The conference will be held in the FORT SCIENCE (Interactive Science Centre Of Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic) between 30 June to 2 July 2019. The University has a strong tradition in plant hormone chemistry.
Olomouc is a charming, historic and largely undiscovered city in Moravia, situated about 2 hours by train east of Prague and an hour north-east of Brno.
Olomouc is easily reached from Prague, Vienna or Brno international airports. If you arrive at Prague, take an airport shuttle bus (Airport Express) or a cab (which is more expensive) to Prague railway station (Praha Hlavní nádraží). There are many direct trains every day from Prague to Olomouc (distance 252 km; travel time about 2.5 hours). For train times and prices, visit www.idos.cz.
Olomouc’s nearest international airport is Brno Airport, roughly 63 km from Olomouc (40 min by car). There are also airports at Ostrava and Pardubice, which are in easy reach of Olomouc by train or bus.
If you travel by car, there is a highway (D1) from Prague to Olomouc through Brno. The journey takes approx. 3 hours. From Vienna to Olomouc via Brno approx. 2.5 hours. In order to use the highway you must buy a highway sticker (valid for a year, a month or 10 days), which can obtained at the border, post offices or petrol stations. See www.viamichelin.com.
Czech Republic is a member of the European Union. The participants from particular countries are required to have valid visa. Please take your passport as a personal identification document even when being an EU citizen. Countries, whose citizens are required to have visa, are listed at www.mzv.cz. If you need a letter of support from the organizers for your visa application, please contact us as soon as possible.
In Olomouc we have an efficient and reliable public transport system (trams and buses) operating until 1:00 a.m., seven days a week. Tickets cost 14 CZK and you can buy them at the train station, tobacco shops or ticket vendors. See www.dpmo.cz.
The Czech currency is Czech Crown (česká koruna), abbreviated as CZK (Kč). Czech Crown is fully convertible to EUR, USD, CHF, JPY and many other firm currencies. In hotels, major restaurants and shops, credit cards (e.g. Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc.) or EUR are accepted as indicated at the entrances. The Czech currency can be obtained from ATP using your credit or debit cards as well as in many exchange offices in the town, at the airport or in banks elsewhere.
The prevailing continental climate is characterized by warm summers. The average summer temperature is between 20 and 25 °C in June/July. There might be an occasional shower, so it is advisable to bring a jacket for day/evening time and an umbrella. For actual information on the weather in Czech Republic see www.yr.no.
Olomouc, today a city of more than one hundred thousand citizens, is situated in the heart of the Haná region, and has long been one of the most important cities in Moravia. Its recent designation as a county seat is but the logical development of the city as a cultural, societal and economic centre, whose history has already been written about for centuries.The city is placed 200 km north from Vienna and/or 240 km east from Prague.
First written document mentioning Olomouc dates from 1055. As for its history and importance in the past, Olomouc can be compared only to Prague. It is the best-preserved historical city of Moravia, having the second largest urban reservation area, next to Prague.
A well-preserved pattern of medieval streets is protected, too. The city centre boasts a unique piece of monumental baroque sculpture and architecture – the Holy Trinity Column. In 2000, the Column appeared on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List, being the tenth Czech monument to be honoured this way. The impact of the Roman-Catholic Church on the city life and its spiritual, political and economic development has always been immense. The Bishopric of Olomouc was founded as early as 1063 and the importance of the city grew after it was promoted to the Archbishopric in the 18th century. Numerous church buildings and monuments are a proof of this fact. Olomouc has always been an important centre of learning and culture in Moravia. Beside, Olomouc is a home of the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Museum of Regional History, Archdiocese Museum, Musical Theatre, Museum of Arts, numerous choirs, chamber orchestras and bands, and many small galleries.
Olomouc is also proud of its six Baroque fountains. Five of them depict Roman gods Jupiter, Mercury, Triton, Neptune and Hercules, and one depicts Julius Caesar, the legendary founder of the city. More iformation are available at www.olomouc.eu or www.tourism.olomouc.eu
The Haná region
The Haná region is one of the most attractive parts of the Czech Republic. The Conference organizers are willing to help organize other trips around the region. Brochures about the Olomouc region can be downloaded from strednimorava-tourism.cz. The most interesting places the participants could visit include the following:Read more
- Botanical Garden, Faculty of Sciences, Olomouc
- The Nový Dvůr Arboretum
- The Bílá Lhota Arboretum
- Archbishop’s Palace in Olomouc
- Veteran Arena in Olomouci, private museum of historical cars
- Museum of Historical Carriages in Čechy po Kosířem
- Handmade Paper Mill and Paper Museum Velké Losiny
- Folk Architecture Museum in Příkazy
www.hanackeskanzen.cz | www.olomouc.eu | youtube.com
- The pumped-storage Dlouhé Stráně Hydro Power Station
www.dlouhe-strane.cz | CEZ.cz/en
- Litovelské Pomoraví Protected Landscape Area, well-preserved alluvial forests
- The Jeseníky mountains, trails for both hiking and biking
- Bouzov Castle, a fairy-tale, fully furnished castle
- Šternberk Castle
- Helfštýn Castle, blacksmith workshop
- Austerlitz (Slavkov), memorial to the Battle of the Three Emperors (1805)
- The Zbrašov Aragonite Caves, deepest abyss of the Czech Republic
- The Javoříčko Caves, the second largest system of caves in the Czech Republic
- The Mladeč Caves with the oldest relics of Homo sapiens sapiens in Europe (40 000 years old)
www.czechtourism.com, www.caves.cz | Nature 435, 332-335 (2005)
- Botanical Garden, Faculty of Sciences, Olomouc