KEY DATES
November 20, 2011
Registration online
November 20, 2011
Abstract submission
January 31, 2012
Extension to Abstract Submission Deadline
March 8, 2012
Abstract acceptance notification
April 15, 2012
Early bird registration deadline
June 10, 2012
Registration online closes
June 17, 2012
Meeting starts
Conference Venue

All interested participants are suggested to register and book their hotel in Oporto as early as possible. The city is a typical target for many visitors during holyday season, so you may want book your reservation in advance to avoid last minute no vacancy stress. Please click here for booking a room at HF IPANEMA PARK (Conference Venue) with Special Rate for SPEA7 participants.
A special discount is offered for SPEA7 participants travelling with TAP PORTUGAL airline. Additional information is available following this link.


About Oporto



SPEA7 will take place at the beautiful and historical coastal city of Oporto. This is the second largest city in Portugal and was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Oporto is located along the mouth of the Douro river in northern Portugal and the metropolitan area includes approximately 1.7 million people.

In the Official Portal of Oporto Tourism you will find "what’s on in Oporto" to plan and guide your trip, including accommodation, gastronomy, culture, architecture, tours, shopping and mobile applications. We call your attention to a useful tool in this website "see location".

TRAVELLING TO OPORTO

By plane
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via Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro.The list of direct flights to Oporto is available in Oporto Airport Airlines and Destinations. Additional information about other Portuguese airports is available here. You can also travel from Lisbon to Oporto by plane (ca. 40 min) or easily by train (2h30 – 3h00 CP)
TAP Portugal, Portugal’s leading airline, has agreed with the Portuguese Society of Chemistry to offer a discount to the participants of SPEA7 who make their flight booking and buy their ticket exclusively through TAP Portugal’s website.
Additional information is available here.

By train

  via CP: arrivals are at "Estação de São Bento" (city center, nearest to the SPEA7 Venue) or "Estação de Campanha" - in both stations you have a connection to the METRO line.

By car

GPS coordinates: 8º 38' 59' O / 41º 09' 17' N. If you plan arriving to Oporto using your own vehicle, you may use one of the following motorways, depending on your point of origin (rudimentary directions taking you to the Oporto ring road "VCI – Via de Cintura Interna"):
  • From the North: Take A3 and at the end of the highway in Oporto follow the sing to "Ponte da Arrábida" (Arrábida Bridge). Take exit "Campo Alegre".
  • From the West: Take A4 and at the end of the highway follow the sing to "Ponte da Arrábida" (Arrábida Bridge). Take exit "Campo Alegre".
  • From the South (crossing Douro River): Take A1 and when reaching Oporto follow "Ponte da Arrábida" (Arrábida Bridge). Just after crossing the bridge take exit "Campo Alegre".



ABOUT SPEA7 VENUE


SPEA7 venue is the HF IPANEMA PARK hotel located near the center of the city. HF IPANEMA PARK is a five star hotel of reference in Oporto with fantastic panoramic view over the mouth of the Douro River, especially from the top of the roof bar where the pool is located. Free Wi-Fi Internet access is available throughout the entire hotel. There are different rooms typologies, such as Basic, Standard, Superior, Executive, and even interesting options when traveling with kids (Family and HF Pool). Other services such as private parking, excursions and babysitting service are also available.

Please click here for booking a room at HF IPANEMA PARK with Special Rate for SPEA7

Address: Rua de Serralves, nº124, 4150-703 Oporto, Portugal.
Phone: (+351) 225 322 100; Fax: (+351) 226 102 809; e-mail: hfipanemapark@hfhotels.com
GPS coordinates: 8º 38' 59' O / 41º 09' 17' N

Additional Information:
TRAVELLING TO SPEA7 VENUE
There are several Bus and Metro stations nearby the SPEA7 venue. For detailed information about public transportation in the Oporto area (tickets and detailed line plans) you can visit the respective web sites for Bus and Metro. METRO tickets ("Andante") are valid for travelling all around the Oporto Metropolitan Area, using the Metro, the STCP buses or the CP suburban trains. Besides Single Tickets, two other options are available: Andante Tour 1 day (for the 24 hours after the first validation) or 3 days (72 hours after the first validation), and they cost 5 euros or 11 euros, respectively. These tickets can be acquired at all the Andante Ticket Offices (e.g., right inside the Oporto Airport), at the Oporto Tourism Office and at all the STCP and Train ticket offices. The Andante Tour is not rechargeable.

From the airport to the SPEA7 Venue:

By taxi

there is a taxi rank at the Airport (16-20€ from Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro to SEPA7 Venue - HF IPANEMA PARK and 6€ for travelling from Oporto city center to the SPEA7 Venue).

By metro

at the airport metro station, take line E towards the metro station "Estádio do Dragão". Exit in "Casa da Música" metro station and catch Bus no. 504 or Bus ZL ("Zona Lordelo"), towards Norteshopping. Exit from the bus at "Lordelo" bus stop (the HF Ipanema Park is located within 50 m).

By bus

Near the airport catch Bus no. 601 (towards "Cordoaria"), and exit at "Casa da Música". Once there, you should catch Bus no. 504 or the Bus ZL ("Zona Lordelo"), towards Norteshopping. Exit from the bus at "Lordelo" bus stop (the HF Ipanema Park is located within 50 m).


From downtown to the SPEA7 Venue:

By metro

Leaving from "Avenida dos Aliados" go to "Trindade" metro station and take the line A, B, C, E, or F, towards "Casa da Música". Exit in the Casa da Música metro station and catch the bus no. 504 or the bus ZL ("Zona Lordelo"), towards Norteshopping. Exit the bus at the "Lordelo" bus stop (the HF Ipanema Park is located within 50 m).

By bus

Leaving from the "Avenida dos Aliados", catch the bus no. 200 (towards "Castelo do Queijo") or the bus no. 207 (towards "Foz-Mercado") at the "Praça D. João I" (next to the "Teatro Rivoli"). Exit the bus at the "Lordelo" bus stop (the HF Ipanema Park is located within 50 m).

By car

Leaving from the "Avenida dos Aliados" in Oporto city center, go up the street until the traffic lights, and turn left to the "Rua de Ceuta", then entering the "Túnel de Ceuta". Once in the tunnel, continue towards the "Hospital de Sto. António". At the exit of the tunnel take the right, passing through the "Palácio de Cristal" up to the "Praça da Galiza" traffic lights, where you should turn left to the "Rua do Campo Alegre". Keep going straight towards "Foz/Praias", and you will reach the HF IPANEMA PARK at your right within 4 Km.

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