The next conference in this series will be held in Grenoble, France, 21-27 July 2011
The last conference in this series was held in Manchester, England, 19-25 July 2007
Krakow is one of the largest and oldest cities in Poland, with a population of 756,336 in 2007. The historic
centre of Krakow, the former capital of Poland, is situated at the foot of the Royal Wawel Castle. The 13th-century
merchants' town has Europe's largest market square and numerous historical houses, palaces and churches with their
magnificent interiors. Further evidence of the town's fascinating history is provided by the remnants of the 14th-century
fortifications and the medieval site of Kazimierz with its ancient synagogues in the southern part of town, Jagiellonian
University and the Gothic Cathedral where the kings of Poland were buried.
Krakow has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish scientific, cultural and artistic life.
As the former national capital with a history encompassing more than a thousand years, the city remains the spiritual
heart of Poland. It is a major attraction for local and international tourists, attracting seven million visitors annually.
Famous landmarks include the Main Market Square with St. Mary's Basilica and the Sukiennice Cloth Hall, the Wawel Castle,
the National Art Museum, the Zygmunt Bell at the Wawel Cathedral, and the medieval St Florian's Gate with the Barbican
along the Royal Coronation Route. In 1978, UNESCO added Kraków's historic centre, which includes the Old Town, Kazimierz
and the Wawel Castle to the list of World Heritage Sites.
To make a virtual visit to Krakow, take a look at:
www.krakow.pl or www.krakow-info.com