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  The conference will be held in Cluj-Napoca in the Student’s Culture House.
400003 P-ta Lucian Blaga , 1-3 , Cluj-Napoca.
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Cluj-Napoca is the third largest city in Romania, and the seat of Cluj County, located in north-western Transylvania. Geographically, it is roughly equally distant from Bucharest (323 km / 201 mi), Budapest (354 km / 220 mi) and Belgrade (327 km / 203 mi). The city lies in the valley of the Somesul Mic River and is the capital of the historical province of Transylvania.
The city of Cluj-Napoca is an ancient cradle of Romanian culture and civilization. It lies at the centre of the county, at the crossroads of important national and international highways.
Cluj-Napoca is an important cultural, university and industrial centre. It has brought outstanding contributions to Romanian culture and science. Also it is an important centre of scientific research and technologic development, 23 research institutes and branches thereof currently operate in the city, having highly qualified personnel.
The city of Cluj-Napoca is a remarkable cultural centre: it has two drama theatres, two opera houses, two puppet theatres, four culture houses, a philharmonic, six museums, among which the National Museum of Transylvanian History which dates back to the 19th century and one of the most beautiful Botanical Garden from Europe.
Today there are sufficient conclusive proofs that allow one to place the earliest signs of inhabitation of the region surrounding Cluj-Napoca at least in the Middle Paleolithic period. Moreover, many Neolithic, Iron Age, and Roman remnants have been found in Cluj-Napoca and Gilau. Populations settled here and formed comunities taking advantage of the water resource and surrounding hills that offered protection.
The first written mention of its name – as a Royal Borough – was in 1213 under the Latin name Castrum Clus.

Cluj-Napoca by night

The city spreads out from St. Michael's Church in Unirii Square, built in the 14th century and named after the Archangel Michael, the patron saint of Cluj-Napoca. The boundaries of the municipality contain an area of 179.52 square kilometers (69.31 sq mi).
Cluj-Napoca has a continental climate, characterized by hot dry summers and cold winters. The climate is influenced by the city's proximity to the Apuseni Mountains, as well as by urbanization
As of July 2007, 310,243 inhabitants live within the city limits, a slight decrease from the figure recorded at the 2002 census. The Cluj-Napoca metropolitan area has a population of 352,646 people,
From the Middle Ages onwards, the city of Cluj has been a multicultural city with a diverse cultural and religious life. According to the 2002 Romanian census, just under 80% of the population of the city are ethnic Romanians, with the second largest ethnic group being the Hungarians, who make up 19% of the population. The remainder is composed of Roma (1%), Germans (0.23%) and Jews (0.06%).

National Theatre

Art Museum

The city government is headed by a mayor. Decisions are approved and discussed by the local council (consiliu local) made up of 27 elected councilors. The city is divided into 15 districts (cartiere) laid out radialy, some of them with their own local administrative structure (town hall). City hall intends to develop local administrative structures for most of the districts.
Today, the city is one of the most important academic, cultural, industrial and business centers in Romania.
A wide variety of flora grow in the Cluj-Napoca Botanical Garden; some animals have also found refuge there. The city has a number of other parks, of which the largest is the Central Park. This park was founded during the 19th century and includes an artificial lake with an island, as well as the largest casino in the city, Chios. Other notable parks in the city are the Iuliu Hatieganu Park of the Babes-Bolyai University, which features some sport facilities, the Hasdeu Park, within the eponymous student housing district, the high-elevation Cetatuia, and the Opera Park, behind the building of the Romanian Opera.

Avram Iancu Square (named after the Transylvanian Romanian lawyer and revolutionary Avram Iancu) is a central plaza in the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca. It is connected to the Unirii Square through the Eroilor and "21 Decembrie 1989" avenues. It is also connected to Mihai Viteazul Square through Cuza Voda Street. Its most prominent building is the Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral, although the plaza also houses the Wagner Gyula's eclectic Palace of Justice, the Lucian Blaga National Theatre and the headquarters of the County Prefecture.

