It is great pleasure to welcome you to the 7th Baltic Conference on Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Disorders in Vilnius, 8 May 2020.
We are proud that after rotation through all Baltic states, Latvia and Estonia, the Conference is coming back to Lithuania again. We feel that the Conference will follow a tradition and will serve as a stimulating forum for the exchange of knowledge and closer collaboration of our three Baltic countries.
We are grateful to have professional speakers coming to our country and thank them for sharing their time and experience with us. We hope that all lectures will add value to Conference participants daily practice which will stimulate their future researches.
On behalf of Scientific & Organizing Committee, we wish you all an exciting Conference and great experience in Lithuania!
Assoc. Prof. Rasa Kizlaitienė and Assoc. Prof. Dalia Mickevičienė
SCIENTIFIC & ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Assoc. Prof. Rasa Kizlaitienė
Assoc. Prof. Dalia Mickevičienė
Prof. Dalius Jatužis
Prof. Gintaras Kaubrys
Prof. Daiva Rastenytė
Assoc. Prof. Katrin Gross-Paju
Prof. Andrejs Millers
The Conference will be held in Vilnius University, the hall Aula Parva.
Vilnius University is located in the heart of Old Town and is one of the oldest in Northern Europe.
Universiteto str. 3, Vilnius, Lithuania
REGISTRATION FEES (in Euro)
(to 1 May 2020)
* - Payment must be made by a certain date
** - Number of Students registration is limited. During registration please upload document approving your student status
REGISTRATION FEE COVERS:
Admission to Scientific Programme
Vilnius University Certificate of Attendance
Coffee Breaks and Lunch during the Conference
Participation in GALA DINNER on 8th May
The official language of the Conference is English. Simultaneous translation will not be provided.
Conference is intended for neurologists, MS specialists, pediatric neurologists, neurophysiologists, neurosurgeons, immunologists, radiologists, rehabilitologists, laboratory medicine doctors, residents and students.
Gala Dinner will take place at MO Museum, Pylimo str. 17, Vilnius on 8 May 2020.
Door opens at 19.00, clothing – informal.
19.00–20.00 Visiting exhibition with a guide or taking part at educational program "Getting to Know the Art Based on Mindfulness Practice"* (groups of twenty people will be collected, guide language – English)
20.00–22.30 Dinner with special classical musical performance
*- Mindfulness training is a tool to help you recognize, control and regulate your impulsivity and stress levels. Studies show that consistent practices of mindfulness decrease the level of anxiety and depression and allow for better quality sleep. Focusing on awareness helps to build and maintain stronger interpersonal relationships, raises awareness, broadens choice, improves academic achievement, and helps you make targeted choices. During this education, you will be invited to take a moment, slowly and attentively look at the exhibits of MO Museum. You will learn how to pause (wisdom pause), calm down, relax, and spend time with yourself and art. You will discover that we do not have to be art experts to enjoy and understand art.
ARRIVAL & TRAVEL
Arrival to Lithuania
Lithuania is easily accessible via various modes of transport. The infrastructure here is well developed, moreover, the country is not large and it is easy and convenient to travel between the major cities. The airports are typically 15 – 20 min. drive from the city center and the local and international bus network is extensive.
There are three international airports in Lithuania that connect the country with a number of European capital cities and some major international air travel hubs outside of Europe.
Most airlines arrive at Vilnius International Airport, the main airport of Lithuania. Kaunas International Airport receives mostly low cost airlines, such as Ryanair. Palanga International Airport, located near the seaside resort of Palanga, mostly offers short and mid-range routes to destinations in Europe. This airport is the smallest in the country and is a convenient gateway to western Lithuania, the beach resorts and the seaport of Klaipėda.
A number of large international bus companies with an extensive route network operate in Lithuania. There are frequent bus connections with most European capitals and some other large cities from the main Lithuanian cities - Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda. Coming to Lithuania by bus is an easy and convenient option. Bus is also a good choice for visiting neighboring countries, Riga-Vilnius connection being particularly popular with several daily departures.
