Social Programme

Welcome Reception on June 8th, 2010

A reception will take place upon your arrival at the Symposium venue. You will be able to pick up your badge and Symposium material from 5:00 pm, and then enjoy a drink with your colleagues.

City Hall Reception on June 9th, 2010

The City of Marseille will welcome you in their historical buildings for a cocktail.

The present City Hall stands where the Town Meeting House stood as early as the 13th Century and provided a meeting place for the city's traders and Consuls. In the 15th Century the Palais Communal was founded; the new Town Council met on the ground floor and the Consuls on the first floor. The present building was eventually constructed in the 17th Century to symbolise the new political status awarded to the city by Louis XIV. The King ordered that the city should henceforth be managed by aldermen; he also changed the administration of the port. Built by Mathieu Portal and Gaspard Puget, the City Hall was work of the great Marseille architect Pierre Puget. Puget's building became a National Heritage site in 1948 and now only houses the private offices of the Mayor. The day-to-day administration of the 16 districts that constitute Marseille is now done from 8 Town Hall annexes.

You will then have the possibility to enjoy a walk in Panier old district (free time), and find a restaurant there or around the Vieux Port (Old Harbour) for dinner.

One of the city's oldest districts, the Panier is where the ancient Phocaeans first settled and founded the city of Massilia. Using the 18th-century Hôtel-Dieu and Notre Dame des Accoules church tower (17th-19th century) as reference points, these lead to the foot of Montée des Accoules - a series of steep flights of steps typical of old Marseilles - which lead right to the heart of the district and pedestrians' paradise. Once home to the ancient city's Greek agora (a public open space used for assemblies and markets), Place de Lenche still bustles with life and has its own market, restaurants and theatre. At the summit of the old town is the Place des Moulins, which in the 16th century lived up to its name with no less than fifteen flourmills. These days its fountain and school help maintain its village square tranquillity and charm.

Banquet on June 10th, 2010

The Banquet will take place in Cassis, on the coast. Situated 22km east of Marseille, Cassis is a cosy small town built around a sheltered bay between two "Protected Natural Sites": the Cap Canaille and the Massif des Calanques.

Buses will leave from Marseille at around 7:00 pm which will take you to Cassis. You will then take a miniature train to the restaurant which is situated directly on the sea shore.

The gastronomic restaurant "The Presqu'ile" invites you to discover its highly reputed and inventive Mediterranean cuisine while wallowing, as if on a boat, in the magnificent setting provided by Cap Canaille and the picturesque port of Cassis.