Ekaterinburg is the administrative center of Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia, located on the Iset River, east of the Ural Mountains also known as the Urals, in the middle of the Eurasian continent, on the Asian side of the boundary between Asia and Europe. With a population of 1,501,000 (January 2017) it is the forth-largest city in Russia. The time zone for the city of Ekaterinburg is UTC+6 (two hours ahead of Moscow and six hours ahead of Greenwich). Ekaterinburg is served by Koltsovo International Airport (SVX).

Ekaterinburg was founded in 1723 and became a key city to Siberia, which had rich resources, and was known as the “window to Asia”, a reference to Saint Petersburg as a “window to Europe”. Nowadays Ekaterinburg is the most dynamic city in Russia and is known as a city of engineers. Ekaterinburg is important center for education, science, culture, industry, transport and finance. There is the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences with 19 research institutes located in the city. There are about 50 different museums in the city, including Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, Nevyansk Icon Museum and a unique exhibit, the Kaslinsky cast iron pavilion, which received awards at the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris. Also Ekaterinburg has a large number of theaters, including the Opera and Ballet Theater. The Symposium will be held at the end of winter, if you are lucky with the weather, you will find a real Russian winter with snow and frost. But at the same time in March in Ekaterinburg, as a rule, the temperature during the daytime does not fall below minus 5 degrees. For night walks you will need felt boots, mittens and a hat with ear flaps.