City of Wrocław
Wrocław is a capital of the Lower Silesia region and one of the largest academic, scientific, business and cultural centers in Poland. The population of the city is of about 750 000 residents (including 150 000 students of universities and colleges) and about 1 200 000 residents including the surrounding towns and villages.
It is a charming, 1000-years old city located on the Odra river (with as many as 12 islands and 112 bridges), not so far from the Polish-German and Polish-Czech boarders. Its long history – as it is usual for boarder regions - is very complex and interesting, which is reflected by beautiful architecture of the city.
Today Wrocław is a modern and fast developing city, which was selected as the European Capital of Culture 2016 and European Best Destination 2018. It was proudly hosting Global Forum 2010, UEFA Euro 2012, FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship 2014, World Games 2017, and many other prestigious international events.
With about 35 universities and colleges Wrocław is one of the most popular place to live in for high school graduates - not only from Poland, but also from other European countries and other continents. It is also one of the largest business, financial and R&D centers in Poland. Together with its surrounding (the Lower Silesia region) it is one of the most favorite locations in Poland for branches of world-leading companies, e.g. Google, Nokia, Opera Software, LG Electronics, Toshiba, Amazon, Ryanair, 3M, Henkel, BASF, Volkswagen, General Electric, Volvo, Whirlpool, Rigaku, Linde, Credit Suisse, Credit Agricole, and many, many others.
The meeting will take place in the Congress Center of the Wrocław University of Science and Technology, which is located in a walking distance from the Old Town – a historic center of Wrocław, in the vicinity of Plac Grunwaldzki (Grunwaldzki Square) – one of the major transport nodes and an important commercial site. It is easily accessible by public transport from the main railway and bus stations and numerous hotels, hostels and dormitories, available for visitors e.g. via Booking.com, Airbnb.com etc.
The area of the Congress Hall has 620 seats in total and can be divided into smaller modules with a theater-style arrangement for plenary and parallel sessions. It is air-conditioned and fully equipped with variable light, sound and recording systems, multimedia projectors and free wifi network, making it a very modern and comfortable conference hall.
Wrocław is easily accessible by plane from a number of European airports (direct flights from France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, UK, Ukraine), by regular as well as low-cost airlines. Full list of destinations is available on the Wrocław Copernicus Airport (WRO) web-page.
Travelers landing at the Wrocław Copernicus Airport can reach the city center by taxi or by shuttle bus Wro Airport Express, which operates on the route Airport - Plac Dominikański (the city center) - Dworzec Wrocław (the main bus and railway station). A ticket costs 10 PLN (to be paid directly to the driver by cash or by debit/credit card) and the journey takes about 30 minutes.
The city center can be reached also by municipal bus (lines 106 during the day and 206 at night, single-ride ticket for 3,40 or 3,60 PLN to be purchased by debit/credit card in vending machines located on bus stops and inside the buses, direction "Dworcowa"). Their route ends up at the main railway station (bus stop "Dworcowa").