The end of summer is traditionally heralded by a variety of conferences which aptly illustrate the evolving range of “business tourism” on the Côte d’Azur. Europe£s most dynamic laser conference and the world’s largest fundamental optics conference, for example, will be held at the Acropolis in Nice from September 10-15. The European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) concentrates on the engineering and applications of lasers and electro-optic devices while the concurrent European and International Quantum Electronic Conference evaluates more fundamental research in non-linear optics, lasers and quantum optics. The combined CLEO/Europe-IQEC 2000 includes lectures, workshops and presentations detailing the latest developments in quantum electronics, optics, photonics, lasers and electro-optics. For additional information go to www.cleoeurope.com. Monaco, meanwhile, hosts a “High-Performance Investing” conference from September 12-14 which will enable qualified investors to meet with participating managers in a small group setting to discuss strategies, trends and concerns. The “High-Performance Investing” conference features a special tutorial presentation by Andrew W. Lo, a professor of Finance at MIT in Boston, and seminars with themes like “Macro Investing: Are Reports Of Its Demise Exaggerated?” and “The Mixed Grill: Due Diligence Discussions Between Investors and Managers.” Participants include executives representing Bank Julius Baer, The Chase Manhattan Bank, Deutsche Asset Manager, HSBC Republic Bank, and Swissedge Services. For additional information go to www.imn.org/2000/a251/. Other conferences during the first half of September include MICAM 2000, an academic course on the “Integrated Management of Coastal Areas in The Mediterranean,” which is underway in Sophia Antipolis until September 15; the European IT Forum, which will be held in Monaco from September 9-11; and the Congress of the International Psychogeriatric Association, which is expected to attract 1,000 participants to the Acropolis from September 9-14. In Cannes, the annual pleasure boat festival is taking place from September 6-11 while General Motors Opel is occupying the Palais des Festivals until September 20. More than 12,000 concessionaires from fifty countries will be present to participate in the launch of a new range of GM models.