Conference Location

Faculdade de Engenharia
da Universidade do Porto
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias
4200-465 Porto
Phone: +351225081400
Fax: +351225081440
E-mail: sre@fe.up.pt
URL: http://www.fe.up.pt

Issued from the Academia Politécnica, which was founded in 1837, the Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP) is a leading institution of international reputation whose achievements in research and teaching have established itself in the forefront of the universities of engineering.

The Faculty is committed to the highest standards of education, in furtherance of its mission to advance learning and knowledge, preparing professional engineers at an international level. Nowadays, it is one of the largest Faculties of the UP, with about 5,700 students and more than 400 lecturers, of which about two thirds hold a doctoral degree.

Undergraduate teaching is of particular importance to FEUP, which awards 8 Graduate Degrees, but the Faculty has promoted the creation of specialisation courses and a deepening of the knowledge the students acquired during their undergraduate studies.
Presently, FEUP awards 24 Master´s Degrees and Doctoral Degrees in eight scientific areas.

Besides teaching, the Faculty develops research activities and renders services through research centres and interface institutes. These organisations have as their main goal the utilisation of the scientific, technical, human and material resources of the FEUP in the development of fundamental or applied research. These centres also give an important assistance to the accomplishment of Master´s and Doctoral theses.

The Faculty has a departmental structure, organised around the following main classical areas: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Management Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Mining Engineering. Over the past years, and based on this structure, new areas such as informatics and environment have found their way and established themselves in the Faculty life.

The whole activity of the School is supported by a number of relevant Services and Units, namely: a Library providing modern facilities for accessing information, including on-line and digital resources; a Computer Center responsible for up-to-date informatics services and for an important award winning internal information system, Academic and Administrative Services, an External Relations Service and Units specialised in international relations, multimedia facilities, vocational guidance and professional integration.

City Information

About the city of Porto and its region
Porto is the largest city of Northern Portugal. The Historic Centre of Porto, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, is one of the most attractive entertainment venues for visitors, providing a rich variety of monuments and ordinary dwelling, from different periods stretching back as far as the 14th century. Last year, 2001, Porto has been an European Capital of Culture.

The city of Porto and its river, Douro, cannot be dissociated. The Douro valley, with its lovely terraces of vineyards clinging to the hillsides, is the kingdom of the famous Port Wine and offers visitors spectacular views.

The Metropolitan Area of Porto is the main centre of the northern region, which in turn occupies a top ranking position in the European regions, concerning employment. In this region are located the headquarters of many important industries, like jewellery, textile industry, shoe industry, furniture industry, automotive parts industry, and chemical and steel industries, among others.

From the science point of view, the Metropolitan Area of Porto has various Universities (the University of Porto is the biggest of Portugal), Polytechnics, I&D and Professional Institutes that cover all areas of study.

From springtime till autumn many festivals and fairs follow in rapid succession in the whole Northern Portugal. June 24 is Porto largest annual festival, celebrating the city patron saint, São João (Saint John).
Although other great festivals in honor of Saint John are held in many other towns, it is in Porto that the festivities are most colorful. They are held in the city at least from the XIV century, showing a great expansion since the XIX century. Nowadays, during the night from 23 to 24 June, at every corner of the city there are "cascatas" (arrangements of religious motifs), bonfires and groups of merry-makers singing and dancing all night (and tending to whack each other in the head with leeks). Most events are held at the great amusement fair of Fontainhas.

Porto: 302.472
Metropolitan Area of Porto: 1.200.000
Portugal: 10.230.603 (July of 2001)

How to get to Porto
The city of Porto is easily accessible from abroad. Several airlines offer service to Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport, situated about 12 Km from the City Centre. Please contact the Abreu travel agency if you need help to get to Porto.

