The 6th Global Forum on TB Vaccines is being planned as a hybrid conference. The in-person component will take place at the Pierre Baudis Convention Centre in Toulouse, France. An online component for virtual participation is also planned.
The Pierre Baudis Convention Centre is a modern, state-of-the-art facility situated in the heart of Toulouse. It is located just 15 minutes from the international airport, and within walking distance of a wide variety of hotels, restaurants, and other amenities. The Toulouse Metro stops in front of the venue, making it easy to connect with the rest of the city. Metro passes will be provided to all registered 6th Global Forum participants.
Toulouse is the fourth largest city in France, with 472,000 inhabitants in the city and 1.3 million in the metropolitan area. It is the capital of the Occitanie Region, ideally situated between the Mediterranean Sea and Pyrenees mountains.
Innovation and research are in the DNA of the city and the region is known worldwide for its aeronautics and space industry, its universities, and its research laboratories that are boosting innovation in fields such as health, economics, biotechnology, nanotechnology and robotics. The Occitanie Region leads the European region in the share of GDP devoted to R&D (3.7%), and Toulouse is the leading French metropolis for economic growth, job creation and R&D investment. Toulouse has crafted a vibrant ecosystem and fertile ground for like-minds, which led it to be labelled the European City of Science in 2018. Its dedication to scientific research and innovation offers a unique framework for interaction and debate for scientists, innovators, educators, policy makers, business and the general public.
Toulouse is also well-known for its learning environment. It places third among French cities in number of students, with 130,000 students enrolled in higher education programs, and was recently rated “the best city to study in” by the French magazine l’Etudiant.
Known as La Ville Rose (The Pink City) due to the distinctive pink stone used to construct many of its buildings, Toulouse has a Latin personality and a rich history dating back 2,000 years to its Roman origins. Strong tradition alongside innovation make Toulouse a favorable destination and an ideal venue for the 6th Global Forum on TB Vaccines.