26 Apr - 29 Apr '19

5th ELPAT Congress: Developing Dialogue - Pioneering Practice


5th ELPAT Congress: Developing Dialogue - Pioneering Practice

Dedicated to the ethical, legal, and psychosocial aspects of transplantation and donation

Venue Information
The 5th ELPAT Congress will be held at two venues in Krakow, see below for details.   JULIUSZ SŁOWACKI THEATRE  The Juliusz Słowacki Theatre erected in 1893, was modeled after some of the best European Baroque theatres such as the Paris Opera designed by Charles Garnier and named after Polish poet Juliusz Slowacki. A vast Gothic complex of medieval hospital and monastery together with its church of the Holy Spirit had been demolished to make room for what was then a state-of-the-art playhouse.  Most of all the huge painted curtain with the allegory of tragedy and comedy has gained enduring fame as an outstanding work of art. Apart from its primary theatrical function the Juliusz Slowacki Theater has always served as an all-purpose public venue. It long doubled as the Krakow opera house and occasionally substituted for a congressional center. The theatre is located in the centre of the Old Town and within walking distance of most of the hotels. Please see on this link where the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre is located.   AUDITORIUM MAXIMUM Auditorium Maximum is a modern conference and teaching facility opened in 2005. It is located in close proximity to the city centre and most hotels.  It is part of the Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364, and one of the oldest European universities. Among the most prominent students of this university were Nicolaus Copernicus, whose heliocentric theory of the universe revolutionised our vision of the world, and Karol Wojtyła, later elected to become Pope John Paul II. Currently, the Jagiellonian University is composed of 15 faculties, including three medical ones, which returned to the Alma Mater in 1993 and now form the Medical College. Please see on this link where the Auditorium Maximum is located.  
Travelling Information



Krakow, is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Situated on the Vistula River, the city dates back to the 7th century. Krakow was the official capital of Poland until 1596 and has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, economic, cultural and artistic life. Cited as one of Europe's most beautiful cities,Krakow is one of the most unique destinations in the world and its Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The city has grown from a Stone Age settlement to Poland's second most important city.  With the establishment of new universities and cultural venues,  Krakow reaffirmed its role as a major national academic and artistic centre. The city has a population of approximately 760.000, with approximately 8 million additional people living within a 100 km (62 mi) radius of its main square.



Kraków Airport (KRK) - also known as John Paul II International Airport - is the main airport, located in Balice, about 11 km from the city centre. The network of routes includes most European capitals and the largest airline hubs.
Krakow Airport website: www.krakowairport.pl/en

Alternatively, Katowice Airport (KTW) is located about 100 km from the city of Krakow and has direct connections with over 30 destinations across Europe and Asia. ​
Katowice Airport website: www.katowice-airport.com/en

From Katowice airport Matuszek Buses run everyday:
Information and booking: www.matuszek.com.pl/

The Main Railway Station (Dworzec Główny) is situated in the northern part of the Old Town. The city has direct railway connections with most of the bigger towns in Poland, Germany, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic.
There are several daily fast train connections with Warsaw (the capital city of Poland). The journey takes a little over 2 hours.

The biggest bus station is situated at Bosacka Street, next to the Main Railway Station. Tickets can be bought at newsagents or from ticket machines at bus and tram stops.
For planning your trip by public transport use: https://jakdojade.pl/krakow/trasa/?locale=en

Many national roads and motorways intersect in Krakow, among others the A4, which runs directly from the German border. The speed limit is generally 140km/h, and there is a Polish Zloty 18 toll each way between Kraków and Katowice.


The official currency in Poland is the Polish Zloty (PLN).
Credit cards: Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted; American Express is also accepted but to a lesser extent.

​National holidays (just before and after the ELPAT congress):
21 & 22 April Easter, 1 May Labour day, 3 May Constitution day.
On these days, the vast majority of shops and chemists are closed and for the museums the situation depends on the individual museum.

Poland is a member of the European Union so citizens of EU countries do not require a visa. Poland is also part of the Schengen Agreement; therefore citizens of countries within the Schengen Area do not require visas either.
Letters of invitation can be provided upon request for participants who have registered and paid the conference fee.