COST TU1207 meeting in Prague, Czech Republic on 2-4 November 2016

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Local Organising Committee

Pavel Ryjáček (Chair)
Associate Professor

Ludvík Kolpaský
Jan Vůjtěch

Faculty of Civil Engineering
Czech Technical University in Prague
Thakurova 7/2077
166 29 Prague 6 - Dejvice
Czech Republic


Programme at a glance
Venue: All meetings will be held at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering (Thákurova 7, Praha 6).

Wednesday 2 November


Arrival and Registration



Session chairs: Maurizio Guadagnini, Pavel Ryjáček

Welcome: Pavel Ryjáček

Introduction of activities: Maurizio Guadagnini


Session 1


Coffee Break


Session 2


Management Committee Meeting




Boat cruise on the Vltava River, banquet

 Thursday 3 November

08:30 – 09:00

Arrival and Registration


Session 3


Coffee Break


Session 4 - parallel

Session 4 – parallel


Lunch (Masarykova kolej)


Session 5 - parallel

Session 5 – parallel


Coffee Break


Session 6


Closing session



Banquet at the Strahov Monastic Brewery


Friday 4 November

08:30 – 09:00

Arrival and Registration


ESR Meeting

Core group meeting



Lunch (Masarykova kolej) and laboratory visit

About Prague

Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is the 15th largest city in the European Union. It is also the historical capital of Bohemia. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava River, the city is home to about 1.26 million people, while its larger urban zone is estimated to have a population of nearly 2 million. The city has a temperate climate, with warm summers and chilly winters.

Prague has been a political, cultural, and economic centre of central Europe with waxing and waning fortunes during its 1,100-year existence. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, Prague was not only the capital of the Czech state, but also the seat of two Holy Roman Emperors and thus also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire and after World War I became the capital of Czechoslovakia. The city played major roles in the Bohemian and Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years' War, and in 20th-century history, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era.

Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter, Petřín hill and Vyšehrad. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

The city boasts more than ten major museums, along with numerous theatres, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. An extensive modern public transportation system connects the city.

For facts and details see the CIA Factbook or the wikipedia article about the Czech Republic. From the wide range of travel and tourism information sites on the Czech Republic and Prague, we recommend the official Czech tourism site and the site of Lonely Planet.

How to get to Prague
Travelling from Prague airport
Shuttle bus: Regular shuttle buses to the centre of Prague: Everyday scheduled operation, 30-minute intervals. 
Bus lines: 119: Prague Airport - Nádraží Veleslavín (metro line A) - 15 min
                        100: Prague Airport - Zličín (metro line B) - 18 min
Airport express: Prague Airport - Prague Main Train Station (metro line C and connection to SC, EC, IC and EN trains) - 35 min

Meeting venue:

The meeting will be hosted by the Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering (Thákurova 7, Praha 6). The meeting venue is located in the university campus in Prague, on the metro station (10 minutes to the Prague center, the main train stations are within 20 minutes range by Metro) and near the Prague Airport (30 minutes by bus).


How to get to the meeting venue

The easiest and most sustainable way to travel in Prague is the public transport. The public transport in Prague is clean, safe and mostly commendable. For the public transport information use the trip planner of local transportation company DPP.
The venue destination is bus, metro and tram station Dejvická (see map)

Travelling from the airport: take the public bus 119 to Nádraží Veleslavín, change there for the metro line in the direction Depo Hostivař or Skalka. The ticket fare is 32 CZK for 90 min.

Travelling by train: from the Prague Main Station take the metro line C in the direction to Háje or Kačerov, change at first stop Muzeum to line A in the direction Nemocnice Motol or Petřiny. The conference venue is near to the Dejvická station.

Travelling by car: you can park your car in the streets around Faculty of Civil Engineering building, but it is necessary to pay for the parking, as the parking zones were recently introduced. You can use also the underground parking in the National Technical Library across the street from the meeting venue.



Three possible hotels are selected here, they are close to the meeting venue and reasonably priced. However, there are plenty of hotels in Prague, for other locations, the server is recommended.

 1/ Masarykova Kolej 3*
    Thákurova 1, Prague, 160 41, distance 400m

2/ Hotel International Prague 4*
    Koulova 15, Praha, 160 45, distance 800m

3/ Vienna House Diplomat Prague 4*
    Evropská 15, Praha, 16041


Lunches and coffee breaks will be provided by the local organiser. Details will be given later.


Visiting tours and dinners on the evenings of Wednesday 2 November and Thursday 3 November have been organised by the local organiser but will have to be paid directly by the participants at the meeting. Participants will be requested to pay in advance for their dinners at the registration desk to avoid complications and delays at the venue.

Participants are asked to express their interest to attend the social event using the link to the google document circulated by the local organizer so as to best plan the evening events. Please submit your preference no later than 17.10.2016:


Wednesday 2 NovemberBoat cruise on the Vltava river in the Prague centre, view on the Prague castle, Charles bridge etc., with the banquet and drinks the boat, drinks, certified guide Price: 35 Euro

Thursday 3 November: Banquet   at the Strahov Monastic Brewery , combined with the walk to the dinner across the Prague castle (app. 1h, 2 km). Includes banquet, local special beers , visit of the mini-brewery, music. Price: 35 Euro