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Monday: Welcome reception


On Monday 20th, at 19:30, a welcome reception will be held in the garden of Casa de Convalescència, the main conference venue.

Tuesday: Poster session 1 at Institut d'Estudis Catalans

Institut Estudis Catalans 3

On Tuesday 21st, at 19:20, we will hold the poster session for papers presented during Tuesday at the Institut d'Estudis Catalans, in the Old Town.

Institut Estudis Catalans 2

The Institut d'Estudis Catalans (“Institute for Catalan Studies”) is located in a large baroque building, built between 1629 and 1680. Next to the Institute for Catalan Studies, there is the Hospital de la Santa Creu. It is a priceless treasure of Catalan gothic architecture. Its origins go back to 1219, when Pope Honorius III decided to concede protection to the formerly existing hospital. This same building, although only a small part of the original is conserved, was later known as the Hospital de la Santa Creu.

Institut Estudis Catalans 1

Annexed to the hospital, in front of the Institute for Catalan Studies, is the third monumental building, the Col.legi de Cirurgia de Barcelona (1762), a neo-classic building containing a surgical amphiteatre and school.

Getting there


Address: Carrer del Carme, 47-49.

Institut Estudis Catalans Map

The closest metro station is Liceu , in L3 (green). You exit the metro at La Rambla. Walk uphill along La Rambla for about 100 metres and you will soon see a large baroque church (Esglèsia del Carme) on the left side. Carrer del Carme is the one at the corner. Walk for about 3 minutes, and you will find the Institute entrance on the left.


Metro Catalunya is almost as close: Walk downhill along La Rambla and make a right to Carrer del Carme.

Wednesday: Visit to Palau de la Música and Banquet

Palau de la Música Catalana

The Palau de la Música Catalana (“Palace of Catalan Music”) is a concert hall designed in the Catalan modernist style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, like the Hospital de Sant Pau and Casa de Convalescència. It was built between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeó Català, a choral society to which it still mostly belongs. The project was financed primarily by the society, but important financial contributions also were made by Barcelona's wealthy industrialists and bourgeoisie. In 1997, the Palau de la Música Catalana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Hospital de Sant Pau. Today, more than half a million people a year attend musical performances in the Palau that range from symphonic and chamber music to jazz and Cançó (Catalan song).

Palau de la Música Catalana

We have programmed guided visits to the Palau, starting at 17:30. Sign-up sheets will be provided during Monday and Tuesday for the different visit times, as the number of persons per visit is limited.

Palau de la Música Catalana

The invited talk by J. Schmidhuber will be held at 19:00 in the Petit Palau, a modern annex inside the Palau. From there we will move to the banquet, to be held in the entrance hall and terrace of the Palau.
Please remember to bring your entrance ticket to this event.

Getting there


Address: Carrer Palau de la Música, 4-6 / Carrer de Sant Pere Mes Alt, 11

Palau de la Música Map

The closest metro station is Urquinaona , in L4 (yellow) and L1 (red). The closest exit is Via Laietana in L4: the Palau, although not directly visible from there, is only a few metres away.

Thursday: Poster session 2 at Historic Building of University of Barcelona


On Thursday 23rd, at 19:45, we will hold the poster session for papers presented during Wednesday and Thursday in the Claustre de Ciències (Sciences Cloyster) of the historic building of Universitat de Barcelona.

Universitat de Barcelona 1

The Historic Building of University of Barcelona was one of the first buildings to be raised outside the ancient city walls, and was designed by Elies Rogent in 1863. Work on the building lasted for more than twenty years, although by 1871 the first lectures were being given there.

Universitat de Barcelona 2

The architectural work and the quality of the building's works of art meant that the historic building was declared a national monument of historic and artistic interest in 1970. The clock and the iron bell housed in the tower in the Pati de Lletres — the Patio of Arts and Humanities – were installed in 1881.

Universitat de Barcelona 3

This historic building occupies a whole block by itself, enclosed within is a carefully tended garden with its own history. The garden was laid out together with the historic building, and was designed as a botanic garden.

Getting there


The building formal address is Gran Via 585. It dominates the Plaça Universitat, one of the three large squares connecting the Old City with the Eixample.

Universitat Barcelona Map

The closest metro station is Universitat , in L1 (red) and L2 (purple). Once you exit the metro, you cannot miss the large building with the tower clock on the left end. Enter through the largest, central, door, and take the stairs on the right to the first floor.





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