Event background information for the 14th RSAI World Congress

More than 50 countries’ representatives are going to discuss their latest results and share opinion at the multi- disciplinary area of regional growth, economics, environment and geography between the 8th and 11th of April, 2024. We would like to give you a short overview of what you can expect during the World Congress.

You can find information on travel and accomodation at the RSAI 2024 JvNU website at https://rsai2024.nje.hu/en/travel-practical-info. When in Kecskemét, you will be able to use the public transport for free by showing your conference badge - or before picking it up, an image of it on your phone (find this image at the above mentioned web address) to the driver of the vehicle.

When in Kecskemét, you should definitely visit some of the most important historical sights (https://kecskemet.hu/en/turizmus/oroksegunk) including the wonderful, recently restored Kecskemét City Hall and the visitor centre inside the building, the Hungarian Museum of Photography, the International Ceramics Studio, the Bozsó Collection of Art, the religious buildings of the centre, the Cifra Palota, the Kecskemét Baths and Swimming Pool, the local Cinema and Ballet programs - and the friendly restaurants and pubs in town (one of the pubs called Beszélő Köntös is going to be reserved for ourselves so that it can serve as a meeting point for us in the centre.

A citywide cultural event, the Kecskemét Spring Festival is going to be on in the city during the World Congress, detailed program available here: https://kecskemeti-tavaszi-fesztival.hu (please use Translate option for the Hungarian website). We would like to draw your attention to a concert by Ars Nova (at 19:00 on the 7th of April in the Kecskemét Town Hall Ceremonial Hall - free admission), the show of the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble (at 19:00 on the 9th of April in Hires Agora, tickets 5500 HUF, available here: https://www.jegy.hu/program/magyar-nemzeti-tancegyuttes-karpatok-visszhangja-159002/1113943) and the amazing percussion concert Vibes & Wires (at 17:30 on the 11th of April at the Kecskemét Kodály Music School). 

We plan to bring some of the cultural exhibits to the venue of the event, so that you don’t miss out even if you arrive with a very tight schedule: Kecskemét’s International Ceramics Art Studio (http://icshu.org/) will organize an exhibition in the internal garden of the Campus during the conference days, presenting a great selection of international artwork of guest artists of the Ceramics Studio.

Also, the Kecskemétfilm animation studio (https://kecskemetfilm.hu/en/homepage) of our city is preparing to show you its great artwork in animation: you’ll be able to view episodes and art of the “Hungarian Folk Tales” animation series which is widely known all over the world. In addition, the animation studio has offered to allow a guided visit during the conference, to present you the work and results of this unique international workshop. This visit will take place in the afternoon of the 9th of April, places limited (30 member group).

If you'd like to visit one of Hungary's most beautiful Art Cinemas, check the timetable of Otthon Cinema estabilished in 1937. Please use translator software, timetable can be found here: https://otthon-mozi.hu/musor.

During the days of the event, we would like to give you a literal taste of Hungary - so we plan to provide a different special Hungarian dish at every conference lunch, apart from catering to all the different needs of the participants of the World Congress. In the true spirit of sustainability, we will poll the actual lunch participation needs as we get closer to the event and only prepare the meals that actually get consumed.

We are also striving to render other aspects of the event as sustainable as possible, so we will not print any information materials, will use a special badge, operate the building of the JvNU Campus using renewable energy - and will plant a tree to commemorate the 2024 RSAI World Congress.

Sounds like a lot to cover? We know things at home don't stop while away, so we will provide a coworking space in case you’d need to have some work done!

There will also be ample time to meet and get to know each other even better during the week of the conference as well - a Welcome Reception on Monday and a Gala Dinner in the Sheraton Hotel on the evening of the 10th April (Wednesday).