The conference includes four days with keynote sessions, parallel sessions for the presentation of the accepted research papers and poster sessions.
The first day, Sunday the 17th of June, is dedicated to receive the earliest conference participants, providing the possibility of taking care of the registration/check-in at the conference helpdesk (Vila Flor). A professional team will provide all the conference information and material to the participants.
Welcome Reception - Paço dos Duques de Bragança (Ducal Palace)
On the evening of June 17th, the welcome reception will be held at Paço dos Duques de Bragança: a Ducal Palace located next to the Castle of Guimarães (Access: http://pduques.culturanorte.pt/), commissioned and built in the 15th Century by Afonso, which was the 1st Duke of the House of Bragança. The Palace was only inhabited permanently during the 15th Century, and the following centuries lead to a progressive abandonment and consequent ruin. This condition was only altered in the 19th century, when what was left of the Palace was reused so that military barracks could be installed in its premises. Finally and due to political motivations, it was fully rebuilt in the 20th century. Between 1937 and 1959 a complex reconstruction was carried out based on the architect Rogério de Azevedo project. The Ducal Palace of the Bragança was classified as a National Monument in 1910 - even before its reconstruction. There is a Museum inside (1st floor), a wing for the Presidency of the Republic (main facade, 2nd floor) and a vast area dedicated to several cultural initiatives (on the ground floor).
The opening ceremony will be conducted by the chairman of the local organizing committee, professor José Carlos Teixeira and it is intended to invite a panel of international, national and regional personalities.
On Wednesday, June 20th 2018, the conference participants will be able to enjoy a terrific congress banquet with some of the great flavours of Portuguese cuisine and wines. The MIT Penha is a unique space to receive the participants of great events in Guimarães. It associates professional catering services with the serene atmosphere of the Penha Mountain. This space has a capacity for 500-seated guests.