Szeged is the third largest city of Hungary, the largest city and regional centre of the Southern Great Plain and the capital of Csongrád county. The city is situated on the bank of river Tisza. Due to the mediterranean climate, the southern location and the high number of sunshine hours annually, Szeged is often called City of Sunshine.
Szeged is an important university town, it is the higher education centre of southern Hungary and has built quite a reputation for itself. Thousands of students study here, many of whom are foreign students from all around the world. The University of Szeged was ranked as the best university of the country on Academic Ranking of World Universities – 2005, and one of the best 100 of Europe. The venue of the conference is the education and congress centre of the University of Szeged, opened to the public in 2004, in service of learning and teaching on an area of 25, 000 m2. The building accommodates one of Hungary’s most modern libraries with a collection comprising almost two million documents.
Szeged is one of the centres of the food industry in Hungary, especially known for its paprika, Szegedi Halászlé and Pick salami. Besides, Szeged is a cultural centre owing to the many cultural events – including the famous Szeged Open Air Theatre Festival -, and also a popular tourist attraction. Szeged offers a multitude of sights, for example the Votive Church, which is fourth largest church in the country; the monumental New Synagogue, which is famous for its painted glass windows; the neo-baroque City Hall; or the Reök Palace, an exemplary piece of Hungarian secession.