The meeting will take place in the Pierre & Marie Curie University and in the National Museum of Natural History, both located in the 5th arrondissement, in the center of Paris, along the left bank of the Seine River. This district is commonly known as the Quartier Latin because it is where the first great Parisian university, the Sorbonne, was founded, and because Latin was the language of scholars at the time. The 5th arrondissement was also the core of Lutetia, the antique city of Paris, as revealed in a number of archaeological sites.


The most famous building of the 5th arrondissement is probably the Pantheon, where graves of influential French personalities are clustered, but there are many other noteworthy sights, such as the magnificent Val-de-Grâce Church, the intriguing St-Etienne-du-Mont Church, the Cluny Museum, the Roman Arènes de Lutèce and the city’s botanical garden, the Jardin des Plantes, surrounding buildings of the National Museum of Natural History. This institution housed one of the largest collections of natural objects of the world with more than 68 million specimens.
The palaeontology collection itself contains between 5 and 6 million specimens.

Cluny© Paris Tourist Office


Panthéon© Paris Tourist Office

The opening plenary session will take place in “La Maison de la Mutualité”. During its 80 years of existence, this building has hosted many historical events and welcomed prominent personalities: it is where Charlie Chaplin recorded the music for some of his movies; among world-class singers, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel and Léo Ferré performed there.

The Fossil Week meeting will take place from the 9th to the 13th July of 2018. This will allow conveners to extend their stay to enjoy the festivities relating to the French National Day, July 14th. The weather is pleasant during summer time, with an average of 25°C (77°F).

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