19th International Conference of
International Humic Substances Society

Humic Substances and Their Contribution to the Climate Change Mitigation

16-21 September 2018
Albena Resort, Bulgaria


Venue & Useful Information

The 19th International Conference of International Humic Substances Society will be held on 16-21 September 2018 in Albena Resort, Bulgaria.

The charming Bulgarian coastal resort Albena (www.albena.bg) is one of the pearls of Bulgaria North Black Sea coast. It is located in a picturesque bay 30 km away from Varna city.

Albena is a unique blend of breathtaking sceneries, great atmosphere, a peculiar charm and magnetism. It’s interesting to know that Albena has an active eco policy, focused on the preservation of the environment. It has been awarded with the prestigious prize “Blue Flag” which is a testimonial for the clear waters of Albena’s coasts.
Albena disposes of first-rate hotels /3, 4 and 5 stars/. All rooms feature views of the sea or the Baltata National Reserve — a rare combination of dense wet forest and a seashore. The specific sea climate is mild and pleasant with clean air, rich in ozone and optimal humidity of 63-65%. The tourist season lasts from May till October, when the use of the sea and the beach is guaranteed. The resort offers visitors numerous sport & recreation activities including football pitches, multiple tennis courts, indoor stadium, golf courses, bowling, jet-ski, an equestrian base and many more.
Most of the hotels offer large conference halls, all with daylight and equipped with modern technical equipment for hosting conferences, congresses, business forums and discussions. Albena hosts many cultural events and conferences.

The 19th International Conference of International Humic Substances Society will be held in the halls of the brand new 5 star Paradise Blue Hotel.


Map of Albena Resort


This is Bulgaria’s third largest city, a large port, and an important cultural, trade and industrial centre. Founded in the 6th century BC, the city boasts lots of remains from Roman and Byzantine times.
Varna is rightly known as the “capital city” of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Its location on the Northern shore of the Black Sea, along with its richness in natural resources make it one of the famous resorts Europewide, definitely the largest one in the Black Sea region.  The harbor is the largest in the country, there is an international airport, a railway station and active transport communication to the inner part of the country.
In Varna it is worth visiting the Archeological museum with one of the richest exhibits in Bulgaria and the oldest gold in the world, the Revival museum, where a valuable collection of icons is held, the Ethnographical museum located in a Revival period house. The Roman thermal baths (2nd - 3rd century) are the biggest ever found in Bulgaria. Also of interest could be vsiting the Revival clock tower of 1880, as well as the cathedral of the Assumption in the center of the town.
Well known as a resort for decades Varna offers excellent conditions for recreation, entertainment and sports.

Bulgaria is a part of the Balkan Peninsula in South Eastern Europe. The state of Bulgaria was founded in 681 AD and has a long and impressive history. Since January 2007 Bulgaria is a member of the European Union.
Here are some facts about Bulgaria:

  • The oldest crafted gold in the history of mankind is found here
  • Of the 300 cultural and natural sites in the UNESCO List of World Heritage, nine are in Bulgaria.
  • Bulgaria is the country of yoghourt – the food of the centenarians.
  • The world’s perfume and cosmetics industry could not do without the Bulgarian attar of roses – the Bulgarian oleaginous rose yields 80% of the world’s production.
  • Small Bulgaria is one of the world’s largest wine producers together with France, Spain, Italy and Greece.
Bulgaria is a beautiful mountainous country, with tourism opportunities being one of its biggest assets. Bulgaria possesses beautiful landscapes and beaches. The Black Sea Coast on its East border is famous for its fine sanded beaches, and perfect temperatures of water and air.
Albena is right on the Black sea coast of Bulgaria, which is neighbored by the countries of Romania to the North, Greece to the South and Macedonia and Serbia to the West. While this means that one could travel from any of these countries into Bulgaria, it is probably more worthwhile to fly directly to the Bulgarian coast itself to save the trouble of navigating through Eastern Europe's traffic.

By Plane                                             
Albena's closest airport is the International Airport of Varna which welcomes around 1.5 million visitors every year,  many of whom are traveling from the main European airports. Varna’s international airport (www.varna-airport.bg) is a busy place with scheduled and charter flights from Europe /mainly Vienna and Istanbul/, as well as regular flights to and from Sofia.
Bourgas Airport is an International Airport which is located in 150 km from Albena resort  /2 h 30 min by car/ (http://www.bourgas-airport.com/Home/tabid/36/language/en-US).
We highly recommend viewing low-cost airlines which fly to Varna and Bourgas at the sites of the Airports stated above.
Bucharest Airport (http://www.bucharestairports.ro/en) is an International Airport which is located in Romania, in 320 km from Albena resort /3 h 40 min by car./

By Bus/Train                                        
Albena could be reached also by using an international bus or train to Varna, where one can order an individual transfer or a taxi to Albena. 

PASSPORTS & VISAS                                
Only valid passports are required from all the EU countries. Delegates from countries where visa is normally required for entry to Bulgaria are reminded that they will need to obtain one from the appropriate Bulgarian Embassy/Consul. Please check at the nearest Bulgarian Embassy all the documents required for your country or visit: http://www.mfa.bg/en/pages/109/index.html
MONETARY SYSTEM                               
The national currency is the Bulgarian Lev (BGN). Bank notes of the following denominations are in circulation: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 Levs. 1 Euro = 1,95 Levs.

Items made of leather and fur are very popular on the local markets. Here you can find clothing by local manufacturers, and by famous Italian firms.
Items made of silver, as well as traditional clothes and handmade tableware are the most popular souvenirs that travelers get in the memory of trip. If various handicrafts and souvenirs are best to buy in a market, jewelry should be purchased in specialized shops only.
Most shops open at 9:00 and accept visitors till 19:00. Large shopping centers may work until 21:00, while supermarkets and food stores often work around the clock.
When a gratuity is not included in your bill, which is usually the case, 10% is customary. If service is outstanding, you could go as high as 15%. With taxi drivers, you usually just round up the sum if you have been happy with the ride or for the sake of convenience.
Moderate continental climate: mild spring and autumn, hot summer, cold snowy winter. It is usually sunny and warm in mid of September. Daily temperatures range from 18o to 24o C. For current conditions in Bulgaria you can visit: http://edition.cnn.com/weather
Local summer time: UTC/GMT + 3 hours
220 Volts, 50 Hz
“Schuko” plug (type F) and round pin attachment plug (type C)