28 Jan


Welcome to Tours!

City of art and history, Tours is the gateway to the Loire valley region, in the heart of an area with a rich heritage. Tours is within a short distance from the prestigious Loire Valley Chateaux (Amboise, Chambord, Chenonceau, Chinon, Langeais, Villandry). In addition, Tours offers a wide range of local attractions: preserved historic center, fine art museum, magnificent cathedral and basilica, gastronomy (restaurants, visits of vineyards and cheese refining cellars), vivacious markets (flea markets, flavors of food markets, scents of flower markets)…

But Tours is also well known for its natural environment: splendid city parks and gardens, many different types of path walks along the Loire River, the last wild river in Europe. Natural and cultural heritage of Tours make it a very pleasant city to live and to visit.

In partnership with the Tourism Office of Tours and Air France/KLM, the Local Organizing Committee provide you all information to prepare your travel and offer you different opportunities for your accommodations. In addition, we propose you different cultural excursions in order to discover Tours and the Loire valley region.

Key dates:

Accommodations – Registration deadline: August 15th, 2016
Cultural Excursions – Registration deadline: August 31st, 2016 (min. 20 persons/excursion)

Enjoy your stay!

The Local Organizing Committee

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18 Jan


The 2016 IEEE international Ultrasonics Symposium in Tours, France, will host for the first time a student-industry networking event. The motivation is to connect students close to graduation with jobs in industry.

Why have this event?

The motivation is to retain the great talent we observe each year attending the annual conference in a related field beyond graduation. The field of ultrasound, physical acoustics and related material research requires training and dedication to make it to the level to present scientific work at the annual conference and these contributions are the basis of a innovative and dynamic society. The vast job opportunities in the field of acoustics are often unknown to students, and this event tries to address this by very specifically introducing a prospective student to open jobs.

How does it work?

The event will take place on Sunday, September 18th from 5 pm to 6.45 pm at the VINCI Convention Center. The actual event will consist of a 90 min slot, in which 25 students will be each allotted 3 min to present their profile to industry members with open positions. A one page slide master is provided that will contain your contact information, graduation date, skills and interests. Use of this template ensures all students to have the same time and opportunity.

After the 90 mins of presentations, there will be a social mixer with snacks and drinks during which the students and industry members can mix. The idea is that from the information provided during the presentations industry members take down the contact information of prospective students and can either approach them during the social mixer or contact them later on.

For more information connect to the page dedicated to the Student-Industry Network Event: http://site.ieee.org/ius-2016/uffc-student-industry-network-event/



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.”

27 Oct



The 2016 edition of IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium is coming to TOURS, FRANCE, 18 to 21 September and will be held in the VINCI convention center. It is an honor to host this wonderful symposium and to bring together academic and industrial researchers from over 50 countries to allow scientific exchange, inspire new ideas and projects.


TOURS has a long history with ultrasound in France. In the late sixties, Professor Léandre Pourcelot brought to market the first European CW Doppler system. With his research group, he developed one of the first real-time ultrasound imaging systems based on electronic scanning of a linear array. His work paved the way to more than 40 years of innovations in medical ultrasound.

TOURS city is situated in the LOIRE VALLEY, nicknamed “Jardin de la France” (Garden of France), a UNESCO world heritage, popular for a number of famous castles such as Chenonceau, Amboise, Chambord, Villandry …

TOURS located in the center of France, is easily accessible and a major touristic region renowned for its unique history, gastronomy, heritage and culture.

I am looking forward to seeing you in TOURS, FRANCE

Very sincerely,

Dr. Ayache Bouakaz, General Chair