We are very excited about the IAEA 45th Annual Conference, which is the Association’s most exciting event of the year. As time is approaching, we are doing our best in order to ensure everything is planned and convenient for the delegates of the Conference from all around the world. Our Organizing committee works hard to ensure covering a variety of research topics within the theme of educational assessment and decision-making, invite distinguished keynote speakers, and provide networking opportunities and show you the real spirit and culture of Azerbaijan while discovering the most sightseeing spots of the country.
We cannot wait to show you this country with unique culture. You will have the chance of exploring every corner of Old Town in Baku including Maiden Tower, Shirvanshah’s Palace – UNESCO World Heritage, and impressive museums, exploring the Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape –UNESCO World Heritage, visiting mud volcanoes, enjoying picturesque forest landscapes of Shamakhi and Masalli, getting acquainted with educational institutions, going to the Theatre and last but no least tasting our delicious cuisine.
The SEC is committed to utilizing all its efforts to make the conference an openly engaging and intellectually challenging stage for sharing experiences and developing mutual cooperation. Therefore, we would highly appreciate your active engagement and continued support so that the conference becomes the event not to miss.
We are offering five options for the cultural program:
Option 1 Old City and Museum Tours
Old City or locally called “Icheri Sheher” is a unique historical part of Azerbaijan and is located in the center of Baku. From there on your way, you can visit the Palace of Shirvanshahs, then the most mysterious monument – the Maiden Tower, built in the south-east part of Old City.
State Museum of Azerbaijan Carpet and Applied Art, is a museum located close to the old town. Carpet weaving is one of the traditional, old kinds of arts and crafts of Azerbaijan. The museum displays Azerbaijani carpets and rug items of various weaving techniques and materials from various periods. Even since the beginning, the museum housed not only carpets but also other Azerbaijani art. Today, there are more than 14,000 exhibits, including rare carpets, exquisite jewelry, clothing, embroidery, delicate glass pieces, wood and felt.
The Museum of Miniature Books is the only museum of miniature books in the world, located within the old city – Icheri Sheher, is included in the Guinness Book of Records as the museum with the largest number of miniature books. The books originate from around the world and are written in numerous languages, including Azeri, Russian, English, and German. Exhibits exposed in the museum were collected over a period of 30 years which consists of more than 6500 books from 64 countries of the world. Besides that, there are books from Moldavia, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus and from the republics of Middle Asia and Europe in the museum.
Option 2Regional trip
A trip to a region.
Option 3Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center
The Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center was established on 10 May 2012. Mr. Anar Alakbarov is the Director of the Heydar Aliyev Center. The project is intended to play an integral role in the intellectual life of the city. One of the internationally recognized architectural works, the building of the Heydar Aliyev Center has become a signature landmark of modern Baku due to its innovative design.
Zaha Hadid, the author of the building’s design is a worldwide recognized architect and the winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize and Design of the Year award for her design of Heydar Aliyev Center. One of the most important features of the exhibition is that it describes all the periods of the history of Azerbaijan and displays items related to different areas of Azerbaijani culture. The construction of the building was covered on the channels of Discovery and Science Channel, dedicated to the most courageous engineering projects of modernity and architectural masterpieces of the world.
Option 4Ateshgah Historical Monument and Gala Open Air Museum
If you wish to see the interesting place, you have been looking for with more complex functions one of the most historical monuments is the Ateshgah fire-worshipping temple, located 30 km from the center of Baku. The temple was constructed at different times between the 17th and 19th centuries. The reason for building the temple by Indians was to accommodate visiting pilgrims who came from Northern India.
Ateshgah represents two components of different cultures which consist of Zoroastrianism and Islam. Currently, the temple was well-design as museum consists of a fire temple, rooms which completely rocks and without any window. The Temple was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in Need of Urgent Safeguarding on September 30, 1998, and was granted “enhanced protection” status.
Forty kilometers from Baku there is Gala, the well-known open-air historical and ethnographic museum. There, tour participants can see how the Azerbaijani lived, what they ate and drank over the period from the XVI to XIX centuries.
This museum also gives the opportunity to experience ancient life. You can bake real bread cakes, sit at the loom and make pottery.