For 2017, the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy/IACP has decided that the 9th edition will take place in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania. Probably the first congress of CBT was the meeting organized in New York in 1976, followed by other major CBT meetings (e.g., Philadelphia in 1983) as precursors of the future world/international congresses. Previous editions of the IACP's Congress were organized in important academic centers, such as Umea (Sweden, 1986), Oxford (UK, 1989), Toronto (Canada, 1992), Catania (Italy, 2000), Gotenborg (Sweden, 2005), Roma (Italy, 2008), Istanbul (Turkey, 2011), and Hong Kong (China, 2014). Between 1992 and 2005 some of the IACP's Congresses were merged with the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies/WCBCT (Copenhagen, Denmark 1995; Acapulco, Mexico, 1998; Vancouver, Canada, 2001; Kobe, Japan, 2004) and since 2005 it has been again organized as an independent world congress of the IACP, coordinated with the WCBCT (where IACP is also one of the organizers).
The venue of the congress will be provided by the Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. All scientific activities (workshops, keynotes, symposia, open paper an poster presentations) will take place inside the main building of the University, situated on No. 1 Kogalniceanu Street, and other nearby facilities, all at walking distances from one another. The venue is situated right in the city center of Cluj-Napoca. The scientific activities will be held in large and beautiful halls, such as the University's "Aula Magna" and the "Auditorium Maximum" concert hall.
The academic tradition of Babeș-Bolyai University started in 1581. Babeș-Bolyai University is known as one of the best academic education institutions in Central and Eastern Europe. Its name commemorates two important Transylvanian figures, the Romanian physician Victor Babeş and the Hungarian mathematician Janos Bolyai. Located in an area with a strong interethnic and interconfessional character, Babeș-Bolyai University has chosen multiculturalism as its main direction of development, its students and teachers being Romanian, Hungarian, German and even representatives of the Romani people. Babeș-Bolyai Unversity is an academic educational institution aiming to promote and sustain the development of specific cultural components within the local, regional, national and international community. You can find more about Babeș-Bolyai University and its history in the following video:
Arrival in Cluj-Napoca
Cluj-Napoca can be reached in several ways:
- By air: Cluj-Napoca has an international airport which runs direct flights, both regular and charter, from several cities in Italy, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Spain, United Kingdom, France, Greece etc.. For further information about these flights please contact a ticketing agency or visit www.airportcluj.ro. You can also arrive in Cluj-Napoca via other cities in Romania, like Bucharest. There are busses, trains and planes which make these connections. There is a taxi stand inside the airport. There are about 5 major cab companies: Diesel, Terra & Fan, Pro Rapid, Nova, Pritax, etc. Their cars are all equipped with taximeters and have about the same prices, posted in a visible place outside and inside. A taxi ride from the airport to the center of the city is around 6 euros.
- By bus: There are bus companies running regular direct transport to Cluj-Napoca from several European cities (more information on www.atlassib.ro or www.eurolines.ro).
- By train: Several international trains arrive daily to Cluj-Napoca. For those who prefer to travel by train, there are good connections for these trains in Budapest. You will find more information at reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Letter of Invitation and Visa
Requirements for entry into Romania and all other information you might need with regard to obtaining a visa can be found at http://www.mae.ro/en/node/2035 .
The standard time in Romania is the East European Time (GMT + 2 hours).
Romania’s official currency is LEU (pl. LEI); 1 LEU has 100 BANI. The international symbol is RON, but the currency is still referred to as LEI. For an updated currency rate visit http://www.bnr.ro/Exchange-rates-1224.aspx (the official site of the National Bank of Romania).