Travel and Accomodation
The colloquium will take place at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon, which is in Cidade Universitária, the UNIVERSITY CAMPUS and also the name of the university’s subway station.
In order to enter in Portugal, citizens of the European Union simply require a valid citizen card. For citizens of several countries outside of Europe (e. g. Australia, Canada and the USA) a valid passport is sufficient. In the case a visa is required, don’t forget to request it in advance at the Portugal Embassy/Consulate in your country, in accordance with normal Portuguese visa procedures.
Find a Portugal Embassy/Consulate in your country here.
ARRIVING IN/DEPARTING FROM LISBON
BY AIR Lisboa International Airport, 7 km from the city centre, has daily flights to and from the major cities in Europe and the world. The Portuguese airline TAP – Air Portugal, as well as major international airlines, fly to and from Lisboa.
After arriving at Lisbon airport, go to the main Arrivals Hall. There you find a Lisbon Tourist Office (running from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.) where you can get a map of the city and some basic information.
Lisbon airport has subway connections to the city centre. [See map below]
If you prefer to take a taxi, Lisbon airport is inside the city, so a regular taxi ride to the City Centre will cost you around €20. However, the best way We strongly recommend that you purchase a Taxi Voucher at the Tourism Information Counter in the airport’s Arrivals Hall. Make sure you have your hotel address with you. Depending on the time of day, the ride to your hotel will take between 15 minutes (daytime, not too much traffic) and 35 minutes (rush hour).
The city has good road accesses and the most frequently used routes are: the A1 motorway. the 25th April Bridge, the new Vasco da Gama Bridge, and the CREL, the outer ring-road for the Lisboa region.
In addition to Santa Apolónia terminal station, the city now has Gare do Oriente, adjacent to the Parque das Nações. Both stations have direct bus or subway connections to the city centre.
GETTING TO THE CONFERENCE
– Yellow Line (Linha Amarela) – Cidade Universitária station (about 10mins). [fares] [map]: When arriving by subway, get off at Cidade Universitária and please take the tunnel way out (not the stairs way out). After getting out of that tunnel, do not cross but go straight ahead with the main building of the University – Reitoria – on your left on the other side of the road. When you reach the end of Reitoria, turn left at the zebra crossing. The Faculdade de Letras will be in front of you. [See map below]
– 2ª circular – Campo Grande / Cidade Universitária exit
Lisbon offers a good choice of hotels. Prices for single ensuite rooms, breakfast included, range from more or less €40,00 to €200,00.
You can search the Web for hotels in Lisbon. Here are three sites:
In your conference binder you will find the necessary codes to have access to Wireless LAN on your laptop.
Computers with online access will also be available for conferencists.
Lisbon has a warm climate with sunny spring and summer days, when temperatures frequently reach 30ºC (85ºF) or above.
Updated information on weather available here.
The Euro (€) is the currency in use in Portugal. Bank services are available throughout the city, from 08:30 to 15:00. ATMs can be found outside most banks, at the airport and shopping centers. Major international credit cards are accepted in ATMs, hotels, restaurants and most shops.
The normal electricity supply is 220 volts.
To explore Portugal: http://www.visitportugal.com/Cultures/en-US/default.html
To explore Lisbon: http://www.visitlisboa.com/Home_UK.aspx?lang=en-GB
SOME FACTS ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF LISBON
The University of Lisbon, whose origins go back to the second half of the 13th century, is one of the largest and most renowned Portuguese universities. Its statutes declare as main goals the creation, transmission and diffusion of science, culture and knowledge at the highest level.
The University of Lisbon enrols about 20,000 students and its teaching and non-teaching staff amounts to around 2,800 people.
Undergraduate and graduate programmes are offered in several branches in eight faculties (Faculty of Letters, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Psychology and Education, Faculty of Dentistry and Faculty of Fine Arts).
Research is carried out in laboratories, institutes and research centres in connection with public and private sectors. The University of Lisbon participates in EC programmes, bilateral international programmes and in inter-institutional projects.
Three new universities were created by a Decree-Law in 1911: the universities of Coimbra, Oporto and Lisbon. This law considered the University of Coimbra to be reformed, whilst the other two were considered to be new. The introduction to the Decree-Law neglected to mention the fact that most of the first phase of the Portuguese university system (1288-1290 and 1537) took place in Lisbon. The University of Lisbon was founded on its now oldest faculties: Letters, Law and Medicine.
In spite of the ex novo creation, the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon followed up the project of the Curso Superior de Letras which had been created by the king, D. Pedro V, in 1859 and subsequently twice reorganised in 1878 and 1901.
Throughout its history and several syllabus revisions (the most important of which occurred in 1957), the Faculty of Letters of Lisbon has developed important work at both the scientific and pedagogic level, focusing on large areas of knowledge, such as Classical Studies, Geography, Literary Studies, History, Philosophy and, up to the 80s, Psychology.
The Faculty offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses (including MA and PhD courses), as well as free courses in several areas, such as Portuguese as a Foreign Language.
The Faculty houses several research centres, since 1933 has published a journal entitled Revista da Faculdade de Letras, and several other journals of a more specialised nature, produced by the different departments and institutes.