Montpellier is the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, as well as the Hérault department. Montpellier is the 8th biggest city of the country, and is also the fastest growing city in France over the past 25 years.
Many artists became fond of cities in the South of France, like Montpellier, dominated by the famous “Pic Saint Loup”, close to the seaside and surrounded by a large number of natural areas.
It is particularly pleasant to enjoy sitting and discussing along the sides of its beautiful public squares under centenary plane trees.
Many scientists have chosen this city for implementing their laboratories and teaching their knowledge.
Montpellier has one of the oldest universities in France and the proportion of academics and scientists in Montpellier is one of the highest in France and in Europe.
No doubt a great number of material scientists and engineers will appreciate this choice and will enjoy the Euromat 2011 venue, the more as Montpellier can easily be reached by car, train and plane.
Montpellier is also near the Camargue, western Europe’s largest river delta. It is a vast plain comprising large brine lagoons or étangs, cut off from the sea by sandbars and encircled by reed-covered marshes. The Camargue is home to more than 400 species of birds; its brine ponds provide one of the few European habitats for the greater flamingo.