"In Altera Roma" during the XIVth century, Avignon was the capital of the Christian world. The Popes palace from the XIVth century and the bridge Saint Bénezet from the XIIth century are listed among the world patrimony by the Unesco. Today Avignon is an important cultural and tourist crossroad. In 2000, Avignon was named "European city of culture".

In 1947, Jean Vilar fell in love with this town, to revive the creative impulsion of the Popes times, he created what became later the most important theater festival in the world. Each year in July, thanks to its 600 spectacles, the city hosts more than 570 000 spectators and millions of visitors. There are two festivals in one, the official festival (IN) and the free one (OFF), both illuminate the town with light and joy until the morning lights.
Avignon during the rest of the year, remains open to many different artistic currents, such as the theater, opera, dance, music that shows the diversity of its cultural innovations.


Conference Centre

The conference itself will take place in the Conference Centre that has the rare privilege of being housed in two wings of the Popes' Palace which has been ranked "World Heritage" site by the Unesco. Situated as it is in the heart of a city which has made its cultural and touristic influence felt over the whole world, it offers its guests an outstanding setting, with ceremonial rooms that witnessed the succession of kings and princes of olden days.

The Treasurer's room will welcome the oral sessions.

The Guard room and the Herses Champeaux Room will welcome both the coffee-breaks and the demonstrations sessions.

More information is available on the Travel Info page