The international conference ISFR 2017 will take place in campus of VSB – Technical University of Ostrava in building of Nova aula (NA, New assembly hall). It is a modern complex of halls and lecture rooms used for tuition, conferences, congresses and social events of all kinds. It is equipped by high tech audio-visual technique and Wi-Fi access.

The building is situated near tram and bus stops of public transport to city centre and other important transfer terminals such as railway stations Ostrava - Svinov and Ostrava, Main Station. The large capacity carpark is situated just besides the building of assembly hall.

Map of university campus

About Ostrava & university

Czech Republic

The city of Ostrava which is located in the north-east of the Czech Republic few kilometers from the border with Poland. It is the third largest city in the Czech Republic with the population around 300 000. In the past, it was a coal-mining and metallurgical centre. Since 1989 the city of Ostrava has undergone radical and far-reaching changes. Industries have been thoroughly restructured, and the last coal was mined in the city in 1994. The city's industrial past lives on in the Lower Vítkovice area, a former coal-mining, coke production and ironworks complex in the city centre boasting a unique collection of historic industrial architecture. Lower Vítkovice has applied for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Since the 1990s Ostrava has been transformed into a modern cultural city, with numerous theatres, galleries and other cultural facilities. It hosts a wide range of cultural and sporting events throughout the year. Among the best known are the Colours of Ostrava multi-genre music festival, the Janáček May classical music festival, the Summer Shakespeare Festival and NATO Days. Ostrava is home to two public universities: the VŠB-Technical University and the University of Ostrava. In 2014 Ostrava was a European City of Sport. The city co-hosted (with Prague) the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in 2004 and 2015.

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VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava

University has long tradition in high quality engineering. It provides tertiary education in technical and economic sciences across a wide range of study programmes and courses at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral level. The study programmes stand on a tradition going back more than 165 years, but reflect current, state of the art technologies and the needs of industry and society. Education is organized within 7 Faculties and 3 All-University Study Programmes.

  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics
  • Faculty of Mining and Geology
  • Faculty of Metallurgy and Material Engineering
  • Faculty of Safety Engineering

Almost 20,000 students study at these faculties. The smooth operation of the University is ensured by its capable staff of almost 2,000, with tuition being provided by over 900 lecturers. VŠB -Technical University of Ostrava is a public university. The main part of the university is located at the campus in Poruba. VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava has strong results in intellectual property protection of R&D output. It has partner universities, research institutions and exchange opportunities on 6 continents.

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How to reach

The city of Ostrava is easily accessible via Leos Janacek Ostrava airport (20 km from Ostrava), John Paul II Cracow International Airport (160 km from Ostrava), Vienna International Airport (300 km from Ostrava) and Vaclav Havel International airport in Prague (380 km from Ostrava). The best way how to get to Ostrava is by railways whether airport as a gate to central Europe you choose. You comfortably get to Ostrava – Svinov or Ostrava – Main Station.

The assembly hall of VSB – Technical University of Ostrava, where symposium ISFR 2017 will be held, is situated in district Ostrava – Poruba nearby Ostrava-Svinov railway station. If the hotel, where you are accommodated, is in the city center, it is more convenient to arrive at Ostrava – Main Station. From the city center, you easily get to university by public transport such as by tram no. 8 or eventually no. 7 and 17.

Visa Information

Generally Citizens of Countries listed in web link below need a valid visa to visit or transit any country in the Schengen area, including the Czech Republic. Nationals of certain other countries must have travel insurance, but do not need a short-stay visa (uniform - visa, 90 days). Those requirements might change. For specific information and to be certain, please look up the visa information provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic or contact the Czech representations in your country.

Websites of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic with informations about visa and list of countries which visa need.


The conference secratariat recommends following hotels. Symposium visitors can book the specified offers and prices by indicating the key word: ISFR 2017 in their reservation.

Please book the hotels at your earliest convenience, because the room capacity for the special price is limited.

Hotel Garni VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava

This hotel is in walking distance to the university campus and the assembly hall where the conference is held.
Single room 700 CZK/night (26 EUR)
Double room for single use 760 CZK/night (33 EUR)
Prices include breakfast and 15 % VAT.
For room reservation contact the hotel via its email: with key word ISFR 2017 in subject.

