The city of Belgrade
Belgrade is the capital of Serbia and has about 2 million inhabitants. It is situated in South-Eastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula, at the crossroads of routes that connect Western and Central Europe with the Aegean and Black Sea, Turkey and the Middle East. Its coordinates are 44°49'14" of northern latitude and 20°27'44" of eastern longitude, 116.75 m above sea level (city center, middle of Knez Mihailova Street). Time zone is Central European - CET (GMT + 1 hour).
Belgrade lies at the point where the river Sava merges into the Danube, on the slope between two alluvial planes. The river waters surround it from three sides, and that is why since ancient times it has been the guardian of river passages. Because of its position it was properly called "the gate" of the Balkans, and "the door" to Central Europe. Along the ridge of the slope, from Kalemegdan, along the Knez Mihailova street, across Terazije to Slavija, stretches the main city traffic artery.
Belgrade has a moderate continental climate. The average annual air temperature is 11,9°C. Autumn is longer than spring, with longer sunny and warm periods. Winter is not so severe, with an average of 21 days with temperature below zero. January is the coldest month, with average temperature of 0.1°C. Spring is short and rainy.
Belgrade has a characteristic south-eastern and eastern wind called "košava", which brings fair and dry weather. It is most frequent in the fall and winter, lasting for 2-3 days with a speed of 25-43 km/h.
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Additional points of interest:
The Botanica Garden „Jevremovac“ is only 1.5 km away from the Congress venue and can be reached by foot in 20 minutes. The farewell party will be held here. Slavija square is 2km away from the Botanical Garden and can be reached by foot in 25 minutes or by tram line 10. The Farewell Party will be organized here. The Botanical Garden is home to over 1300 species in the open area and over 1000 tropical and Mediterranean species in the greenhouse. The special curiosity of „Jevremovac“ is the Japanese garden.
Faculty of Biology is right next to Congress venue and can be reached by foot in few minutes. Scientific activity at the Faculty of Biology is carried out at three institutes: the Institute of Zoology, the Institute of Botany and the Institute of Physiology and Biochemistry. The basic scientific activity of the Faculty of Biology is carried out through various programmes of fundamental research covering a rather wide range biological disciplines and scientific areas.
Institute for Biological Research „Siniša Stanković“ or „IBISS“ for short is located near the south bank of the Danube river and is fairly close to the city center. From the Congress venue, IBISS can be reached by foot (2.5km/30 min walk) or by bus lines 32E and 43. From Slavija square, IBBIS can be reached by foot (2.5km/30 min walk) or by bus lines 33 and 48. The Institute for Biological Research 'Siniša Stanković' in Belgrade is the leading multidisciplinary scientific institution in Serbia in the field of biological sciences. This year IBISS is celebrating 75 years from its founding.
Maps that can help you to reach main points of interest by public transportation or foot (check PRACTICAL ISSUES for additional info about public transportation prices).