DSTI-Les-Templiers-Nice-Sophia-Antipolis

DSTI @ Sophia Antipolis – Our Campus

Data ScienceTech Institute - Campus Les Templiers - Nice Sophia-Antipolis

In the heart of the largest European Technology cluster!

  • Preparing your mind: Applied Mathematics for Data Science coursePreparing your mind: Applied Mathematics for Data Science course
  • Opening your mind: Visual Journaling workshopOpening your mind: Visual Journaling workshop
  • Amazing your mind: Conference with Gregory Piatetsky-ShapiroAmazing your mind: Conference with Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro
  • Widening your mind: Conference with Pr Robert Plana - GE DigitalWidening your mind: Conference with Pr Robert Plana – GE Digital
  • Disconnecting your mind: a night out at the Blue Lady Pub - AntibesDisconnecting your mind: a night out at the Blue Lady Pub – Antibes
  • Feeding your mind: Canteen at Data ScienceTech Institute - Les TempliersFeeding your mind: Canteen at Data ScienceTech Institute – Les Templiers
  • Resting your mind: the relaxation roomResting your mind: the relaxation room
  • Cleaning your mind: the gymCleaning your mind: the gym

Our Sophia-Antipolis campus, which is also DSTI headquarters, sits in the largest European technology cluster, often called the “French Silicon Valley”. Colloquially called “Sophia”, the park hosts R&D units from multi-national companies (Amadeus, Thales Underwater Systems, Cisco Systems or HPE to name a few), global institutions (W3C, ETSI) and a thriving ecosystem of teaching (Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis, Skema Business School) and research (INRIA, CNRS, INRA).

Sophia is slightly inland from Antibes, its nearest costal city and is essentially a beautiful pine forest. Antibes is our recommended place to stay, as it’s so international that you may sometimes come across someone who speaks French! This is even more true during the spring and summer seasons, with all the boat crews coming from all over the world for a pint in the (in)famous Blue Lady Pub.

DSTI campus, called “Les Templiers”, breathes of IT history: the premises were built by and for Digital Equipment Corporation and after its merger with Compaq and then Hewlett-Packard, was known to be occupied by both HP and Amadeus. It was also the very first building in the whole park to have a dedicated optic fibre connection in the early 90’s. Bill Gates is known to have visited there a few times, arriving by helicopter from Nice Airport (the campus does have an heliport) during this golden era! Today, “Les Templiers” is a multi-tenant building, with DSTI of course but also quite a few IT companies working in the travel industry thanks to the dynamics of the Amadeus ecosystem.

A few perks:

  • Eating: The campus hosts its own canteen, offering a pretty nice three-course meal for 8 euros as well as a snack bar for sandwiches and nibbles. You can also walk accros the road to the “Espace Saint-Philippe”, with its supermarket, restaurants, delicatessen and a Subway!
  • Discovering: You have the whole French Riviera to visit: Cannes, Nice, Monaco to name a few. But also thanks to a unique geography, as well as the beautiful beaches, you are only 1 hour away from 3 skying resorts in the winter, Valberg being the nearest and most “homely”! The wonders of Provence are also by your doorstep: Marseille is a couple of hours away by train and its 21st century rebirth is a must-see! You cannot be in Sophia and not visit the Verdon Gorge, considered one of Europe’s most beautiful river canon (here for a Flickr overview). But why limit yourself to France when the Italian border and its stunning Riviera is less than one hour away?!
  • Nearby banking & Accommodation: The “Espace Saint-Philippe” has an international branch of a large European bank where English is spoken and a student residence hall called “Thesa”, which is affordable and practical for coming to DSTI, if a little quiet.
  • After classes: “Anima Sana In Corpore Sano” right? Well there’s a nicely equipped gym in the campus, and it’s free so no excuse then! Of course, as the typical working week of a DSTI student is made of 50hrs dedicated to science and technology, you still have “plenty” of opportunities to go to the beach with a nicely chilled bottle of Provence Rosé wine and just enjoy being there. For the club lovers, Nice is very (too?) lively but don’t discard Monaco too: albeit the “name”, it’s sometimes cheaper to go out (in style of course) there! And if you are more a “mountain” person, the National Park of Mercantour and it wonders can be accessed with a bus starting from Nice (around 1h30 drive).

INRA’s donkeys

INRA Donkeys

The campus is right next to the Sophia Agrobiotech from INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique) and they have a pack of beautiful and cuddly donkeys that you can go and pat after a maths-heavy class! The campus has a large park with walking paths, sun lougers, hammocks and even a “pétanque” field!

DSTI as one!

DSTI as one

Our two campuses are HD connected and classes are given to both campuses simultaneously! DSTI is one, of your geographical location! You can see Alain Bravo, Chairman of our Scientific Advisory Board, giving an inaugural speech from the Paris Campus and students from Sophia listening.

Outdoor lunches!

DSTI is down the street

Look at the temperature “record highs” on Wikipedia: there’s always a day when we can lunch outside, listening to the wonderful water jet from the campus pond. Granted this one above was easy: it was taken on September 23rd 2016!