Imperial Hotel Ostrava

Single room 1700 CZK/night (63 EUR)
Double room 2000 CZK/night (74 EUR)
The prices include 15 % VAT, buffet breakfast, free entry to hotel wellness centre, fitness centre and wi-fi access.
For room reservation, please, contact the hotel directly via its e-mail: with key word ISFR 2017 in subject or by phone number: +420 599 099 717.

Mercure Ostrava Center Hotel

Standard double room for single use 74 euro/night
Standard double room (double, twin) 80 euro/night
Prices include breakfast and 15% VAT.
For room reservations please use the enclosed form and contact the hotel via its email with subject password ISFR 2017.

Park Inn by Radisson Ostrava

Standard Single room 1800 CZK/night (67 EUR)
Standard Double room 2100 CZK/night (77 EUR)
The prices include buffet breakfast, 15 % VAT, wi-fi access, free entry to Fitness and Wellness centre.
For room reservation use the enclosed form and contact the hotel directly via its e-mail with key word ISFR 2017 in subject.

Clarion Congress Hotel Ostrava

Single room Superior 1600 CZK/night (60 EUR)
The price include buffet breakfast, 15 % VAT, local taxes and further wi-fi access, set for hot drinks preparation, set for ironing, dressing-gown and slippers, parking.
For room reservation contact the hotel directly via their email: with key word ISFR 2017 in subject or via phone number: +420 596 702 807.

Technical program

Lower Vitkovice

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The tour will be held on 12th of July from 11:00 a.m (the tour to Lower Vitkovice is parallel with the tour to Auschwitz). The price for the tour is 25 euro. It includes entrance fee, 200 minutes’ tour guided in English language (combined Blast Furnace Tour and Coal Tour), lunch.

Lower Vítkovice (Dolní oblast Vítkovice) is a national site of industrial heritage located near city centre of Ostrava. It includes an extensive industrial area Vítkovice ironworks with a unique collection of industrial architecture. It is a set of three successive parts - coal mine, coke ovens and blast furnace operations which has become a symbol of Ostrava called Ostrava Hradčany, after Hradčany, the Castle District of Prague. It was transformed into an industrial museum offering adventurous tours into industrial processes such as pig iron production with a 30-minute adrenaline experience at the top of blast furnace, coal mining and coke making. The museum complex includes Science and Technology center; exhibition halls and a very interesting architectural and technical curiosity, with funny details from the history and construction - Multifunctional Auditorium Gong, which was a gasholder in origin. The area Lower Vitkovice is registered in the list of European cultural heritage, and was placed on the Czech Republic's list of tentative UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2001 under the name The Industrial Complexes at Ostrava. More information at:

Auschwitz, Poland

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The tour will be held on 12th of July with initiation time early in the morning (the tour to Auschwitz is parallel with the tour to Lower Vitkovice). As the excursion in the museum starts at 8:00 a.m. in Poland, the departure for this tour from Ostrava is early in the morning at 6:45 a.m. from VSB – Technical University. The price for the tour is 25 euro. It includes transport to the museum in Poland and back to Ostrava, VSB – Technical University, entrance fee, 210 minutes’ tour guided in English language, lunch.

All over the world, Auschwitz has become a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust. It was established by Germans in 1940, in the suburbs of Oswiecim, a Polish city that was annexed to the Third Reich by the Nazis. From early 1942 until late 1944, transport trains delivered Jews and other people to the camp's gas chambers from all over German-occupied Europe, where they were killed with the pesticide Zyklon B. An estimated 1.3 million people were sent to the camp, of whom at least 1.1 million died. Others deported to Auschwitz included 150,000 Poles, 23,000 Romani and Sinti, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war, 400 Jehovah's Witnesses, and tens of thousands of others of diverse nationalities, including an unknown number of homosexuals. Many of those not killed in the gas chambers died of starvation, forced labor, infectious diseases, individual executions, and medical experiments. More information at:

Tip for trip

Prague, Czech Republic

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Before you leave the Czech Republic, the organization team recommends to visit the capital - Prague.

Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava river. Prague is classified as an "Alpha-" global city according to GaWC studies. Prague ranked sixth in the Tripadvisor world list of best destinations in 2016. Its rich history makes it to be a popular tourist destination, and the city receives more than 6.4 million international visitors annually. Prague is the fifth most visited European city after London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. More information at:

From Ostrava to Prague there is a comfortable train connection ensured by 72 trains every day. The journey takes around 3,5 hours and the ticket costs from 8 – 13 euro. For capacity reasons, we recommend to book your ticket in advance directly on web sites of railway companies: České dráhy, REGIOJET, LEO Express.