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The Conference will be held at the Convention Centre of the Campus of Azurém of the University of Minho in Guimarães, Portugal.

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The city of Guimarães is like no other city in Portugal. Its past is so intimately intertwined with the History of Portugal that it is commonly and proudly referred to as the Cradle of the Nation.

The Historic Centre of Guimarães has remained basically unchanged since the 15th century and was declared a World Heritage Site in 2001 by UNESCO, due to its Middle Age historical monuments. Guimarães was chosen by the Portuguese government to be the European Capital of Culture in 2012.  


How to Access Guimarães

Guimarães is located in north-western Portugal, approximately 350 km north of the capital, Lisbon, and about 50 km from the second largest city, Porto (also known as Oporto).

The nearest airport is Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport, located in the suburbs of Porto, about 50km from Guimarães.

The airport is connected with the Porto railway central station - Campanhã - by metro line E - violet line ( The travel takes 25 minutes, with trains departing every 20 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at the automatic ticket machines located in the Metro station or in the Airport information desk. Tickets must be validated before travel by scanning them in front of the yellow machines located in stations.

Airport Station is located just in front of the arrivals zone of the International Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, in parallel with the two existing road ways. Nevertheless, the person’s circulation between both facilities is guaranteed by a proper underground passage. When arriving at the Airport Station, people only needs to go down a floor and, in little less than 50 meters walking, they are inside of the Airport. Equally, the access to the Station from the interior of the Airport is extremely simple and practical, being fully signalled.

Guimarães is part of the modern network of trains that link the main cities in Portugal ( All-stop service between Guimarães and Porto takes approximately 60 minutes and costs around 2 euros.

Using the highway the airport can be reached in approximately 35 minutes.

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