The historical palace and garden complex of Villa, the unique venue for our Conference, is managed by the Villa Decius Association established in 1995 by well-known representatives of the worlds of science, economy and culture. Within several years Villa Decius has established itself as a cultural institution of international outreach and has become one of the bridges linking European nations and a venue for the dialogue of cultures.
At the base of all programmes lies the idea of meetings of representatives from various fields of science and culture from all over Europe. Through exchange of ideas and thoughts, they can explore mutual stimuli for creative work and advocate pluralism and dialogue in public life. Villa Decius programmes are also addressed to managers and entrepreneurs working at the point of contact between different cultures. Many interdisciplinary projects of Villa provide for a multifaceted outlook on the role of culture in the contemporary world, issues of international cultural cooperation and methods of cultural management and its financing.
In its programmes Villa Decius gives an important place to the role of the writer and translator in social dialogue, to European integration, the protection of cultural heritage, the issues of ethnic minorities and the development of tolerance. Just as centuries ago, Villa Decius is still eagerly frequented by eminent guests and outstanding representatives of their epoch. It is visited by crowned heads of state, presidents, prime-ministers, ministers of foreign affairs, recognised scientists and artists; the greatest authorities in social, cultural and political circles. Thus the ideas of the Renaissance accompanying the beginnings of Villa Decius are revived on the eve of a united Europe.
The main objectives of Villa Decius Association are:
- to develop the activities of the Institute for Advanced Studies
- to uphold the traditions of Villa Decius
- to develop a forum for co-operation for the economic and cultural sectors