Social Program

A rich and exciting social program has been organized for the participants and their guests.

 

This part of the social program is included in the conference registration fees. Note that registration is compulsory if you plan to take part in the conference excursion, please visit the dedicated page to register.

Extra Banquet ticket can be bought through the accompagnying program page (price: 90 €).

Consisting of 4 activities during the week, this nice program organized by our partner Discover Walks Paris is a unique opportunity to discover Paris off the beaten track. Options may be taken separately or together.

Saturday 31 Aug. - Sunday 1 Sept. - Price: 300 € - Deadline for registration: 12 August 2019
Organized by our partner, Office de tourisme de Blois-Chambord, over the week-end before the conference, this is a fantastic opportunity to discover the Loire Valley, its historical monuments and architecture, its famous figures (Leonardo Da Vinci, François 1er) as well as its scenery and vineyards. The Loire River valley was accumulated by UNESCO in the World Heritage Sites in the year 2000.

 



 

Accompanying program

Consisting in 4 different activities during the week this program is organized by our partner Discover Walks Paris. These options may be taken separately or together.

Registration and payment for one or several of these optional activities have to be made by following the link at the bottom of the page.

 

  •  ACTIVITY 1 - Sunday 1 September - Conference Welcome Reception at Maison de la Chimie

Participants and their accompanying persons are cordially invited to share a cocktail aperitif in the conference venue. For accompanying person it can be an opportunity to meet other accompanyings before joining for other activities.

6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: Maison de la Chimie, 28 bis rue Saint Dominique, 75007 Paris
Free event - No registration

  •  ACTIVITY 2 - Tuesday 3 September - Food tour in Montorgueil « the basket of Paris »

A few meters away from les Halles de Paris, which used to be the largest food market of Europe back in the early 20th century, you’ll discover some of the finest food artisans of the capital along with your private guide. From shop to shop, you’ll enjoy a selection of delicacies, both savory and sweet, and will learn about the products you’ll taste on the way. During this 2hrs tour you’ll be visiting a traditional boulangerie, the oldest pastry shop of Paris, a family owned fromagerie, a 100% French charcuterie working directly with the producers from all around the country, you’ll taste some of the finest chocolate bonbons made in the French tradition, some seasonal local fruit, and in the very end of the tour, you’ll enjoy a typical French « apero »with delicious wine, in a Parisian deli specialized in farmers products, in the very heart of les Halles!

30 persons Groups of 15 pax max per guide
Duration: 2hrs long
departure : 3 am
Price: 65€/pers

  • ACTIVITY 3 - Wednesday 4 September - Conference Banquet

The Banquet will consist of a boad trip dinner on the Seine.
"Visit Paris by its most beautiful avenue, the Seine"

 

Price: 90€/pers.
Departure time: 19h30

 

  • ACTIVITY 4 - Thursday 5 September - Inventing the Paris of Tomorrow: a double visit where old Paris turns to new Paris

Cancelled due to a lack of participants

You are invited to discover two major new social projects under way in Paris’ historic district « le Marais ». And you will meet the men and women who run these two initiatives.
First we visit Lafayette Anticipations. This new art galery is a hall for contemporary art exhibits. But it is also a workshop and a residence hall for artists themselves. The creative, modular, space, allows the artists to explore new variation of their art.<
Second, we move to the rooftop of BHV-MARAIS Department Store. Awaiting us is Paris’ new urban farm « sous les fraises ». With this exclusive visit, we stand right above the heart of historic Paris, for stunning unique views. But we also visit the farm, and we meet the farmers who run this urban farm.

  • ACTIVITY 5 - Friday 6 September - Guided visits of Paris

- 5.1. Trendy Marais

This Paris Marais tour shows what Paris is so good at: blending past and present. In Marais, we keep navigating between old mansions and newest fashion. Right away we jump into a unique world that mixes together history, culture, and fashion. Landmarks on this tour include: place des Vosges, hotel Sully, and the Jewish pletzl. But this Marais walking tour also focuses on authentic details such as art galeries and private homes. The Paris Marais tour finishes by the banks of the river Seine, close to isle saint-Louis and to Notre Dame. To see more on this free tour, we do not spend time going inside each building.

