On behalf of the EPE-PEMC Council and National Organizing Committee, supported by EPE Association, we sincerely invite you to EPE-PEMC 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. Following the previous successful conferences, this time EPE-PEMC 2012 will move to South-East of Europe to narrow the gap not only between the West and the East, but also between the North and the South, and to accelerate the global integration process.As you know, the main goal of both organizations (EPE-PEMC Council and EPE Association) is to promote and coordinate the exchange and the publication of technical, scientific and economic information in the field of Power Electronics and Motion Control. One of the main objectives of cooperation is the integration and unification of Europe in the field of our profession. 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.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. A characteristic trend for the last EPE-PEMC 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, who became “free royal city” in 1748 and the capitol of the Danube Banovina (Province) in 1918 and later of the Autonomus 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 city was founded in 1694, when Serb merchants formed a colony across the Danube from the Petrovaradin fortress, Austro-Hungarian strategic military post. 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 (Serbian, Hungarian, Slovak, Romanian, Rusyn and Croatian) and 23 different nations living in it.Novi Sad is home to the EXIT festival, the biggest music summer festival in Serbia and the region; and also the only festival of alternative and new theatre in Serbia – INFANT, most prominent festival of children’s literature – Zmaj Children Games, International Novi Sad Literature 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. Other city’s cultural institutions include Offset of the Serbian Academy of Science and Art, Library of Matica Srpska, Novi Sad City Library and Azbukum. City is also home to cultural institutions of Vojvodina: Vojvodina Academy of Science and Art and Archive of Vojvodina, which collect many documents from Vojvodina dating from 1565.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.City has a couple of museums, and many galleries, public and privately owned through Novi Sad. The most well known museum in the city is Museum of Vojvodina, founded by Matica srpska in 1847, which houses a permanent collection of Serbian culture and a life in Vojvodina through history. Museum of Novi Sad in Petrovaradin Fortress has a permanent collection of history of fortress.Gallery of Matica Srpska is the biggest and most respected gallery in the city, which has two galleries in the city centre. 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.Proximity to the Fruška Gora National Park attracts many people from the city on weekends in many hiking trails, restaurants and monasteries on the mountain. In the first weekend of May, there is a “Fruška Gora Marathon“, with many hiking trails for hikers, runners and cyclists. During the summer, there is Lake of Ledinci in Fruška Gora, but also there are numerous beaches on the Danube river, the largest being Štrand in the Liman neighborhood. There are also a couple of small recreational marinas on the river.We are looking forward to welcoming you in Novi Sad!
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