The Mathematical Methods in Engineering, International Symposium MME'10 will be held at Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra (ISEC), from 21-24 October 2010, Coimbra, Portugal.
Located on a hill overlooking the city, the University of Coimbra comprises a cluster of buildings dedicated to the production and dissemination of knowledge, which has grown and evolved over more than seven centuries, and which unquestionably constitutes its own noble and well-defined urban area within the city of Coimbra. The University of Coimbra founded on the 13th of August in 1290 by King Dinis makes it one of the oldest in the world.
Six of Portugalâ€™s Kings were born here and in 1139 until 1256 it was the chosen capital of the country. The original name in the Roman period was Aeminium, and it later developed under the influence of the greater nearby town of Conimbriga. This latter place is now a large archaeological site of great interest with a museum to display the findings from the diggings. At first sight the town appears more devoted to commerce than learning but the skyline above the lower part of the city suggests its real purpose.
Historic, romantic and contemporary city. Strolling through the old age streets, take a journey through history and explore the ancient city. Discover the love stories among the trees of the Botanical Gardens.
How to get to Coimbra:
First Option: Airport of Oporto
Best option is to fly to the Oporto Airport.: From the airport which lies to the north of the town, you can take a taxi to the main railway station of Porto CampanhÃ£a (this should cost 20-25 â‚¬) or you can go from the airport to the station by underground.
This will take approximately 30 minutes and cost 1,20. â‚¬. Underground station is at the airport which means you donâ€™t have to leave the airport to get to it. Trains depart station hourly with a journey time of one and quarter hours for Alfa Pendular and InterCity trains, and approximately two hours for regional trains.
Rail fares cost between 17 and 25 â‚¬. Get off at Coimbra B. You can take another train for Coimbra A station on the same ticket from where many hotels are within walking distance. Please note that Intercidades trains do not stop at Coimbra A station, so you must get off at Coimbra B.
Second Option: Airport of Lisbon
The second option is to fly to the airport of Lisbon.
From de airport of Lisbon there are several ways of getting to the â€œOrienteâ€ railway station:
Carris buses - The ticket may be purchased from the driver as you board the bus. The ticket costs 1,35 â‚¬
You should take the n.Âº 5 line - EstaÃ§Ã£o do Oriente / Aeroporto / Areeiro
Aeroshuttle (CARRIS NÂº 96) - Available everyday, every 30 minutes between 7am and 11pm, the aeroshuttle connects Gare Oriente - Airport - Entrecampos - Sete Rios - PraÃ§a de Espanha.Tickets (3,50 â‚¬) can be purchased on board and also in the Tourism Office at arrivals (public area).
Tickets (3,50 â‚¬) can be purchased on board and also in the Tourism Office at arrivals (public area).
Taxis - There are two taxi stands within the perimeter of the airport, one at arrivals and the other at departures.
The fare on the taxi meter should read 2,50 â‚¬ (daytime pick-up). Outside the city limits, city fares are charged per kilometer (km=0,42 â‚¬). 1,60 â‚¬ is charged for the transportation of luggage or animals. Before taking a taxi, inquire about the fare*.
You can get more info and purchase a Taxi Voucher at the Tourism Information Counter in the airport's Arrivals Hall.
* An additional 20% is charged for services on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays and for nighttime service from 9pm to 6am.
â€¢ At the train station, go to the upper ticketing level and find the ticket kiosk. Buy a train ticket from â€œLisboa Orienteâ€ to â€œCoimbra-Bâ€. The journey will cost between 16,10â‚¬ and 21,10â‚¬, depending on the category of train.
â€¢ Trains depart Lisbooa Oriente station for Coimbra approximately every hour, with a journey duration of around 2 hours.
â€¢ You can check the Portuguese Rail site for more information; if you prefer buying these tickets beforehand, use the online ticket purchase service â€“ Net Ticket â€“ at the right of the webpage screen).
