Welcome to the ECA 2018 conference page

Conference town

Vác is a small historic town located on the left bank of the Danube, 30 km north of Budapest (about Vác: Tripadvisor, Visitorpage). For its intact main square and surrounding small streets it is regarded a baroque treasury box. With its promenade, water sports and ferry to Szentendrei Island it is strongly connected the Danube. It is also the gate for the famous Danube Bend, where the river takes a 180° turn to break through between the Pilis and Börzsöny Mountains. Vác is also a religious centre, seat for one of the catholic archbishops of Hungary. Watch our teaser video compilation about the Danube Bend and Vác.

The Venue

The congress venue is the Apor Vilmos Catholic College, a teacher training college, located centrally in the old town. The college offers lecture halls, refreshment and poster areas, a canteen for the lunches and an inner courtyard with platan trees for the brakes and we also hired all on-site student accommodation.

Travel info

Vác is easily reachable from Budapest by frequent train service from Budapest Nyugati Station (train info), international trains from Bratislava and Prague also stop there. It is connected by motorway M2 to the Hungarian highway system. Coming by air, from the Budapest Airport you first have to get into the city (airport transfer info1, info2), to the Nyugati train station to catch a train to Vác. Remember Google Maps is your best friend, if you are from an EU country, then using free roaming you get minute accurate public transport information and options.

On arrival

From Vác train station accommodation might be reached on foot or by taxi, which is rather inexpensive within town. (I would not recommend it from the airport.) We hope to update local taxi info. Further arrival details, parking possibilities, etc. will be posted later.


July weather in Hungary is usually hot and dry. Average daily highs are officially 26-27 °C, but do not be fooled by average figures, this can go up to anything in the 30’s. Unless it is an extreme hot period, it cools down at night to 16-18 °C. On the other hand there is no insurance against a cold or rainy spell, although it is not very likely. Evening thunderstorms might occur, so have at least a minimal rain gear, but more important that you think of sun protection and hydration and be prepared for a swimming opportunity.