The 2017 ILDA Conference has already taken place. If you want to see what it was like, KVANT has made a short video with scenes from Bratislava, the Conference, and the ILDA Awards Presentation.

It is no longer possible to register for the hotel or events. The remainder of this page is left for reference, as it appeared before the Conference.

  • Join us in Bratislava, in November 2017

  • Join us in Bratislava, in Nov. 2017

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KVANT will be hosting the 2017 ILDA Conference in Bratislava, Slovakia. Coherent Inc. is a Gold Sponsor of the Conference.

The dates are as follows:

     • Sun, 5 Nov: ILDA Laser Operator Class, ILDA Advanced Audience Scanning Class (both optional extras)
     • Mon, 6 Nov: ILDA LSO course (optional), and Pangolin User Group meeting (10:00 - 15:00). The first official ILDA Full Conference event is the Welcome Cocktail Reception and Dinner which will start at 19:00.
     • Tues, 7 Nov: ILDA General Business Meeting, Advanced Technology Workshop. Lase-Off & Laser Jockey competition.
     • Wed, 8 Nov: Workshops and seminars, ILDA Awards Banquet and Presentation.
     • Thu, 9 Nov: Cultural Tour (optional), bus tour of Bratislava city sites. Leave hotel at 10:00, arrive back approximately 18:30.

Below is the schedule for the 2017 Conference. Click on the image for a full-sized PDF version.

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Conference Host: KVANT
Gold Sponsor: Coherent Inc.

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Bratislava is centrally located in Europe. It is on the Danube River, less than an hour from Vienna by automobile and about two hours from Budapest.

For U.S. travelers, it is best to fly into Vienna (VIE in Schwechat, Austria) then take a bus or train to Bratislava. For example, there is a RegioJet bus from VIE to the Most SNP (Novy most) station in Bratislava. The bus ride takes approximately 45 minutes and costs just €5. It is then a short 6-minute walk from the Novy most bus station to the Radisson Blu Carlton hotel.

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Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel

The official conference hotel, the Radisson Blu Carlton embodies the grace, charm and elegance of centuries past. Welcome to one of the most prestigious buildings in the heart of Bratislava, originally constructed in 1837. The hotel retains many of its original features to provide you with a unique and memorable hotel stay.

It is one block from the Danube River, convenient to many of the popular attractions in the city. The hotel sits directly across from the historic Opera House, nearly midway between the Slovak National Theatre and St. Martin’s Cathedral. It is the perfect base for business and leisure travelers.

Whether by taxi or via the efficient bus, tram and trolley networks, guests find Bratislava easy to explore. The city airport is just 13 kilometers from the hotel, the Vienna International Airport is 62 km away. Other transport options include railways and regional bus lines. Hydrofoil ferries provide memorable passage to or from Vienna with a 2-hour cruise along the blue Danube.

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