International railway lines connect the capital city Vilnius to Moscow (Russia), Minsk (Belarus) and Kaliningrad (Russia). Vilnius Train Station is conveniently connected to Vilnius International Airport by a special railway shuttle line.
There are passenger trains from Kaunas, the second largest city of Lithuania, to Białystok in Poland, with further connections to Warsaw.
Vilnius can be reached by using the following routes:
- Vilnius – Kaunas – Klaipeda, highway A1 (E67, E85, E28) 311,40 km
- Vilnius – Ukmerge - Panevezys, highway A2 (E272) 135,92 km
- Vilnius – Minsk, highway A3 (E28) 33,99 km
- Vilnius – Varena – Gardinas, highway A4 34,46 km
- Vilnius – Utena, highway A14 95,60 km
- Vilnius – Salcininkai – Lyda, highway A15 (E85) 49,28 km
- Vilnius – Prienai – Marijampole, highway A16 (E28) 137,51 km
For Delegates we recommend to visit online booking website: www.booking.com
Vilnius is the only capital in Europe situated on the boundary between two ancient – Latin and Byzantine – civilisations. In this city of ancient and versatile cultures, the spirit of tolerance for different nations and religions has been displayed for some time. Vilnius was first mentioned in written sources in 1323, and by the 15th century it had turned into a beautiful medieval city, the heritage of which is still fascinating. The architecture of the Old Town is the feather in the cap of the city.
The baroque buildings of the largest Old Town in Central and Eastern Europe (360 ha), which has managed to preserve the medieval network of streets and typical spaces, remind us of beautiful ancient Italian towns where Baroque was born. Gracious slender towers supporting the sky are the works of the Lithuanian Baroque School. The Old Town of Vilnius, located in an amphitheatre of breathtaking nature, has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1994.
Established on the boundary of two cultures, Vilnius has always been a city of modernity open to dialogues of different cultures. Profound traditions and experiences of ethnic culture are creatively incorporated into modern art forms – theatre, music, visual arts, and dance – and render a new quality of art. Our artists are known throughout Europe and worldwide, and Vilnius has been awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2009.
The capital of Lithuania is one of the most beautiful cities in the Old Continent where the heritage of the past and the achievements of the present, science and culture co-exist in harmony. Residents of Vilnius are hospitable and cheerful people.
Lithuania is an unique country – green and flat land in the north of Europe, ashore the Baltic Sea. It is one of the three Baltic countries. The capital of Lithuania – Vilnius has always been a multinational, multilingual, and multicultural European city.
Lithuania is referred to as the Centre of Europe by its cultural criteria. There is a lot of beautiful and pristine nature, fascinating cities, clean air, security, friendly people, eventful, and pulsating cultural life in Lithuania.
The country has preserved many pagan and folk traditions that are still alive in villages. On the other hand, big cities are rich with vibrant cultural life and endless entertainment opportunities. There are numerous museums that have accumulated huge collections, national and private art galleries, the never-ending buzz of theatre and music halls, fascinating nightlife, a variety of entertainment options and sports events.
Total area: 65,300 sq. km or 25,174 sq. miles
Population: 2 793 397
Local time: GMT + 2 hours
International telephone code: +370
Geographical location: The Republic of Lithuania lies on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea
Neighbour countries: Latvia, Russia, Poland and Belarus
Government: Democratic Republic
Ethnicity: Lithuanian – 84.2%, Polish – 6.6%, Russian – 5.8%, Belarusian – 1.2%, Ukrainians – 0.5%, Other – 1.7%
Religion: Predominantly Roman Catholic (approximately 77.2% of the total population)
Electricity: 220 V, 50 Hz. European style 2-pin plugs
Climate: Maritime/Continental. Average temperature in July is +16°C, in January is -2.5°C