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Social Program 

The social program includes the welcome reception and gala dinner for the participants (registration as ‘Student’ does not include the gala dinner). The registration as accompanying person also includes the participation in several tours. 

Registration in one or more tours can also be made by persons not registered as accompanying person.

The Welcome Reception



Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB)


The construction of CentroCultural de Belém was decided in 1988 to welcome and accommodate the Portuguese European Union Presidency, in 1992, remaining subsequently as a core facility for cultural and leisure activities.


It was decided to build CCB in1988. The complex comprises a centre for temporary exhibitions which since 2006has housed the Berardo Museum, a module with multipurpose rooms, an auditorium for symphonic music and opera performances and another geared to the performing arts, as well as a conference centre that hosted Portugal's Presidency of theEuropean Union in 1992. The building was designed by the architects Vittorio Gregotti (Italy) and Manuel Salgado (Portugal), today has a strong cultural programme and plays important part as a Conference Centre. It has been classified since2002 as a monument of public interest.


An international architectural competition was held. 6 out of the 57 proposals received have been invited to develop a preliminary project. The selected proposal belonged to the architects consortium Vittorio Gregotti (Italy) and Manuel Salgado (Portugal). They designed the construction of five modules – Conference Centre, Performing ArtsCentre, Exhibition Centre, Hotel Zone and Complementary Equipment. Only the first ones were raised, namely, the Conference Centre, the Performing ArtsCentre and the Exhibition Centre.


With the project of the two remaining modules of the original plan currently under way, presently the CCB occupies a construction area of 97,000 sq meters, distributed along 60,000 sq meters and separated by two internal streets, connected by a pedestrian way, creating continuity with the Praça do Império outside. This building can be seen as a small city with gardens, lakes, bridges, slopes, and small hidden places, where the nobility of the Museum Square stands out.


Since 2002, the Centro Cultural de Belém has been classified as a monument of public interest, and is included in the Special Protection Area of the Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Belém.


Housed in a former parking garage, Garagem Sul’s large space offers a unique atmosphere for the presentation of architectural works and ideas. Since 2012, it has organised a regular programme of temporary exhibitions, either of the work of well-established architects or that explore other fields relevant to understanding architecture as a way of knowing how to transform the world.These exhibitions are mounted in partnership with other Portuguese and international institutions, putting Garagem Sul and Lisbon on the map as part of a global network of venues that present contemporary architecture


The Gala Dinner

Casino Lisboa – Restaurante Beltejo


Inaugurated on April 19, 2006, the Casino Lisboa is located near the Tagus River, in Lisbon's modern Parque das Nações, an emerging tourist hub.


Casino Lisboa occupies the building of the formerly Future Pavilion, one of the main attractions of the World Expo of 1998, bolstering a refined, yet minimalist architecture. The building was extensively rebuilt for its new purpose under a project by architect Fernando JorgeCorreia. Inside, opal floors and glass walls merge with alluring solutions powered by the latest in multimedia hardware. There are often major shows at the over-600-seatOceans Auditorium as well as a variety of performances at the rotating central bar.


Located on the second floor with a stunning view toTagus Rives, the Beltejo Restaurant is ideal for exclusive events.


Tours for accompanying persons


Sintra and Cascais Full Day Tour – 24 July – 10:00 –17:00



Departure in the direction of the charming Sintra region, once referred to by Lord Byron as his "Glorious Eden". There you will visit the Royal Palace of Sintra, fabulous residence of numerous kings of Portugal, with its precise painted ceiling tiles and an extraordinarily large kitchen.


Leaving the Palace, the clients will have some free time to walk through the streets of Sintra, full of small shops of tiles and ceramics, where they will be able to taste the typical cakes of Sintra, Queijadas and Travesseiros de Sintra. Lunch in a local restaurant. After Lunch visit to Cabo da Roca. The tour will continue with the views of the Tagus to Cascais, Boca do Inferno and Estoril.


Price per person: for a minimum of 20 people € 77,00




Bus transportation starting and arriving at the Venue

Official English speaking Guide

“Palácio da Vila” Entrance



Lisbon Half Day Tour – 25 July – 09:00 – 13:00



An unforgettable journey to of Lisbon’s noble areas. Belém featuring iconic buildings from the 15th and 16th century, related to the Portuguese Discoveries.


Explore the beautiful Jerónimos Monastery built in the 1500’s (closed on Mondays). The church interior unveils a gorgeous Gothic-Renaissance style altar, as well as the tombs of great Portuguese explorers.


Restore the energy in one of the oldest and most famous pastry shops of Lisbon to taste the delicious Belém Pastry.


Price per person: for a minimum of 20 people € 41,00




Bus transportation starting and arriving at the Venue

Official English speaking Guide

Jerónimos Monastery Entrance

Pastéis de Belém



Mafra and Ericeira Full Day Tour – 26 July – 09:30 –17:00


Departure towards Mafra - visit to this ancient village conquered to the Moors in the XII century. Focus on the Mafra Convent - one of the most beautiful Portuguese monuments, with its world-famous carillon, formed by 114 bells. Initially conceived as a small convent for 13 friars, the project for the Real Convent of Mafra is an immense building of about 40,000 m2.


Proceeding to North, we shall stop in Ericeira where we will have lunch in a local restaurant. Ericeira is an old picturesque fishing village, also known as the “Portuguese Mecca of surf”, to have lunch. After, before coming back, we can walk around and visit the village with its narrow cobblestone streets, characteristic housing, singular monuments and enjoy the breath-taking views of the ocean.


After lunch, some free time before the departure to Lisbon.


Price per person: for a minimum of 20 people € 72,00




Bus transportation starting and arriving at the Venue

Official English speaking Guide

Mafra Convent Entrance


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