Congress-Festival 2022

Congress-Festival CIRIR 2022 – 28th June – 03rd July 2022 – Rochechouart, France. *


  • To strengthen ties within the two actives branches of the CIRIR (Research and Restitution) via a quite unique event proper to better know each other and to trigger collaborations,
  • To create and develop links with the populations and local communities by offering them the opportunity to be actors of the event and to promote themselves and the territory by acting as co-organizers of the manifestation (festive evenings organized by municipalities and local partners), attracting informed tourists … (geotourism).

Toward this end, our “Congress-Festival” is conceived and organised as an “all-inclusive cruise”. Participants do not have to worry about anything except their transportation to Rochechouart or to Angouleme TGV station (direct from Charles de Gaulle airport). They are embarking and staying all together, in the middle of an ocean of nature, surrounded by greenery and lakes…, favouring exchanges, fun and/or rest and relaxation.

Stopovers are organized at different place every evening giving the opportunity to the participants to meet and interact with the public and local representatives.

Those of you who will make the trip should not be disappointed. The place of stay should contribute to it as well as the associated events. Our “ship” is an authentic 18th century village, entirely at our disposal.

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We will be distributed among the different houses of the village, all made of stone of course, (mainly crystalline target rocks, and some impactites (corner stones and lintels).

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The premises are fully furnished. They are village houses, all with small private gardens and all modern comforts.

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Breakfasts and lunches will be taken on site, in the gardens, terraces and other common areas of the village, or in the privacy of each accommodation, as you wish.

As part of this “vacation”, it will of course be about “working”, moving forward on our topics, discovering others during the technical sessions, and meeting new people. Since its creation in 2016, the CIRIR has grown a lot both in number of members and in skills. These sessions will involve strengthening our ties, taking stock of who is who and who does what in the two branches that makes up the CIRIR, the “historical” branch of Research and the more recent Restitution branch which begins to spread.

The technical sessions are taken place in the afternoons. They mix the presentations of both the “Research” and the “Restitution” teams. I insist on the fact that unlike a classic congress, it is not a question of limiting ourselves to the presentation of “results”, but also of presenting ideas and projects with the aim of nourishing and promoting them and gaining support and audience.

Oral communications and posters will be on the program. Posters will be displayed for the duration of the event. They will also be visible online on our website.

Morning activities will be free and / or organized on specific theme upon request, depending on the means available and the participants. They could include mini geological field visits, geological walks in town (Rochechouart, Pressignac, Chassenon), visit of the Archaeological Park of Cassinomagus, of the Contemporary Art Museum and Rochechouart Castle, of the impact museum at “Maison de la Réserve”, and of the CIRIR facilities …

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For those interested, I propose to organize a “field trip” following the congress. Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested.

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Finally, if some of you wants to take the opportunity, I can also organize a “sample selection party”, following the event. I remind you that sampling the cores from the drillings in the sites of the Reserve is subject to prior approval of the scientific council of the Reserve. CIRIR provides assistance with the paperwork. Yet it takes some time and cannot be done during the stay. Core screening does not require prior approval and you can stay as long as you like at the CIRIR sample library. Please let me know as soon as possible if you want to combine a stay at the CIRIR facility with your participation to the congress.

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This congress-festival is aimed primarily at CIRIR members and their companions. Within the limits of availability, it will be accessible to non-members with priority for those offering communication.

At a later stage, I will provide you with further details and with the practical instructions for registering and for the preparation of communications (summaries and posters).

Last but not the least: “finance”. The remaining charge to be borne by the participants for the 6 days – 5 nights all inclusive (congress, meals, entertainment, accommodation and local transport) will be reduced as much as possible. It will not exceed 400 euros per person.

We are counting on your indulgence with the organization. It should be nice but not comparable to 5-stars accommodation and Michelin 3 stars meals. We will likely experience technical difficulties with the internet and more. But we will adapt and with your support and that of the local CIRIR partners, I am convinced that we will make this event a memorable experience that we will want to repeat.