Santaka Valley is characterized by its ideal conditions for businesses to carry out research and develop new products, which is aimed to increase Lithuania’s competitiveness at the international level. The purpose of Santaka is to create an integrated science, study and business centre for public and private research, knowledge-intensive businesses. A National Innovation and Business Centre coordinates production of technologies and their commercialization, while the integrated cultural project DesignLibrary Kaunas contributes by providing design knowledge in new product development and aggregating people from different fields around the topic of Design.
Kaunas is the second-largest city in Lithuania and has historically been a leading centre of Lithuanian economic, academic, and cultural life. The city is 1hour drive from the capital Vilnius ant the International Vilnius Airport (VNO) and 20min drive from Kaunas International Airport (KUN). Kaunas outstands with it’s interwar architecture, in the style of modernism – German called the Bauhaus – which was avant-garde in Europe at that time. In 2016 Kaunas has joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as the city of Design.
Kaunas is a place which offers exceptional entertainment, accommodation, food, and cultural opportunities for an international audience and is ideally suited to a relaxed but focused conference experience in a unique historic setting.