THE CITY OF VLADIVOSTOK: CAPITAL OF RUSSIAN FAR EAST
Vladivostok is one the most intensively developing cities in Russia. In past decade some great efforts were made by the Russian government to improve both its appearance and infrastructure. Most notably, two amazing bridges were constructed across the Golden Horn bay and the Eastern Bosphorus strait, the latter being the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world. Since they are now considered the symbols of our city, we have chosen a signal resembling their shape as a PRUAC 2015 emblem. Numerous hills prevail in the topography of area where Vladivostok is located making it an essentially 3D city where beautiful sunsets over the sea are combined with the panoramic views of its streets, squares and the port.
Our city is an important center of scientific activity and university-level education. Ten research institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences are located here, almost 50000 students study in the universities of Vladivostok. Our city is also a cultural capital of the Russian Far East. Recently a new opera and ballet theatre was built in Vladivostok under an ambitious project of making it a philharmonic center of the Eastern Pacific. The finest artists of the world-famous Russian classical music and ballet schools are invited there to perform in the hall featuring unique acoustics.
THE VLADIVOSTOK FORTRESS AND OTHER ATTRACTIONS
Vladivostok has relatively short history: it was founded in 1860 by the sailors of the Imperial Russian Navy and eventually developed into the largest Russian port of the Pacific Ocean and the main base of the Russian Pacific Fleet. In order to ensure its protection from amphibious assaults and naval bombardments a huge complex of forts, shore batteries and counter-landing fortifications was being constructed in 1889-1918. Vladivostok Fortress, a brilliant example of the fortification art of the late modern era, was the last and the most complicated stronghold constructed by the Russian Empire. Now many of its forts are open to the public and converted into the museums. Others are abandoned and may be explored by anyone on his own risk.
Vladivostok is a homeport of two finest and most beautiful Russian tallships. The three-masted frigates "Pallada" and "Nadezhda" can be usually seen in the harbour of Vladivostok (the Golden Horn bay).
FAR EASTERN FEDERAL UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
The Far Eastern Federal University is the largest and the most advanced university of the Russian Far East and the Eastern Siberia. It possesses a newly constructed western-style campus (this is not typical for Russian universities) located on the shore of the beautiful Ajax bay on the Russky Island. Two years ago the island was connected to the mainland part of the Vladivostok by a record-setting cable-stayed Russky bridge.
The university buildings are equipped with all necessary facilities for holding conferences and offer a cozy atmosphere for scientific discussions and work. The hotels for visiting professors are the recommended option for accommodation of the PRUAC participants (although the hotels in Vladivostok downtown are also available).
As a whole, the campus is virtually a large park. Its esplanade offers a gorgeous view of the Eastern Bosphorus strait which is a nice place to walk. The areas of Russky Island neighboring to the campus are good for hiking tours.