ISEP XIII - Preliminary information

Last update: 30 August 1999

The next meeting of the International Society for Evolutionary Protistology (ISEP XIII) is scheduled to be held on July 31 - August 4, 2000 in Ceske Budejovice (Budweis in German), Czech Republic, which is the regional capital of South Bohemia, and is located approximately 150 km (90 miles) south of Prague. The local organizer is Dr. Julius Lukes ( from the Czech Academy of Sciences and the University of South Bohemia.

Some comments from Julius:

The meeting will be organized by the Institute of Parasitology, Czech Academy of Sciences and the Faculty of Biology, University of South Bohemia, which are located on a small campus in Ceske Budejovice. Registration fee for participants is expected to be US$250 or equivalent, for students and accompanying persons $125. The registration fee covers: the Symposium documents, proceedings, midday meals, coffee and tea refreshments, as well as the Welcome and Get-Together parties, at least one of which will be held in a medieval castle. Hotel Gomel, where 50 rooms have been preliminary booked, charges $30 per single room and $45 for double room (breakfast included). Student accommodation can be arranged in the campus for $5 to $10 per night (breakfast not included).

Transportation is no problem. The nearest international airports are Prague (distance of 90 miles) or Vienna (about 150 miles). Ceske Budejovice is connected with both capitals by fast trains and buses. Transport from the Prague Ruzyne airport with a van and institutional car will be arranged.

During the field trip we could visit Cesky Krumlov, a beautiful and extraordinarily well preserved medieval town (UNESCO heritage town) about 15 miles from Ceske Budejovice, and majestic Schwarzenberg castle (pictured) with a park, hunting museum and gallery next to it, all located in Hluboka, just 7 miles off the campus. Alternative routes can be planned to visit the nature of well-preserved National park Sumava-Boehmerwald on the border with Austria and Germany, about 50 miles distant from C. Budejovice.

In August the weather is warm and pleasant. The campus is within walking distance from the historic centre of Ceske Budejovice (Budweis in German) (bus lines are available). The town has 80,000 inhabitants and is a tourist centre of South Bohemia, which I, as a local patriot, consider the most beautiful part of the Czech Republic. There are many hotels of all categories, to my knowledge starting from about $30 per night. You can eat in nice local restaurants for prices considered very cheap by Western standards.

The town is world-famous for its beer - Budweiser, which is served not only in several renaissance and Gothic pubs but almost everywhere. The price for a half litre of good beer is only about 50-70cents!

We hope to see you next year in Ceske Budejovice!