Venue, Casa Convalescencia

June 28-30, 2016.

The UAB - Casa Convalescencia is a jewel of modernist architecture, a centre-piece of the historic grounds of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, itself declared a Monument of Historic, Artistic Interest and named as a part of UNESCO's Cultural Heritage for Humanity.

First conceived by Lluís Domènech i Muntaner, one of the great modernist Catalan architects of the early 20th century, and subsequently completed by Pere Domènech i Roura, Casa Convalescència is a unique building, cosmopolitan and welcoming, combining both tradition and modernity, offering advanced high-technology in a space with real personality. It is the further education training and senior learning centre of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the headquarters of the Fundació UAB.

Casa Convalescència combines all the spaces and services necessary to organize conventions, congresses, work meetings, training courses, and assemblies of all types. With this in mind, it is also an ideal location for celebrations, presentations and functions of a social or cultural nature.

Directions from El Prat Airport

Directions from Girona-Costa Brava Airport (Ryanair)

Bus and metro connections

  • Metro Yellow Line (L4) – Guinardó Station – Hospital de Sant Pau
  • Metro Blue Line (L5) – Sant Pau Station – Dos de Maig
  • Bus numbers : 15, 19, 20, 45, 47, 50, 51, 92 and 192.
  • You can use the TMB tickets in bus and metro. For more information, including fare prices, please visit the TMB website.

Coordinates

41° 24' 49.33'' N, 2° 10' 38.94''
41.413702, 2.177482

Accommodation

Conference dates are June 28-30, 2016.

A limited number of rooms has been pre-booked at two convenient hotels near the conference venue. These rooms can be pre-booked by filling the form and sending it to the corresponding hotel. Rooms are available at the prices below until May 2, 2016. After this date, reservations will be confirmed on a first-come first-served basis, subject to availability.

Hotel Amrey Sant Pau ** (< 1 min away)
C/ Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 173
Single room: € 93
Double room: € 115
Reservation form
Hotel website
Hotel Ayre Rosellon **** (approx. 15 min away)
C/ Rosselló, 390
Single room: € 115
Double room: € 130
Reservation form
Hotel website

Sightseeing

Please keep in mind Barcelona is a popular destination. It is recommended to make your reservations well ahead of time.

Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia and Spain's second largest city, with a population of over one and half million people (over five million in the whole province). This city, located directly on the north eastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, has a rich history, having been under Roman, then Frank law before declaring its independence.

In 1992, Barcelona gained international recognition by hosting the Olympic games which brought a massive upturn in its tourism industry. This had the effect of changing the city in ways that are still felt today with neighbourhoods renovated (and in some cases leveled) and the intense focus of modern design permeating all aspects of life in Barcelona from public buildings to something as simple as a park bench or an event poster. For visitors, this has translated into the very modern, yet incredibly old city you see now in the 21st century, where the new elements work to both preserve and celebrate the ancient.

This beautiful city is full of what European cities are known for (outdoor markets, restaurants, shops, museums and churches) and is fantastic for walking with an extensive and reliable Metro system for more far-flung destinations. The core centre of town, focused around the Ciutat Vella ("Old City") provides days of enjoyment for those looking to experience the life of Barcelona while the beaches the city was built upon provide sun and relaxation during the long periods of agreeably warm weather. (source)

For more information on how to get to Barcelona, through air, rail, road or sea please visit the Barcelona's tourism website.

Sagrada Família

The beginnings of the Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family, known as the Sagrada Familia, go back to 1866 when Josep Maria Bocabella i Verdaguer founded the Spiritual Association of Devotees of Saint Joseph, which in 1874 began campaigning for the construction of an expiatory temple dedicated to the Holy Family. In 1881, enabled by various donations, the Association purchased a 12,800m² plot of land, located between the streets of Marina, Provença, Sardenya, and Mallorca, to build the temple on.

The first stone was laid on St Joseph’s day, 19 March, 1882, in a ceremony presided over by the Bishop of Barcelona, Josep Urquinaona. It signalled the start of construction, first in the crypt located under the apse, following the Neo-gothic design drawn up by the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano, the Sagrada Familia’s first architect. After a short while, due to disagreements with the promotors, he resigned from the post of chief architect and the job fell to Antoni Gaudí. In 1883 he took over the design of the Sagrada Familia, while also working on other projects.

He worked for 43 years on the temple until 1926. In 1914 he left all other work to concentrate exclusively on this sole project until his death on 10 June 1926, the result of a tragic accident three days earlier. His funeral cortege, which went through much of Barcelona and finished in the Sagrada Familia, was a grand event in the city in recognition of his status as the greatest architect Barcelona has ever seen. Gaudí was buried in the chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the crypt of the Sagrada Familia [2].

Today, the building is 70 percent complete and on track to be finished in 2026—the centenary of Gaudí’s death—though some decorative elements could take up to six additional years to complete [3].

Visitors are recommended to buy tickets ahead of time to avoid queuing at the entrance. Tickets can be bought from the Sagrada Família's online shop.

Park Güell

The Park Güell is a public park system composed of gardens and architectonic elements located on Carmel Hill, in Barcelona (Spain). Carmel Hill belongs to the mountain range of Collserola — the Parc del Carmel is located on the northern face. Park Güell is located in La Salut, a neighbourhood in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. With urbanization in mind, Eusebi Güell assigned the design of the park to Antoni Gaudí, a renowned architect and the face of Catalan modernism. The park was built between 1900 and 1914 and was officially opened as a public park in 1926. In 1984, UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site under “Works of Antoni Gaudí”. [4] [5].

Top places to see during a 3 day stay

There are many sights to see and experience around Barcelona. The following map, compiled by the local guides community from Barcelona, highlight the must see places during a 3 stay day in Barcelona [6].

Sources and other useful links

VISA

    If you need an invitation letter for VISA, please REGISTER AND PAY the fees first and then send the following information by email and ask for an invitation letter for visa application:
  • 1. Full name
  • 2. Address
  • 3. Date of birth
  • 4. Nationality
  • 5. Passport number
  • 6. Paper number in the conference