GMEPE/PAHCE 2018 -  Porto, Portugal; March 19-23, 2018

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Porto is one of the oldest cities in Europe, and registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1996. It is the second-largest city in Portugal, and one of the major urban areas in Southern Europe and the capital of second major great urban area in Portugal. Its administrative limits include a population of 250,000 inhabitants distributed within 15 civil parishes. The Porto Metropolitan Area includes approximately 1.7 million people. It is recognized as a Gamma- level global city by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Study Group, being one of five cities on the Iberian Peninsula with global city status. One of Portugal's internationally famous exports, Port Wine, is named for Porto, since the metropolitan area, and in particular the adegas of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the production and export of the fortified wine.



To get into the conference you must exit in the Trindade station (approx 25 minutes and 15 stops) and change to line  D  (yellow, underground), direction “Hospital São João”. Then, you must exit in the IPO station and the conference is 5 minutes walking.



The conference will take place at the School of Engineering, Polytechnic of Porto, at Porto.
It is located in the university campus, next to the hospital and the underground station IPO. There are some options for dinner and resting in that area, and great accessibility to/from the city center. You can ask for more information in the hotel.


For more information you can check the website:

Underground “IPO” to hotel “Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP)”

Language & Currency & Electricity

Portuguese is the official language. English, Spanish and French are also widely spoken in Porto, so you can find instructions or any help on those languages as well.The accepted currency is Euro. Almost all places accept credit card.

The current plug is Europlug, Schuko Plug with 2 pins (230V).  


Porto has an enjoyable weather during March, despite some refreshing  wind in the morning and at the end of the day. Due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean you will get some fresh morning breeze and a beautiful sunset. You should be prepared for light showers, as they can be frequent. You may find the the table below some statistics on March weathger



Sun, no clouds

Temperature High (ºC) average


Temperature Low (ºC) average


Precipitation average

0.90 mm

Sunrise / Sunset

approx 7:00 AM - 6:45 PM

UV Index



More Information

You can find more information on these websites:


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