Karl-Franzens-University is the second-oldest and second-largest university in Austria. It was founded in 1585 by Archduke Karl II. About 32.500 students are currently enrolled at the university, which is divided into six faculties. Nine Nobel prize laureates lived and worked in Graz, amongst others Erwin Schrödinger and Victor Franz Hess as well as other renowned scientists as Leopold Biwald, Ludwig Boltzmann, Ernst Mach or Alfred Wegener. Here you may find a plan of the whole University campus.
The conference venue is the baroque castle "Meerscheinschlössl" in Mozartgasse 3. The contemporary building dates back to 1706. The paintings in the central hall are from the Italian Baroque painter Giulio Quaglio the Younger. Since 1914 the building has been used for educational purposes.
The city and its sights are within walking distance from the university. The best way to explore Graz is by foot, however the excellent public transport network in and around Graz allows you to be completely flexible.
Travelling to Graz:
Airport Graz Thalerhof: about 15 km south of Graz; connection to city via bus, train or taxi (ca. 20 min);
regular direct flights from: Amsterdam, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Istanbul, München, Stuttgart, Wien, Zürich.
In addition there are charter flights to several other destinations, see summer flight schedule 2018 (only in German).
The airport shuttle service runs by Grazer Verkehrsbetriebe from the airport direct to your hotel.
Vienna International Airport: about 200 km north of Graz; transfer to Graz by train, or bus (about 2,5 hours)
A very comfortable and cheap possibility is to use the Flixbus to travel from Vienna to Graz.
by train or bus:
Main station “Graz Hauptbahnhof”: Take Bus 58 towards "Ragnitz" and get off at "Mozartgasse".
More information here.
A detailed description is given here.
Attention: Parking near the university campus is rather expensive.
Accomodation and meals:
Different categories of hotels are available in the city centre. The university can be reached by foot or bus within 15 min. Several restaurants near the university offer lunch at reasonable prices.