The conference will be hosted by the Lusófona University, which is in central Lisbon, easily accessible across the city by subway and bus.
The university can easily accommodate a multi-track conference where several rooms will be made available for the attendees. The university is home to its own movie theater, which is often used for large keynote presentations and can sit 130 people. The room also includes readily available resources to easily stream presentations over the internet. Furthermore, the university already accommodates all the hardware and human resources necessary for streaming talks, keynotes, and workshops online for all our participants due to the extensive film course existing at the university.
Portugal and Lisbon
Portugal is in the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain and the Atlantic Ocean, and is the westernmost country in mainland Europe. Portugal is one of the oldest nations in Europe, tracing its history back to the 12th century when it officially became a country. Lisbon itself is a true melting pot of diversity and multicultural influences rooted in Roman and Celtic traditions, and shaped by its Moorish heritage, as well as its African and South American ties making it one of the most unique cities in Europe.
Portugal is also known for its great weather and beaches, where in the Spring and Summer temperatures can reach 35C (95F), making it a nice, comfortable location for an academic conference. Furthermore, Lisbon is close to a wide range of beaches, including Costa da Caparica and Carcavelos, a mere 20-minute drive from the conference venue, allowing attendees to take advantage of the nice weather.
Getting to Lisbon Lisbon is a tourist-friendly city, with many flights arriving daily. From the US there are direct flights from Boston, San Francisco, New York, and Chicago, while Canada has direct flights from Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. In Europe, most European cities have daily flights to Portugal, including cheap options such as Ryanair and Easyjet. Portugal also has its own national airline company (TAP), which connects South/North American, African, and Asian countries, while the Middle East is connected through popular airlines such as Turkish Airlines and Emirates.
Getting to the Conference
Lisbon has the advantage of having a very central airport, making it very easy for anyone arriving in Lisbon to easily get to their accommodations or anywhere around the city. Directly from the airport anyone can arrive at the conference venue in under 8 minutes by car (or Taxi) or take advantage of the extensive mass-transit system available, i.e., subway network available (Red and Green/Yellow line). Taxi services tend to run 24 hours a day and are quite affordable from the airport (≅ 10€ / 11$), while subway service runs from 6:30 AM to 1:00 AM every day.
We suggest the following hotels near the conference site at Lusófona University:
- VIP Grand Lisboa Hotel & SPA – 132€/night + 2€ tax
- Hotel Radisson Blue – 115€/night + 2€ tax
- NH Campo Grande – 140€/night + 2€ tax
- Hotel ALIF Campo Pequeno – 75€/night + 2€ tax
- VIP Executive Zurique Hotel – 96€/night + 2€ tax
There are many more places, but if its around the general area of Campo Grande, Entrecampos, Campo Pequeno, Saldanha or Marquês de Pombal (from closest to farthest) it is generally okay, as there are subway lines that go directly to Campo Grande station, close to the conference site at Lusófona University. In any case, prefer hotels near subway stations with the yellow or green lines, as these go straight to Campo Grande station.
In 1846, one of Lisbon’s most significant factories, the weaving and textile company Companhia de Fiação e Tecidos Lisbonense, found its home in Alcântara. In the following years, the 23.000m2 industrial site was occupied by the food processing company Companhia Industrial de Portugal e Colónias and by printers Anuário Comercial de Portugal and Gráfica Mirandela.
After years of being hidden from the public eye, this little fraction of the city has now been unveiled and returned to the community in the form of Lx Factory. This creative hub is fuelled by companies and industry professionals, but it has also been brought to life by an array of different events in fields such as fashion, advertising, communication, multimedia, art, architecture and music, among others, which have encouraged countless visitors to rediscover this part of Alcântara.
1300 Taberna is one of the most popular restaurants in LX factory. 1300 Taberna is sprawling and stunning, with flamboyant lighting fixtures, fanciful plates and cutlery and — most important — appealing food that puts Portuguese staples through mildly inventive paces.