on Reliable Software Technologies
Geneva, 25-29 June 2007
ACM SIGAda 2007
Annual International Conference on
Software Development for Safety, Security,
and High Reliability Systems
4 - 8 November 2007
at Washington DC, USA official website
At the crossroads of
important communication roads linking the Mediterranean
Sea to the North of Europe, Geneva is a town of exchanges,
ideas and trade.
In 1387, the Bishop of Geneva Adhémar
Fabri granted his fellow-citizens some liberty within the
commune. He gave them the right to govern their city and
encouraged the trading business by authorizing the pratice
of obtaining a loan, payable with an interest, which at
the time was severely condemned by the Church.
In the 16th century, came the Reformation:
Jean Calvin was called to Geneva. He had the genius of elevating
Geneva to the rank of a «Protestant Rome ».
Rousseau and Voltaire, two of the
most important philosophers of the « Siècle
des Lumières » (18th century) were living in
Geneva. The writings of the first, « Citizen of Geneva
», inspired the French Revolution.
The international vocation
of Geneva prospered again to excel during the 18th century
due to important Protestant bankers. The 18th century also
witnessed the expansion of the watchmaking and gold industry.
Today, Geneva is considered as one of the most important
trading places in the world.