Toulouse & Region Occitanie


The capital of the 2nd largest region of France “Occitanie”, Toulouse is an internationally renowned centre for the aeronautical industry and the birthplace of the on-board systems and ICT (Start City label), which hosts the world’s leading companies as Airbus, ATR, Thales, Actia, Evotec and NXP Airbus.


Toulouse attracts professionals working in research and innovation from all over the world thanks to a large number of cutting-edge businesses in the aeronautic, IT and space industry, numerous research institutes, as well as start-ups in all sectors.

This European hub of technology is the site of four knowledge hubs: Aerospace Valley; Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation; Cancer-Organic-Health, represented by the “Oncopole”, the largest cancer research centre in Europe, and Pôle Eau for water.

The Région Occitanie possesses major advantages: 233 000 students, 29 400 researchers and quality laboratories with close links to an innovative industrial base. With 3.7% of its GDP dedicated to R&D, the region exceeds European targets and has numerous remarkable science sites, such as the world-known “Pic du Midi” Observatory, the Station for Theoretical and Experimental Ecology of Moulis, the Solar Furnace of Odeillo-Font Romeu, as well as extraordinary technological realisations such as the Airbus A380 assembly line.

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