Price: 15€/pers
Departure time: 16h45
Number of places: 10

- 5.2. The Bohemian Montmartre

You will explore Paris’ most bohemian, artistic district. You will discover the picturesque streets that inspired Renoir, Picasso, and Edith Piaf. You will photograph some of the best vistas of Paris. And in the end, you will feel very Parisian. The itinerary covers Moulin Rouge to Sacre Coeur cathedral. We make our way up through secluded gardens and back alleyways. We explore the eccentric lifestyles of current and former Montmartre residents. We discover why local residents are so proud of their peculiar vineyard. We run into countless photo ops. And we enjoy the romance of Montmartre. We end at Sacre Coeur, with the best views of Paris lying at our feet.

Price: 15€/pers
Departure time: 15h15
Number of places: 10

- 5.3. The Hidden Gems tour

We first make our way to “Palais royal”, first intended by the King’s brother as a vast gambling hall. We find water fountains and flower beds. We find secret Parisian shops and controversial art by Buren, and we find the home of the Chairman of the Central Bank. Through a concealed door, we access place Valois. We discover a Parisian “passage” – the ornate, high-ceiling, 200-year-old ancestor of the “shopping arcade”. The passage we visit is now home to such exclusive stores as Louboutin shoes’ exclusive shop. We then “stumble upon” stately place des Victoires, designed by the chief architect of Versailles and designer of the Hall of Mirrors. We then access a former convent courtyard and our finale is in galerie Vivienne, an “indoor-street” built inside a block of buildings. With this hard-to-find gem, we end our exploration of Secret Paris.

Price: 15€/pers
Departure time:14h30
Number of places: 10

 Registration and payment for one or several of these optional activities have to be made on Discover Walks' website: https://www.discoverwalks.com/tour/paris-walking-tours/cnrs/

 

 

3. Wine & Cheese

During each one of the 4 poster sessions scheduled, we will organize some activities to share a studious and friendly time.

Wine&Cheese and beer tasting

 

2. Banquet

The Conference Banquet will take place on Wednesday 4 September, 19:30.

The Banquet will consist of a boad trip dinner on the Seine.

"Visit Paris by its most beautiful avenue, the Seine"

A dinner on the famous Bateaux Mouches is the occasion to discover, from a different perspective, the mythical monuments of Paris; Notre-Dame, Louvre Museum, Alexandre III bridge, Eiffel Tower...

Departure: Port de la conférence (on the other bank of the Seine - cross the Seine on bridge Alexandre III and go left on the Waterfront in direction Pont de l'Alma).

 

The Banquet is sponsored by one of our sponsors, Tydex, from Russia

 

1. Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception will take place in the salons of Maison de la Chimie on Sunday 1 September, 18:00-19:30

The Welcome Reception provides an excellent opportunity to network, meet old friends and colleagues, as well as meet new people as the program begins.

The Exhibition opening will take place at the same time,

An aperitif cocktail will be served during the event.

All participants are welcome and can come with their accompanying person to this event.

 

4. Conference Excursion

 The Conference Excursion will take place on Friday 6 September, afternoon.

The conference excursion, organized by our partner, Discover Walks Paris, will consist in 1 atypic guided visit of Paris.

The Conference Excursion is included in your regitration fees but the the online registration (below) to one selected visit among the 5 proposed is mandatory.

Duration: 90 min FREE TOUR to discover Paris.

Guided visit
Departure time Description
1. Hidden Gems and secret Paris tour Jump off the tourist maps! 14:30 https://www.discoverwalks.com/tour/paris-walking-tours/hidden-gems-and-secret-paris-tour/
2. The Bohemian Montmartre Moulin Rouge to Sacré Coeur 15:15 https://www.discoverwalks.com/tour/paris-walking-tours/montmartre-tour/
3. Left Bank & Latin Quarter To the Sorbonne and Pantheon 16:30 https://www.discoverwalks.com/tour/paris-walking-tours/left-bank/
4. Right Bank Paris Landmarks 16:30 https://www.discoverwalks.com/tour/paris-walking-tours/paris-landmarks/
5. Trendy Marais Mansions and fashion 16:45 https://www.discoverwalks.com/tour/paris-walking-tours/trendy-marais-tour/

Any visit for which minimum enrolment is not met will be cancelled. At the discretion of the conference organizing committee, registrants will be offered another trip.

