Social Program

The social program includes the Welcome Reception on Tuesday 21 July, a Public Lecture, the Reception on Wednesday 22 July and the Conference Dinner on Monday 27.
Access to the public lecture is free.

The cost of the Welcome Reception is included in the full, student, and accompanying person registration fees.

The Conference Dinner tickets will be available at an extra cost with a significant discount offered to students.

In addition, a number of one- or two-day excursions will be arranged both for the participants to spend the weekend and for accompanying persons during the conference.

Welcome Reception

There will be a Welcome Reception on Tuesday 21 July at 18:00. The reception will take place at the conference venue (On-site registration will be open from 15:00 to 21:00). There is no additional cost for registered participants and accompanying persons.

Public Lectures *

Two scientific lectures of general public interest will be given as part of the conference. These will take place on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 19:00 to 20:00:

Serge Haroche (Nobel Laureate) Talk related to the International Year of Light 2015
Pedro Echenique (Premio Príncipe de Asturias) La sublime utilidad de la ciencia inútil (The sublime usefulness of useless science)

The lectures are open to conference participants, accompanying persons and the general public.

Conference Dinner

The conference organizers invite you to a fantastic evening of great food and drinks. The conference dinner will be held on Monday 27 July 2015 at Olivar de Santa Teresa. The evening will begin at 20:00 with drinks, followed by dinner served at 21:00. Tickets are 50€ for regular participants and accompanying persons, 30€ for students and 20€ for children. Tickets can be booked through the conference website at registration. There is a limit on the number of places at the dinner, so early booking is strongly recommended.

Accompanying Persons Program *

Discover the “City of the Three Cultures”!

Located 70 km away from Madrid is Toledo, a beautiful city-museum declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is one of the oldest towns in Europe and has a great artistic beauty and buildings from almost all periods in history (Arabian, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque style). Toledo is called the “City of the Three Cultures”, since Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together. In the XVI century, it was also the place of residence of the great painter El Greco.

Itinerary: View of the city on foot. It includes a tour inside the Cathedral. Its architecture shows all the stages of Spanish Gothic and the building contains a large number of works of art (stained glass, choir, chancel, altarpieces, paintings by El Greco, etc.). We will also visit the church of San Tomé. The architecture includes the magnificent Moorish square tower in brick and masonry taped. Inside is the canvas of "The Burial of the Count of Orgaz", by El Greco. This picture represents St. Stephen and St. Augustine appearing after the death of Don Gonzalo Ruiz de Toledo, Count of Orgaz, to proceed to its burial. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes this excursion.
Approximate duration: 4 hours.

Includes:
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance tickets (Cathedral and Church of St. Tomé)
  • Minimum participants requested: 40
  • Meeting departure point: Congress Venue

Accompanying Kids Program

Kids will be most welcome to ICPEAC-2015. We offer kids with ages between 5 and 12 to participate in an International Science Camp organized at the same time as ICPEAC-2015. We hope this family-friendly initiative will encourage participation of young researchers with children and will promote gender equality.
  • The camp is organized through play activities related with Science. The activities, in
    English, will be carried out by expert instructors from Science4You (http://www.science4you.es/actividades/campamentos-cientificos/toledo)
  • The camp timetable is fully compatible with the conference: Wednesday 22 to Friday 24, Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 at 8:30-13:00 and 14:30-18:00.
    Lunchtime is included as an option
  • Camp venue is at CM Francisco Tomas y Valiente (400 m from conference venue)
  • The price has been set at 235 € (lunch included) or 185 € (without lunch).
Registration and deadlines for Accompanying Kids Program:
  • For registration and payment, follow the instructions given here
  • Deadline for registration: June 26 (a limited number of places are still available)
  • Deadline for payment: July 13 (cancelations are possible but 20% will be charged due to administrative costs)
For more information on the camp activities, registration, payment and other questions:
http://www.science4you.es/actividades/campamentos-cientificos/toledo
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+ 34 91 279 63 42

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES:
We provide various tours for conference participants and accompanying persons to choose, including 2 tours during the conference. You are strongly advised to book the tours through the conference tour booking system under "Registration" before June 22. Tour fee will be paid through the online form in order to guarantee the reservation. However, we would cancel your booking if less than 30 persons are registered for the tour.

