Croatia is eurpoean country on the west side of the Adriatic sea. It can be very roughly divided in three parts: the northen plains, the mountaneous Lika and Gorski kotar in the middle and the coastal area to the south and south-east.
The conference takes place in Poreč, a medium size town located on the adriatic coast of Istria peninsula which is the northest coastal region of Croatia, bordering with Slovenia to the North and Italy on the sea. Istria is a very nice part of land, being inhabitated from the Neolythic on, and is full of cultural monuments of all ages.
September in Istria is warm and nice, the summer heat is gone, but still warm enough to wear short sleves and enjoy swimming in the adriatic sea. The landscape is also very nice, with many mediveal small towns, villages, woods and plains suitable for all kinds of leisure activities.