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Paris Leaders Club

About the Paris Leaders Club


What is the Paris Leaders Club?

The Paris Leaders Club was created by Viparis and the Convention and Visitors Bureau

(OTCP – Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris) in 2016.

It is a network of leading French scientists and researchers involved in the organization of international congresses, many of whom led the bidding process and won the European or World congress of their field.

 The destination selection is often a long and difficult process which can take several months or even years. Thanks to their energy, excellence and network, French scientists and professors bring all the needed legitimacy to the international projects and actively promote Paris’ advantages and heritage. They are now considered as real ambassadors of the city.


Why become an ambassador

  • Host your international peers and showcase the excellence of French research in your field

  • Elevate the profile of your research and increase the recognition of your organization

  • Practical advice and support in submitting your bid (marketing support, design, access to venues and suppliers). We will assist you every step of the way to a successful congress bid and event delivery

  • Direct connection to the mayor’s office and link to government entities (letters of support)

  • Network with other members of the Paris Leaders Club, learn from their experiences and share your         

  • Become an ambassador of Paris and participate in the success of Paris as a conference destination and the legacy it brings to science in our city.


The successes

Every year, a ceremony is organized to highlight the successful bids to host international congresses in Paris.

The prestigious “Tour Eiffel d’or” marks the city’s recognition of the contribution of these French scientists in bringing the European or World congress of their field to Paris. 

On September 27, 2021, the winners received their Tour Eiffel d'Or at the 2021 awards ceremony.


Jean Ponce & Laurent Najman



Jacques de Mouzon


Gael Guilhem



Philippe Marcus


Luc Teot


The successes of previous years

Our partners

  • Professor Bernard Zalc

    26th ISN - ESN Biennial August 20 - 24, 2017 Palais des Congrès de Paris

    1,500 participants

  • Professor Jacky Nizard

    European Congress of the European Council and College of Obstetrics and Gynecology March 8 - 10, 2018 Palais des Congrès de Paris

    1,500 participants

  • Professor Catherine Lubetzki

    7th ECTRIMS - ACTRIMS Joint Meeting October 25 - 28, 2017 Palais des Congrès de Paris

    9,000 participants

  • Professor Alain Yelnik

    International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine March 8 - 12, 2018 Palais des Congrès de Paris

  • Professor Anh-Tuan Dinh-Xuan Professor Nicolas Roche

    ERS International Congress September 15 - 19, 2018 Paris Convention Centre

    25,000 participants

  • Professor Jean-Christophe Mercier

    The 7th Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Societies October 30 - November 3, 2018 Palais des Congrès de Paris

    3500 participants

  • Professor David Néron

    14th World Congress on Computational Mechanics - ECCOMAS Congress July 19 - 24, 2020 Palais des Congrès de Paris

    3,000 participants

  • Professor David Dejour

    ESSKA European Society of Sports Traumatology 27 - 29 april 2022 Congress Center

    4,000 participants

  • Professor Jean-Antoine Girault

    FENS Neuroscience Forum July 9 - 13, 2022 Palais des Congrès de Paris

    6,000 participants

The Team

VIPARIS & OTCP created in 2016 the PARIS LEADERS CLUB gathering professors involved in the organization of international congresses.


A subsidiary of the Paris Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield group, Viparis is Europe's leading convention and trade show host. 

We welcome on venues in the Paris region:

CNIT Forest . Espace Champerret . Espace Grande Arche . Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild . La Serre . Les Salles du Carrousel . Palais des Congrès d'Issy . Palais des Congrès de Paris . Paris Convention Centre . Paris Expo Porte de Versailles . Paris Le Bourget . Paris Nord Villepinte

 exceptional, exciting, innovative and unusual events with 10 million visitors every year, 800 events in all sectors.

Paris, the world's leading conference city, owes this success to the richness of our scientific ecosystem, the quality of our venues and infrastructure, and the diversity of our cultural and gastronomic offerings. And you, the ambassadors, are of course all stakeholders in this success. We thank you for this. 
The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau will offer you its know-how, its expertise and its network to better integrate your conventions in the city and to make them shine within the capital. 
Now more than ever, we must continue to innovate and show hospitality to welcome conventioneers from all over the world even better. Our challenges for the future are to optimize the journey of our visitors in complete serenity (caring attitude), to accompany the organizers towards more responsible events, with a positive impact in the continuity of the Assises du Tourisme durable, initiated with the City and the professionals (calculator among others), to better integrate the event in the city and to make it radiate within the capital.  
Paris can count on you, the ambassadors of this success. Thanks to your support and active contributions, Paris remains the leading destination for hosting international congresses in the world.

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