* Activities partially funded by the Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT) – Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad

Sevilla (Saturday July 25)

One-day excursion (Saturday July 25)

SEVILLA
APROX PRICE PER PERSON: 355€
(Offered for Accompanying Persons Programme on Friday 24)

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Seville is the capital of Andalusia, and the largest and most densely populated province in the Autonomous Region. Built on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville is heir to a rich Arab legacy, and to the condition of being a prosperous trading port with the Americas. Seville, the emblematic city of universal renown, has been Arab, Jewish and Roman, and its river and river port have served as a privileged destination for trade with the West Indies. According to legend, Sevilla was founded by Hercules and its origins are linked with the Tartessian civilisation. It was called Hispalis under the Romans and Isbiliya with the Arabs. This area has an interesting collection of historic buildings, many of which have been declared World Heritage Sites, and also contains colorful districts with great popular flavor, such as Triana and La Macarena.

The tour will start at the Santa Justa Train Station to visit the impressive Plaza de España, which is a magnificent sample of the Iberoamerican Exposition in 1929. Then the Cathedral which is the third largest temple in the World, and which demonstrates renaissance and manierist styles. It was built on the site of the main mosque of the town. The orange tree courtyard still remains from the former mosque as well as the Giralda tower which is the symbol of the city and from where you can see breathtaking views of Seville. We will go from the cathedral to the Golden tower which contains an important Graphics and written exhibits related to the city´s nautical history. Afterwards, we will go on the Santa Cruz Quarter, which used to be the Jewish district. You will discover the enchantment of these narrow streets, the mysterious small squares that are full of orange trees and flower filled courtyards.

Includes transportation by High Speed Train (AVE) Madrid to Sevilla and then by bus around the city, entrance tickets, lunch at a typical restaurant and English speaking guide. Minimum number of participants: 30

Meeting departure point: Palacio de Congresos

Segovia (Saturday July 25)

One-day excursion (Saturday July 25)

SEGOVIA
APROX. PRICE PER PERSON: 150 €

Segovia is Spain and Castile at its best - twisting alleyways, the highest concentration of Romanesque churches in all Europe, pedestrian streets where no cars are allowed, all surrounded by the city's medieval wall which itself is bordered by two rivers and an extensive green-belt park with miles of shaded walks. On the north-west end of the wall is the famous Alcázar castle, the most dramatically sited of all Spanish royal fortress-palaces. Residence of the Christian Kings in the medieval times, it has the shape of a ship and inspired Walt Disney´s fairy tales castles. It was in the Alcázar where Queen Isabel promised Columbus the financial backing he needed to discover America. To the south-east is the world-renowned Roman Aqueduct, the largest and best preserved of its kind anywhere, built 2,000 years ago, whose structure is entirely made of granite blocks without any mortar or clamps. The Aqueduct served as the mintmark on all coins struck in the city from 1455 to 1864. The tallest building in Segovia is still the 16th-century Cathedral, a prominent landmark that can be seen from all roads leading to the city.

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Includes transportation by bus, entrance tickets, lunch at a typical restaurant and English speaking guide. Minimum number of participants: 30

Meeting departure point: Palacio de Congresos

Madrid (Sunday July 26)

One-day excursion (Sunday July 26)

MADRID SIGHTSEEING TOUR + MADRID DE LOS AUSTRIAS
APROX. PRICE PER PERSON: 105 €
(Offered for Accompanying Persons Programme on Friday 24)

This tour will take you on an extensive panoramic tour of this rapidly expanding city of approximately 5 million, spreading over an area of 200 square miles. It offers different styles of architecture in its buildings and monuments: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassic, Romantic and Modern, and different socio-economic districts. A panoramic visit of main Madrid sights includes Paseo de la Castellana, Cibeles, Neptuno & Carlos V Squares, Flea Market area, Oriente Square, Plaza de España, Gran Vía and Puerta del Sol.