Local Transportation
From the airport to the hotels, you can take a taxi or use the bus service nº 56. There are taxis available just outside the airport terminal. Taxi fares to the City Centre costs near 15 EUR. The bus service nº 56, just outside the airport terminal, runs every 30 minutes. The journey to the City Centre costs about 1 EUR and takes about 40 minutes. Tell the driver the name of your hotel in order he can help you to choose the stop where you should leave. If you arrive at Porto by train (Campanhã Railway Station) it is better to take a taxi. The cost is about 8 EUR. If you drive from Lisbon to Porto, there is the A1 motorway. The distance between the two cities is 310 Km. Choose the signs "ARRÁBIDA" to cross the Arrábida bridge and leave the motorway to "Porto Cpo. Alegre" direction. You come to a junction with traffic lights after a few hundred meters. Almost all the recommended hotels are nearby.

Information about bus transportations can be found here http://www.stcp.pt/en/.

Some links about Porto:
Porto Town Hall's Tourism Site
Oporto, City Guide
Oporto, World Heritage City
Porto Convention Bureau
Porto 2001
Port Wine Institute
Port Wine
Weather Yahoo
Portuguese Fado
Maps of Porto

Saint John Day at Porto
Usages and traditions

The origin of Saint's John festivities is obscure. It is well known that ancient indo-european populations already had some celebrations related to the summer solstice. There is a probable connection between these events. It is not hard to believe that the rituals, ceremonies and enjoyments had been incorporated by the Christian tradition, with different motivations but similar praxis. These are the bonfires all over the city corners, the lighted balloons and the fireworks that illuminate the sky (the belief that on that night the air is populated with good or bad spirits with whom you may communicate or exorcise). The looking and belief on magic water and miraculous herbage picked early morning. The return home only after seeing the sunrise (an old tradition at Porto was to look directly at the sun disc when it rises using a thin silk scarf, and executing three turns, dancing). The dancing around bonfires is probably a memory of the fire worship, with young people of both genders jumping and singing above and around the flames. Morning dew and water are also elements related to Porto traditions. To receive the dewdrops or wet the hands with dew and wash the face and body gives "health and beauty". To drink fresh water is good for happiness with love and is related with chances and beliefs. For instance if you fill a glass with fresh water at mid-night and put inside small sheets of paper curled up with man and woman names, the paper less folded next morning would tell you the name of your future husband or wife. Besides these magic's and spells, Saint John rituals include food and drinks all night long. Roast sardines and pork meat is found all over city, along with the famous white and red wines of the Douro region. The night is thus a continuous party and promenade. It seams that at 1908, because of an initiative of a local club "Os Girondinos" the Saint John day become city's party. The Saint John at Porto is a raving night, with balloons and fireworks, and people heating, drinking, singing and dancing all over. People walk at the streets "armed" with leeks or soft plastic hammers trying to whack each other in the head (some think this is a memory of some erotic ritual of the past). There are awards for the best "cascatas" (cascades), that are arrangements of religious motifs that people from the city build as an expression of popular art. Again the water motif is present. The term "cascata" means waterfall, a construction of stones and shells that imitates rocks where the water falls down. The most famous and popular "cascata" is located at the "Fontainhas" where a great amusement fair also takes place.

Other Information

The local time is GMT.

Currency and Credit Cards
The currency in Portugal is the euro (EUR). Major credit cards are widely accepted around the city of Porto.

Electricity Supply and Plugs
The electricity supply in Portugal is 230 volts, 50 Hz. The plug sockets are Schucko type.

Local Facilities

Computer Rooms
Computer rooms with several Windows/Linux PCs will be available to allow participants to check their e-mail and navigate the Web. The computer rooms will be open during the same hours as the registration desk.
If you send us in advance your laptop MAC address we may provide Internet access to it at the many available RJ45 plug-in points of the local LAN.
Please send your name, contact information (including e-mail) and network interface MAC address to the EUNIS 2002 secretariat.

ATM Machines
Several ATM machines are available at FEUP. You may use them to draw money from your bank.

Shops and Services
At the FEUP campus there is a bookshop, within the library, as well as three coffee shops where snacks and drinks may be obtained. Opening times during the days of the conference will be provided at the registration desk.

Telephone Calls
At the FEUP campus several telephones boxes are available. The area code for Portugal is 351. The city code for Porto is 22. To place a call to Porto from another country, dial +351 22 and the local number. You need to use always the city code within Portugal, even if your call is for a number in the same city.
To place international calls from Porto, you need to dial 00 before the country code and the city code.