University of Bordeaux 1

Situated in the Bordeaux town of Talence, on one of the largest university domains in Europe (245 hectares), University of Bordeaux 1 is solidly implanted in a region recognised worldwide for its wine, its forest, its quality of life, its potential for high standard research in partnership with the industrial fabric (aeronautic and aerospatial, wood, composite materials, energy, microelectronics, chemistry).
University of Bordeaux 1 assembles, in all its components, almost 11,500 students who dedicate their efforts to the great domains of Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biological Science and Marine and Earth Science.


The region of Bordeaux is naturally famous around the world, thanks to his vineyard, but the city itself offers a big interest, alliance of history and modernity. Here is a video presentation of Bordeaux, from the tourism office.

Place de la Bourse (tourism office of Bordeaux / F. Poincet)

Pont de pierre (tourism office of Bordeaux / F. Poincet)

Grand-théatre (tourism office of Bordeaux / T. Sanson)

Place du Parlement (tourism office of Bordeaux / F. Poincet)

Welcome to Gironde

In Gironde, the Atlantic Ocean encounters the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. On this land, where the Bordeaux vineyard has been blossoming for centuries, the architecture shows signs of a prestigious past and today alternates with nature waiting to be discovered. The way of life in the South West is a combination of festivities, tradition and gastronomy in a land of contrast and cultures.

Here is a map of Bordeaux and Gironde in Europe (pdf)

A region of wine

Bordeaux has always been associated with the exceptional quality of its wines by wine lovers from around the world. Its reputation is based on the prestigious red wines from Médoc, Saint-Emilion or Pessac-Léognan, and the sweet white wines from Sauternes.
Bordeaux is the second largest wine region in the world, with over 284,320 acres under vine, 57 appellations, 9,000 wine-producing châteaux, and 13,000 grape growers.

photo from the tourism office of Gironde

photo from the tourism office of Gironde

photo from the tourism office of Gironde

The Atlantic coast

The Gironde includes 180 kilometres of beaches, with surf possibilities in exceptional spots. Along the coast take place some famous places as the "Dune du Pyla", the highest sand dune of Europe (107 m), or the city of Arcachon .

photo from the tourism office of Arcachon

photo from the tourism office of Arcachon

Dune du Pyla (tourism office of Arcachon)

Cabanes tchanquées (tourism office of Gironde)

Banquet and visit of Saint-Émilion

Registered to DAFx conference, you are invited to the half-day touristic excursion in Saint-Émilion the 13th of September, 2007. It includes the visit of the town and the vineyard, and the tasting of famous wines. A banquet in a wine castle will conclude this pleasant day.

Visit of the city by a professional guide, including the monolithic church, carved out in the limestone cliff. Saint-Émilion is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit of the Saint-Émilion vineyard.
Saint-Émilion red wine tasting in Château Laniote.
Medoc red wine tasting and banquet in Château Kirwan.

Atlantic coast excursion

We propose you to take the optional Excursion on the whole Saturday 15th. A bus will drive you to the Atlantic coast to visit Arcachon, take a boat on the Bassin and see the Great Dune of the Pyla. Don't forget your swimsuit if climbing the 107 meters of the dune invites you to dive in the ocean!

Trip to the city of Arcachon.
"Arcachon, a seaside resort on the Bay of the same name, was born from the salt air, pine forest scent, the train, and a stroke of genius businessmen of the last century: the Pereire brothers. In the spring of 1862, avenues and streets are traced; a casino and mansions emerge from the sand."
(photos and citation from the tourism office of Arcachon)
Tour by boat on the "Bassin", from Arcachon to "Le Canon".
Seafood / white wine tasting with local producer in "Le Canon".
Lunch at the "Chez Pierre" restaurant of Arcachon.
Trip to the Great Dune of Pyla, the higest sand dune in Europe.
This dune reaches a height of 107m. At this summit, the view is spectacular with the ocean coast, the inlet of the bay, the large pine forest and, when the sky is very clear, the Pyrenees Range.

More information in the tourism guide of the "Bassin d'Arcachon".