Welcome to the 19th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV 19). The Congress was held in Vilnius, Lithuania from 8 -12 July, 2012 . ICSV is one of the world’s leading conference series in the area of acoustics and vibration and a main platform for the presentation of the latest research findings and advanced theories, technologies and applications in this field. This premier world event is organized yearly by the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV).
Lithuania is situated along the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea, to the east of Sweden and Denmark. It borders Latvia to the north, Belarus to the east and south, Poland to the south, and Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) to the southwest. Being the most southern of the Baltic countries, Lithuania’s historic heritage sets it quite apart. Visiting this small but colorful country today, few travellers would guess that this was once the largest nation in Europe. A few monuments remind of those golden ages, when the Grand Duchy of Lithuania stretched out far into modern day Russia, Poland and Moldova, but even fewer are still inside the Lithuanian borders.
Lithuania has a lot to offer for nature lovers. Dense forests, hills, beautiful blue lakes and rivers are the main base. The forested Aukštaitija National Park is perhaps the most popular of the country’s national parks for its balanced diversity of natural and cultural values. Its forests are home to elk, deer and wild boar.
Vilnius — the capital of Lithuania. Cultural, educational, financial and political centre of the country. Known for its spectacular Old Town and its unique architecture.
The country’s lovely capital, Vilnius, is a small but pleasant place with a UNESCO listed historic centre. It’s the perfect place to admire a range of architectural styles, as it boasts a mixture of gothic, renaissance, baroque and neoclassical buildings. Stroll through the narrow streets and cosy courtyards and kick back for a coffee in one of the many cafés on Pilies Street. Then, walk down Gediminas Avenue, the town’s main street lined with governmental buildings and theatres, towards the old neighbourhood of Žvėrynas. Vilnius is famous for it’s manufacturing of board games and puzzles which in the hay day of the fifties were exported around the world. Today it’s puzzle manufacturers are all but gone taken over by the highly automated low cost production technologies offered by factories of china.