Avram Iancu Square

Ortodox Cathedral

The Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral (Romanian: Catedrala Adormirea Maicii Domnului) is the most famous Eastern Orthodox church of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Built in a Romanian Brâncovenesc style, a synthesis of Renaissance and Byzantine architecture, it lies on the Avram Iancu Square, together with the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre and the Avram Iancu Statue.
The Cathedral is the seat of the Metropolitan of Cluj, Alba, Crisana and Maramures. It is dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos
The Palace of Justice in Cluj-Napoca, on Dorobantilor Street, no.2, is an eclectic structure, built between 1898 and 1902, after the plans of the association Epitotarsasag, Kotsis, Smiel, Fodor es Reisinger. The building was projected by the architect Gyula Wagner.
The quadrilateral building, with its 13 inner yards is a part of the ensemble in Avram Iancu Square, together with the Romanian Opera, the CFR Palace, the Palace of the Prefecture, the Palace of Finance and the Palace of the Orthodox Metropolis.
The Lucian Blaga National Theatre (Romanian: Teatrul National Lucian Blaga) in Cluj-Napoca, Romania is one of the most prestigious theatrical institutions in Romania. The theatre shares the same building with the Romanian Opera.
The Cluj-Napoca Tailors' Tower is located at the southeast corner of the old Cluj-Napoca citadel. It was built in the 15th century and rebuilt between 1627 and 1629, assuming its present form. It was named after the Tailors' Guild, who took care of and guarded this part of the city. Near the tower — where Baba Novac, general of Michael the Brave and Saski priest, was killed in 1601 by General Basta — there is a statue of Baba Novac.
Wolfstreet Reformed Church erected with the support from king Mathias Corvinus in the second half of the 15th century for the Franciscan monks. It is one of the most massive gothic structures in Transylvania, housing some unique and old wooden furniture, the amvon, the 1766 rococo orga, and a set of coat of arms belonging to important medieval families
Unirii Square (Romanian for Union Square) is the largest plaza in the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca. The centre of the city spreads out from this square. The St. Michael's Church, with the largest church tower in Romania, is located in this plaza.
The Church of Saint Michael is a Gothic-style Roman Catholic church in Cluj-Napoca. It is the second largest church (after the Black Church of Brasov) in Transylvania, Romania. The nave is 50 meters long and 24 meters wide, the apse is 20×10 m. The tower with its height of 76 meter (80 meter including the cross) is the highest one in Transylvania.
Matthias Corvinus statue
Bánffy Castle is a baroque building of the 18th century in Cluj-Napoca, designed by the German architect Johann Eberhard Blaumann. Built between 1774 and 1775 it is considered the most representative for the baroque style of Transylvania.
The Matthias Corvinus House is one of the oldest buildings in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. It was built in the 15th century as a small guesthouse. During its history, the house served as a jail, hospital, and museum; it is now home to a visual arts institute.
Michael the Brave square and statue keep the memory of the courageous Romanian captain who united for the first time the 3 provinces: Moldavia, Vallachia and Transylvania, in 1601. The square itself is the 3rd major concentration ( along with Avram Iancu sq. and Unirii sq.) that contribute to what is considered to be today the city centre.

Michael the Brave Square

St. Michael Church

The Technical University of Cluj-Napoca is one of the eight higher education institutions in Cluj-Napoca, the second in size, according to the number of students it has. Its main activity lies in educating and training engineers and technical staff. The university was established in 1948 and was accredited by The National Council of Academic Evaluation and Accreditation. The university has nine faculties in its structure, where more than 600 academic staff and more than 12,000 students carry out their activity. The choice of courses in various engineering specialties ranges from mechanical and manufacturing engineering to electrical engineering, telecommunications, computer science and control engineering, from civil engineering to architecture and materials science. The specific equipment for teaching and research purposes, the training and research laboratories, the modern computer networks and libraries with many volumes constitute the support of the educational and scientific activities.
The university staff and management aim at developing their activity according to the European standards in the field, by continuously improving and updating curricula, by implementing distance learning, by using up-to-date methods and by restructuring the educational process.
The research fields of interest cover mainly engineering and technical topics and inter- or pluri-disciplinary ones as well.
Dynamic in character and action, The Technical University of Cluj-Napoca has also committed itself to the international spirit of our time. By means of the permanent involvement in European programmes with various international, European, regional or local partners, our university stands among those academic institutions that are able to attract the interest of the academic community and to integrate in joint activities.
3-rd European Conference on Mechanism Science
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
September 14-18, 2010

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