Austria, a country of science - Vienna, a congress city
Austria is located at the center of the “new” Europe and thus of a population of more than 497 million people. Due to its geographic location, the country has optimal links to the new member states of the European Union.
Its capital Vienna has established an outstanding reputation as a conference city. International surveys confirm year after year that Vienna ranks among the most popular congress destinations in the world, offering all the infrastructure and professional services necessary to successfully organize the World Congress of Neurology.
Statistics from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) demonstrate Vienna’s international competitiveness as a conference destination. According to ICCA figures, the Austrian capital hosted a total of 147 international events in 2006, easily defending its number one ranking ahead of Paris with 130 and Singapore with 127 events.
Vienna is not only a very clean city, it is also very safe. With its extremely low crime rate, according to the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2007 Austria is the safest country in the world.
WCN 2013 delegates can feel at ease exploring the many facets of this metropolis.
Since the days of the Habsburg empire, Austria has had a long tradition of excellent scientific and medical research: Alfred Adler, Theodor Billroth, Sigmund Freud, Constantin von Economo, Karl Landsteiner and Ignaz Semmelweis are part of this proudhistory.
Visitors can enjoy great sounds at the Vienna State Opera and the Volksoper, enjoy music at the Musikverein and Konzerthaus concert halls, or be captivated by hit musicals and jazz clubs.
The exceptional environs of the city should also be kept in mind, including the Vienna Woods and the famous amusement park, the Prater, with its world renowned giant Ferris wheel.
The Austrian economy is stable, and the country uses the Euro as currency (Austria is a member of the Euro Zone). Congress organizers need have no concerns about unpredictable costs; Austria’s inflation rate is low, as is its unemployment rate.