The Hofburg Vienna conference and event centre is located within the Hofburg complex, specifically in the Schweizer Trakt (Swiss Wing), the Leopoldinischer Trakt (Leopold Wing) and the Neue Burg. Its origins date back to the 13th century.


Vienna’s emblematic Hofburg palace was not built at one time. Indeed, the proud landmark represents the evolution of over seven centuries of the history of Austria whose rulers built the Hofburg until it eventually became the imperial residence.

Austria’s rise as a major European power during the Baroque period turned the Hofburg into showcase of the politics, culture and art of world history. Both Maria Theresa and Joseph II lived and worked here. Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt and Strauss all made music here. And under the rule of Emperor Franz Joseph I, the Hofburg attained its present day appearance.

When the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) took place in 1958 at the Hofburg, the choice was made for the institution to take its rightful place as a world leader in the international conference and event industry. In 1969, the overall management of the property was delegated to Wiener Kongresszentrum Hofburg Betriebsgesellschaft m.b.H. And in 2013, the Hofburg Conference Centre commemorated its 55th year of service as an international conference and event centre.



VENUE ENTRANCE: from Heldenplatz face the National Library and use the rather small door in the left, short wing of the building.

Important dates

2014 Sept call for symposia

2014 Dec 10 call for abstracts, early bird registration opens

2015 Feb 8 abstract submission for oral presentation closes

2015 March 1 early bird registration closes

2015 Mar 29 abstract submission for poster presentation closes

2015 May 10 deadline for delegates to be included in abstract book

2015 June 21 online registration closes

2015 July 12-16 CONGRESS

2015 meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution / SMBE2015 | Universitätsring 1  | 1010 Wien