Southeast European MS Congress

Host city

20-22 May 2022 Belgrade

Southeast European MS Congress

Belgrade, Serbia

About Belgrade

Belgrade (Beograd, meaning white city) is the capital and the largest city of Serbia. It is situated in South-Eastern Europe, at the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers, where the Pannonian Plain meets the Balkans. The city has a population of about 1.8 million people and its territory is divided into 17 municipalities. Today it is the capital of Serbian culture, education, science and economy. As a result of its tumultuous history, Belgrade has for centuries been home to many nationalities.

Local transportation

Belgrade city public transport is provided through a network of bus, trolleybus and tram routes run by GSP “Beograd” and bus services operated by private bus companies, on around 130 routes. Information on official local taxi providers could be found here: belgrademyway.com

The Victor
Pobednik

Saint Sava Temple
Hram Svetog Save

Sava River
Reka Sava

History

With its history of 7000 years, Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has since ancient times been an important focal point for traffic, an intersection of the roads of Eastern and Western Europe, an important strategic location. The area around the two great rivers, the Sava and the Danube, has been inhabited as early as the Palaeolithic period. Ancient sources provide the oldest known name for Belgrade – Singidunum – and the first written documents date back to the 3rd century B.C. The name of the settlement was preserved throughout the Roman rule. With the division of the Roman Empire in 395, Singidunum passed over to the Eastern Empire, i.e. Byzantium, and the name of the city gained a Greek sound: Singidon. Favoured by the weaknesses in the defence of the Byzantine border, the Slavs started frequently crossing the Danube in the 6th century and gradually settled the area. The stone-built fortress rising above the rivers was dubbed Beli grad (White City). The first record of the Slavic name Beograd dates back to 878, during the rule of the First Bulgarian Empire. Between the 16th and 19th century Belgrade is referred to with various names in different languages: Alba Graeca, Alba Bulgarica, Bello grado, Nandor Alba, Griechisch Weissenburg, Castelbianco... All these names, however, are translations of the Slavic word Beograd.

Defterdar's Gate
Defterdarova kapija

Belgrade Fortress
Beogradska tvrđava

There are over 5,500 streets, 32 squares and 16 plazas in the inner area of the City of Belgrade. The development of the street network started in 1867, after the Turks had departed, when the regulatory plan of Belgrade, drawn up by engineer Emilijan Josimović, was adopted. The oldest streets that have retained their original routes in the city are Vase Čarapića, Kralja Petra, Cara Dušana, Jevrejska, Narodnog fronta, Gavrila Principa and Karađorđeva streets. The oldest one is the Students Square, while the most famous one is the Republic Square. Knez Mihailova Street (the street of Prince Mihailo) is a pedestrian zone and a shopping area – protected by law as one of the oldest and most valuable monument complexes of the city, with a large number of representative buildings and urban houses built at the end of 1870s.

The first electric light was switched on in Belgrade in 1882, while the first train took off towards Niš (a Serbian city in the southern part of the country) from the Belgrade railway station in 1884. The first telephone rang in 1890, while the first cinema projection was held in 1896, just six months after the first projection by the Lumière brothers in Paris.

High above the Sava and the Danube confluence, on the rocky ridge which gives view of Novi Beograd (New Belgrade), Zemun and the wide plains of Pannonia, there lies Kalemegdan Fortress, the former historical and urban centre of Belgrade. This spatial complex consists of the Fortress (divided into Upper Town and Lower Town), and the Kalemegdan Park, the most beloved promenade by the people of Belgrade. Kalemegdan, the biggest and most beautiful park in Belgrade, is also the most important cultural and historical complex. The name Kalemegdan applies only to the spacious plateau surrounding the Fortress, which was turned into a park in 1880s. When the Fortress served as Belgrade’s chief military stronghold, the plateau was a place from which the enemy was kept under observation and where preparations were made for combat. Its name derives from the Turkish words kale (fort) and megdan (battlefield).

Discover Belgrade

To its visitors, Belgrade offers a rich programme of cultural, arts and sports events, many museums and parks and cultural and historical monuments. With its height of 79 meters in total, the Church of Saint Sava in Vračar represents one of the largest churches in the world and the largest one in the Balkans. Other significant areas and buildings include the National Museum and the National Theatre, Terazije area, the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the House of the National Assembly, the White Palace, the House of the Royal Family Karađorđević and the nearby Josip Broz Tito’s Mausoleum, “The House of Flowers”, which documents the life of the former Yugoslav president. Also worth visiting are the Residence of Prince Miloš, the Residence of Princess Ljubica, Captain Miša’s Mansion and “?” Café.

Ada Ciganlija is a former island in the Sava River, today an artificial lake and Belgrade’s biggest sports and recreational complex with about 8 kilometres of long beaches, cafés and sports facilities.



Nightlife

The city also has a good reputation for offering a rich nightlife. Many clubs that are open until early morning hours can be found all over the city. One of the most recognisable nightlife features of Belgrade are the barges spread along the banks of the Sava and the Danube rivers. A more traditional Serbian nightlife experience, accompanied by traditional music known as starogradska (roughly translated as old town music), can most commonly be gained in Skadarlija, the city’s old bohemian neighbourhood, where the poets and artists of Belgrade gathered in the 19th and the early 20th century. Skadarlija Street and the surrounding neighbourhood are lined with some of Belgrade’s best and oldest traditional restaurants (called kafana after the Serbian word kafa, meaning coffee), which date back to that period. Last year Belgrade was visited by over three million tourists from all around the world. We hope you will enjoy your stay and come back to see us again!

Sources: Tourist Organisation of Belgrade,
www.beograd.rs, www.avalskitoranj.rs,
www.hramsvetogsave.com, AstraTravel

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DATES
May 20-22, 2022

Friday, May 20, 2022
Scientific Sessions
Satellite Symposium

Opening and Welcome Words
Lectures Dinner

Saturday, May 21, 2022
Scientific Sessions
Satellite Symposium

Gala Dinner

Sunday, May 22, 2022
Scientific Sessions
Satellite Symposium

Congress evaluation
Awarding of certificates
Closing Ceremony

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Venue

Hotel Golden Tulip Zira Belgrade
Ruzveltova 35
11000 Belgrade, Republic of Serbia
Booking: (+33) 1 70 98 61 18
Call the hotel: +381 11 3314800
E-mail address:
reception@goldentulipzirabelgrade.com

HOTEL GOLDEN TULIP
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Congress Co-Organisers

The Serbian Association of Neuroimmunologists
Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade
Neurology Clinic of University Clinical Center of Serbia, Belgrade

The Serbian Association of Neuroimmunologists
Neurology Clinic - Clinical Center of Serbia
Faculty of Medicine - Univerity of Belgrade

Technical Organiser

Astra Travel d.o.o. (www.astratravel.rs)

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