Pink City


The capital of the 2nd largest region of France “Occitanie”, Toulouse is an internationally renowned centre for the aeronautical industry and the birthplace of the on-board systems and ICT (Start City label), which hosts the world’s leading companies as Airbus, ATR, Thales, Actia, Evotec and NXP Airbus.

Toulouse attracts professionals working in research and innovation from all over the world thanks to a large number of cutting-edge businesses in the aeronautic, IT and space industry, numerous research institutes, as well as start-ups in all sectors.

This European hub of technology is the site of four knowledge hubs: Aerospace Valley; Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation; Cancer-Organic-Health, represented by the “Oncopole”, the largest cancer research centre in Europe, and Pôle Eau for water

The Région Occitanie possesses major advantages: 233 000 students, 29 400 researchers and quality laboratories with close links to an innovative industrial base. With 3.7% of its GDP dedicated to R&D, the region exceeds European targets and has numerous remarkable science sites, such as the world-known “Pic du Midi” Observatory, the Station for Theoretical and Experimental Ecology of Moulis, the Solar Furnace of Odeillo-Font Romeu, as well as extraordinary technological realisations such as the Airbus A380 assembly line.

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Toulouse - the pink city

With its characteristic architecture, the city of Toulouse has earned the nickname "ville rose" or "pink city" due to the colour of the local building material traditionally used - terra cotta bricks. Its other nickname is the "city of violets". There is a brotherhood of violets in Toulouse, as there was large-scale production of this flower here. The Violet is one of the prizes awarded by the Académie des Jeux floraux (the Academy of Floral Games) in Toulouse, the oldest learned society in Europe.

Ideally located in the heart of the South-West of France, between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, Toulouse, a European metropolis, combines a rich heritage (3 UNESCO sites) and “art de vivre”. With more than 450 000 inhabitants, Toulouse has the highest population growth in France.

Preferred destination for students, Toulouse is an important university town with prestigious cultural centres such as José-Cabanis multimedia library, Zénith concert hall, Abattoirs museum of modern and contemporary art, Cité de l'espace and Toulouse National Theatre (TNT).

Renowned for its welcoming atmosphere and its numerous gastronomic specialities, Toulouse was ranked by Lonely Planet among the 10 European Destinations in 2014.


The Office du Tourisme de Toulouse offers all ESOF attendees touristic tours around the city from the 7th to the 15th of July! 

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