Pierre COHEN, Mayor of Toulouse and member of the Assemblée Nationale (French Parliament), is inviting all IWSSC participants for a Welcome Reception on Wednesday 1st October at 18:30. The reception will be held in the oustanding "Salle des Illustres" at the "Capitole", the Toulouse City Hall.
Now the home of the Town Hall and the Théâtre National du Capitole, the Capitole building is remarkable for its façade with its eight pink marble columns (symbol of the eight first "Capitouls", the magistrates who were administrating the eight districts of the city on XVIIth century), its Cour Henri IV (which saw the assassination of the Duc de Montmorency), and several rooms decorated by wonderfull painting from XIXth century local artists (Paul Gervais, Henri Martin, Jean-Paul Laurens, Paul Pujol...) and sculptures, among them a bust of Pierre de Fermat, a native of Toulouse. The magnificent "Salle des Illustres" where the gilt mouldings vie with the painted cartouches is the work inspired by the Galleria Farnese in Rome of the architect and painter Paul Pujol in 1892, and glorifies the fame of Toulouse at the dawn of the XXth century.
The organizers are inviting IWSSC08 attendees to enjoy the typical food of Midi-Pyrénnées region and at the same time to learn more about space in the unique environment of the Toulouse Cité de l'Espace.
The Cité de l'Espace offers a unique space experience with an impressive array of exhibits (www.cite-espace.com). Combining fun and education in one theme park, the Cité de l'Espace was created to answer the questions everyone asks about space exploration and technology: "what's it for? How does it work?" and "when are we going to there"?
If weather permits, a welcome cocktail will be organized in the Park, while walking along the paths leading to the MIR station, Ariane 5 launch rocket, and spacecraft mock-ups, outdoor exhibits and familiarize you with the reference points and distances encountered in space.
Buffet dinner with a variety of tasty French Southwest specialties will be served in the main hall of the permanent Exhibition Pavilion. The four floors of the building host a wide spectrum of games, experiments and simulations giving visitors an understanding of space science's impact on their lives and how it works. The activities will allow for networking with your colleagues.
Bus transportation will be provided from ISAE/Campus SUPAERO to Cité de l'Espace leaving at 18:45 sharp, and from Cité de l'Espace to Toulouse downtown at 23:30. Free parking is also available on the premises.