The 20th Apple Expo Paris takes place from September 16-20 2003 at its regular home, the Porte de Versailles.

Apple will open the event with a keynote at the Palais des Congres on September 16 at 10am (9am GMT), as it did in both 2002 and 2001. Apple CEO Steve Jobs delivered the keynote last year. As is its custom, Apple has not yet announced who will deliver the company's message to Europe.

Out in force Europe's Mac industry is expected to turn up in force. Over 250 exhibitors are set to attend the event, with special-interest areas dedicated to business, video, audio, health, education, as well as a dedicated Games Arcade.

The inclusion of an area for Mac-using health professionals reflects a French trend: "Statistics show that in France alone the Mac is being used by up to 25 per cent of doctors, 15 per cent of dentists and 12 per cent of physiotherapists and nurses," Apple claims.

The education area offers an OS X lab, a mobile computing area and a Teacher room.

Discussing the importance it attaches to education, Apple's Web site says: "The Expo promises to be a fascinating experience for everyone using new technology in the classroom. This is a great opportunity to discover more about Apple and its mission to bring the best to education. At Apple we dream about a world where all students reach beyond their potential to discover their own special genius."

Apple Expo 2003 also promises free conferences on photography, video, games and music. Apple is now accepting registrations for the show.