ECE 11 2023

From 10/16/2023 to 10/20/2023

Lyon - France

Pre-conference excursion to Villefranche-sur-Mer marine station
(Oct. 11-15, 2023)

Overlooking one of the most beautiful harbors in the world, the city of Villefranche-sur-Mer (situated on the French Riviera, Côte d'Azur, southern France, between Nice and Monaco) offers an exceptional and unexpected setting with its 16th century Citadel, a historic monument housing the City Hall and cultural center (Museums, Auditorium, Théâtre de Verdure), Royal Port of "Darse", chapels (Saint-Pierre de Villefranche-sur-Mer chapel decorated by Jean Cocteau, Saint Elisabeth, Saint Elme and Saint Michael's church), and medieval and magical "rue Obscure" street. For those interested, the excursion may include a visit to the nearby Leyrens islands and Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

Established in 1885 by Alexis de Korotneff (University of Kiev) and Carl Vogt (University of Geneva), the Villefranche-sur-Mer marine station (Institut de la Mer de Villefranche - IMEV) operates and maintains one of the three longest-running deep marine environmental monitoring stations in the world as well as an important long-term pelagic observation program. Research topics include developmental biology, pelagic and coastal oceanography, biological and biogeochemical cycles in marine environment, carbon cycle, phytoplankton production, and biological diversity of zooplankton communities.

Marine research facilities include access to the RV Sagitta II ship (trawler) for sea trip (plankton nets, oceanographic instruments for biological and physical monitoring), scuba diving for access to marine ecosystems and echinoderm sampling, laboratories, technological platforms, and climate control rooms with access to all basic research equipment (molecular biology, microscopic imaging).

As the number of places to the pre-conference excursion to Villefranche-sur-Mer is limited (20 people max), pre-registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the reservation order. Definitive registration fees to the pre-conference excursion will be announced as soon as possible. They will depend on the number of participants and the selected options.

Please fill in the pre-registration form below and send it back to:

Pre-registration FORM