Host City and Venue

About the Host City

Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is a modern city carrying a rich and turbulent past. It sits at the confluence of two rivers, Danube and Sava, overlooked by the historical Kalemegdan fortress and surrounded by beautiful parks and museums. A city at the crossroads between East and West, North and South, where many civilisations left their mark - From Celtic tribes and the Roman Empire, Avars and Slavs, to the Ottoman and the Austro-Hungarian Empires. Conflicts have occurred many times in these parts, up until the beginning of the 21st century, causing Belgrade to be destroyed and rebuilt more than forty times over the course of many centuries.

The diverse history and heritage, the legacy of the past, expressed through its variety in architecture and an abundant cultural scene, helped Belgrade emerge today as an interesting place that attracts visitors from all over the world. Belgrade is characterised by its resilience and knows about different currents of culture and influence - perhaps a fitting place for a discussion on how to bring divided worlds together.

Symposium Venue - Kolarac Endowment

We are proud to have The Kolarac Endowment, one of the most popular cultural institutions and a historical landmark, as the Venue for the 18th GASi Symposium. The building was endowed to the Serbian people by Ilija Milosavljević Kolarac, a trade merchant, in 1878. Ever since its opening in 1932, it serves an essential role in Serbian culture and science. It's mission “to promote culture, science and art, lifelong learning, and new incentives related to the cultural and educational values of the institution” is manifested through numerous concerts, exhibitions, creative workshops, lectures and international symposiums. Located in the heart of Belgrade, The Kolarac Endowment is surrounded by buildings of the Belgrade University and a wide range of museums, while the confluence of Sava and Danube and the Kalemegdan Fortress are only a few minutes away.

Venue address: Studentski trg 5, Belgrade, Serbia