Welcome to Vila do Conde, a city and municipality in the northern coastal region of Portugal, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Rio Ave to the south. Visiting Vila do Conde means discovering 18 kilometers of beaches, experiencing the rurality of its parishes, enjoying the hospitality of its people, appreciating the beauty and grandeur of its monuments, and delving into its history.

Workshop venue (7th December):

The workshops will take place at CIBIO’s headquarters, in Vairão, just north of Port.

Address: Campus de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, nº 7, Vairão, 4485-661 Portugal; GPS:  N 41º20'48" N 41º19’39’’ / W 8º40’23’’

How to get to CIBIO: For general information and directions visit this link ; If you're using public transport, a convenient shuttle service operates between Mindelo Metro Station and Vairão Campus. Check the schedule here



Conference Venue (8th and 9th)

The conference (8th and 9th) will take place at Villa C Boutique Hotel. The venue is located close to the centre of Vila do Conde. There is free parking and free wifi in the venue. 

Address: Av. Mouzinho de Albuquerque, s/n - Estrada Nacional 13, Vila do Conde, 4480-151 Portugal ; GPS: N 41º20'48" / W 8º44'18"


How to get here (Conference venue)

By Car
To reach Vila do Conde by car, take the A28 highway, easily accessible from Porto or the airport. Head north on the highway (towards Vila do Conde / Viana do Castelo) and take exit 15 (marked as "N206 – Vila do Conde").  There is parking space in front or in the back of the Hotel. 

By Metro
To get to Vila do Conde, you can use the metro system ("Metro do Porto"). Take Line B (red line), which connects Porto to Póvoa de Varzim. Exit at "Santa Clara" station (14-minute walk to the conference venue).

By Air
If you're arriving at Porto Airport, take Line E (purple line) and exit at the "Verdes" station. Then, transfer to Line B (red line) in the direction of "Póvoa de Varzim" and get off at "Santa Clara" station.

Social Dinner

A social dinner will be held on the 8th at Adega do Monte restaurant in Vila do Conde, starting at 8:00 PM. Adega do Monte restaurant is conveniently located just a 13-minute walk (850 meters) from the conference venue (check directions here). 

The social dinner is priced at 20 euros and offers a SET MENU, featuring appetizers, a choice of main course, dessert, beverages, and coffee. Please note that tickets are mandatory for this event and can be purchased at the registration desk until 4:00 PM on the same day.

To ensure your seat at the dinner table, we kindly request you to confirm your attendance and specify your preferred main course by filling out the following form


REGISTER social dinner

Where to sleep

Vila do Conde has a variety of accommodations to offer. Please click the link “Accommodations that offer contingents or discount for SPE 2023 delegates” to get to the table listing these accommodations, and respective information.

To secure a room, just contact the accomodation and mention that you will be attending conference or the promocode “SPE 2023”  to get a room from the contingent and if available the discount.

If you are looking for a budget accommodation, we also recommend the charming HI Vila do conde - Pousada de juventude.

Organising committee

Scientific committee