The conference will be held in the Engineering School, Azurém campus,  University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal.

The University of Minho is a young university that is divided in two campi. The Azurém campus is placed in the Guimarães city while the Gualtar campus is placed in the Braga city.

The Engineering School is mainly placed in the Azurém campus while the other schools (Law, Science, Economics and Managements, etc.) are placed in the Gualtar campus.



Guimarães is located approximately 350 km from Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, and about 50 km from Porto, the country´s  second largest city. The Porto International Airport (OPO) has regular flights to the main international cities by several flag companies as well as low cost ones.

How to reach Guimarães from PORTO

By bus from Porto airport (recommended): there is a regular coach service between Porto airport and the Guimarães coach station. The journey takes 50 min. and has no stops. Further information about the schedule and prices can be found here. To ensure seat availability it is advisable to buy the ticket on-line  

By train from Porto airport: take the subway from Porto Airport to Campanhã Railway Station: 40 minutes (direct journey, line E - purple, check the metro map). Cost of 1,8€ for a single journey (+0,5€ for a reusable card). At Campanhã follow the signs to railway station and get the train to Guimarães (see next).

By train from Porto: There are regular train services between "São Bento" and "Campanhã" stations and Guimarães (schedule here*). The journey to Guimarães takes about one hour, and the average cost is 3€ for a commuter train (+0,5€ for a reusable card). There are also intercity services by a price of nearly 12€. Pay attention to the schedule as these trains are less frequent on weekends.

*to search for your train time just select "Timetables and Prices" menu at you right hand side and insert in the From field "Porto - Campanha" and in the To field "Guimaraes". Select your time accordingly to your needs.

By car from Porto Airport:  circa of 40 minutes by Highway.

By taxi from Porto Airport: 40 minutes, cost 60 to 80€.

How to reach Guimarães from LISBON

From Lisbon airport : take the subway to Oriente (cost 1,25 € for a single journey + 0,50 €  for a reusable card - more info here). Otherwise take bus number 705 or Aerobus number 2 to "Estação Oriente". There you can take a train (see next).

By train: You can catch trains at "Santa Apolónia" or "Oriente" stations. There is one single direct train from Lisbon to Guimarães per day, but there is roughly one train per hour to Porto - Campanhã (schedule here). At Porto – Campanhã you can find a connection to Guimarães (schedule here). Pay attention to the schedule as these trains are less frequent on weekends. The total journey time is around four hours, and the minimum price of the ticket (which includes a reservation of seat - limited places) is 22,50€.

By car from Lisbon Airport: circa of 4 hours by Highway.



You may get some city maps here!



Located in the heart of historical Guimarães, Hotel de Guimarães features a spacious indoor pool and offers rooms with cable TV. Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, the city walls and the Salado Monument are within a 15-minute walk.

The air-conditioned accommodation at Hotel de Guimarães feature contemporary furnishings. They come equipped with a safety deposit box and minibar. The restaurant D. Maria is decorated in warm colours and offers panoramic city views. It serves a buffet breakfast and seasonal Mediterranean cuisine. The Piano Bar serves a selection of beers, wines and refreshments. Guests of the Hotel de Guimarães can relax in the sauna, and enjoy a massage or body treatment. The hotel also a boasts a large fitness centre. Hotel de Guimarães offers free on-site public parking.



Situated in the historic city centre of Guimarães, Hotel Toural offers spacious rooms with satellite TV and air conditioning, only a 10-minute walk from Guimarães Castle. Free parking is available. The rooms of Toural Hotel are decorated with wooden furnishings. All rooms have a telephone, a minibar, and a private bathroom. Some rooms have a spacious seating area and 2 TVs. A local and international breakfast is served every morning. It is possible for guests to enjoy breakfast in the privacy of their own room. The cosy bar serves a wide variety of drinks, including Portuguese wines. The hotel's staff is available 24/7. The hotel also offers a laundry and ironing service, wireless internet access, and car rental.



Located just outside the historical center of Guimarães, this 4-star boutique hotel is a 5-minute walk from Guimarães train station. It offers free internet and free parking. Rooms at the Villa Hotel Guimarães are modern and include a work desk, cable and satellite TV. Some rooms have a relaxing seating area. The Villa Hotel offers the Via Penha bar, which serves a wide range of exotic cocktails and refreshments. Guests can also use the computers available at the Internet Corner. The Villa is just over 500 meters walking distance from the Largo da Oliveira and the square of St. Tiago. These are considered the heart of the historic centre, and are UNESCO world heritage listed.



The Hotel Fundador is a 3 star hotel unit, situated in the town of Guimarães, the World Cultural Heritage. Partially renovated in 2005, the Hotel Fundador has spaces totally appropriate to the needs and comfort of its customers. Services: Air conditioning in public areas, Bar with Plasma Screen Floor 0 Net Center Hotel, two conference rooms with natural light, parking in front and back of the hotel, parking for buses, garage, laundry service and wireless Internet access in public areas.



The Ibis Guimarães hotel is located in Guimarães city center and is ideal for exploring the historic city center and its attractions, such as Guimarães Castle, the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança or even Guimarães shopping center. With the A3 and A7 highways close at hand, it also enables fast access to out-of-town areas. Relax in one of our 67 rooms and enjoy our services, including Wi-Fi Internet access.