Venue and travel info


The 2nd IW-TOAE will take place at the University of Coimbra – Department of Earth Sciences, Campus II (Polo II), where numerous international congresses and symposiums were held over the past years.

On the banks of the river Mondego, Coimbra is famous for its University, the oldest in Portugal and one of the oldest in Europe, which over time has shaped its image to become “the city of students”. The university was founded in 1290 and is currently part of UNESCO World Heritage list (

The University of Coimbra (UC) is composed of several campus (Polos), distributed along many areas of the urban footprint of Coimbra. The UC includes three main campus, that host 8 faculties, dozens of research centres, an Interdisciplinary Research Centre and several entrepreneurial centres, the University Stadium, the Science Museum of the University of Coimbra, the Academic Theatre Gil Vicente, the Botanical Gardens, many students’ support structures (guesthouses, university restaurants, bars, study rooms, leisure rooms) and Portugal’s largest student academic union. Polo II campus is known as the “Engineering Centre” and is located on the Pinhal de Marrocos, overlooking the Mondego river. It is considered as an architectonic landmark, designed by Portuguese architects Mercês Vieira and Camilo Cortesão.

However, Coimbra has many other charms. Among the many archaeological structures dating back to the Roman era, when Coimbra was the settlement of Aeminium, are its well-preserved aqueduct and cryptoporticus. Similarly, buildings from the period when Coimbra was the capital of Portugal (XII to XIII century) can still be seen and visited. Due to the University and its religious background, Coimbra was always a major cultural centre in Portuguese history and its vast architectural and historical wonders cover the Middle Age, Baroque, Renaissance and Modern periods.

Coimbra is considered as a transportation hub, with many options if you travel from Portugal or Spain. Participants arriving by air are advised to travel to Coimbra via Lisbon or Porto:

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By plane:

1 – Lisboa (Airport) – Coimbra, 198 km

Driving: Highway A1 (approx. 2 h drive, which includes tolls)


Metro + Bus connections (~ 180 min):

Metro: Aeroporto to Jardim Zoológico (Sete Rios Bus Terminal)

Bus: Sete Rios Bus Terminal to Coimbra

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Metro + Train connections (~ 180 min)

Metro: Aeroporto to Oriente or Jardim Zoológico (Sete Rios Station)

Train: Oriente or Sete Rios Stations to Coimbra

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2 – Porto (Airport) – Coimbra, 133 km

Driving: Highway A1 (approx. 1h and 30 min drive, which includes tolls)



Metro + Bus connections (~ 120 min):

Metro: Aeroporto to Campo 24 de Agosto (Bus Terminal)

Bus: Campo 24 de Agosto to Coimbra

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Metro + Train connections (~ 120 min)

Metro: Aeroporto to São Bento or Campanhã stations

Train: São Bento or Campanhã stations to Coimbra

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