International Stereoscopic Union
14th World Congress 

May 28th to June 2nd, 2003
Besançon (France)




We are now ready to announce our 2003 ISU Congress. It will take place in the "Kursaal" of Besançon, in the East of France. Besançon has no international airport, but is not far (less than 150 km) from Geneva or Bale-Mulhouse int’l airports. It is easy to reach from Paris by fast trains, some of them direct from the Paris-CDG International airport, in two and half hours.

Besançon is a very old city located at the foothill of Jura mountains, primarily built in a loop of the river Doubs. The narrow southern end of this loop is closed by a steep hill on which a big citadel was built, allowing the city to grow during the middle ages.

The city developed during many centuries within the river loop, but started to extend out the loop in the 18th century, and is now a medium size city (120,000 inhabitants) with a world wide famed industry (watches, electronics, precision mechanics… and a first rank university.

Besançon is the birthplace of many great people, such as the poet and novelist Victor Hugo (1802) and the philosopher Pierre Joseph Proudhon (1809), and, more interesting for us, the brothers Auguste (1862) and Louis (1864) Lumière, who created the cinema, the stereo cinema, the colour photography (autochromes) and the "photostéréosynthèse", a process for making stereo pictures which can be viewed without special glasses.

Map of Europe
Mep of Central Europe Besançon and vicinity

The "Kursaal" was built in the core of the city in 1892, as a circus with a brasserie and gamble rooms. The business did not work long, so that the city bought the building and started restoring it since 1980. They decided to use it for public shows by the city and by other cultural societies.

There is an auditorium with 300 seats, but this one was supposed to be too small for our stereo projections, it will be used for new technology 3d shows such as cinema, video, computer animation... In the gallery around this auditorium, 3D images such as SIRDS, holograms, anaglyphs, lenticulars, can be displayed.

The stereo projections will be held in the upper large (26 meters diameter) and finely decorated (19th century paintings on the ceiling) room. Three other large rooms (over 1000 sq ft each) can be used for equipment and image shows, and two smaller ones (600 sq ft each) for workshops and meetings. There is also a bar for drinks and rest.

There are many hotels within a walking distance from the Kursaal (500 rooms in the 2 and 3 star range), and many small or larger restaurants with tasty regional cuisine all over the old city. Other hotels (also 500 rooms in the 2 and 3 star range) are located in the suburbs.

Out of the stereo slide shows, the congress will include a full-day excursion and several shorter guided tours in the historic city, in the Museum of Time which is presently under restoration, and in the Citadel. These excursions will be excellent opportunities for bringing back home plenty of original stereo pictures.

Keep note of the dates of the congress : May 28th to June 2nd, 2003, at Besançon (France).

If you want some additional services in France, after subscribing to the congress, our tour operator Sylver-Tours, who is already in charge of managing the registrations, the excursions and the hotel booking for the congress ( can also book train tickets, other hotels in France, rental cars etc. for you.

We provide you with the following documents:

PDF Introduction to the Congress
PDF The Excursions at the Congress
PDF Congress Registration Forms
PDF View a Map of Besançon
PDF Kursaal Theater Map
PDF Tentative Schedule
PDF Equipment Competition

The Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded free of charge: 

Registration Forms are available for download (see box above).

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