An active modern capital that has preserved its art of living over the centuries, Nice is the 5th largest city in France. Nested between the sea and the mountains around Baie des Anges, it cultivates its modernity and dynamism with a policy of constantly improved services when it comes to hosting associations.
With a beautiful backdrop that has proved a great inspiration for Matisse, Picasso and Chagall, Nice has been enjoying a genuine economic and architectural revolution in recent years. Boasting cutting-edge infrastructure (with Nice Acropolis Congress & Exhibition Center leading the way right in the city centre), from its international airport to its 200 hotels and 10,000 rooms, and the ability to facilitate the planning of events like Cardiostim (5,200 delegates) or the 2018 European Congress of Psychiatry (3,000 delegates), it is the sixth most popular European destination for meetings organisers according to the 2015 American Express’s Global Meetings Forecast.
After all, Nice is a knowledge hub and has been attracting the attention of associations for this reason. With internationally recognised healthcare facilities including 9 hospitals, 26 clinics, seven specialist centres, an ICT expertise in the service of e-health, it’s aleading centre of scientific and medical research, spearheaded by Sophia-Antipolis Technology Park. The University Hospital of Nice is also very active in research and innovation, thanks to its involvement in IT and communication technology initiatives for the health sector and to ambitious projects such as Pasteur 2, the largest hospital construction project in France, opened in 2015.
Ranked the 13th smartest city in the world in the 2017 Juniper Research Survey, Nice is also dedicated to sustainability, finding its energy in numerous projects such as the Smart City Innovation Center. There, the so-called Eco Valley, one of the largest Operations of National Interest in France devoted to sustainable development, extends over about 10,000 hectares. Focusing on the preservation of natural heritage, it will become a major employment area with state-of-the-art innovations, and will impact the life of its inhabitants socially as well as economically by improving the way they live.
The ultimate aim is to make Nice the ‘Green City of the Mediterranean’, an example of an environmentally friendly region on a European scale. In this regard, Eco-Valley, located west of the city on the Var plain, will be home to enterprises active in the sustainability field and a research cluster dedicated to ecological development. A 65,000 sqm exhibition and convention centre and big brands acquiring environment-friendly infrastructures will also join along with housing facilities to make it a true community.
Last but not least The Metropolis Nice Côte d’Azur supports six of the ten regional competitiveness clusters: Secured Communicating Solutions, PASS (for perfumes, aromas, scents, and flavours), Eurobiomed, dedicated to health and bio-engineering, Capénergie, a cluster focusing on energy generation with no greenhouse effects, SAFE, all about security and aerospace, and Mer PACA, devoted to marine resources.