ECOS 2018 - 31st International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy systems will be held in Guimarães, Portugal between 17th and 22nd of June, 2018.
The conference will take place at the Vila Flor Palace, located in the heart of Guimarães, Portugal. Besides being the town hosting the Engineering School of the University of Minho, Guimarães is one of the most beautiful towns in the Minho region (North of Portugal). The participants will have the opportunity to visit the magnificent city of medieval origin, known for being the cradle of the Portuguese nation and will be able to admire the remarkably well preserved Historical Quarter of Guimarães, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage site since 2001.
Vila Flor Palace
A nobleman of Guimarães built the 18th century Vila Flor Palace, which had the honour of receiving Queen D. Maria II on the occasion when Guimarães was elevated to the rank of town. The Palace hosted the 1st Industrial and Commercial Exhibition of Guimarães, in 1884. Acquired by the Guimarães City Hall in 1976, with the interior already suffering some decay, the building temporarily served as one of the University of Minho campi, with part of the surroundings as the Municipal Garden. The Palace underwent a series of transformations by the City Hall, dividing its interior space to house the University of Minho at first and then a music school and professional training facilities. The garden spaces of the Vila Flor Palace, on its north façade, are considered the best in the region. The Memórias Paroquiais of 1750 refer to this 18th century Palace as being “admirable for its architecture and in the grandeur and scope of its garden,” being today remodelled and equipped as the Vila Flor Cultural Centre (CCVF). The Cultural Centre incorporates the 18th century Vila Flor Palace and brings together the rich history of a manor house, its magnificent gardens and lovely architecture, evoking the ideas of ancestral memories, with touches of modernity via the new theatre wing. The theatre wing is a totally new building, designed to hold all types of cultural events. All the resources are optimized in order to provide the highest quality facilities and spaces. The Vila Flor Cultural Centre has broadened the cultural and socio-economical life of Guimarães, offering unique facilities for organizing and holding important events. In terms of facilities, the Vila Flor Cultural Centre comprises two auditoriums, four rooms, two foyers for exhibitions, coffee space services, a restaurant and a Café Concerto bar.
You can book your accommodation in the REGISTRATION FORM.
Santa Luzia ArtHotel **** (6310)Single Room: € 80,00Double Room: € 90,00.
Hotel Toural **** (1348)Single Room: € 57,50Double Room: € 77,00Triple Room: € 94,00
Stay Hotel Guimarães **** (699)Single Room: € 75,00Double Room: € 82,00.
Hotel de Guimarães **** (415)Single Room: € 80,00Double Room: € 90,00.