Venue & Travel

  • Venue

    The conference will take place in the seaside city of Viana do Castelo (slightly north of Porto), characterized by its fishing industry with a strong tradition in the salting and the drying of cod. The city is endowed with a rich natural and cultural heritage and has as its main feature an attractive main square with the architectural landscape dating back to the 16th and 17th century.

    Located at the top of the hill and overlooking the city is the Santa Luzia basilica, which National Geographic magazine refers to as one of the most magnificent sceneries in the entire world. Amongst its other features is the iron bridge designed by the famous Eiffel House of Paris.

    Contemporary architecture is slowly contributing to turning this seaside city into a design destination, with Wallpaper magazine classifying recently constructed buildings as an “icon” for the city and referring to it as an Architectural Mecca.

    The Castle of Santiago da Barra is a fort located on the bank of the Lima River and facing the Atlantic Ocean. Since the 16thcentury this fort has protected the city from invaders. This castle will be the venue for the opening session on Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, the conference venue will be the School of Technology and Management, facing the Atlantic Ocean.


    There are four official hotels of the conference as well as a diverse range of accommodation options within walking distance of the conference venue. When booking your reservation, please inform the hotel that you are attending the CIRCLE conference.


    Website and additional information


    AXIS-Viana Business and Spa Hotel Prices include breakfast, all taxes, parking, wireless internet, access to services including swimming pool and gymnasium. For sauna, Turkish bath, dynamicswimming pool, reservations are required.Located about 20 minutes walk from the conference venue. Single: €68,00
    Double: €83,00
    Flôr de Sal Hotel Prices include breakfast, all taxes, parking, wireless internet, one daily visit to the health club and spa and access to the interior swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath, jucuzzi and gymnasium.Located directly in front of the Atlantic Ocean. About 15 minutes walk from the conference venue.   Single: €85,00
    Double: €105,00
    Melo Alvim Estalagem Prices include breakfast and all taxes, parking and wireless internet.Located in the city centre, about 10 minutes walk from the conference venue.  Single: €80,00
    Double: €97,00
    Hotel do Parque Prices include breakfast and all taxes, parking and wireless internet.Located at riverside. About 15 minutes walk from the conference venue.  Single: €35,00
    Double: €48,00
    Triple: €59,00
    For other options, please check the information about accommodations from the municipality website (in portuguese)

    Travel Information

    The closest airport is in Porto. It offers direct flights to many European cities, as well as several countries in the Americas and Africa. Low cost airlines such as Ryanair, Easyjet, Air Berlin, Brussels Airlines, Voltaire, etc. also fly to many destinations in Europe.

    It is possible to reach Viana do Castelo by train or coach from Lisbon and Porto.

    After arrival in Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, Porto, please take the metro to Estação de Comboios de Campanhã (Campanhã Railway Station). Once there, you need to take a train to Viana do Castelo (the trip can take between one and two hours). Cost of metro and train is about € 10.

    If your flight is to Lisbon (Portela Airport), you can use either the train or the direct bus to Viana do Castelo.

    The following websites provide information about train and bus connections to Viana do Castelo: (Train) and (Coach). From Lisbon airport, take a taxi or the metro to Gare do Oriente and then the train or coach (AVIC/TURILIS) – the coach ticket from Lisbon to Viana do Castelo is around €20 and by train around €30)

    Additional information is available here.

    Airport transfers will be made on Tuesday, 2nd of April in the afternoon and Wednesday, the 3rd of April in the morning. You may register for the airport transfer if conference fee payment is made by the 1st of March 2013.


    Please check if you require a visa, which can be obtained at the Portuguese embassy or consulate in your country. Your embassy or consulate may require you to have an invitation letter or a confirmation before issuing a visa. Organizer will send invitation letters to those participants who have requested an invitation letter on the registration form.

    Please note that this confirmation can be issued only after you have officially registered for the conference and submitted a paper which has been accepted and the conference fee paid.

  • 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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