Practical information

Ecsite Annual Conference 2017

Life Everywhere
15 June 2017 - 17 June 2017
Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto (MHNC-UP)

Getting there

Getting to Porto is easy, with many direct and cheap flight connections from around Europe. Accommodation and food there are very affordable.

Flying to Porto

Porto International airport (OPO) offers connections from/to major European cities and a few hubs in USA, Canada, South America and Africa.

Here's an alphabetic list of airlines companies that can bring you to Porto: Aigle Azur, Air Europa, Air Transat, British Airways. Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, Easy Jet Airlines, Eurowings, Iberia. Lufthansa, Luxair, Ryanair, Azores Airlines, Swiss International, TAP Portugal, Transavia, Turkish Airlines, Vueling. Wizz Air Hungary

From the airport to the city

The airport isn't far from the city centre.You can shuttle using the tram, buses or taxis.

Metro do Porto

Take the direct connection (Line E) between the airport and downtown Porto (27 min). The light rail network operates from 6.00 to 00.30, with an average of 30 min frequency.
You need to buy a Z4 card at the ticket machines, a one-way trip costs €1,85 (local tip: bring cash). More info

Buses and taxis

Depending on the time of travel and/or the day of the week, a taxi ride from the airport to downtown Porto will cost between €20 and €25 and will take about 25 min.
You can also check shuttle operators, for pre-arranged arrival and departure transfers.

Conference venues

Alfândega Congress Centre – Pre & main conference venue

Located in the centre of Porto, the Alfândega will house the three days of the main conference: plenary sessions, Business Bistro, lunch area and session rooms. This fully repurposed old customs house is beautifully located in the historical centre of the city, by the Douro River. It houses the Museum of Communications and Transports.

Porto City Hall - Speakers’ Reception

The building is considered a masterpiece of neoclassic architecture and stands as one of the most imposing town halls in the country. Its facade depicts traditional activities associated to the city of Porto and a visit to its interior provides a pleasant and rewarding journey through the arts and tradition of "Portuense" culture.

Palácio da Bolsa – Gala Dinner

Built in the 19th century by the City's Commercial Association in a neoclassical style, the Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace) is located in the heart of the historical centre of Porto. Designated World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Palace remains the headquarters of the City's Commercial Association, even though it has lost its stock exchange functions. Nowadays, this venue is mainly used for high-profile events, such as official receptions for heads of states. One of its most famous highlights is a splendid ballroom known as Salão Árabe (Arabian Hall), with walls that have been elegantly carved into complex Moorish designs, then gilded with golden plaques.

The Hall of Biodiversity – Nocturne

The Hall of Biodiversity is located in Casa Andresen, a 19th century house surrounded by the Porto Botanical Garden and once the family home of Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, one of the most important Portuguese poets and children books author.
This Ciência Viva centre now stands out as a cultural platform in which the arts connect with biology and natural history, fostering a wide range of sensorial experiences, carefully and intentionally crafted with the purpose of celebrating the diversity of life.

Museum of Natural History of the University of Porto - Farewell Party

This magnificent neoclassic building, located in the heart of the city of Porto, houses the headquarters of the University of Porto – its Rectory, as well as its Natural History and Science Museum.There a brand new unparalled platform for science dissemination is currently being devised by MHNC-UP and the Ciência Viva Agency.

Your stay in Porto

UNESCO World Heritage city Porto is one of the most unique, old and vibrant historical towns in Europe, voted several times "best European destination".

The conference will be taking place by the Douro river in a beautifully renovated 19th century customs house. As a harbour, Porto has been a cosmopolitan city and gateway for new ideas and cultures since Roman times. Today, Porto is the breeding ground for many of Portugal’s cultural and scientific innovations and initiatives.

Useful Links & Apps to help you plan your stay

Visit Porto (Porto Official Tourism Office)

Porto and the North (Porto Official Tourism Office)

Visit Portugal (Portuguese National Tourist Office)

oporto cool (Independent Publishers, Porto)

Tales & Tours (Commercial guides, both paid and free and digital tours)

For pre and post conference tours, contact the local conference agency for customised programs.

Book your room!

Three times awarded "Best European Destination" (including 2017!), Porto has been enjoying a growing interest from worldwide travellers. The conference hosts, therefore, encourage Ecsite conference participants to book their accommodation well in advance to secure the best available rates. Check out the dedicated booking platform for hotel details and booking forms. For questions about local logistics: hotels, transport and venues, please contact the local conference agency.