8th International Symposium on In Vitro Culture and Horticultural Breeding

General Information

On Sunday (June, 2) the registration desk will be open at the Department of Life Sciences (Street: Calçada Martim de Freitas, near the Botanic Garden - www.uc.pt/jardimbotanico - 15.00h – 18.00h).

Coffee and refreshments will be available. Payment at desk must be in cash (Euro Currency). On Monday (June, 3), registration will be open from 08.00h to 12.30h near the Auditorium where the symposium takes place (Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Campus II, Main Auditorium, Street: Sílvio Lima, black building).

The Department of Life Sciences is in a walk away distance from Coimbra main hotels. The organization will provide transportation from Coimbra city center to the Symposium venue (about 1,5 km distance) and back to the hotels. Buses will depart near the Hotels Vila Galé and D. Inês and will stop near the other hotels indicated by the organization.

Bus lines 34 and 38 connect city center to the Campus II, just in front of the main Auditorium (Pólo II on time-tables). A one way ticket costs 1,6€ if achieved in the bus. Cheaper tickets (1 pack of eleven – 6,40€) are available in several city points, including some hotels.

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Oral sessions

All oral sessions will be held at the main Auditorium, 2nd floor. Presenters are required to use the computer provided by the organization. Presentations should be provided to the registration staff one day before the presentation. For those presenting their communications on Monday (June 3) morning the presentations should be send to jorgecan@ci.uc.pt. Oral presentations are scheduled for a maximum of 12 min. plus 3 min. for discussion. Chairs of the sessions will keep strictly to this schedule.


Posters (max 1.2 m x 0.9 m) should be mounted on June 3, between 08.00 and 12.30h, in the lobby of the 2nd floor near the Auditorium. Poster boards will be labeled with the number of the posters as appearing in Abstract Book (e.g. P21). Posters should remain on display throughout the symposium and should be removed on Thursday (June, 6) morning. The organization will provide pins or other materials to fix the posters.

Meals and coffee breaks

Lunches (June 3 to 6) will be provided at the University restaurant (about 100m away from the main Auditorium) and are included in the registration fee. Coffee breaks will be served during morning and afternoon near the Auditorium. On June 3 (Monday), an informal cocktail will be served after the sessions (see program). On June 4 (Tuesday) all participants are invited for a dinner cheered up by Coimbra student songs. Congress dinner (June, 5th – Wednesday) will be held at the Hotel Palace (Curia, 30 kms North of Coimbra) followed by a session of Coimbra Fado. The organization will provide transportation for the participants who have registered in this event.

Technical tour

On Friday (June, 7) a technical tour to Mirtilusa and to a cork produced company (Irmãos Amorim) will take place for those who have registered. Lunch will be provided during the tour at a local restaurant. Mirtilusa (Sever do Vouga, 90 kms north of Coimbra) is a blueberry producing company which exports most of its production and Irmãos Amorim is a world leader cork processing company.


During the symposium the organization will provide wireless internet access to all participants.

How to reach Coimbra

Coimbra is located in the Center of Portugal, 40 kms from the cost. The city has a population of 120.000 with about 35.000 students (this means a lot of noisy…) most of them studying (or not) at the University of Coimbra. The University dates back to the 13th century (1290) and is the oldest university in Portugal and one of the oldest in Europe. The old part of the university is one of the main Portuguese touristic destinations.

The nearest main Portuguese airport from Coimbra is Porto airport. There is a metro connection from Porto airport to Porto train station (Campanhã) (purple line). Buses or taxis are also available. At Campanhã train station there are several connections to Coimbra. The Coimbra main train station is "Coimbra B". There are two types of trains "Pendular" (blue ones in the time table) and "Intercidades" (green ones). Pendular trains are faster but more expensive. The trip will take approximately 1h by Pendular and a little more by Intercidades.

Coimbra can also be easily reached through Lisbon the main Portuguese airport. More companies fly to Lisbon than to Oporto, so may be is easier to get flights to Lisbon. From Lisbon airport take the metro (http://www.metrolisboa.pt/informacao/planear-a-viagem/diagrama/ - red line, leave it at the "Lisboa Oriente" - 3rd station after the airport- and follow the indications to the train station, 2 floors above) or a taxi to Lisboa Oriente train station, the closest train station near the Lisbon airport. A taxi will cost between 6-10€ depending on hour and luggage). Metro is cheaper. As in the case of Porto there are two types of trains connecting Lisboa to Coimbra: Pendular and Intercidades. The trip takes approximately 1h 45 min by Pendular trains and 1h 55 min by Intercidades.

Note that there is also “Coimbra A” train station which is downtown Coimbra. In Coimbra B there are connections to Coimbra A, but it is faster to reach city center or most of the hotels by taxi (4-6€).

Bus services also connect Lisboa or Porto to Coimbra (http://www.rede-expressos.pt/default.aspx). Bus Coimbra station is located near the hotels Vila Galé and D. Inês.

Liability and Insurance

The registration fee does not include any insurance for the participants or accompanying persons. The organizers are not liable for any injury or damage involving persons and property during the symposium. Participants are advised to take their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.