Conference Location

Old University Graz
Hofgasse 14
8010 Graz, Austria

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

By Air

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".

By train

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"


By car

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

„Das Weitzer“
Grieskai 12-14
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 City
Karmeliterplatz 4a/4b
8010 Graz
Tel.: +43 12 67 59 72
E-Mail: nhgrazcity@nh-hotels.com
Web: https://www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-graz-city
Booking code: chii2020
Das Weitzer
Hotel „Das Weitzer“
Grieskai 12-14
8020 Graz / Austria
Tel.: +43 316 703-400
E-Mail: hotel@weitzer.com
Web: https://hotelweitzer.com/en/the-hotel/the-weitzer/
Please use THIS form


Grand Hôtel Wiesler
Grieskai 4-8
8020 Graz
Tel.: +43 316 7066-0
E-Mail: info@grandhotelwiesler.com


Hotel Daniel Graz
Europaplatz 1
8020 Graz
Tel.: +43 316 711 080-0
E-Mail: hellograz@hoteldaniel.com
Please use THIS form


Further Hotels:

Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Kai 30
A-8010 Graz
Tel.: +43 316 80 700
E-Mail: office@schlossberghotel.at
Web: https://schlossberghotel.at/en/

Hotel Mercure Graz City
Lendplatz 36-37
A-8020 Graz
Tel.: +43 0316 751405
E-Mail: H5742@accor.com
Web: www.mercure.com 


Hotel Gollner
Schlögelgasse 14
A-8010 Graz
Tel.: +43 316 8225210
E-Mail: office@hotelgollner.com
Web: www.hotelgollner.com 


Star Inn Hotel Graz
Waltendorfgürtel 8-10
A-8010 Graz
Tel.: +43 316 8263000
E-Mail: graz@starinnhotels.com
Web: www.starinnhotels.com 


Best Western Plus - Amedia Graz
Conrad-von-Hötzendorfstrasse 60
A-8010 Graz
Tel.: +43 316 245550
E-Mail: graz@amediahotels.com
Web: www.bestwestern.de


Palais Hotel Erzherzog Johann
Sackstraße 3-5
A-8010 Graz
Tel.: +43 316 811616
E-Mail: reception@erzherzog-johann.com
Web: www.erzherzog-johann.com


Augarten Art hotel
Schönaugasse 53
A-8010 Graz
Tel.: +43 316 20800
E-Mail: office@augartenhotel.at
Web: www.augartenhotel.at