Dear Colleagues, dear Friends,

The Department of neurosurgery, University Clinical Centre Zagreb, is honored and delighted to host the 2019 SUN meeting in the Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 26th to 30th June 2019.

The Department of neurosurgery, University Clinical Centre Zagreb is the oldest neurosurgical department, connected with the undergraduate and postgraduate neurosurgical programs in University of Zagreb School of Medicine which celebrates 100 years of existence.

The Neurosurgery Department was established after the Second World War, and was organized like most of European neurosurgery departments, with first stereotactic procedure taking place in 1965 and first microsurgical procedure performed in 1970, only a few years after Yasargil and Donaghy.

The City of Dubrovnik, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979, is the jewel of Croatian tourism, sitting in the southernmost part of Croatia. It harbors centuries of heritage created by the noble skills and finest builders and artists, and became most prominent touristic destination in the Mediterranean Sea. The prosperity of the city was historically based on maritime trade, as the capital of the maritime Republic of Ragusa. During the 15th and 16th Century it became notable for its wealth and skilled diplomacy, and used to be an independent merchant republic for 700 years until Napoleon conquer the region. Dubrovnik has high education tradition which dates back to the 17th Century when Collegium Ragusinum, as a first public institution of higher education, was established.

The City itself is completed in the 13th Century and its walls remained virtually unchanged to the present days. Apart from some earthquakes that demolished its beauty, the last attacks to its Beauty were held in 1990 during the armed conflict.

The City is surrounded by the 1940m long defensive walls with only two main entrances to the old town. The most famous promenade which is called “Stradun” is surrounded with fountains, Gothic and Renaissance facades of the Sponza palace and Ducal palace, and Baroque church of St. Blasius, Jesuit College and lot of different other buildings. To enjoy in its beauty, the Croatian Neurosurgical Society has organized the joint meeting with the AANS in 2008 with great impact on the professional development and strengthening ties in neurosurgical community.

The Department of neurosurgery University Clinical Centre Zagreb would like to invite colleagues whose life is dedicated to neurosurgery to share the ideas, experiences and knowledge, and enjoy the remarkable City of Dubrovnik and its surroundings, and taste the local food with astonishing view of the Adriatic sea, to enjoy music in lovely Palaces and streets, and to feel tranquility of this divine place. 

We hope that Dubrovnik, with its remarkable history and astonishing beauty, will leave everybody moved and delighted, in words of Bernard Shaw: “Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik”.

Warm regards!

Goran Mrak MD, PhD, Local Host, SUN 2019

Department of neurosurgery,

University Clinical Centre Zagreb,

Zagreb, Croatia, EU

SUN Conference 2019 | provisional itinerary

June 26-30, 2018   Dubrovnik, Croatia


Day 1: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26         

  • 6:30pm - 9:30pm: Welcome Reception - Dubrovnik Palace Hotel 


Day 2: THURSDAY, JUNE 27         

  • 6:30am - 8:30am:   Breakfast Buffet - Dubrovnik Palace Hotel
  • 7:00am - 8:00am:   Executive Committee Meeting (Executive only) - Napoleon - Hotel ZaZa
  • 8:00am -12:00pm:  General Session Lectures/Exhibits
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm:  Lunch
  • 1:30pm - 5:45pm:   Free Time
  • 6:00pm - 6:15pm:   Leave hotel for Sunset Cruise
  • 6:15pm - 8:00pm:   Buffet dinner on board during sunset cruise
  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm:  Disembark in Old Town for Tour
  • 9:30pm                  Transfer back to palace Hotel

Day 3: FRIDAY, JUNE 28         

  • 6:30am - 8:30am:   Breakfast Buffet - Dubrovnik Palace Hotel
  • 7:00am - 8:00am:   SUN Business Meeting (Members only) 
  • 8:00am - 12:00pm:  General Session Lectures/Exhibits
  • 12:30 - 1:30pm:       Lunch 
  • 1:30pm - 5:30pm:    Free Time
  • 5:45pm - 6:15pm:    Departure to the Village of Cavtat for Dinner by the Sea
  • 7:30pm - 9:15pm:    Dinner at Spinaker
  • 9:30pm - 10:00pm:  Transfer back to palace Hotel


Day 4: SATURDAY, JUNE 29         

  • 6:30am - 8:30am:    Breakfast Buffet - Dubrovnik Palace Hotel
  • 8:00am - 12:00pm:  General Session Lectures/Exhibits
  • 1:00pm - 4:30pm:    Lokrum Island Escape with Lunch
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm:    Cocktail Hour
  • 7:30pm - 10:30pm:  Gala Dinner


Day 5: SUNDAY, JUNE 30         

  • 6:30am - 8:30am:    Breakfast Buffet / Travel Day - Dubrovnik Palace Hotel
  • 8:00am - 12:00pm:  Final Session