5-11 July 2020
Europe/Ljubljana timezone
05 - 11 July 2020, Portorož, Slovenia


Different events will accompany the congress activities. A reception, a congress dinner, and thematic evening events will be organised for participants.

A special programme section will be dedicated to Math and art, while Math models, sightseeing tours to the surrounding touristic attractions, and constant exhibitions will form a full programme that participants won’t want to miss.

A special forum will be initiated to bring together prize winners and key note speakers with students and pupils. Young talented minds will have a chance to discuss their topics of interest with distingueshed guests, which will further motivate them, while guests will become familiar with the talents in the region. 

Simplified lectures will be offered to talented pupils and students from the region and their teachers, which will popularise mathematics in the area and stimulate students and pupils to pursue their career in  mathematics. These lectures will primarily present applications of mathematics solving interdisciplinary challenges. 


The congress will be family friendly. You are invited to bring along your partners and children and the organising committee will provide animations and acitivities for them as well. Activities will be organised for different age-groups.

Photo: Morigenos society, Tilen Genov.

Photo: Morigenos society, Tilen Genov.

The preliminary list of activities includes: 

  • dolphin watching
  • swimming (lessons)
  • sailing (lessons)
  • camps (Istrian biodiversity and Computer-Human interaction)
  • group child care
  • mathematical workshops for different age groups
  • excursions and trips to nearby areas

We will involve other departments of the UP Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies to provide events supporting family members (esp. Department of biodiversity and Department of Information Technologies). 

SOCIETY MORIGENOS already agreed to offer programme for different age groups during the congress, which will involve: 

  • multimedia presentation of dolphin life
  • guidance and dolphin watching from the land
  • guidance and dolfin watching by boat

Photo: Morigenos society, Tilen Genov.

Our researchers from abroad will actively participate providing activities in different langauges, so that we can support families with different backgrounds. This includes Slovene, English, Italian, Croatian, Spanish, Polish, Hungarian, Slovak and other languages. 


Organisations established in the vicinity of Primorska will be invited to organise satellite events before/after the congress. Preliminary interest for satellite events: 

Complex analysis 

Numerical mathematics

Probability and Statistics

ODE's and PDE's and dynamical systems

Mathematical physics

Combinatorial Designs and Codes

Algebraic Graph Theory

LAW = Linear Algebra Workshop


Introduction / Location

Bled – the romantic Alpine soul tucked away amidst picturesque mountains – holds an ancient treasure: an island in the middle of an Alpine lake.  Its charm has made it a symbol for centuries and to guests from all over the world love to return. On the island in the middle of the lake, the ancient Slavs worshipped Živa, goddess of love and fertility. Pilgrims later came to the church of St Mary on the island. A thousand years ago, on 10 April 1004, the town of Bled was mentioned for the first time.

At that distant time, a Roman tower already stood at the top of the cliff rising 100 m vertically above the lake, and it still forms part of the mighty castle that now houses a museum collection. The town flourished in the Middle Ages due to pilgrims, and these were replaced in the 19th century by the first tourists. The Swiss hydropathist, Arnold Rikli, discovered that the gentle climate and the lake and thermal waters are a source of good health and well-being. The local people supplemented the health spa offer with guest houses and hotels.

The town, already famous at the beginning of the 20th century as the most beautiful health spa of the then Austrian empire, attracted the European aristocratic elite. After WWII, one of the most attractive state residences of the former regime was located in Bled. Many of the world’s most important people thus enjoyed the beauties of Bled. And now, for decades already, pilgrims of a new age have been discovering this town. 

Cosmopolitan seekers of diversity and beauty, of relaxation and inspiration, tranquillity and the challenges of sport will find here a multitude of opportunities. Walking and coaching trails around the lake, traditional boats, ringing the island’s wishing bell, the castle treasures, the nearby ski pistes, mountain trails, golf courses, hunting, fishing, the casino, congress facilities – all these are but fragments of Bled’s attraction. And those who experience it, long for it again and again….

This is why we propose Bled for a location of the council meeting.

The meeting

The Council meeting will precede the 8th ECM. We will welcome the guest in the early hours on 4 July 2020. After lunch, the meeting will commence in the Hotel Kompas Bled. Meeting facilities will be available for 4 and 5 July, while a full board will be organized at the hotel for all meeting participants. 

The next day, on 5th July 2020, a coach will be organized for participants to escort them to Portorož, where the congress will be held.

We expect 70 guests to attend the council meeting. 

The meeting venue

The meeting will be organized in Hotel Kompas Bled, which is distinguished by its broad offer of meeting rooms and business services. There are five halls in the hotel, which can suit many various business meetings and the organizing committee believes the Council Meeting will fit nicely into the area. 

All of the hotel’s function rooms have natural daylight and are air-conditioned. Modern technical equipment supported by on-site technicians enables smooth running of meetings. If needed, the hotel offers several facilities, which can be used for mini-meetings if the discussions will be split into smaller groups. 


The congress venue offers opportunities for almost all kinds of activities. The Piran and Portorož promenades are ideal for walking or jogging, while the  warm sea is inviting for swimmers, paddlers, and anyone who wants to relax or play in the sea.

A marina with sail boats is situated in the adjoining town Lucija, guaranteeing a good starting point for sailing in the Adriatic.

The Istrian hinterlands offer plenty of opportunities for cycling (on or off road), and the area is connected to a cycling path running along the old railway line from Trieste to Pula, the Parenzana.

SUPing has become increasingly popular in the area, as the calm sea offers ideal conditions, while windier days attract kite surfers, wind surfers and other sport enthusiasts.

Cycling, roller skating, longboarding and skateboarding are often just a mode of transportation for people living on the Slovene coastline.


All participants and accompanying persons will  be able to enjoy nearby attractions. Organised excursions will take them to destinations such as:


A Day trip to by sea on a catamaran to one of the Adriatic’s best known destinations, where you can stroll along the canals of and experience a part of Mediterranean history.

Postojna cave

This natural cave extends over 24 km; the tour starts with a train and is followed by a spectacular walk among the stalagmites and stalactites to the great hall.

Lipica stud farm

The birthplace of the gracious white Lipizzan horse

Sečovlje salt-pans

Here the past and the present still go together hand in hand. It is one of the few places where salt is still harvested manually following centuries-long traditions, while the park offers a perfect sanctuary for migrating birds


The beloved capital of Slovenia, which even contains love in its name. The city of dragons, castles, baroque buildings and vibrant city-life with a river flowing through the centre, along which the cafés and restaurants invite you to take a break and enjoy the moment.

Other destinations include the Karst region with its dry stony land, the Socˇa, the Emerald Queen of the Alps, Pula, a coastal Roman town, and many more attraction all lie within easy reach from the congress venue.