Register to the Conference Excursion: https://forms.gle/LwYqbn7wVJoK2SjYA

 

 

Pre-tour in Loire Valley

The pre-tour has been cancelled due to a lack of participants.

2 days in Loire Valley - Saturday 31st August - Sunday 1st September 2019

PROGRAM

After Riveria and Paris, the Loire River is the most famous attraction for tourists for its beauty bordering the countryside and prominent vineyards, its lovely architecture, and celebrated historical figures. The Loire River valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The 2-day trip in Loire Valley is organized by the Office du Tourisme Blois-Chambord Val de Loire

  Day 1 - Saturday 31 August 2019 

07:00 - Departure by bus to Loire Valley - Distance: 223 km, duration 3h
10:30 - Arrival in Amboise, Château du Clos Lucé (http://www.vinci-closluce.com/en)

Guided visit of the Château du Clos Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci's residence. Inhabited by Leonardo da Vinci during his last three years of his life (invited by François 1st), the house has kept many rooms: his room, his kitchen, his study ...

It houses 40 of its extraordinary inventions made by IBM with the materials of the time: the tank, the first airplane, the parachute… The garden exposes 20 giant machines of Leonardo da Vinci, which you will be able to test.

 

12:00 - Departure to Cheverny, Domaine de Montcy

13:00 - Arrival at the Domaine de Montcy (http://www.domaine-de-montcy.com/)

Vineyard located in the heart of the Loire castles, conducted entirely in organic and biodynamic agriculture. Welcome by the owner Laura Semeria and terrace installation for a wine tasting and lunch (local goat cheeses with grape raisin jams - 1st white wine / Homemade quiche with rillons de Tours with salad - 2nd White wine + 1st red wine / Tatin Tart with vanilla ice cream - 2nd red wine). Visit of the vineyards, visit of the cellar, passage through the shop.

15:15 - Departure to Blois, Château Royal de Blois (http://en.chateaudeblois.fr/)

16:00 - Guided vist of the Royal Castle of Blois

The first must-see site of the Loire Valley, the royal castle of Blois presents a real panorama of the architecture and history of the castles of the Loire, making it the best introduction to their visit. Residence of seven kings and ten queens of France, the royal castle of Blois is a place evocative of power and from the everyday life of the Court to the Renaissance, as evidenced by the furnished royal apartments and adorned with beautiful polychrome decorations. As part of 500 years of Renaissance(s), the Royal Castle of Blois offers an exhibition "Children of the Renaissance".

17:30 - End of the visit
18:30 - Installation at the hotel 3* in Blois, downtown
19:30 - Dinner in a downtown restaurant
21:00 - Free evening (illumination of the castle, tour around the city by feet,...)

  Day 2 - Sunday 1st September 2019 

9:00 - Departure to Château de Chambord
9:30 - Guided tour of Chambord Castle (https://www.chambord.org/en)

Masterpiece of the French Renaissance, the Château de Chambord, exposes all the excessiveness and ambitions of King François 1er. The staircase double revolution meanwhile by its unusual architecture raises many questions. Is it the shadow of Leonardo da Vinci hovering over this monument in its own right? The castle installed in full heart of a forest game offers a moment of relaxation and exception.

12:30 - Lunch in the "salle des communs" in the Château - Menu in the form of a buffet offered by a caterer
14:30 - Departure to Paris - Distance: 223 km, duration 3h - Approximate time of arrival: 17:30

Price per adult 300,00 € (Price based on a 30 people group)
Price includes:
  • Day 1: entrance and guided visit of Clos Lucé in Amboise, visit and lunch at the Domaine de Montcy in Cheverny, entrance and guided tour of Château de Blois, Dinner in a restaurant, Accommodation in a 3* hotel in the city center of Blois (breakfast, tourist tax)
  • Day 2: entrance and guided visit of Château de Chambord, buffet in a room of Chambord
  • Car transportation from Paris to Paris
The price does not include: personal expenses, single room supplement (+ 37 €), drinks not included in the program
 
Payment by credit card or by wire transfer

We look forward to welcoming you to Paris!

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