Conference Venue

The conference will be held at HF Ipanema Porto, located at Campo Alegre, in Porto. Just a short walk away, Campo Alegre is home to Casa da Música, the main Museums in the city and the margin of the River Douro. Porto's public transportation network is just steps away from the reception.


How to Reach the Conference Venue?

From the airport to the hotel
  • By metro:
    In the Aeroporto metro station, take the line E in towards the Estádio do Dragão metro station. Exit in Casa da Música (HF Ipanema Porto is 1 km away).
  • By bus:
    Near the airport, take the bus no. 601 (in direction to Cordoaria), and get off at Casa da Música (HF Ipanema Porto is 1 km away).
From downtown to the hotel
  • By metro:
    Leaving from the Avenida dos Aliados, continue by going up towards the Trindade metro station (behind the City Hall/Câmara Municipal do Porto) and take the line A, B, C, or E, towards Casa da Música.
  • By bus:
    Leaving from the Avenida dos Aliados, take the bus no. 200 (towards Castelo do Queijo) or the bus no. 207 (towards Foz-Mercado) at the Praça D. João I (next to the Teatro Rivoli). Get off the bus at the Junta de Massarelos bus stop (the HF Ipanema Porto is located within 50m).
  • By car:
    Leaving from the Avenida dos Aliados, go up the street until the traffic lights, and turn left to Rua de Ceuta, then entering the Túnel de Ceuta. Once in the tunnel, continue towards Hospital Sto. António. In the exit of the tunnel take the right, passing through the Palácio de Cristal up to Praça da Galiza. At the traffic lights turn left to Rua do Campo Alegre (the HF Ipanema Porto is 500 metres away.)
    GPS coordinates: N: 41º 9’9.57”; W: 8º 37’47.39”

Porto: A World Heritage

Porto (or Oporto), also known as "Cidade Invicta", meaning "unvanquished city", is worldwide known by its Port Wine. Porto, located along the mouth of the Douro river in northern Portugal, is the second largest Portuguese city with 300 thousand inhabitants and is the heart of a metropolitan area of great vitality, with a population of 1.7 million.

The social and trade relations that Porto has developed over time with Northern Europe, Mediterranean region, Africa, South America (Brazil) and Asia (India, China and Japan) are reflected in the city’s rich cultural heritage. From the remains of Visigothic and Celtic villages, Roman roads, bridges and Castros to Romanesque and Gothic churches and cathedrals built during the Medieval Age, centuries of mankind-built heritage are to be discovered in and around Porto.

The recognition of Porto’s Historical Centre by UNESCO in 1996 as a World Heritage City, and the nomination as European Capital of Culture in 2001, are undoubtedly a tribute to its wealth of over two thousand years of history.

Since the early 80’s, Municipality and Central Government deeply committed with the urban restoration, focusing on projects encompassing both social and cultural interventions. At the beginning of the new Millennium, Porto is proud to present a Historic Centre consisting of over 150 classified monuments. In 2012, Porto was also nominated as the Best European City to Travel by the European Travellers Choice. More recently, Porto was selected by the The New York Times as one of The 46 Places to Go in 2013.

The friendly welcoming nature of the Portuguese people, highly professional and cost-effective services are a guarantee of a successful sojourn and will give you something more than pictures and memories to cherish: you will experience in your soul the most Portuguese feeling - Saudade! Porto awaits you with arms open wide.

For more information about Porto’s Historical Centre, Museums, Port Wine Cellars, River and Sea, Gastronomy, etc., visit the tourism site and enjoy exploring it:

We call your special attention to the mobile applications for smart phones and tablets, especially the Travel Plot one.


For a short tour around Porto, please watch the video:



Porto is the capital of North, a region with great contrasts in terms of culture and traditions, landscapes diversity, regional products, etc. For more information about Porto and the North of Portugal, please visit the tourism site:



For a short tour around Porto and the North, please watch the video:



How to Reach Porto?

Getting to Porto is easy and convenient by Plane, Train, Car and Bus. For more information, please click here.

Important Dates
Website Opening
January 31st, 2013

Registration and Abstract Submission Opening
March 1st, 2013

Deadline for Abstract Submission
June 7th, 2013

Abstract Acceptance Notification
June 14th, 2013

Deadline for Early Bird Registration
June 28th, 2013
Deadline for Social Programme Registration
September 5th, 2013