Following are the locations of various events and venues:
(Photo credit: Wiener Volkshochschulen GmbH)
The conference is hosted by the VHS Wiener Urania. The Urania is located picturesquely at the confluence of the river Wien (Vienna) and the Donaukanal (Danube Canal) and directly at the famous Ringstraße, a circular road surrounding Vienna‘s old city. Its terraces offer lovely views of St. Stephen’s cathedral and Vienna’s historic center to the Southwest, the Wiener Riesenrad (Viennese giant ferries wheel – one of Vienna’s landmarks) to the Northeast as well as the easternmost extension of the Alps to the Northwest.
The venue can be easily reached from Schwedenplatz subway station, and is an eight minute walk from Landstraße/Wien Mitte subway and train station, from where you can get to Vienna International Airport within half an hour.
The Urania in 1910 (Photo credit: Austrian National Library)
The Urania was founded as a public observatory. Today it serves as a Popular University and is one of the most important providers of further education in Austria, in particular with its participation in the program “University Meets Public”. The Palace was built in neo-baroque style by architect Max Fabiani, a student of Otto Wagner, and was opened in 1910 by the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I. During the ensuing period, celebrities like Albert Einstein, Thomas Mann, or Max Planck gave lessons there. While the observatory is still in use, the main building underwent renovation and was equipped with modern annex wings and glass claddings, providing the building with plenty of natural light.
The venue lies in the old city and is within easy walking distance of numerous famous attractions, such as the Hofburg Palace (housing e.g. the Austrian National Library, the Museum of Ethnology, or the Imperial Treasury), the Vienna University Library, the City Hall, the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Art History, the State Opera, the Secession, the City Park, Belvedere Palace, the Prater, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and many Viennese Coffee Houses.
Dachsaal, Urania (Photo credit: Wiener Volkshochschulen GmbH)
Venue and Conference Facilities
All panel sessions, the workshop session, and keynote lectures 2-4 will take place in the “Dachsaal” (top floor hall), which is equipped with a sound system, microphones, and a video beamer. The poster session, all breakouts and coffee breaks will take place in the foyer of the Dachsaal. In addition, the Urania has its own cafeteria and restaurant, serving drinks, snacks and local dishes from 9 am till late. Wireless internet access will be provided for all participants in the whole building. The venue is equipped for people with disabilities.
Foyer of the Dachsaal, Urania (Photo credit: Wiener Volkshochschulen GmbH)
Registration and Conference Opening Venue
The registration and the conference opening which includes keynote lecture 1 will be held in the “Haus der Begegnung Leopoldstadt” in the 2nd municipal district, directly at the Praterstern (subway and train station). The venue lies on an island surrounded by the Danube and the Danube Canal and was part of the former Jewish quarter and early modern ghetto. It is equipped for people with disabilities.
VHS WIENER URANIA
Phone: +43-(0)1-712 61 91
Fax: +43-(0)1-712 61 91-53
HAUS DER BEGEGNUNG LEOPOLDSTADT
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