Registered participants will receive specific joining instructions two weeks before the conference. In the meantime, we hope you find the following, more general, ECSM Practical Information helpful.
The Pedagogical University of Kracow (PUK) founded in 1946 is nowadays the largest and one of the oldest pedagogical universities in Poland. It has long been prized for a well-deserved reputation. The achievements of numerous generations of the teaching staff and students (over 150 thousand graduates), as well as the efforts of the employees, who want to continue modern education responding to the challenges of the twenty-first century, as well as cooperation with the renowned academic institutions in Europe, have formed the present University.
The mission of the University is reinforced in scientific research and development according to the highest European standards in several dozen fields of studies. The variety of educational programmes on offer at the University – constantly being adapted to the needs of the labour market – is truly impressive. It includes dozens of fields of studies at the first and second degree levels, Ph.D. degree studies and postgraduate studies in five faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Education and Psychology and Faculty of Art.
The conference ECSM will be held by the Institute of Law and Economics, Department of Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation.
It is easy to reach Krakow – it has always been located at the junction of important trade routes, at the crossroads of cultures and political influences; nowadays, it is considered the most important tourist destination in Poland. A network of railway, road and airline connections, along with Balice – the second largest airport in the country with respect to size and number of passengers – make Krakow one of most accessible cities in this part of Europe. Further amenities – starting with the A4 motorway through attractive connections with the rest of the world provided by low-cost airlines and up to a special railway line transporting visitors from Balice to the city centre and a well-developed municipal transportation network – open up numerous opportunities for tourists who come here from all parts of the world.
It is worth remembering that Krakow is the capital of Małopolska – a partially hilly upland region with numerous spa, recreational and agritourism locations. Both in the summer and in winter, a visit to the city can be easily combined with a trip to the mountains. Additional help with independent sightseeing is provided by free mobile applications (for devices with GPS and with Bluetooth
technology). They also play an important role at the innovative route in Poland – the Royal Way for Handicapped Tourists – equipped with amenities for tourists with movement disabilities,as well as the blind and visually impaired. All services of this type are available in at least two languages (Polish and English).
It is worth adding that, on account of the unprecedented concentration of tourist attractions, the distances among a majority of them (in the Old City and the Kazimierz district) are within walking distance; if necessary, an extensive tram network ensures the possibility of quick transfer from one point to another – during rush hours, this means of transportation is probably quicker than a taxi. Ticket sale machines located at key tram and bus stops also provide tourist information, up-dated on an on-going basis.
Key locations for the 10th European Conference on Social Media - ECSM in Krakow, Poland, are shown on this google map: