Social transformations: new challenges, practices, and critique
ESA RN36 Midterm Conference
Sibiu, Romania, September 28-29, 2016


Practical information

1. Conference venue

The conference takes place in the building hosting the building hosting the Centre for Social Research (Library building, 2A Lucian Blaga Str.).  The building is located within walking distance of the old town centre. The closest bus stops are Teatru (Theathre) and Spitalul Judetean (County Hospital).

Wireless Internet access through the EduRoam platform is available in all university buildings (  Special arrangements will be made for the rest of the participants.

2. Airport transfer

The local airport is quite close to the city. The cost of a taxi fare from the airport to the city centre is the equivalent of 4-5 Euro.

There is also a bus station near the airport entrace. Buses 11, 112 and 118 take you directly to the city centre. The price of the ticket is 1.5 Lei  (0.35 Euro cents) if bought from the ticket machine placed in the station or 0.89 Lei if you buy it directly on the bus using a contactless credit or debit card.

3. Local transport

If you need to use local transport please note that you can use Google Maps to find information about routes and schedules and plan your trip. All bus stations are equipped with ticket vending machines.

Tickets can also be bought directly on the bus if you have a contactless credit card.

Your card should have one of the following symbols or .

You can also by a tourist ticket, valid for a day (5 Lei) or an entire day (18 Lei). The ticket can be bought in advance following this link.

Taxi services in Sibiu are quite cheap, 1.78 Lei per Kilometer in daytime and 2.48 Lei per Kilometer in night time, and safe. You can use the services of one of the following companies: Taxi 924 (phone +40-269-924), Taxi 963 (phone +40-269-963), Taxi 953 (phone +40-269-953). Just make sure that the driver does not forget to set the meter on.

4. Weather

In mid-September the average temperature in Sibiu is 20 degrees Celsius during the day and 5 degrees Celsius during the night. The nights can be cold so it is recommendable to bring some warm clothes with you.

5. Time zone

GMT plus two hours.

6. Telecommunications

To use a public telephone you need a phone card which is sold in post offices, some news-stands or at Telecom office.

The telephone numbers have ten digits: the first four digits – 0269 – indicate the Sibiu code and the rest six the number. When calling from abroad dial 0040269 followed by the six digits number.

7. Currency

The currency in use in Romania is Leu (ROL), which is divided into 100 bani. Coins exist in denominations of 50, 10, 5 and 1 Ban. Banknotes exist in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 Leu. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks or exchange offices; generally there is no commission for exchange. Banks are generally open from 9:00 to 17:00, while exchange offices operate longer. The current exchange rates are approximately: 1 Euro = 4.5 Lei, 1 USD = 4 Lei.

Payment by credit or debit card is widely available and safe. Please note that most of the times the PIN is required to finalise any transaction. If paying by credit or debit card you will only pay the fees set by your bank as Romanian law requires merchants not to charge extra-fees for card payments.

8. Working hours

Shops in the city centre are generally open between 9:00 and 21:00 from Monday to Saturday and operate on shorter schedules on Sunday. Supermarkets operate longer. The shopping mall (located outside the city) operates from 9:00 to 21:00, Monday to Sunday. Public services and companies generally work from 8:00 to 16:00, Monday to Friday.

9. Language

The official language is Romanian, but many people speak English, French or German or are able to understand some Italian or Spanish.

10. Safety and medical care

Romania is a safe country. You are however encouraged to take the necessary precautions to ensure your safety. In case of an emergency you should call 112.

Emergency medical assistance is free of charge. Other medical assistance is provided to EU citizens under EU rules. Citizens of other states should check if there is some sort of agreement between their country and Romania, otherwise they should purchase a private medical insurance.

Pharmacies are generally open between 9:00 and 20:00. There are also pharmacies which operate 24/7. Should you need one, please find the addresses and operation hours here.

11. Electrical system

The electrical system in Romania is based on 220 V, frequency 50Hz. Socket types: Europlug, Schuko. Visitors from UK or overseas will need plug adapters and/or tranformers.

12. Tourism

If you do not have much time, the must see or do list for Sibiu includes: a walk through the Old Town, a visit to the Brukenthal Museum (open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 18:00, Main Square), and a visit to the Open Air Astra Museum (open Monday to Sunday, 10:00 to 18:00, plan for at least 3 hours plus the time it takes to get there, accessible by taxi or bus no. 13).

13. Tourist information centre

Sibiu City Hall, Str. Samuel Brukenthal, nr. 2, Main Square Entrace (F)

Tel: 0040 269 208 913,

Fax: 0040 269 208 811


Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 09:00 – 17:00, Saturday – Sunday: 09:00 – 13:00

14. Shopping tips

If you need to shop for gifts and we can make a few recommendations:

UAP Art Gallery – local artists, Piața Mare, no. 12

Florile Transilvaniei – artisan shop, Str. Turnului, no. 6, in the Old Town

Popular Art Gallery at ASTRA Museum, Piața Mică, no. 21

Gossip Tree – young fashion designers from Sibiu, Str. Turnului, no. 2, Old Town

IA Sibiu – concept store – traditional and tradition-inspired clothing, especially traditional Romanian blouses, Piața Mică

Crama Noastră – wine, Str. Papiu Ilarian, no.6, in the Old Town

15. Useful websites and links

Sibiu City App for Android – Available on Google Play

Sibiu City App for IPhone – Available on ITunes

Official Tourist Information Website


About Sibiu


Sibiu (in German: Hermannstadt; in Hungarian: Nagyszeben) is one of the most important cities in Transylvania, Romania. The city is situated at 45°47′ Nordic latitude and 24°05′ eastern longitude. Its particular historical existence made Sibiu a multicultural city, despite the fact that nowadays the majority of the population is Romanian. Romanians, Germans, Hungarians and Roma co-exist in a city which turned diversity into a trademark. The city of Sibiu was highly successful in preserving its multicultural heritage.

In the context of its remarkable cultural importance, it became, along with Luxembourg, the European Capital of Culture for 2007. Its beautifully preserved Old Town is highly appreciated by tourists around the world, being assessed as ‘Europe’s 8th most idyllic place to live in’ by Forbes (2008) or among ‘the most charming towns in Europe’ by Huffington Post (2014). Among its most important cultural attractions, the Brukenthal Museum and the Astra Museum National Museum Complex deserve a special mention. Since 1994, Sibiu hosts Sibiu International Theatre Festival, the third largest performing arts festival in Europe.

For more information on the city of Sibiu, please visit the official Tourism Website of Sibiu: .


Transport to Sibiu

Sibiu is accessible by air, train or car.

The Sibiu International Airport is directly connected to Cologne, Dortmund, London, München, Stuttgart, Turin, and Vienna with flights operated by Austrian, Blue Air, Lufthansa, Tarom, and Wizz Air. Moreover, Sibiu is close to Târgu Mureș International Airport which is the main operational base in Transylvania for low-cost Wizz Air flights.

There is a direct train connecting Sibiu to Budapest.



Being a tourist destination Sibiu offers a wide range of accommodations suitable to all budgets. Below you will find a selection. We recommend that you use, which is very popular in Romania, in order to get the best prices. Please note that Romania has quite strict classification standards and three-stars hotels are above average compared to most EU countries.

Close to the conference venue (hotels or B&Bs located in the Old Town)

 Continental Forum Sibiu **** approx. 85 Euro/night

The Council **** approx. 45 Euro/night

Villa Levoslav House **** approx. 70 Euro/night

Hotel Am Ring *** approx. 40 Euro/night

Casa Weidner *** approx. 45 Euro/night

Casa Luxemburg *** approx. 70 Euro/night

Hotel Împăratul Romanilor *** approx. 60 Euro/night

Huet Residence *** approx. 45 Euro/night

Pension Casa Frieda *** approx. 40 Euro/night

Casa Salzburg *** approx. 60 Euro/night

Drama Queen Inn approx. 30 Euro/night

Pension Cocoşul Roşu *** approx. 30 Euro/night


Close to the conference venue, but outside the Old Town

 Ramada Sibiu Hotel **** approx. 105 Euro/night

Ibis Centru Sibiu Hermannstadt *** approx. 50 Euro/night

Hotel Rin *** approx. 35 Euro/night

Pension Ileana ** approx. 30 Euro/night


A little further, but still within walking distance (hotels or B&Bs)

 Hotel Golden Tulip Ana Tower **** approx. 80 Euro/night

Best Western Silva Hotel **** approx. 55 Euro/night

Hotel Parc Sibiu *** approx. 45 Euro/night

Pension Daniel *** approx. 35 Euro/night


You could also consider booking an apartment in Sibiu using .



Organisers will provide meals for the participants (lunch, dinner).


Conference venue

Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Library Building

2A Lucian Blaga Str., 550169 - Sibiu, Romania