Conference venue

Rikli Balance hotel

Hotel Rikli Balance is situated on a hill overlooking Lake Bled. The four-star superior hotel includes 150 rooms, including 10 apartments. All the rooms were completely renovated in 2017, while the common areas were renovated in 2018. The hotel hosts the Živa Wellness centre with a pool complex and saunas. Completing the wealth of services at the hotel are the Veranda Restaurant and Aperitif Bar.

Organisation of the Meeting

The University of Ljubljana is Slovenia's oldest and largest higher education and scientific research institution. University, with its rich tradition, was founded in 1919. It has approximately 40,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs about 6,000 higher education teachers, researchers, assistants and administrative staff in 23 faculties and three arts academies. The central building, all three art academies and faculties are located in downtown Slovenian capital Ljubljana. Some of the most recent and modern buildings were constructed on the outskirts, giving the university and its students a ubiquitous presence in the city. The University has been ranked among the top 500 universities by the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities. It is renowned for its top art, social, medical, natural sciences and engineering study programs. The University takes a central position in performing public services that ensure the preservation of the national identity of a two-million Slovenian nation. It has close ties with EU programmes, domestic and global enterprises.
The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering is part of the University of Ljubljana, ranking among the top 3 % of universities worldwide. At the end of 2022, our ~400 employees were organised into shared services and 16 departments, the latter into 33 laboratories and complementary skill units, covering a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary engineering disciplines organised in four research platforms: Factories of the future, Green and safe mobility, Sustainable energy, and Health.

The quality of our studies is reflected not only in international rankings but also in the additional accreditations we have obtained: EUR-ACE (European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes) and ASIIN for engineering, computer science, natural sciences, and mathematics. By the end of 2022, 19,450 students have graduated from the Faculty, including 550 PhD’s. At the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, we create and transfer knowledge that enables our students and research partners to compete internationally. Our alums proudly use their knowledge to shape the destiny of numerous successful enterprises.
Our students regularly take topmost positions at international university competitions such as Formula Student and Design-Build-Fly, most recently winning 2nd place. We are proud of our open laboratory, where students realise their ideas and projects. Students also regularly participate in study exchanges and internships abroad. About 150 international students spend their internships at the Faculty annually.

The Faculty is pursuing its vision of becoming the most important educational institution in mechanical engineering in Central and Southeastern Europe.

Host city


With immense natural beauty, Bled, together with its surroundings, ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts, renowned for its mild, healing climate and thermal lake water. The beauty of the mountains reflected on the lake, the sun, the serenity and the fresh air arouse pleasant feelings in visitors throughout the year, guaranteeing an ideal base or a relaxing break or an active holiday. Bled attracts businessmen, artists, athletes, explorers, sport enthusiasts, the old and the young, from all over the world, enchanting them to return again and again.

Basic information

Altitude 501 m, Castle Hill 604 m, Mt. Straža 646 m. Number of inhabitants 5476. Tourist capacity 4000 beds. Lake: altitude 475 m, length 2120 m, width 1380 m, area 144 ha, maximum depth 30.6 m, maximum annual water temperature is 26°C.

Curative Waters

The thermal springs which are led into the swimming pools at the Grand Hotel Toplice (23°C) and the Park and Rikli Balance Hotels (28°C - the water is additionally heated) enable pleasant swimming and successful treatment of stress related illnesses, exhaustion, neurovegetative disorders and age-related fatigue. Analyses of the thermal water at the Grand Hotel Toplice were performed by Dr. V. Kletzinski. These show the temperature of the spring to be constant at 23°C. The breakdown of the analyses show that 10 litres of water contain 1520 cm3 of free carbonic acid and 5.36 g of naturally occurring salts: 0.12 g of sodium chloride, 0.57 g of sodium sulphuric acid, 0.30 g of sodium carbonic acid, 2.31 g of calcium carbonic acid, 1.16 g of magnesium carbonic acid, 0.44 g of carbonic iron oxide acid, 0.27 g of silicic acid, clay phosphoric salts, manganese and some other ingredients.


Surrounded by high Alps and the Adriatic Sea, Slovenia is a hidden gem in the heart of Europe. It is a land where the Pannonian Plain meets the mysterious Karst, where hills and valleys show off their pristine nature. Green mountains, lakes, waterfalls, forests, caves, hills, plains, rivers and the sea – all on 20,273 km2 of land. The beautiful nature is replete with historic buildings, castles, churches and parks, where old traditional customs are still alive and the people are friendly and cheerful.

Slovenia borders on Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. The coastal climate is Mediterranean, and continental in the plateaus and valleys of the east, which makes this country an ideal tourist destination throughout the year.
There are many places to visit, depending on a visitor’s interest and the duration of the stay. The capital of Slovenia is Ljubljana, a charming city with an old centre containing many beautiful architectural masterpieces by Jože Plečnik. The coast offers its visitors a chance to relax in the sun, while making short trips to the historical gardens of Štanjel, walking the streets of medieval Piran, seeing the vast saltpans of Sečovlje, visiting the Postojna Cave or even taking a boat to nearby Venice, the city on the sea.

Those who enjoy walking in verdant mountains should stop in Bled to ring the wishing bell in a small church in the middle of the lake, or hike from Bohinj to many of the nearby hills. Slovenia is also known for its great wine and delicious traditional food that appeals even to people with a discerning palate.
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Travel information

Get to Bled by Air

The nearest airport is Ljubljana international airport (Brnik) 36 km from Bled.

Current flight schedule is avilable here:
Important: an early booking of your flight is strongly recommended!

Distances from other major international airports: Trieste (170 km), Venice (290 km), Zagreb (200 km).


Get to Bled by Road

Arriving to Bled by car is easy. Listed below are distances to some nearby cities:
  • Klagenfurt (Austria) - 62 km
  • Trieste (Italy) - 143 km
  • Venice (Italy) - 288 km
  • Munich (Germany) - 359 km
  • Vienna (Austria) - 377 km