Programme & Keynotes

  • Important Dates [UPDATED]

    Please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words by 15th December 2012 15th January 2013 to Authors will receive abstract acceptance notice by 15th January 2013 – at the latest. Full papers should be submitted by 15th February 2013. Author Registration and payment is due to 1st March 2013.  

    Keynote Speakers

    Keynote speaker on Wednesday, 3rd of April Praveen Gupta is a Director of Center for Innovation Science and Applications at IIT School of Applied Technology. He has also taught Innovations for Engineers course at University of Illinois, Chicago. His innovation curriculum is taught at multiple institutions in the U.S. and Mexico. Praveen is President of Accelper Consulting for providing assistance in sustaining profitable growth to corporations. Praveen has authored many books including Business Innovation in the 21st Century, The Innovation Solution, Six Sigma Business Scorecard, Service Scorecard, Stat Free Six Sigma, and the Six Sigma Performance Handbook. He is the founding Editor of the International Journal of Innovation Science, Chair of Business Innovation Conference, and lead developer of the Business Innovation certification program offered in collaboration with Illinois Institute of Technology.   Keynote speaker on Wednesday, 3rd of April Greg Richards is Professor of Leisure Studies at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He has recently been a member of the Palmer/Rae team evaluating the impact of the European Cities of Culture for the European Commission, a contributor to the European Travel Commission study of City Tourism and Culture and an adviser on the development of national cultural tourism policy in Austria. He is also directing the ongoing ATLAS Cultural Tourism Research, gathering data on cultural tourism consumption in 20 countries. Recent projects include an assessment of a major event to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of the painter Hieronymus Bosch, the evaluations of the European Capitals of Culture in Luxemburg (2007) and Sibiu (2007) as well as advising on the final report for the Cultural Capital in Stavanger (2008).   Keynote speaker on Thursday, 4th of April Alan Clarke is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Pannonia, in Hungary. He arrived in Hungary in 2005 after a career in UK Higher Education – working at the Open University programmes by distance learning. He has undertaken research and consultancy projects for the public and private sectors in leisure and tourism in Europe, the Caribbean, India and Asia, and has contributed to three major European projects. Alan has successfully supervised 25 PhD students and 4 MPhil students. He has published over 50 articles and his most recent book on International Hospitality Management (with Wei Chen) is still proving popular. Alan’s current research interests focus on governance, policy and development issues, especially in the areas of culture and sports..   Keynote speaker on Friday, 5th of April Sofia Almeida is the Marketing and Sales Director at ARTEH® – Hotels & Resorts,   a World renowned and sought after Soft Brand Hotel Chain, dedicated to Marketing, Promotion and e-Distribution. Distinguished by the richness of their History, the beauty of their Surroundings, the character of their Architecture, the style of their Decor, the comfort of their Rooms or the care for their Guests, the ARTEH® – Hotels and Resorts are a Must in the Hospitality Industry. Sofia is currently a candidate for a PhD at the University of Lisbon. She has also conducted training for various companies related to the Hospitality sector and represented ARTEH-Hotels & Resorts at various seminars and forums in the Hospitality sector.  

    Conference Programme [download pdf version]

    important notice (updated on 2nd April 2013)

    • conference venue on wednesday : Castle Santiago da Barra
    • conference venue on Thursday and Friday : School of Management and Technology (facing the sea).

    Wednesday, 3rd of April 2013 [Venue : Castle of Santiago da Barra]

    14.00-16:00 Registration

    16:00-17:00  Welcome session

    • Opening by CIRCLE President Razaq Raj
    • Professor Claudio Vignali (CIRCLE International) and Professor Carlos Fernandes (IPVC)
    • Director of the School of Technology and Management, Prof. Manuela Vaz Velho
    • President of Polytechnic of Viana do Castelo, Prof. Rui Teixeira
    • President of the Tourism Board of Porto and the North of Portugal, Dr. Melchior Moreira
    • President of the Municipality of Viana do Castelo, Eng. José Maria Costa

    17:00-18:45 Plenary session

    • Keynote speaker: Praveen Gupta, IIT School of Applied Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology (USA)
    • Keynote Launch of the Virtual College, University of Vitez, Prof Claudio Vignali and Prof Nikola Grabovac, Rector of the University of Vitez

    19h00-21:00 Taste the local culture.

