Save the Date! VIVO 2019, September 4-6, Podgorica, Montenegro

Violeta Ilik, and Nataša Popović for the organizing committee

VIVO 2019 is coming to Montenegro!

Images of podgorica -- mountain, clock tower, downtown, bridge by night

Podgorica, Montenegro, and surrounding area — Durmitor national park, Sahat Kula (the clock tower), downtown Podgorica, and bridges by night. Original images Andrea Polereczky CC BY-SA 3.0, Richard Schofield CC BY 2.0, Nije bitno CC BY 3.0, and Aleksandar Jaredić CC BY-SA 3.0 respectively. Derivative, composite image by M. Conlon

The School of Medicine at University of Montenegro, Clinical Center of Montenegro, and the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro are our hosts for the VIVO 2019 Conference in the gorgeous capital city of Podgorica. VIVO would like to thank the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for preparing an outstanding proposal for hosting the 2019 conference. The LOC members are:

  • Nataša Popović, MD, PhD, Vice Dean for Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montenegro
  • Maša Ždralević, PhD, Head of the Center for Scientific Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montenegro
  • Ljiljana Vučković, MD, PhD, Pathohistology specialist, ClinicalCenter of Montenegro
  • Dragan Laušević, MD, PhD, Epidemiologist, Institute of Public Health of Montenegro

Save the date and we hope to see you in Podgorica, Montenegro on September 4th to 6th 2019!

Program Chair

RubenVerborgh is a professor of Semantic Web technology at Ghent University – IMEC and a research affiliate at the Decentralized Information Group at MIT. The VIVO community had a chance to hear Professor Verborgh at the VIVO 2016 Conference when he presented his talk: “The Future is Federated” and lead a workshop titled: “Linked Data Fragments: Hands-On Publishing and Querying.” The leadership of the VIVO project was inspired by his presentations and added the Triple Pattern Fragments (TPF) server to the VIVO software.

Professor Verborgh aims to build a more intelligent generation of clients for a decentralized Web at the intersection of Linked Data and hypermedia-driven Web APIs. Through the creation of Linked Data Fragments, he introduced a new paradigm for query execution at Web-scale. He has co-authored two books on Linked Data, and contributed to more than 250 publications for international conferences and journals on Web-related topics.

About Podgorica

As the capital of Montenegro, Podgorica is used to hosting events of similar size. In addition, in 2017 Montenegro has been chosen by Vogue magazine as one of the most tempting destinations to travel, because of its natural beauty and significantly more affordable prices compared to its neighbors Italy, Greece, and Croatia.

Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro with population of about 150,000, positioned in the middle of the country, in a picturesque area with 2 rivers. Prepare to swim, hike, and enjoy the natural beauty of Montenegro before, after, or maybe during the conference.

The conference center in Podgorica is located close to cultural monuments such as: Ribnica fortres, Old city and Clock tower, King Nikola’s winter residence and Kings park.

Historic places

Left to right: Ostrog Monastery, City of Kotor, Streets of Cetinje

Left to right, Ostrog monastery, city of Kotor, streets of Cetinje. Original images Branko Marinković yCC BY-SA 4.0, Chensiyuan CC BY-SA 4.0, Marianne van Twillert-Wennekes [http://montenegro-for.me/2017/10/5-things-you-should-not-miss-in-cetinje/] respectively. Derivative, composite image by M. Conlon

The city is located close to the:

  • Mediterranean coast with sandy beaches and historic cities of Bar, UNESCO-protected bay of Kotor, and Budva (1 hour car ride from Podgorica to Budva)
  • Lake Skadar National Park with fishing villages Rijeka Crnojevica, Vranjine and Virpazar (30 minute car ride from Podgorica to Rijeka Crnojevića)
  • Durmitor National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site (2 hour ride from center of Podgorica to glacial lakes and stunning mountain peaks of the Dinaric Alps)
  • City of Cetinje, the Old Royal Capital of Montenegro, is a beautiful historic town, just a 30 minute drive from the center of Podgorica. In Cetinje, the visitors can see the Blue Castle — the official home of today’s president of Montenegro. Cetinje is home to many impressive historic buildings that housed embassies during the 19th century, and the monastery that allegedly keeps the right hand of John the Baptist and a piece of the Holy Cross.
  • Ostrog Monastery built into the cliff of a mountain located about 1 hour from Podgorica by car.

The weather

During this time of year you will enjoy a mild, very pleasant climate.

The venue

The LOC has selected the Hilton Hotel as our conference venue which can accommodate 150 attendees in its conference rooms.  

You can also stay at the Hilton hotel where rates should be around 125 Euros per night. Alternatively, on-line sources such as booking.com and similar web-sites offer affordable luxury residential apartment accommodation located a short distance (3-5 blocks) from the conference center.