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Old Town Warsaw

Start: Friday, May 12th, 7.30 PM

Where: Meeting next to Sigismund’s Column in Castle Square


At the beginning, there was a poor province called Mazovia (Mazowsze). For a few centuries it was Poland’s wild east, an autonomous area. Eventually, it was located in the middle of the largest country in 16th century Europe: the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. King Sigismund, who is commemorated on the huge column in front of the castle, finally moved the capital of this country there.

Warsaw is a site of some extraordinary events and home to some extraordinary people. Did you know that the second-oldest constitution in the world was written right here? It also was the location of the 18th most decisive battle in human history: when the Bolsheviks were stopped from marching to the west, giving Poland and the rest of Europe some 20 years of peace. It is the place where you can hear the music of Chopin on several benches placed on the main streets. It is a place with the traits of the only woman to receive the Nobel Prize in two different fields: Marie Sklodowska-Curie. A place where it was not strange to speak Esperanto, as its inventor, Ludwig Zamenhof, was a Varsovian. Mr Zamenhof was also a Polish Jew, one of the more than 300,000 who lived in Warsaw before the Second World War – the largest Jewish city in Europe at the time.

But that Warsaw doesn’t exist anymore. It was changed completely by the Second World War and the Holocaust, as depicted in the famous film The Pianist by Roman Polanski, which is actually based on a true story. After the uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943, the entire area was flattened. The people of Warsaw were shocked, but they did not realize that only one year later, all of Warsaw will share the fate of the ghetto. To punish the city for its anti-Nazi uprising, Hitler ordered that the Polish capital be flattened. Without understanding these two tragedies, it is not possible to understand the city and its proud citizens.

Warsaw’s Old Town as you see it today was almost totally rebuilt after the war, mostly based on 18th century paintings. But the people of Warsaw did such a meticulous job rebuilding it from scratch that the Old Town was honoured with a place on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List in 1980. This city symbolizes the spirit of the Polish people: sometimes maybe too romantic and heroic, from time to time a bit too reckless, but always willing to stand firm and fight. It symbolizes the tragic history of Poland – an endless struggle to withstand invasions, including those conducted by the most bloody totalitarian regimes in history, and, just like a phoenix, rising time and again from the ashes.

Warsaw at war

Start: Thursday, May 11th, 3.00 PM

Where: Meeting next to Sigismund’s Column in Castle Square

Phoenix from the ashes – that is what they sometimes say about the city of Warsaw. Horribly devastated during the World War II, coming back to life soon after. Our new FREE walking TOUR helps you discover tough days the city and the country had to experience within six years of being occupied. It does not only focus on the German-Soviet invasion of 1939 and the Warsaw Uprising

of 1944, but also the civil and military resistance, Polish soldiers on the Western and Eastern fronts of the War, everyday life in the occupied city. Nevertheless, also some highlights of the both Warsaw Uprisings are included. Bravery, tragedy, everyday chores, the good and the evil – all to be experienced during the two hours of the Warsaw at War FREE walking TOUR! Feel invited!

Alternative Warsaw

Start: Thursday, May 11th, 3.00 PM

Where: Meeting next to Sigismund’s Column in Castle Square

Come and visit Praga – the thrilling right bank district of Warsaw people are afraid to go to when it gets dark! With our guides you will be able to see the multicultural and alternative district of Warsaw, full of surprises and untouched by the World War II. Join us and see catholic, orthodox and Jewish temples, old buildings and backyards, street art and street trade and the so called “Hollywood ghetto” where many movies (‘The Pianist’ and ‘Korczak’ among others) were shot by famous directors. See the only wild bank of a big European river, the bears walking along the street and many many more!

Party at ‘Capitol’ Club

(free tickets in the Congress bags)

Start: Friday, May 12th, 10.00 PM
Where: Capitol Club, Marszałkowska 115, Warsaw

Ask at the INFO point for the directions

After hours of dwelling on research we would like to invite you to ‘Capitol’ Club, one of the best clubs in Warsaw. Please, do not hesitate and join us! We all know that a little party never killed anybody.

Gala Dinner (prior registration required)
Start: Saturday, May 13th, 7.00 PM

Where: the Didactics Centre of the Medical University of Warsaw

Dress code: Black-tie

The gala dinner is a time to party together in the Didactics Centre of the Medical University of Warsaw. A party with delicious meals and music from all over the world played by a famous DJ is a great opportunity to meet other young scientists, get to know their countries and culture and find long-lasting friendships. Gala Dinner has become a vital element of the Warsaw International Medical Congress, which you cannot miss.

Closing Ceremony (registration not required)

Start: Sunday, May 14th, 3.15 PM

Where: the Didactics Centre of the Medical University of Warsaw

Closing Ceremony gives us the opportunity to meet for the last time and sum up the Warsaw International Medical Conference.