The conference takes place in the middle of Slovakia, in Nový Smokovec (New Smokovec).
Nový Smokovec is a tourist and recovery-recreational settlement situated in the High Tatras, close to Starý Smokovec (Old Smokovec). It is an administrative part of the town Vysoké Tatry (High Tatras). The settlement is an archaeological locality. Remains from an iron ore mine were found while building up the settlement about 2 km south-east on the left bank of the Slavkovský Creek. The mine is from the late iron era called Lathene. The question of origin of the iron ore is still not solved.
The settlement originally consisted of two sanatoria of Dr. Mikuláš Szontagh (1843 - 1899) used for tuberculosis patients. Some of the oldest buildings from the year 1875 still stand near to the new health care centre.
The New Smokovec was the first settlement in the High Tatras that was open also in winter (since 1883). The first cinema was open in 1913. The current sanatorium for tuberculosis and other respiration illnesses was open in 1925 and a modern sanatorium-house Palace was open in 1933. A large habitation area Sibír was built in the western end of the settlement in 1958 and new hotels were added close before the World Ski Championship in 1970.
Both scientific program of the conference and accommodation will be provided in the hotel Atrium. It is located directly near the main road No. 537 from Starý Smokovec to Štrbské Pleso. This modern, reconstructed hotel at the base of Slavkovský Peak will enthrall the visitors with its unusual circular architecture. From the hotel rooms one has a beautiful view of the Tatra peaks or of the Sub-Tatra basin bathing in the sun.
The hotel offers free Internet access in the whole building.
Novy Smokovec 42
Vysoké Tatry 062 01
GPS: 49.137700, 20.215000
tel.: 00421 52 44 22 342
mobil: 00421 903 990 105
fax.: 00421 52 44 22 304
The breakfasts, lunches, welcome party and conference dinner will be served in the Atrium Hotel. In the hotel will be located also the registration desk, computer room and the organizing committee secretariat.