    Local producers bring their products for us to taste—from delicious food specialties and the uniqueness of the vinho verde to showcooking. An experience you do not want to miss!

    (No dinner has been organised for tonight, there are a wide selection of restaurants in Viana do Castelo. Please ask the organizing team if you would like any information. However, you may not be hungry after tasting the local culture!)

    21:30 CIRCLE Meetings

    • CIRCLE Management Meeting (Committee members only)
    • CIRCLE Board Meeting (Board members only)

    Thursday, 4th of April 2013 [Venue : School of Technology and Management]

    9:00-10:50 Parallel sessions I (room : Library , 1st floor)

    (if you rather not walk, a transfer will be available between 8H30 and 8h45 from the official hotels of the conference – you should be outside the hotel by 8h30)

    10:50-11:10  Local culture break. The tasting continues.

    11:15-12:45 Parallel sessions II (room : Library , 1st floor)

    13:00-14:00 Buffet lunch.

    Bacalhau is Portugal´s favourite food. The Portuguese say there are 1001 ways of cooking bacalhau. Today, it will also be your favourite!

    14:00-14:30 Plenary session(room : auditorium)

    • Keynote speaker: Greg Richards, University of Tilburg (The Netherlands)

    14:40-16:20 Parallel sessions III (room : Library , 1st floor)

    16:30-18:30 Walking tour of Viana do Castelo

    20:00-22:00 Dinner (Grilled Extravaganza and live entertainment!)

    (For the transfer to the restaurant, a bus will meet you at the entrance of the official hotels of the conference between 19h30 and 19h45.)

      Friday, 5th of April 2013 [Venue : School of Technology and Management]

    Stroll along the traditional outdoor market, just past the castle walls and the fishing docks, on the way to the School of Technology and Management (the venue for this day).

    If you rather not walk, a transfer will be available between 8H30 and 8h45 from the official hotels of the conference – you should be outside the hotel by 8h30.

    9:00-10:20 Parallel sessions IV (room : Library , 1st floor)

    10:30-11:00 Local culture break. The tasting continues.

    11:15-11:45 Plenary session (room : auditorium)

    Keynote speaker:  Sofia Almeida, Marketing Director, ARTEH – Hotels and Resorts

    12:00-13:00 Round Robin plenary session and conference feedback

    13:00-14:00 Buffet lunch.

    Another Portuguese traditional dish.

    14:15-19:00 Trip to Porto Wine Cellars

    (arrival in Viana do Castelo at approximately 20h00)

    21:00-23:00 Conference Dinner

    with cultural entertainment and other surprises. Remember….. it is CIRCLE´s 10th Anniversary.

    (For the transfer to the restaurant, a bus will meet you at entrance of the official hotels of the conference between 20h30 and 20h45)

    Saturday, 6th of April 2013

    8:00-18:00 Trip to Santiago de Compostela in Galícia, Spain (meals not included)

    (A bus will meet you at the entrance of the official hotels of the conference between 7h30 and 7h45)

  • Workshop Sessions & Chairs


    A complete schedule for the workshop sessions and chairs is available for download [-here-][last updated on 2013.04.02 15h30 GMT]
  • Airport Transfers Schedule


    A schedule for the airport transfers is available for download [-here-] [last updated on 2013.04.02 10h45 GMT]
  • Keynote Speakers


    Praveen Gupta (April 3rd)
    Greg Richards (April 3rd)
    Alan Clarke (April 4th)
    Sofia Almeida (April 5th)
    see details here

  • Important Dates [UPDATED]


    Abstract Submission
      15th December 2012 January 2013
    Acceptance Notice
      15th January 2013
    Full Paper Submission
      15th February 2013
    Author Registration & Payment
      1st March 2013
      3rd - 6th April 2013

  • Registration


    You can complete here your registration.

  • Contact Persons


    Carlos Fernandes
      mobile phone +351 967050038
    Gianpaolo Vignali

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