IATA WMO Aviation Weather Safety & Efficiency Forum will bring together aviation and weather industries as well as service and solution providers and regulators. This event aims to showcase practical solutions to current and future weather challenges within the operating environment.
Non-aviation professionals will learn how aircraft-based meteorological observations can significantly improve weather products for their industries such as agriculture, energy, sports to name a few.
The event will include presentations from leading industry experts, panel discussions, case studies, knowledge sharing workshops and training sessions. Additionally, a Forum Expo will enable you to interact with the latest scientific and technological solutions.
Paris, the City of Light, was the third most visited destination in the world in 2017. It has, of course, much to offer, with its mix of iconic architecture, art museums and exhibitions, grand boulevards on which to stroll or shop, and quintessential street-side cafés to sample that French savoir-vivre. It also has the second busiest airport in Europe, Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) – that the French call Roissy after the town where it’s situated – and the second busiest metro system in Europe. It’s also the second-most expensive city in the world to live in, according to a 2018 Economist study.
Far from a runner-up, Paris has given the world much to admire, and in particular the meteorological world. It is the resting place of Blaise Pascal, the discoverer of atmospheric pressure, and the birthplace of Gustave Coriolis, the mathematician who described the Coriolis effect. Modern French meteorology was born at the Observatoire de Paris, the oldest still-functioning observatory in the world, after a terrible storm caused the loss of 41 ships in the Black Sea in 1854, during the Crimean War. On the orders of Napoleon III, the director of the observatory, Urbain Le Verrier, set up a network of meteorological observation stations in France, culminating in the first daily forecast for sailors by 1863. Finally, Léon Teisserenc de Bort was also born in Paris, the man who discovered the troposphere, the tropopause and the stratosphere, and proposed the first worldwide network of meteorological stations, communicating by telegraph.
As you take in the sights, remember the contributions of these men. As you stroll on the rue de Rivoli, perhaps take in the tower of Saint Jacques de la Boucherie in the fourth arrondissement, where Pascal conducted his experiments on atmospheric pressure. His statue is at its base. As you comtemplate the Eiffel Tower, know that the names of 72 French scientists, including Coriolis and Le Verrier are inscribed below the first balcony. If you should have the occasion to visit Versailles and to explore the area, perhaps you might visit the Météo-France site on the rue Teisserenc de Bort in Trappes, the site of the observatory built with the scientist’s own fortune and bequeathed to the French weather organization.
The flagship Le Méridien Etoile in Paris is within walking distance of the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe on the Place de l’Étoile. With easy access from CDG via shuttle bus, it is located close to a metro for easy access to all Paris tourist sights and attractions. Services on site include 24-hour room service, a choice of breakfasts, and four restaurants. The hotel is ideally located across the street from the Palais des Congrès and a shopping mall.
Rooms are modern and conference spaces are well equipped. The décor is contemporary with a mid-century feel. There is a fitness centre on the premises, and the Bois de Boulogne park is just a few minutes’ walk away. The multilingual staff and concierge service are available to help you with everything from free newspapers to dry cleaning.
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