Invitation to EPE-PEMC 2012 ECCE Europe

On behalf of the EPE-PEMC Council, Novi Sad Organizing Committee V. Katic, General Chairmanand EPE Association, we sincerely invite you to the EPE-PEMC 2012 ECCE Europe Conference 2012 (4-6 September) in Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia. It is the 15th of conference series in Europe started in 1970 in the field of Power Electronics and Motion Control, but now with the new title as a part of ECCE (Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition) worldwide series. Following the previous successful conferences, this time EPE-PEMC 2012 ECCE Europe will move to South-East of Europe to accelerate the global integration process.

Power Electronics and Motion Control are becoming more and more important as the basis for many industrial processes, individual and mass transportation, but also for rational use of the energy as well as environmental requirements directed by climate changes. Due to the new rules published by the EC on the electric energy production, transport, distribution and interconnection, the role of Power Electronics is growing. Therefore in addition to keynotes, oral and dialog presentations according to topics, the conference will be joined by tutorials, special sessions, round tables, exhibitions and technical visits. A characteristic trend for the EPE-PEMC-ECCE Conferences has been the increasingly large industrial participation, enhancing exchanges between academia and industry.

We are sure that Novi Sad, relatively young and ambitions city, established in 1694, which became “free royal city” in 1748 and the capitol of the Danube Banovina (Province) in 1918 and later of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina in 1945, will provide a stimulating environment for good work and companionship of scientists, engineers from industry, academia and students. By attending the conference, and hopefully adding some extra days with a great variety of possibilities for sightseeing and recreation in and outside Novi Sad, you will be able to exchange scientific ideas, obtain information about new developments, extend your business activities and confirm international friendship in charming and pleasant atmosphere.
Novi Sad is Serbia‘s second largest city, after Belgrade. Its municipal population is around 370.000. It is located on the banks of the Danube river and Danube-Tisa-Danube Canal, while facing the northern slopes of Fruška Gora mountain.

The first human settlement on the territory of present-day Novi Sad has been traced as far back as the Stone Age (about 4500 B.C.) The Celts founded the first fortress (in the 4th century B.C.), which was located on the right bank of the Danube. During Roman rule, a larger fortress was built in the 1st century B.C. with the name Cusum and was included into the Roman province of Pannonia. The region was conquered by the Hungarian tribes between the 10th and 12th century. The town was mentioned under the name Peturwarad (Serbian: Petrovaradin) in documents from 1237. Between 1526 and 1687, the region was under Ottoman rule. In the year 1590, population of all villages that existed in the territory of present-day Novi Sad numbered 105 houses inhabited exclusively by Serbs. The today’s city was founded in 1694, when Serb merchants formed a colony across the Danube from the Petrovaradin fortress, Austro-Hungarian strategic military post. At the end of the Great Vienna War 1699, the peace was sign in nearby village of Sr. Karlovac. The Peace Treaty of Karlovac between the Holy League of 1684 and Ottoman Empire was the first one in the history that was discussed at the round table, placed in a specially built round building with four entrances, so that none of the parties would be in an advantageous position. The lasting peace in the region brought many nations in Novi Sad, making it multiethnic, multi-religious and multi-lingual city. In 18th and 19th centuries, it became an important merchant and manufacturing centre. After destruction in the 1848 Revolution, it was restored, and emerged as a centre of Serbian culture of that period, earning the nickname Serbian Athens. During the history, it maintained its multi-ethnic and multi-cultural identity and harmony. Today, Novi Sad is a large industrial and financial centre of the Serbian economy with 6 official languages and 23 different nations living in it.

Novi Sad is home to the EXIT festival, one of the 10 most important music festival in the World (by CNN), the most prominent festival of children’s literature – Zmaj Children Games, International Novi Sad Theater Festival -, Sterijino pozorje, Novi Sad Jazz Festival, and many others. Besides Serbian National Theatre, the most prominent theatres are also Youth Theatre, Cultural centre of Novi Sad and Novi Sad Theatre. Novi Sad Synagogue also houses many cultural events in the City.

The most recognized structure in Novi Sad is Petrovaradin Fortress, which dominates the city and with scenic views of the city. Besides the fortress, there is also historic neighborhood of Stari Grad, with many monuments, museums, caffes, restaurants and shops. There is also a National Park of Fruška Gora nearby, approx. 20 km from city centre, with 16 Orthodox monasteries from the 17th century. The picturesque city of Sr. Karlovci, famous on its vine celeries, is only 10 km away.
City has many museums and galleries, public and privately owned through Novi Sad. The most well known museum in the city is Museum of Vojvodina, which houses a permanent collection of Serbian culture and a life in Vojvodina through history. Gallery of Matica Srpska is the biggest and most respected gallery in the city. There is also The Gallery of Fine Arts – Gift Collection of Rajko Mamuzić and The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection – one of the biggest collections of Serbian art from 1900s until 1970s.

Apart from the culture of attending sports events, people from Novi Sad participate in a wide range of recreational and leisure activities. Football and basketball are the most popular participation team sports in Novi Sad. Cycling is also a very popular in Novi Sad. Novi Sad’s flat terrain and extensive off-road paths in the mountainous part of town, in Fruška Gora is conducive to riding. Hundreds of commuters cycle the roads, bike lanes and bike paths daily. During the summer, there are several marinas and beaches on the Danube River, the largest being Štrand, celebrating 100 years in 2011.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Novi Sad!

Yours sincerely,

Dushan Boroyevich                       Vladimir Katić
Co-Chairman                                 General Chairman