Leading philosophers from all around the world will gather in Prague next
week for the International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of
Science and Technology. The four-year event, organised by the International
Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, will take place
at the premises of the Czech Technical University in Prague’s Dejvice.
One of the three main lectures will be delivered by Heather Douglas, a world-known philosopher of science best known for her work on the role of values in science, the importance of science for policymaking, and the history of philosophy of science. The motto of this year’s event is "Bridging across academic cultures".
Prague’s Congress Centre is to get a major makeover. The Spanish
architecture studio OCA won a competition to design to overhaul of the
large building, which looks across the Nusle valley to the city’s New
The project will cost hundreds of millions of crowns and should begin in three years’ time. Prague’s mayor, Adriana Krnáčová, said the Congress Centre had been frequently criticised in the past for its not particularly sexy appearance and that it had not been easy to pick a winner in the competition to redesign it.
Around 3,500 academics have gathered in Prague for a conference of the European Sociological Association. Due to run until Friday, it is the biggest such conference ever held in Europe. The eminent Polish-born sociologist Zygmunt Bauman gave the opening address on Tuesday evening, while other speakers will include Christopher T. Whelan and Arlie R. Hochschild. The theme of the 12th ESA conference is Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination.
Two men and a woman in wheelchairs rappelled down the 25-meter high wall of the Congress Center in Prague on Saturday, as part of the “Pojď dál” festival marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Jedličkův Institute for children with physical disabilities. The three disabled sportspeople were aided by professional mountain climbers as they scaled down the wall. They originally requested to go down one of the supports of the nearby Nusle bridge, but did not receive permission. The day-long festival also featured a rich musical and artistic program.
English singer-songwriter Sting will be performing at Prague’s Congress Center on Saturday evening. The former frontman of the rock band Police is currently touring Europe with his Back to Bass tour. The concert in the Czech capital has been sold out for weeks. Along with his band and jazz singer Jo Lawry, Sting will be performing classics such as “Every Breath You Take“ as well as new material in front of some 3000 visitors. Back to Bass, which marks the 25-year-anniversary of his solo career, kicked off in the UK on February 5th.
Last week, some 600 Shakespeare scholars came to Prague for the 9th World Shakespeare Congress, an international academic events that has previously been held in such cities as Brisbane, Berlin or Los Angeles. Among the guests was the Australian scholar Peter Holbrook, a member of the International Shakespeare Association’s Congress Committee and author of a book titled “Shakespeare’s Individualism.” In this interview, he speaks about his central thesis, Shakespeare research in different countries and what his experience at the congress has been
Currently underway in Prague is the 9th World Shakespeare Congress, a six-day event that brings some 600 literary historians and other scholars to the Czech capital. It was jointly organized by the National Theater and Charles University and is entitled “Renaissance Shakespeare: Shakespeare Renaissances.” One of the local congress organizers, Charles University’s Prof. Martin Procházka, speaks about the highlights so far, what significance the congress has for Charles University and what its mission is.
The 6th World Shakespeare Congress got underway in Prague on Sunday. The six-day event, held under the auspices of Czech President Václav Klaus, is entitled “Renaissance Shakespeare: Shakespeare Renaissances”. The congress is organized by the International Shakespeare Association together with Prague’s Charles University and the National Theatre, will draw some 600 literary historians, theatre experts, historians and other scholars to the Czech capital, including the leading Czech Shakespearean expert, professor Martin Hilský.
Tourism is one of the biggest industries in Prague, with millions of people visiting the Czech capital every year. One important element of the business is “convention tourism”, when visitors come to attend conferences, seminars and trade fairs. The Prague Convention Bureau promotes congress tourism in the city – I discussed its activities with marketing manager Andrea Libová.
Prague will host the 61st congress of the International Astronautical Federation in 2010, the Czech Space Office announced on Monday. The agreement was signed this month at federation’s 59th congress in Glasgow. The IAF congress, last held in Prague in 1977, will be attended by 1500 to 2000 scientists from around the world. The Czech Republic is also set to join the European Space Agency by the end of this year.