- History of Old University
The University of Graz was founded at a time when the Jesuits characterized the intellectual, spiritual and cultural life in Graz. They gave the “Stadtkrone” of Graz, the urban ensemble in the city centre, its character and dominated higher education in Europe until the Order was dissolved in 1773.
The University of Graz was originally accommodated in the college rooms of the Jesuit College (Seminary) until 1607 when the lecture theatres moved to a new building at the centre of Graz’ “Stadtkrone”. Prince Archduke Ferdinand II laid the foundation stone and the university building was mainly preserved.
From historic accounts we know that rhetoric, poetry, physics and logic were taught in the lecture theatres on the ground floor. The two large rooms on the upper floor were used as an Aula (auditorium) and as a theatre.
Between 1778-1781 the upper floor was converted. A major conversion gave rise to a large library. The appearance of the former auditorium changed so much during this conversion that it is extremely difficult to reconstruct its original state. A further smaller wooden addition created a small library that still exists.
The picture still presented by the hall today is that of the former library. The former partition dividing the upper floor into auditorium and theatre was removed and the rooms replaced by one large open-plan hall. In 1779 Joseph Gebler decorated the vault areas, arches and window recesses using the al secco painting technique. Stylistically, the painting is situated between the Rococo style and Classicism and depicts bouquets of flowers, vases and garlands of flowers. During the restoration of the ceiling in 1835 and in the course of restoration work in 1990 much was painted over.
From 1905 to 2000 the premises housed the provincial archives. Since 2005 the Old University has shone in new splendor and is now used for official functions. The spirit of the building continues to place a spell on visitors.
LIG Steiermark and “Alte Universität Graz. Forschungsbericht zu den baugeschichtlichen Untersuchungen
1999-2002. Büro fur Bauforschung und Denkmalanalyse, 2005
- How to get there
Graz (GRZ) is the nearest airport and only 10 km away from the conference venue. From there you can take the train S5 to the Central Station (Hauptbahnhof). Then take the tram 1, 3, 6 or 7 in direction of the city center. Get off at the stop "Hauptplatz / Main Square". From there it is a 7 min. walk to the venue.
From Vienna Airport (VIE) it is a 2 hour car journey. From Vienna Airport you can also take the train to Graz Central Station (Hauptbahnhof). Then take the tram 1, 3, 6 or 7 in direction of the city center. Get off at the stop "Hauptplatz / Main Square".
You can reach Graz by train. You will arrive at the Graz Central Station (Hauptbahnhof). Then take the tram 1, 3, 6 or 7 in direction of the city center. Get off at the stop "Hauptplatz / Main Square"
There is an underground car park 210 m from the venue. From there it is a 2 min. walk to the Old University.
- Networking Dinner
8020 Graz, Austria
Below is a list of hotels, which provide a limited contingent of rooms with special rates (reference "chii2020" or special booking form).
Please note that rooms must be booked and paid for by yourself.NH Graz CityKarmeliterplatz 4a/4b
Tel.: +43 12 67 59 72
Web: https://www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-graz-cityBooking code: chii2020Das WeitzerHotel „Das Weitzer“
Grieskai 12-148020 Graz / Austria
Tel.: +43 316 703-400
Please use THIS formGrand Hôtel Wiesler
Tel.: +43 316 7066-0
E-Mail: email@example.comHotel Daniel GrazEuropaplatz 18020 GrazTel.: +43 316 711 080-0E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPlease use THIS form
Further Hotels:SchlossberghotelKaiser-Franz-Josef-Kai 30
Tel.: +43 316 80 700