03 Nov



Tours and the Vinci Congress Center will host the 2016 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, one of the major international scientific event in research and development for ultrasonic medical and industrial applications. More than 1,300 researchers, engineers, students and decision makers from 50 countries are expected at this occasion in September next year.


After a successful 2015 edition in Taipei (Taiwan), with more than 1,000 participants and 800 scientific papers, the IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS) will come to Tours in France for the first time since 20 years.


The choice of Tours city is not surprising since it was here, in 1972, that Professor Léandre Pourcelot developed one of the first Doppler ultrasound equipment. Since then, a whole ecosystem of research teams and ultrasound-related businesses grew in Tours: including for example the INSERM research team U930 “Imaging and Ultrasound”, the GREMAN laboratory, technology transfer units as Althaïs Technologies, Certem, clinical investigation center of Tours University Hospital and industry players such as Vermon, Rheawave, Transderma… This conference will be an opportunity to highlight the Tours scientific expertise in this highly innovative world.


This event will be organized by Dr. Ayache Bouakaz , research director at INSERM. Specialist of medical imaging and ultrasound contrast agents, his team focuses on the development of diagnosis and treatment of cancerous tumors with ultrasound activated microbubbles.


Ayache Bouakaz

“I am very pleased that we organize the IUS Conference in Tours in 2016, this is a very important event for the French scientific and industrial community working in this area, and a chance to discover and present the latest developments, research and innovations related to ultrasound applications. We are also proud to have the Mayor of Tours, Mr Serge Babary, support us and define IUS 2016 as a major scientific event for the city.

This conference will also be an opportunity, for the first time, of a “speed-dating” between students and industrials, a great way to create contacts and why not get a job. A FrenchTech space will also be created to highlight the French innovation in the field of ultrasound for medical applications.”