41st International Symposium on

Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science

August 22-26, 2016, Krakow (Poland)

MFCS-16 is organized in coopperation with EATCS


The Social Program

As usual, the conference will include a social program, letting the participants get to know the city, the surroundings, and each other. The program consists of the following events:

Participants can also register for an additional walking tour around Krakow, including beer tasting:

Opening Reception

The opening reception (with drinks and light snacks) will take place on Monday (22nd of August) in the hall of the Department of Computer Science Builiding (D-17), where all the talks will be taking place.

Conference Trip

Please bring warm clothing. Temperature underground ranges between 14° and 16°C.

The conference includes a trip to the Wieliczka Wineyard and the Wieliczka Saltmine (Wednesday, 24th of August). Wieliczka Saltmine was opened in the 13th century and produced salt continuously until 2007 (in effect, being one of the oldest salt mines in operation).

Wieliczka Wineyard

Wines at Wieliczka Wineyard.
Winnica Wieliczka is situated just 3km from the famous medieval salt mine. It's an organic farm using methods of biodynamic agriculture consisted of a vineyard with just noble vitis vinifera grape varieties, an orchard with only old varieties of the fruit trees, and fields on which the oil giving plants are grown.

It's a very special place with fascinating history. After almost 500 years long break, discovered once again as one of the best spots in Poland for vine growing.

Winnica Wieliczka like almost all vineyards in Poland is very young, but it's owners after 25 harvest seasons in wineries on four continents and over 200 medals on international wine competitions for their wines, are the most experienced winemakers in the country.

Wieliczka Saltmine (photo by Cezary p, under the GNU Free Documentation License).
Wieliczka Saltmine

Magnificent chambers chiselled out in rock salt. Amazing underground saline lakes, majestic timber constructions and unique statues sculpted in salt. Almost 3 kilometres of meandering corridors, 800 steps to climb of which 350 have to be descended to reach the depth of 135 meters underground. Thus it is no surprise that till now, the Tourist Route, the main visiting route of the mine has been visited by 36,000,000 tourists from around the whole world in search of adventures. The journey starts at the Danilowicz Shaft. Here, visitors meet their guide, who during their excursion will tell them everything they want to know about the mine history and its secrets. About the forces of nature ruling within the depths of the mine, about the ethos of hard work performed by the generations of miners. Travelling further and further into the mine chasm tourists discover unusual places and see with their own eyes the power of human hands that once excavated rock salt, as well as magnificent mining tools and machines.

You will also have the opportunity to see a completely different image of the mine, hearing the legend about Princess Kinga and how she brought the salt treasure to Polish land. Half way along the route you will see the wondrous chapel dedicated to her and the saline works of art decorating the chapel. You will have a moment for reflection hearing the music of Chopin accompanying a light and sound spectacle on the shores of one of the saline lakes.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner (Thursday, 25th of August) will take place in:

  • Szara Kazimierze restaurant (39 Szeroka Street, Krakow)
The restaurant is located in the center of the historic Jewish quarter of Krakow (currently one of the most lively areas in the city, full of restaurants, pubs, and other atractions).

Guided Walk and Beer Tasting

Duration: Approximately 3 hours

At the additional price of 20euros (paid through the registration system), on Tuesday (23rd of August) the participants can enjoy a guided walking tour of the cite (and beer tasting).

St. Mary's Basilia (photo by Leszek Faliszewski).

The tour includes all the highlights of the Old Town that made Cracow famous. It follows the Royal Route which the spectacular Main Market Square, St. Mary's Basilica & Cloth Hall.

The second part of this excursion is visiting the Lubicz Brewery, which is located in the post-industrial Old Malt House building , built in the second half of the nineteenth century. This is where the brewing tradition started around 170 years ago. Beers brewed on this site were well-known throughout Galicia as one of the best. Now, after 14 years of stoppage, the brewery at Lubicz Street in Kracow has reopened, providing the opportunity to try fresh brewed beer once again. Visiting includes walk with a guide connected with tasting different unpasteurized and unfiltered beers, brewered from all natural ingredients only.

Contact: Piotr Faliszewski