About Warsaw

Warsaw is located in east-central Poland, in the heartland of the Masovian Plain, and lies on the banks of the Vistula river (Wisła). Vistula crosses the city on a north-south axis, dividing it into two parts, usually referred to as the left bank (Polish: lewy brzeg adj. lewobrzeżna Warszawa) and the right bank (Polish: prawy brzeg adj. prawobrzeżna Warszawa). Historically, the right bank was the first one to become populated, during the 9th or 10th century. However, the present city's central district, called Śródmieście lies on the left bank. Warsaw is a county (powiat), and is further divided into 18 districts (dzielnica) and the conference will be held in Ochota. Warsaw has a continental climate, with warm summers, crisp, sunny autumns and cold winters.

September mean temperature is 13,3ºC (daily mean about 18ºC, night 8,6ºC ), and precipitation 42 ml.

The most important tourist sights are the Royal Castle at The Old Town, the Royal Łazienki Park, the Wilanów Palace, Warsaw Rising Museum, Chopin Museum, POLIN Museum (Museum of the History of Polish Jews), Copernicus Science Centre, Palace of Culture and Science.

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How to get there

By air: Warsaw is served by two airports: Chopin Airport (IATA: WAW) (also known as 'Okecie') for major airlines, Modlin Airport (IATA: WMI) handles the low cost traffic. The best option to reach the WULS (SGGW) place from the Chopin Airport is the bus. There is line 148 that provides access to Ursynów (get off the bus at the stop: Ciszewskiego 04). Warsaw city center can be reached by the bus lines: 175 and 188 during the day and N32 at night. The fare is PLN 4.40 one-way (and the reduced fare is 50% of that) for all the lines (day and night). Terminal for buses and coaches is located on the arrivals level, in front of the south pier. 
Modlin Airport: there is an express shuttle service connecting Warsaw-Modlin Airport with Warsaw City Center. ModlinBus offers direct transport to Warsaw City Center (across from the main entrance of the Palace of Culture). Koleje Mazowieckie trains ofers transport to the City Center too. To get to the the Faculty of Biology Warsaw University  from the city center, you can utilise Warsaw's public transport system (ZTM), you can choose tram(Number 7, 9, 25) or bus.

By train: Warsaw has three stations for long-distance trains:  Dworzec Centralny or Warszawa Centralna (Warsaw Central), Dworzec Wschodni or Warszawa Wschodnia (Warsaw East) (on the right bank) and Dworzec Zachodni or Warszawa Zachodnia (Warsaw West). The best option is Dworzec Centralny (Warszawa Centralna) station, as it has best connections with all the places in the city (look at ZTM public transport map) . All long-distance trains pass through this station and all stop there. It is the only long-distance station underground. Remember that it isn't the last station on the route! 

By car: Warsaw lies in east-central Poland about 300 km (190 mi) from the Carpathian Mountains and about 260 km (160 mi) from the Baltic Sea, 523 km (325 mi) east of Berlin, Germany. Four European "E-roads" lead to Warsaw: E30 (A2), E77 (7), E67 under the unofficial name of Via Baltica, (A8), and E372 (17). The E-numbers are usually displayed on signs but it is best to know the national road numbers too, which are the numbers in parentheses. For details about the Polish motorway system including the list of toll roads look at gddkia.gov.pl you can also see this map. To plan your itinerary you can use your preferred map search engines.


There are plenty of opportunities in Warsaw. Please, check Booking.com, trivago.com or other commonly used site for making your reservation according to your taste and budget. Regions close to the conference venue are: Ochota, Mokotów, Centrum.

Below you will find an example list of accommodations that are reasonably close to the venue (or with good connection). It’s only a suggestion-list, no agreements have been taken with hotels. You can make your reservation directly through the hotel’s site or via Booking.com or trivago.com.

Novotel Warszawa Airport ****  –  1 Sierpnia 1, 02-134 Warsaw

Hotel Mercure Warszawa Grand ****  – Krucza 28 ,00-522  Warsaw

Metropol Hotel ***  – Marszałkowska 99a, 00-693 Warsaw

Hotel Harenda ** – Krakowskie Przedmieście 4, 00-333 Warsaw

MDM City Centre Hotel Warsaw *** – Pl. Kontytucji 1, 00-647 Warsaw

Congress Venue

Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw
Address Miecznikowa 1, 02-926 Warsaw, Poland
ph.: (+48) 22 55 41 104  


University of Warsaw was founded in 1816 and is Poland's largest and finest university.

Today UW employs over 6,030 personnel, including 3,170 academic teachers and educates almost 55,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Each year about 17,000 young people enroll as students at the University of Warsaw.

The Faculty of Biology is one of 19 faculties of the University of Warsaw.

Since 2000, Faculty of Biology is located in a modern building in the “Ochota Campus”. Near our Faculty are located: other experimental University Faculties: Chemistry, Geology, Physics, and Mathematics, Warsaw Medical University, and several biomedical institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Our research and teaching departments are grouped into six institutes: Botany, Biochemistry, Experimental Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Genetics and Biotechnology, Microbiology, and Zoology.

Three analytical facilities, Electron and Confocal Microscopy, Laboratory of Environmental Pollution Analysis, and Isotope Laboratory support domestic research and external users.

In the faculty we have also the Laboratory of Biological Education

The Faculty owns 200 years old Botanical Garden and four field stations in the North-Eastern Poland:

The Białowieża Geobotanical Station in Białowieża Primeval Forest National Park whose unique characteristics have recently been reviewed in the journal "Nature” of 18 September, 2008. This station is fully equipped for research in all aspects of forest biology and conservation and is open yearlong.

The other three field stations located in the Masurian Lake District offer excellent teaching and research opportunities for environmental studies and are open to visitors.