The congress is organized and hosted by EURAC Institute of Mountain Emergency Medicine in collaboration with EURAC convention center.
EURAC research, Viale Druso 1, Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
Bolzano (German: Bozen) is the capital city of Italy’s northernmost province, the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, also referred to as South Tyrol. The city owes its prominence to its position along one of the most important historical and current trade routes of the alpine region whose first settlement by the Romans occurred around 15 BC.
One of the most accessible gateways to the Dolomites in the heart of the European Alps, the city is rich in natural resources and cultural heritage. The over 100,000 inhabitants belong to Italian, German and Ladin-speaking groups. In addition to the geographical proximity to the Austrian and Swiss borders, close cultural and historical connections exist with the northeastern parts of Italy and Slovenia.
Bolzano has been named the “City of the Alps 2009” by the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention. This award recognizes a city’s pursuit of sustainable management of the future and shows this region’s engagement in the planning and promotion of environmental protection and sustainability programs.
The Dolomites were declared a
UNESCO World Heritage site on 26 June 2009. With nine identified areas spanning almost 142 000 hectares, the Unesco describes this site as:
"...a series of highly distinctive mountain landscapes that are of exceptional natural beauty. Their dramatic vertical and pale coloured peaks in a variety of distinctive sculptural forms is extraordinary in a global context."
Dolomites takes its name from the mineralogist Déodat de Dolomieu (1750–1801), the first scientist to document the geological composition of this rock. The Dolomiti Unesco Foundation was established in 2010 to protect the preservative development in the greater Dolomite region.