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BOBCATSSS 2009 symposium @ Porto, Portugal, 28—30 January 2009


Information about the conference venue, the city of Porto, different options for accommodation, and flights.

The symposium will take place in Porto, Portugal. Porto is located in northern Portugal and it is the second largest city of the country, with a population of approximately 240 000 people. The city was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1996, which already tells something about its unique landscape and nature. See the slideshow on Flickr for photos of the city.

There are many different kinds of attractions to visit and appreciate in Porto, such as monuments, museums, churches, bridges, cellars, markets, fairs, annual festivals and green spaces.

Porto combines historical buildings and monuments in its landscape with modern conveniences. It is easy to get to the city by plane, train, bus or boat. For accommodation Porto has a number of inexpensive hostels. A list of hotels and hostels.

Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO, LPPR) is the international airport of Porto. It is located approximately 10 kilometers from the centre of the city. You can buy metro tickets to the city from the airport, the trip takes about 30 minutes. See the page on flights.

Conference Venue

The lectures, poster sessions and workshops will be held in the lecture halls and rooms of the University of Porto's two faculties:

  • Faculdade de Engenharia (FEUP, days 1 and 3 of the symposium). Address: Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n 4200-465.
  • Faculdade de Letras (FLUP, day 2). Address: Via Panorâmica, s/n 4150-564.
FEUP The faculties are located a few kilometers apart, and reside in the centre of the city. See them on a map.

A 3-day ticket for local transportation is included in the price of admission, so moving between the destinations is not a problem. Wireless internet access will be made available for the participants.

Street addresses of the locations: Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n 4200-465 Porto Portugal (map). Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto, Via Panorâmica, s/n 4150-564 Porto Portugal (map).

Other Information

The currency of Portugal is euro. Language: Portuguese. Timezone: GMT +0. Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz.

The average temperature in Porto at the time of the conference has been between 7 degrees celsius during the morning and 14 °C during the afternoon.

Guided visit are included in the programme. See the registration page.