8th International Conference on Romani Linguistics

(4 - 6 September 2008, St. Petersburg)

Third circular

Here are some pieces of practical information that might be useful to you.

Conference venue

The conference will take place at the Institute for linguistic research of the Russian Academy of Science (Institut lingvisticheskix issledovanij RAN), Tuchkov per., 9 (it is located in the historical part of the Vasilievsky island), see the following map and a link to a more detailed google map below:

The Institute at the map

The Institute at Google Maps

Accommodation (for those participants who chose "organized" accommodation)

In the very last moment, the Academy of Science Hotel significantly raised their prices, so that we finally had to book the rooms for those participants who opted for conference-aided accommodation in the University hostel. Its address is: ul. Shevchenko, 25, building 1 (ул. Шевченко д.25, к.1).

University Hostel at the map

How to get to the University Hostel

At the international airport (Pulkovo-2, Пулково-2) you may take a taxi directly to the hotel, but the prices are rather high (around 30 Euros). You may take Bus 13 or the shuttle bus 13 (the price is less than 1 Euro), the stops are in front of the main building of the airport; for all kind of buses tickets can be purchased inside the bus from the driver or a salesperson. With those buses you can reach the metro (underground) station "Moskovskaya" ("Московская", the trip takes 15-20 Minutes), then take the metro and go to the station "Primorskaya" ("Приморская", one change en route). Take "microbus" ("маршрутка") 362 (it stops close to the metro station, see the upper end of the red line on the map) and travel until the corner of Malyj prospect (Малый проспект) and Shevchenko street (улица Шевченко). Note that the microbuses generally stop on request only, thus be sure to tell the driver where to stop, e.g. once you have reached the Malyj prospekt (see the map).

You should bear in mind that public transportation in St.Petersburg is very poorly organized in terms of the information that can be obtained by travellers, especially by non-speakers. Important: if you arrive in the evening (after 8 p.m.), please let me know - I shall inform the hostel administration.

How to get to the Institute for Linguistic Studies from the University Hostel

You should take the Bus 47, or the microbuses 47 or 362 (the stop is situated on Malyj prospekt) in the direction of the city centre, and alight on the corner of Sredniy prospekt (Средний проспект) and the 1st Line (первая линия), and then go by foot (4-5 Minutes).

Conference dinner

Dinner will take place in a Georgian cuisine restaurant "Losa" (6th Line, 29/31; 10-minute walk from the Conference venue), on September, 6 (Saturday) at 7 p.m. The price is 35 Euros (1250 roubles).


A bus excursion around Saint Petersburg will be held on September, 6 (Saturday) from 3 p.m. till 6 p.m. The price is 7 Euros (250 roubles).

Power-point presentations

If you need equipment for PowerPoint presentations, please, let us know when registering.

Attention! For some visa formalities we shall need your passports during the registration.

My phone number is +7 921 9631532

Please, don't hesitate to call me at whatever time if you have any troubles.

Dear participants, we are looking forward to seeing you in St.Petersburg!

On behalf of the Organizing Committee