The emperor Charles V ordered the reconstruction of the old Arab fortress, as well as public works around the area where the royal palace stands today. Like any other prosperous town, Madrid grew steadily. However, the situation changed abruptly in May 1561, when King Philip II installed his court in Madrid making it the capital of his Empire. The small town then underwent considerable urban changes in line with its status of capital city. The “Madrid de los Austrias” was born, a compact group of streets, squares, monasteries and palaces in the true historic city centre. The most emblematic place in the Madrid de los Austrias is the Plaza Mayor square, inaugurated by Felipe III in 1620. It was the heart of the city, and the market, religious processions, festivities and also bullfights were held there. Today it is one of Madrid’s biggest tourist attractions.

This tour takes in some of the most representative buildings of the period: Puerta del Sol, Descalzas Reales, Monastery of Encarnación, Capitanía General, Plaza de la Villa (Town Hall Square), Plaza Mayor, Cathedral of San Isidro, The former Court Prison, House of Lope de Vega.

Includes Transportation by bus and English speaking guide. Minimum number of participants: 30

Meeting departure point: Palacio de Congresos.

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Toledo (Sunday July 26)

One-day excursion (Sunday July 26)

TOLEDO SIGHTSEEING TOUR
APROX. PRICE PER PERSON: 80 €

Discover the “City of the Three Cultures”!

Located 70 km away from Madrid is Toledo, a beautiful city-museum declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is one of the oldest towns in Europe and has a great artistic beauty and buildings from almost all periods in history (Arabian, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque style). Toledo is called the “City of the Three Cultures”, since Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together. In the XVI century, it was also the place of residence of the great painter El Greco.

toledo
This full-day excursion includes: outside view of the Cathedral; Church of St. Tomé with El Entierro del Conde de Orgaz, masterpiece of El Greco; Synagogue of Sta. María la Blanca; Museum of Victorio Macho; Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes; famous technique of damascene (incrustation of precious metals in steel) and panoramic sightseeing of Toledo.

It also includes the inside tour of the Cathedral. Its architecture shows all the stages of Spanish Gothic, and the inside of the building contains a large number of artworks (stained glasses, choir, main chapel, altarpieces, El Greco paintings, etc.) The visit continues with the Mosque of Cristo de La Luz.

Includes entrance tickets, lunch at a typical restaurant and English speaking guide. Minimum number of participants: 40

Meeting departure point: Palacio de Congresos

Barcelona (Saturday 25 and Sunday 26)

Two-days excursion (Saturday 25 and Sunday 26)

BARCELONA
APROX. PRICE PER PERSON: 585 €

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Barcelona is an authentic open-air museum. The variety and wealth of Barcelona's heritage provides a number of attractive routes through its various districts. This way, the traveler will get to know the many faces of the city. Its early city centre, which was surrounded by walls during Roman times, makes up what today is the Gothic Quarter. Narrow streets, with quiet squares and attractive corners, are home to an abundant collection of Gothic buildings, both civil and religious, like Barcelona's impressive Cathedral and its medieval palaces.

