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Conference Venue

The conference will be held at The Smolenice Castle, less than 100 kilometres from Bratislava, the capital of Slovak Republic.

The Castle is situated on the foothills of the lovely Little Carpathians. It was built up in the half of 15th century, but it was destroyed during the Rákóczi's War of Independence and Napoleanic wars. In 1777, count János Pálffy from Pezinok inherited the entire Smolenice but did not reside in the castle due to its poor condition and lack of money for rebuilding it. The castle was only rebuilt up in the 20th century, by order of the count József Pálffy. The architect Jozef Hubert projected the new castle by using the Kreuzenstein castle near Vienna as a model, and the works were controlled by the architect Pavol Reiter from Bavaria. During its construction there were masters from Italy, Germany, Austria and Hungary, and 60 workmen from Smolenice and nearby villages. The main building has two wings and a tower, and is made of ferroconcrete. The castle was damaged in the spring of 1945 during the World War II, and in that same year the state became the owner of it. Some reconstructions have been made after 1950, and since June 26, 1953 the castle is property of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. The castle serves now as a conference centre, and it is only opened to the public in the months of July and August. [from Wikipedia]


Accommodation for all participants of the conference will be provided directly at the Smolenice Castle.

Smolenice castle location map and GPS navigation (48.513644,17.432545):