â€¢ Please just note that Intercity, Alfa Pendular or Inter-Regional trains do not stop in Coimbra central station, only Regionals do. Therefore, youâ€™ have to get off of the train in Coimbra-B station and, there, take the next possible train to Coimbra-cidade. You can use the same ticket as this transfer is included in the price. This ride takes about 4 minutes.
â€¢ Once in Coimbra-cidade station youâ€™ll most likely find a Little Helper that will give you all the basic instructions you need to get to the dorm. If not, weâ€™ll also put up some information on some strategic places so you canâ€™t get yourself lost. ;)
â€¢ Please note that the last daily train departs at 20:09.
We are a public institute of higher education, which is composed of six schools (Coimbra College of Agriculture (ESAC), Coimbra College of Education (ESEC), Oliveira do Hospital College of Technology and management (ESTGOH), Coimbra College of Health Technology (ESTEsC) and Coimbra Institute of Accounting and Administration (ISCAC) and Coimbra Institute of Engineering (ISEC), Social Welfare Services (SAS) and the President Services (PS).
As one may deduce from the names of our schools, the Institute has to offer a large variety of studies, which also include cross-border education in partnership with other European institutions of higher education, for both bachelorâ€™s and master degree levels.
We participate in a number of international mobility programmes and we value cooperation projects with European countries and Portuguese-speaking countries. Academic social welfare is particularly important for us in terms of scholarships, meals and accommodation. For this purpose the SAS seek to provide to each student personalised support, although focusing in particular on the most disadvantaged students in order to provide them with the financial means to carry out their studies.
The Institute possesses halls of residence and canteens located in different parts of the city so as to provide the suitable services to our student population, which is scattered like our schools. We also have to offer the whole community of the IPC a medical clinic with several medical specialties of conventional and complementary medicine, a cardio fitness and weight training gym, a sporting ground, as well as other sporting facilities which we hold in partnership with other entities.
Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra cultivates several partnerships, either with institutions of higher education or with other entities in education, research, service provision or sports and culture, which we share synergies and points in common. We wish to provide to our students not only a place where they may receive higher education, but also an environment favoring complete intellectual development, consolidating civic education in a broad sense, in order to deliver to our country and world citizens who will work towards a sustainable future, a future of progress, a tomorrow filled with hope.
BUILDING THE FUTURE TODAY
Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra was created in 1979 when polytechnic education was introduced in Portugal. In spite of the IPCâ€™s recent history, it inherited the tradition and experience of the colleges which became part of it, thus becoming today one of the largest polytechnics in the country and one of the most important institutions of higher education in Portugal. Today it encompasses six colleges:
Coimbra College of Agriculture (ESAC)
Coimbra College of Education (ESEC)
Oliveira do Hospital College of Technology and Management (ESTGOH)
Coimbra College of Health Technology (ESTeSC)
Coimbra Institute of Accounting and Administration (ISCAC)
Coimbra Institute of Engineering (ISEC)
as well as the:
Social Welfare Services (SAS)
President Services (PS)
The image which the IPC today projects in the scope of higher education in Portugal (as the high number of applicants witnesses), the courses made available at its schools, as well as the excellent employment record, all is the result of the Polytechnicâ€™s quality teaching (where the strong practical component is based on solid theoretical education) and, equally important, the constant concern of adapting the courses to the labour market and the countryâ€™s needs.
Furthermore, the Polytechnic invests much in inter-institutional cooperation, internationalization, career advisory services and professional training of its collaborators.
Mission & Purposes:
Polytechnic Institute of Coimbraâ€™s mission is to train professionals with the characteristics and skills required to fulfill the region and the countryâ€™s developmental demands.
The goals of Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, as an institution of higher education, are:
providing high quality education in both cultural, scientific, artistic, technological and professional fields;
encouraging applied research activities;
providing services to the regional community, aiming joint development;
developing exchange programmes with similar national and international institutions;
contributing - through its activities - to an international cooperation and the meeting of peoples and communities.