Venue, Dates and Costs
XIIIth IWRA World Water Congress will take place at the Corum at the heart of the Mediterranean city of Montpellier,
Useful links :
Opening of the web site
Deadline for submission of abstracts
Acceptance of presentations
Third announcement and preliminary program
Deadline for submission of the final version of the presentations
September 1-4, 2008
FRANCE – THE HOST COUNTRY
France, the largest country in Western Europe, girt by four seas (North Sea, the Channel, Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea) and flanked by mountain ranges (Pyrenees, Alps, Jura and the Vosges) offers to visitors a real diversity of landscapes and climates from one side to the other of the “Hexagon”.
With its rich historical tapestry passing from royalty and divine right to the Republic and democracy, the passage of time has profoundly marked the nation politically and has given rise to its rich culture and impressive architecture.
France’s heart lies very close to the diversity of her regions where the joining of traditional heritage and modern culture has always inspired excellence in creativity, whether in art and fashion, gastronomy and wine, and across industry, including leading-edge aeronautics and other high-tech sectors.
Montpellier is one of the very first Western European cities to establish universities, in the 13th Century. Montpellier and its environs possess a richness in quality and diversity and a critical mass in the field of water sciences and related fields. This renders it uniquely positioned in France and probably in Europe as the host of the XIIIth IWRA World Water Congress.
Montpellier is geographically situated as an open portal between the developed countries of the North and the Mediterranean and tropical nations where the improvement of the conditions for water resources usage remains a mandatory requirement for sustainable development.
Montpellier provides world-class congress facilities at a place where the climate, the history, the southern French landscapes of coastlines, vineyards, “garrigue”, and mountains combine with the famous Mediterranean quality of life to make this Congress an unique event.
For more information about Montpellier visit:
- ENJOY Montpellier
- Webcam : "Place de la Comédie" the heart of the city of Montpellier
- Montpellier by Wikipedia
HOW TO GET THERE
Montpellier’s international airport has
connections to 60 destinations across France, Europe and world wide. With 11 daily services from Paris aboard France’s famous
TGV, the centre of Montpellier is only a 3.15 hour train ride away (More about the TGV). By road it is a short drive from key cities such as
Barcelona (2.30hrs) and Geneva (4hrs).
Montpellier’s international airport has connections to 60
destinations across France, Europe and world wide. It is
serviced by main airlines and low-cost companies. Visit the
airport website for more information:
For other air options, you may also consider nearby regional
airports such as Barcelona, Lyon, Marseille, Beziers,
Carcassone, Nimes or Perpignan.
With 11 daily services from Paris aboard France’s famous
TGV, the centre of Montpellier is only a 3.5 hour train ride
away. Direct fast train services (TGV) to Montpellier are also
available from key European cities such as Brussels, Geneva,
Lyon or Marseille. Visit www.sncf.fr for more information.
Montpellier is situated by one of the main road arteries in
the south of France. It is a short drive from key cities such as
Barcelona (3hrs) and Geneva (4hrs).
- SNCF : get to Montpellier by TGV (Train Grande Vitesse)
- Mappy : routes, maps, useful addresses, road info
- Find your way with Michelin
Registration is mandatory to attend or present at the Congress. The cost of registration will be 500 Euros (incl. tax) for non-members and 400 Euros (incl. Tax) for IWRA members*. This includes:
- Admission to all of the main sessions of the XIIIth World Water Congress from 1-4 September 2008;
- Admission to related side events;
- Congress proceedings;
- A welcome kit with programme and documentation;
- Morning and Evening coffee/tea breaks during the four Congress days;
- Welcome Reception
- Cultural event
- Accommodation – a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets is available within close vicinity of the Congress;
- Gala Dinner – this will be the premier social event of the Congress and provides a unique opportunity for meetings and discussions with water stakeholders from all over the world.
* Click here to become a member of the IWRA