About Budapest

Budapest is in every way the centrepiece of Hungary, serving not only as the political and transportation hub of the country, but also as its most important nexus of commerce, culture, music and industry. Cut cleanly in half by the Danube River, this city has a storied legacy that spans the rise and fall of many empires and political agendas.

Budapest was not always the conglomerate city it is today; rather it was once two cities on either side of the Danube: eastern Pest (pronounced: Pesht) and western Buda. They converged in the late 19th century though the lines of division can still be both in architecture and terrain. The hilly region of Buda is home to Castle Hill and numerous medieval structures that attract tourists. Meanwhile, Pest has embraced modernity and the age of industry and globalisation.

Budapest's rich heritage has garnered a great deal of international attention, and the city's beauty is undeniable. The UNESCO World Heritage list includes Castle Hill and Andrassy Avenue in Buda, and across the city visitors have access to a wealth of museums that chronicle the region's history and diverse culture.

The dining scene in Budapest is gaining momentum as well. Restaurants are moving beyond mere Hungarian staples to cater for broader culinary interests. In recent years, restaurants have branched out across the city, and international fare is served alongside local favourites.

Entertainment here is a first-class affair. Prestigious operas are staged in the Opera House, with an impressive variety of classical music on the agenda throughout the year. Hungarians appreciate the formality of such affairs, and many of their festivals and public holidays draw locals and tourists alike to formal balls and lavish banquets.

Locals claim that Budapest hasn't changed in centuries, a fact that, amazingly, rings true despite the wars and tumultuous history that this city has lived through. Whether seeking grand architecture or a simple escape into the backcountry of the Danube Delta, there's something here for everyone.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Conference Dates:

June 19 – 20, 2014 (Opening Reception: June 18)

June 18, 2014 (Junior Day)

Deadlines:

Early Bird registration deadline March 1, 2014

Abstract submission deadline May 1, 2014

Online registration deadline May 15, 2014