TIAFT Versailles

Social program

The social program will reflect our desires to meet together:

1. Welcome receptions

Monday September 5th, 2022 (6.00 pm-8.00 pm)

A) Welcome reception in the City Hall of Versailles , avenue de Paris

© N. Borel (Office de tourisme de Versailles)

B) Young Scientists welcome reception (Wine & cheese) in Versailles Convention Center (room Luli, level -1)

2. Royal Run around the “Pièce d’eau des suisses”

Wednesday September 7th, 2022 (6.45 am – 7.45 am)

This 13-hectare basin was created between 1679 and 1682 by a Gardes-Suisses regiment who gave it his name. Its purpose was to enhance the southern view of the palace as an extension of the Orangery, but it also allowed for the cleanup of the ground designated for the King’s Vegetable Garden (Potager du Roi), which was built at the same time. A replica of Bernini’s sculpture of Louis XIV on horseback is located at the end of the water feature. The sculpture, which had not pleased the king, was eventually changed into an old hero and placed out of sight of the monarch…

Meet at 6.45 am in front of the main entrance to the Pièce d’Eau des Suisses
(Route de Saint-Cyr)

The area is currently a wonderful spot for leisure or a picnic, surrounded by enormous lawns and broad alleyways filled with magnificent plane trees

© Office de tourisme de Versailles (Pièce d’eau des suisses)

3. Cruise on the Seine in Paris

Wednesday September 7th, 2022 (5.45 pm- 23.30 pm)

If there is one journey to take in Paris, it has to be one along the Seine riverbanks… in one of the boats that navigate up and down! As you pass over, you’ll see some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, the Conciergerie, and the Grand Palais. A renowned succession of stunning sites that makeit a one-of-a-kind journey…

Departures of bus (bus park on Place d’Armes, in front of Versailles Palace and convention center) : 5.45 pm – 6.30 pm
Return by Bus, same place : 23 pm – 23.30 pm

4. Farewell Banquet at “Les Pyramides”, a splendid place near the Versailles Palace

Thursday, September 8th, 2022 (7.30 pm – 2.30 am)

Departures of bus (bus park on Place d’Armes, in front of Versailles Palace and convention center) : 6.30 pm – 7 pm
Return by Bus, same place : 12 am – 2.30 am


MC: Pascal Kintz

  • Up to 7.30 pm: arrival of participants to Les Pyramides
  • 7.30 to 8.30 pm: outside welcome drinks and snacks
  • 8.30: starting of the diner inside Les Pyramides
  • 9.55 pm, after first and second courses and before the dessert: ceremony

Introduction: Dimitri Gerostamoulos

Call roll of nations: Dimitri Gerostamoulos

  • 10.05 pm Bulletin Award: Jennifer Schumann and Sarah Wille
  • 10.08 pm YS awards: Luke Rodda
  • 10.15 pm TIAFT Achievement Award: Marc Lebeau
  • 10.25 pm Alan Curry award: Dimitri
  • 10.35 pm France to Italy exchange of flag, Versailles (Jean-Claude Alvarez, Amine Larabi, Anne-Laure Pélissier) for Roma (Simona Pichini, Francesco Busardo)
  • 10.40 pm: the service of the dessert will start + coffee
  • 11 pm: dance with DJ