If Nancy might not be the first name that comes to mind when considering a meeting in France, the city that some consider as the most Italian town of eastern France has a few assets up its sleeve. Known as the cradle of Art Nouveau, classified by UNESCO for its 18th century centre, it’s also a destination that gets a lot of attention thanks to its all-round sense of innovation and intelligence.
The capital of the Duchy of Lorraine, Nancy is known the world over for its famous Place Stanislas, one of the most beautiful royal squares in Europe, with its famous gilded wrought-iron gates. But beyond the old town, beyond its many museums, entertainment venues, hip bars and boutique restaurants, Nancy quietly cultivates a certain art de vivre that is best explored on foot given its human size. At times, its 45,000 students also make the city quite lively – the University of Lorraine is ranked in the Top 300 World Universities Shanghai ranking. Additionally, Nancy Regional University Hospital boasts innovating structures such as the Virtual Hospital, which federates and promotes initiatives in terms of e-pedagogy and simulated learning.
First economic hub of Lorraine
In fact, Nancy is synonymous with creativity and brainpower. The presence of large national research institutions, like CNRS, INSERM or INRA just to name a few, and technology companies on the territory are testament to the city and region’s dynamism. As the first economic hub of Lorraine, Nancy has four high-yield industries: life sciences and health, banking and finance, information technology and the digital economy, and eco-construction.
In this context, three competitive clusters are internationally recognized: established in 2015, Fibre is dedicated to eco-materials for the construction industry; Hydreos deals with issues related to access to drinking water, water savings and water conservation by supporting collaborative research projects, and studies the quality of inland waters and their impact on the health of populations and ecosystems; Materalia is all about innovative materials and processing techniques.
All of this has long fuelled the need for holding conferences and meetings of all sizes and formats. Recent successes include the 2017 Hopipharm, the French-speaking congress for hospital pharmacy, attended by 1,500 delegates, or the 8th International Conference on Innovations in the Thin Film Processing and Characterzation that took place at the ARTEM campus. In the near future, Nancy will also host Euro-Pharmat and the 21st International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW 2018).
In terms of infrastructure, Nancy has nothing to blush about when compared its competitors. From the intimate premises of the Museum of Fine Arts to the 20,000 sqm of the Prouvé Convention Center, for up to 2,400 people, right in the heart of the city, or the 30,000 sqm at Nancy Exhibition Centre (maximum capacity: 6,000), the city might well be your next event destination – both its business and regional airports are connected to the major European capitals.