Global civil society activity in France

France, officially the French Republic, is a transcontinental country predominantly located in Western Europe and spanning overseas regions and territories in the Americas and the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Its metropolitan area extends from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea; overseas territories include French Guiana in South America, Saint Pierre and Miquelon in the North Atlantic, the French West Indies, and many islands in Oceania and the Indian Ocean. Due to its several coastal territories, France has the largest exclusive economic zone in the world. France borders Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Andorra, and Spain in continental Europe, as well as the Netherlands, Suriname, and Brazil in the Americas via its overseas territories in French Guiana and Saint Martin. Its eighteen integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 km2 (248,573 sq mi) and contain close to 68 million people. France is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre; other major urban areas include Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Lille, Bordeaux, and Nice.

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Meetings Statistics

From UIA's International Meetings Statistics Report

Top 10 over 20 years

France is ranked #2 over a 20 year period,
with 12712 meetings since 2001.

Top 10 in 2021

France is ranked #5 in 2021, with 266 meetings.

Local UIA Partner

Lille Grand Palais


An ideal location at the heart of the Paris-London-Brussels triangle, the best possible access and plenty of public transport make metropolitan Lille the perfect place for your eco-friendly event.

Lille Grand Palais is an area of 45,000 m2 comprising:

  • 3 auditoriums
  • 4 exhibition halls
  • 28 meeting rooms
  • Zenith Arena.
With a capacity of between 50 to 4,500 people, you can organise events such as congresses, symposia, seminars, conferences, exhibitions, conventions, gala evenings, workshops, product launches, road shows, shareholder meetings, meetings, fashion shows and international events.

Organising an event in Lille Grand Palais in France means having an experienced team on hand to help. A team dedicated to you, making sure that everything runs smoothly and that all your demands are met! Our philosophy: work with us and share our skills to ensure you enjoy your event just the way you want it.

Lille Grand Palais has been the organiser/orchestrator of events since 2007. This expertise has been deployed for such evenings as Ladies After Work, congresses – such as the Gynaecology and Obstetrics Conference, NutrEvent, etc. We also organise exhibitions (public or professional) which have recently included the Lille Art Fair, Kids Park, the “ Créer” Trade Fair, the Personal Services exhibition, etc.

Local UIA Partner

Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau


An expert on the destination, the Bureau is your key partner for organizing your event in Paris.

The Bureau encourages and supports professional associations and scientific societies that wish to propose Paris as a host destination for their congress. It helps them throughout the process, from the compilation of the bid; it recommends service providers and organizes site inspection visits. It carries out part of the lobbying, right up to the presentation of Paris in front of the international committee of the association. The Convention Bureau represents the destination, in connection with the services of the City, the Region and the State. It gathers Parisian professionals and institutional players participating in a bid, in order to offer a full and tailor-made offer.

Local UIA Partner

Lyon Convention Bureau


Local UIA Partner

Ville de Marseille


Crossroads of civilizations and trade since ancient times, Marseille possesses a nature, land and sea heritage unique in its diversity. These assets, combined with a city in metamorphosis, have generated a vigorous revival of economic activity and has placed the city among the most popular tourist destinations.

The figures speak for themselves: over 4 million tourists in 2010, 12,000 direct jobs or 5.4% of total employment in Marseille, and over € 700 million of income.
In 2011, the city had 5,182 hotel rooms, 3.6% more than the previous year.

Marseille has also become one of the first ports of embarkation for the European cruise market, an interesting position given that the Mediterranean destination has the fastest growth.

As the top cruise centre in France, with more than one million passengers in 2012, Marseille reinforced its status as first port of embarkation in France with nearly 380 calls to port in 2011 for an estimated income of €110 million.
In less than 15 years, Marseille has tripled the number of Congress days hosted on its territory from 109,000 days in 1996 to almost 300,000 in 2011.

The city now has powerful and functional structures to accommodate some 350 events per year in places as diverse as the Palais du Pharo, the Palais des Congrés in the Chanot Park and the World Trade Centre.

Organizations based in France

World Federation of Engineering Organizations - Paris
International Brain Research Organization - Paris
International Prison Chaplains' Association - Rennes
International Organization of Legal Metrology - Paris
International Union of Biological Sciences - Orsay
Association mondiale des sciences de l'éducation - Reims
World Medical Association - Ferney-Voltaire
Fédération internationale des professions immobilières - Paris
International Union of Women Architects - Paris
World Confederation of Billiards Sports - Venon
Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service - Paris
Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile - Paris
International Union for the Scientific Study of Population - Aubervilliers
International Association of Art - Paris
Confédération internationale des sociétés d'auteurs et compositeurs - Neuilly-sur-Seine
International Federation for Tropical Medicine - Montpellier
International Correspondence Chess Federation - Brétigny-sur-Orge
Trade Unions International of Agriculture, Food, Commerce, Textile and Allied Industries - Montreuil
International Catholic Conference of Guiding - Paris
Union internationale des architectes - Paris
International Fruit and Vegetable Juice Association - Paris
International Federation of Private Water Operators - Paris
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - Paris
Association des écrivains de langue française - Paris
International Chromium Development Association - Paris

View More profiles (3619) in the Yearbook of International Organizations

Future Events in France

2031 World ContestWorld Ploughing Organization - Paris

2031 IRC : International Rubber ConferenceInternational Rubber Conference Organisation - Paris

2028 CongressSyndicat international du décolletage - Paris

2027 CongressEuropean Association for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics - Lille

2026 Annual General MeetingInternational Veteran Cycle Association - Lille

2026 Annual MeetingEuropean Society for Paediatric Endocrinology - Marseille

2025 European Congress of ArachnologyEuropean Society of Arachnology - Saint-Malo

2025 World CongressFédération internationale des professeurs de français - Besançon

2025 CongressInternational Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists - Besançon

2024 Annual Scientific MeetingInternational Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery - Lyon

2024 World Congress of AudiologyInternational Society of Audiology - Paris

2024 CongressEuropean Society of Veterinary Internal MedicineEuropean College of Veterinary Internal Medicine - Companion Animals

2024 Annual ConferenceInternational Association of Labour History Institutions - Nanterre

2024 Annual CongressEuropean Go Federation - Toulouse

2024 International Conference on the History of CartographyInternational Conference on the History of Cartography - Lyon

View More Future Events (82) in The International Congress Calendar

Past Events in France

2022 General Assembly – International Exhibitions Bureau - Paris
2022 Biennial International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - Montbéliard
2022 Symposium – Groupe Européen d’Étude des Métastases Osseuses - Paris
2022 Meeting – International Federation of Placenta Associations - Jouy-en-Josas
2022 Meeting – European Placenta Group - Jouy-en-Josas
2022 Congrès Francophone Actualités en Réanimation – JIVD-AER - Lyon
2022 Annual Congress – Association de neuro-anesthésie-réanimation de langue française - Grenoble
2022 Annual Forum – Forum de Paris sur la Paix - Paris
2022 Annual Congress and General Assembly – Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen - Lyon
2022 Annual Scientific Conference – International Association of Cancer Registries - Lyon
2022 Global Policy & Regulatory Forum – Alternative Investment Management Association - Paris
2022 Congress – International Society for Frontotemporal Dementias - Lille
2022 Congress – European Childhood Obesity Group - Vichy
2022 World Congress for NeuroRehabilitation – World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation - Lyon
2022 International Aquarium Congress – International Aquarium Network - Boulogne-sur-Mer

View More Past Events (35955) in The International Congress Calendar

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