Modra as well as the nearby district town of Pezinok (having approx. 22.000 inhabitants) are situated in the picturesque country under the Little Carpathian Mountains some 20km from the capital city of Bratislava. Pezinok (where the conference venue is situated) is an old winery town and viticulture traditions in the whole region are still alive. Modra is also known for its typical hand-made and hand-painted ceramics production.
The first time that the IMC was organized in Slovakia was in 1992, in Smolenice, not very far from Pezinok. It was also the first time that the IMC was organized in conjunction with the Meteoroids Conference. One of the supporters and organizers of this kind of fruitful collaboration between professionals and amateurs was Dr. Ján Štohl (1932-1993), astronomer of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, who spent his entire life in Pezinok.
For more information about Hotel Rozálka, see the Conference Venue page.