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May 16, 2022
Conference CANCELLED
(due to financial reasons)
April 1, 2022
Abstract submission

April 15, 2022
Abstract acceptance notification

April 30, 2022
Early-bird registration & payment

May 31, 2022
Regular registration & payment

June 12-16, 2022
Workshop chair
František Lofaj
tel: +421-55-7922407
L. Kvetková
tel: +421-55-7922426
Institute of Materials Research of the Slovak Academy of Sciences
Watsonova 47
04001 Košice

IIW7 will be held in the Smolenice Castle which is a Congress center of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. The Smolenice Castle is located at the foothills of White Carpatian mountains near the village Smolenice, around 60 km from Bratislava and 80 km from Vienna airport.

Smolenice Castle Smolenice Castle


The first written document related to Smolenice dates to 1388 when King Sigmund had issued a Deed of Donation donating Smolenice to Ctibor of Ctiborice. In 1438, the owner of Smolenice became Count George from Pezinok and Svaty Jur. Early in the 16th century, Smolenice had been owned by the Orszagh and Erdody families but in 1777, Smolenice was taken by Jan Palffy. Because the Palffy family did not live there, the castle had decayed over time and it was turned into ruins by the devastating fire during the Napoleon Wars.

Smolenice Castle Smolenice Castle

Although the first works on the reconstruction of the castle started with the fortification walls already in 1887, the true reconstruction according to design by the architect Jozef Hubert occurred only in the early 20th century by Jozef Palffy Jr. The works on reconstruction were interrupted during the World War I and they were not finished prior to the end of War Wold II. In 1945, the castle was nationalized and taken over by the Slovak National Council. Its reconstruction was finally completed and it was handed over to the Slovak Academy of Sciences on 26 June 1953 to become a representative place for the meetings of scientists from around the world.

Congress Centre of SAS

Smolenice castle shelters the Congress Centre of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (CC SAS). Each year, numerous international congresses and symposiums organized by scientific institutions of the SAS take place here. The CC SAS has facilities for regular meetings as well as accommodation and catering of the participants. The Congress Room has around 100 seats, 120 seats are available for catering and 82 beds in single-, double- and three-bed rooms are available for accommodation. Adjacent to the castle is an English park and White Carpathian mountain ridge with numerous possibilities for walking and hiking. Upon request, the CC SAS can provide cultural program involving folk and/or classical music performances, historical castle games as well as wine tasting and other activities to improve the social level of the events.

Accommodation & Catering

The participants will be accommodated directly in the Smolenice Castle. The accommodation corresponds approximately to 3 stars level with a bathroom in each room. Please, note that the number of single-bed rooms is limited and room sharing, especially among younger among participants, is anticipated.

Additional accommodation is available in Smolenice village at approximately 2 km walking distance.

All meals and social events will be arranged within the premises of the castle.

The price for accommodation and catering during the conference is included in the conference fee.