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We are very excited to offer a field trip for our conference participants on Friday, May 27th.  You can sign up for the field trip at the time of registering for the conference. As the number of participants is limited, we recommend early registration to guarantee your spot.

Date: Friday the 27th of May 2016
Time: 8:15 am – 5:00 pm
Transportation: Departure by bus from Aix-en-Provence city center at 9:00 am – Return to Marseille Provence Airport, Aix-en-Provence TGV Railway Station and Aix city center is planned around 6:00 pm.
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Cost: 60 € / person (including lunch in a restaurant in Marseille and transportation).

Stop 1: The one-year old Velaux fire

On July 28, 2015 at 4:55 am, a wildfire started near Aix-en-Provence (between the villages of Velaux and Ventabren), on the side of a secondary road. A quick firefighter’s response, reinforced by the intervention of six aircrafts and one helicopter, helped to contain the fire and only twenty-seven hectares were burned.



Stop 2: Visit of the Bouches-du-Rhône Fire Academy (ESDP) of the « Service Départemental d’Incendie et de Secours des Bouches-du-Rhône » (SDIS13), in Velaux (near Aix-en-Provence)

The Bouches-du-Rhône Fire Academy represents a teaching tool which is adapted to different levels of firefighting activities through actual, numerous and varied firefighting scenarios, safely performed, especially using different technical platforms for a better efficiency and safety.


Stop 3: Visit of the brand new Euro-Mediterranean Center of Risks Simulation in Valabre (CESIR)

CESIR is a training center for the firefighters regarding all types of risks with a 800 m2 technical platform used for risk simulations. Initially focused on forest fire risk, it now covers all types of risks, including terrestrial and maritime ones. The site is a laboratory for operationnal procedures, a training tool, a capabilities booster, a communication tool, a sharing center between European and world wide partners and a validation tool for crisis management systems.

Stop 4: Cultural stop (afternoon): Visit of the Museum of Civilizations for Europe and the Mediterranean (MuCEM)

A museum for the Mediterranean


The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM) (French: Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée) is a national museum dedicated to Mediterranea. It was inaugurated on June 2013 as part of “Marseille-Provence 2013”, the special year when Marseille was designated as the European Capital of Culture. With its 45 000m2, the MUCEM is one of the symbols of the rebirth of Marseille.

The museum itself, a cube of 15,000 square meters, built “of stone, water and wind” was designed by the architect Rudy Ricciotti (in collaboration with the architect Roland Carta). The museum was build on the fort Saint-Jean site and the J4 esplanade. Overlooking the basin between these two sites, a 130 m long pedestrian bridge in reinforced concrete connects the fort Saint-Jean to the museum. Another one links the fort Saint-Jean to the Tourette esplanade.

The museum is devoted to European and Mediterranean civilisations. With a permanent collection charting historical and cultural cross-fertilisation in the Mediterranean basin, it takes an interdisciplinary approach to society through the ages up to modern times. Beyond the collections, the MuCEM has the objective to work as a forum, a place of debate where reference presentations and temporary exhibitions are built around major societal issues.

It houses exhibitions on two levels, with an underground auditorium seating 400, a bookshop and a restaurant on the terrace at the top of the building with panoramic views of the bay of Marseille, the Corniche and the Prado.

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