Next to the Gothic Quarter begins the Ribera district, also of medieval origin. Originally, it brought together traders and seagoing people, but as time went by, many magnificent, small palaces were built as well. Some of them have been converted to house important city museums, like the Palau Aguilar, nowadays the Picasso Museum. The urban development of the central area of Barcelona was defined, towards the end of the 19th century, by the Eixample (urban expansion). An extensive grid, with large avenues and chamfered corners, joined the irregular layouts of old districts and outlying towns to the surrounding hills. The emerging Catalonian bourgeoisie chose this place to build its mansions and palaces, following the most daring principles of Modernism. Architects such as Gaudí, Doménech i Montaner or Puig i Cadafalch relied on the help of master craftsmen to fill the streets of Barcelona with fantasy. Works by Gaudí, such as Park Güell, the Palau Güell, and Casa Milà “La Pedrera”, as well as Doménech i Montaner's Palau de la 32 Música Catalana, and the Sant Pau Hospital have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The temple of the Sagrada Familia (the Holy Family), and houses such as Casa Lleó Morera, Casa Amatller, and Casa Batlló are just a few of the many modernist gems treasured by the city. One of the main arteries of the historic quarter, La Rambla, leads to the Mediterranean Sea, and it is one of the best places to catch the rhythm of the city. On this tour, the visitor is led through its different sections, from the Romanesque church of Santa Anna, to the bird and flower stalls, passing gorgeous examples of Baroque and Renaissance architecture on the way. Barcelona overlooks the sea, and it has a waterfront that encompasses many different artistic styles. Beaches, piers and an impressive array of museums and leisure centres make Barcelona's seaport a cosmopolitan place, full of life.

Includes transportation by High Speed Train (AVE) to Barcelona and then by bus around the city, 1 night hotel (3* hotel, breakfast included), lunch at a typical restaurant and English speaking guide. Minimum number of participants: 30

Meeting departure point: Palacio de Congresos

Sevilla (Saturday 25 and Sunday 26)

Two-days excursion (Saturday 25 and Sunday 26)

SEVILLA
APROX. PRICE PER PERSON: 557 €

Seville is the capital of Andalusia, and the largest and most densely populated province in the Autonomous Region. Built on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville is heir to a rich Arab legacy, and to the condition of being a prosperous trading port with the Americas. Seville, the emblematic city of universal renown, has been Arab, Jewish and Roman, and its river and river port have served as a privileged destination for trading with the West Indies. According to the legend, the city was founded by Hercules, and its origins are linked with the Tartessian civilization.

Every street and square that makes up the historic quarter of the Andalusian capital bursts with joy and bustle. This area has an interesting collection of historic buildings, many of which have been declared World Heritage Sites, and also contains colorful districts with great popular flavor, such as Triana and La Macarena.

sevilla
The tour will start at the Santa Justa Train Station to visit the impressive Plaza de España, which is a magnificent sample of the Iberoamerican Exposition in 1929. The next stop is at the Cathedral, which is the third largest temple in the world, an example of renaissance and mannerist styles. It was built on the site where the main mosque used to be, and it preserves from then the orange tree courtyard as well as the Giralda tower, which is the symbol of the city, and from where there are breathtaking views of Seville. We will go from the cathedral to the Golden tower (Torre del Oro), which contains the naval museum. Afterwards, we will go to the Santa Cruz Quarter, the former Jewish district. You will discover the enchantment of its narrow streets, mysterious small squares that are full of orange trees and flower filled courtyards.

Includes transportation by High Speed Train (AVE) to Sevilla and then by bus around the city, 1 night hotel (3* hotel, breakfast included), entrance tickets, lunch or dinner at a typical restaurant and English speaking guide. Minimum number of participants: 30

Meeting departure point: Palacio de Congresos

Granada (Saturday 25 and Sunday 26)

Two-days excursion (Saturday 25 and Sunday 26)

GRANADA
APROX. PRICE PER PERSON: 320 €

Discover with us the best preserved medieval city of the Muslim world, the Alhambra; visiting their Palacios, Mexuar, Comares, Lions; walking through the courtyards of the Lions, the grille, the Acequia, the Sultana; and enjoying their gardens Partal, the Medina and of course the Generalife with its graceful fountains, and its labyrinthine design.

After the tour of the Alhambra visit, have all day to discover Granada at your own pace with the hop-on hop-off City Tour Train Granada. The train has panoramic roof, open in summer and audioguide on board in 12 languages (with 2 special channels for children in Spanish and English).

The trip to Granada will be by bus. The distance is 366 km.

Includes 1 night hotel (3* hotel Breakfast included), entrance tickets, lunch or dinner at a typical restaurant and English speaking guide. Minimum number of participants: 30

Meeting departure point: Palacio de Congresos

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