Conference Venue

The EAPRIL Board is happy to announce that this year our 2016 conference will take place at the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP) in the vibrant city of Porto, Portugal.

Porto at a glance:

Porto New York Times

Described by the New York Times as the Portland of Portugal, Porto embodies all the aspects of a modern and entrepreneurial European city, and has become known for its beauty, booming cultural agenda and friendly environment.

Porto is the second biggest city in Portugal and North-Western Iberia. In 1996, the old city centre of Ribeira was named UNESCO World Heritage. Later, Porto was selected as European Cultural Capital in 2001 and nominated a top world destination in 2012 and the best city to travel in Europe in 2012 and 2014. Porto’s location and history combine influences from Europe, America, Africa and Asia and when going for a walk in the city, visitors especially praise the city’s varied architecture.

The vibrant city breathes a friendly and international atmosphere and offers a wide range of cultural and historical activities. The city is famous for its bridges over the Douro River, Port Wine, engineering, science and innovation, creative industries, architecture and history. Above all, the charm of its friendly and open-minded people and the excellent food make it a special place to visit and to live in. From São João to Casa da Música, students’ parties, cinema and theatre festivals, nightlife and even football, there is always something going on.

Porto is also a smart city. As one of Portugal’s biggest university cities, hosting several prominent schools and universities, Porto attracts students and researchers from all over the world. In recent years, Porto has been especially praised for its ability to attract innovation and creativity and has become a leader in urban renewal while hosting some of the top Portuguese industries and research centres.

Furthermore, Portugal has been part of the European Union since 1986 and holds the second place in British Council’s Migrant Integration Policy Index, upholding the value of open borders. Portugal has an especially high ranking on UN’s Human development index and is considered one of the safest countries in the world.

Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP):

This year, the EAPRIL Conference will be organised at the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP). As one of the top schools of technology education in Portugal, ISEP proves to be the perfect location for hosting a conference on learning, education and research in the 21st century.

ISEP is a trademark of engineering education and innovation. Since 1852, the school has been pioneering the training and specialisation of engineers with a strong creative and entrepreneurial mindset. The academic community combines ambitious and dynamic people, who believe in the potential of innovation and technology to promote a sustainable development. Over 6500 students and 500 staff are motivated by the promise that engineering moves the world and creates opportunities. Supporting the values of sustainable learning and development, ISEP actively stimulates a spirit of out-of-the-box thinking, team work and entrepreneurship.


Students benefit from an excellent learning environment, a prestigious faculty and quality infrastructures. By exploring EUR-ACE and CDIO international best practices, ISEP creates opportunities for students to connect to the real-world and develop academic projects with companies and research groups.

Located in Asprela, Porto’s innovation district and main university area, ISEP is easily accessible by public transport and just a 10 minutes subway ride from downtown. ISEP has more than a 100 international partnerships that allow students to enjoy ERASMUS + mobility, international exchange protocols with south American and Asian higher education institutions, double-degrees with Brazilian and Spanish institutions and is open to international students from across the globe.

Some ISEP facts and figures:

  • 160 years of teaching and innovation
  • Located in the main campus area of Porto
  • 12 majors for bachelors, 11 majors for masters
  • Additional training — ISEP FORGLOBE
  • 9 R&D Centers, 5 service centers
  • Strong business cooperation
  • More than 100 international partnerships

ISEP Address:
Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP)
Rua Dr.António Bernardino de Almeida, 431
4249-015 Porto

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