After Helsinki, Gdansk, Cracovie, Prague, the General Meeting 2008 of the Erasmus Students Network has taken place for the first time in France, in Besançon from March, 17th to 23rd. The Worldwide General Meeting 2008, organized by the Association of the International Students of Besançon (AEIB) is the most important event for the Erasmus programme that celebrates this year its twenty years.
The program of the International Conference of Territorial Intelligence, Besançon 2008 includes the visit of the Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans on Saturday, October 18th. The Royal Saltworks of Arc et Senans is at 35 km from Besançon and Dôle, in the heart of Franche Comté.
The Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, near Besançon, was built by Claude-Nicolas Ledoux. Its construction, begun in 1775 during the reign of Louis XVI, was the first major achievement of industrial architecture, reflecting the ideal of progress of the Enlightenment. The semicircular complex was planned to reflect a hierarchical organization of work. It was to have been enlarged with the building of an ideal city, but that project was never constructed.