September 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
September 11, 18:00
A bus will be waiting for the conference participants and it will bring them to Saulėtekis Ave. 5
Venue: Scholarly Communication and Information Centre of Vilnius University Library, Saulėtekio Ave. 5, Vilnius
REGISTRATION, Theater Hall, Vilnius University Central Building
Wednesday 9, 16:00
EXHIBITION OPENING, White Hall, Vilnius University Library
Universiteto str. 3, Vilnius
Thursday 10, 19:15
The White Hall is an integral part of the old Observatory. It was designed and built by the celebrated Lithuanian architect and astronomer, Vilnius University professor, Tomas Žebrauskas. He began the project for an astronomy observatory in the autumn of 1752. The White Hall was used to house astronomical instruments, to present lectures, and to carry out meridian observations. Now this hall belongs to the Vilnius University Library, and is a reading-room for professors. The hall, decorated with old astronomical instruments and globes, is also a venue for exhibitions.
CONCERT, The Church of St. Johns, St. John the Baptist and St. John the Apostle and Evangelist, VU old campus
Sunday, September 13 19:30-21
Today, Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is one of the most frequently visited cities of Eastern Europe. It draws attention, not only because of its unique architectural character, but also by its cultural events and attractions. It is also the largest city of the country.
Vilnius occupies an area of about 400 square kilometres of which 20.2% approximately is developed, and the rest is green space (43.9% approx.) and water (2.1% approx.). The historical centre of Vilnius, the Old Town, (Senamiestis) is one of the largest old town centres in Eastern Europe (covering almost 360 hectares). The Old Town is situated in a picturesque valley of two rivers – the Vilnia and the Neris, at the crossroads of trade roads, next to the ford, which was guarded by Vilnius castle in the olden times.
About Vilnius University
The University of Vilnius, one of the oldest and most famous establishments of higher education in Eastern and Central Europe, was founded in 1579. Functioning for a long time as the only school of higher learning in Lithuania, it was a preserver of cultural and scientific traditions, and has played a significant part in the cultural life not only of Lithuania, but the neighbouring countries as well. During more than four centuries of its existence, the University of Vilnius has seen periods of growth and decline, revival, and closure. The University is a unique witness to the history of the Lithuanian state.
The University of Vilnius has 12 faculties, 7 institutes, 4 study and research centres, the oldest Library in Lithuania, 3 university hospitals, an Astronomical Observatory, a Botanical Garden, a Centre of Information Technology Development, and the Church of the Sts. John.
About Vilnius University Library
Established in 1570, Vilnius University Library is the oldest and the richest Lithuania‘s academic library of the national significance, representing the University and the entire country. This historic library, situated in the unique architectural ensemble stands out by its significant heritage collections, which have a great value for science, education and culture. Opened in 2013, the Scholarly Communication and Information Centre of Vilnius University Library is one of the most modern libraries in Lithuania. It is a place for studies, research and communication open for everyone.
Vilnius University Library serves the University’s community, citizens of Vilnius, residents of Lithuania and foreign visitors.
The Library safeguards the great rarities of Lithuania’s cultural heritage, such as the oldest printed book held in Lithuania, an incunabulum “Opus de universo” by Maurus Rabanus (Strasbourg, 1467) and one of the two original copies of the first printed Lithuanian book Martynas Mažvydas “Catechism”.
For many years a visit to the Library has been an important item on the agenda of the great officers and statesman. The royal family of Belgium, Prince of Wales Charles, Pope John Paul II, the spiritual leader of Tibet Dalai Lama, the queen of Netherlands, members of the Spanish royal family and many others paid their visit to the Library.