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Numerous major congresses held in bordeaux in the next years  

Last year results confirm Bordeaux’s prime position as a business destination in France and abroad, with figures that have been growing steadily for several years.


Since the record-breaking year of 2015, Bordeaux has kept on increasing the number of congresses hosted in the city. 180 congresses were organised in the metropolis in 2019, which represents 303,000 congress days* (+4.5% compared to 2018) and 87M€ of estimated profit to the city**.

The opening of the "Palais 2 l'Atlantique" congress and exhibition hall in May 2019 contributes to this growing dynamism, as it can host up to 6,000 seated people over a total area of 5,500sqm.

The Bordeaux Convention Bureau is currently applying to 72 congresses by 2027 (271,000 congress days). Until 2023, 20 congresses initiated by our ambassadors are already confirmed, with in particular:

  • ECOC, the European Conference on Optical Communication, 1 200 participants (September 2021)
  • the European Conference on Biomaterials, 1 200 participants (September e 2022)
  • the European Company Sports Games, 10 000 participants (Jne 2023)

* A congress day is calculated by the number of participants to an event multiplicated by the number of days of the event. 
** The estimated economic benefits are calculated according to the study published by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry in December 2012 "Étude sur les retombées économiques de l’activité des congrès en France et en Île-de-France" in partnership with key actors of the sector. The study determines the average expenses per delegate and the related organizational expenses based on 18 in-depth and representative surveys and the interview of 3,200 participants.


Robotics, a sector of excellence

In June 2021, Bordeaux will be hosting the RoboCup, the world championships of robotics and artificial intelligence, with over 3,500 competitors slated to arrive from 45 different countries. Four-time world champions and local heroes Rhoban, the team created at LaBRI (University of Bordeaux Computer Science Research Laboratory), will be putting their title on the line.

The RoboCup is a high profile event which will contribute to the burgeoning economic and industrial reputation of France in one of our proven centres of excellence. Organised by the University of Bordeaux, with the support of Bordeaux Metropole and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, the event will bring together experts from the fields of research, education and industry in the shared pursuit of innovation in the field of robotics, and its many practical applications in the world at large (emergency services, healthcare etc.).

françois xavier mahon

Testimony of Professor François-Xavier MAHON, Director of the Bergonié Institute, who was involved in the organisation of the 21st Annual John Goldman Conference on Chronic Myeloid Leukemia: Biology and Therapy in Bordeaux in September 2019:

"Cancer treatment in Bordeaux has been accredited for its excellence by the National Cancer Institute (INCA), with the official recognition of an Integrated Cancer Research Site (SIRIC) which was renewed in 2017. There are only 8 in France, half of which are outside of Paris. The Institut Bergonié, the only Cancer Centre or Unicancer Centre in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, plays an important role in oncology recherche, collaborating with public scientific and technological institutions such as INSERM, CNRS and the University of Bordeaux. A number of biotechnology companies have come to realise the importance of the Bordeaux site and have chosen to set up in the city."