School and company visits 2016

On Tuesday November 22, various Portuguese schools of different educational levels and with unique features will open their doors for EAPRIL delegates! Visits can be booked on Tuesday morning and afternoon.

We present to you the first schools that will welcome our 2016 Eapril Conference delegates in their learning environment. More schools and companies will be announced soon!



(Organização Social Movimento das Pontes Educativas)

Day care – Kindergarten, Pre-school, and 1st cycle of Basic Education


OSMOPE takes the name after the educational mission it embraces: to build and explore educational bridges, assisting very young children (from 4 months old to 12 years of age) in their very first steps to get to know the world and human relationships. Bridges unite, make it possible to go from a place to another, make connections between different places, enable getting to know, looking ahead, crossing to reach other people, other habits and ways of being, other universes. This school perceives education as an inclusive whole, open to the diversity and uniqueness that are part of each human being. Project-oriented activities propel children from very tender age to be directly involved in their class projects’ choices, to handle their own emotions, character and place in the world, to learn about themselves and the others, to learn about their community as well as the world around. Every wall, room and open space in OSMOPE speak of involvement, creativity, communication, curiosity, respect for the other, and of learning and caring not only to those that live this school every day, but also to their visitors.

For a first look at the school, visit their website.

Planning: Tuesday 22 November 9:00-12:00 (visit including travel time)

Escola Filipa

Escola Secundária Filipa de Vilhena (SOLD OUT)

(High School Filipa de Vilhena)

3rd cycle of Basic Education, high school education, and professional education

Founded in 1898, Escola Secundária Filipa de Vilhena (ESFV) distinguishes itself from other schools by the feeling of belonging it raises in students, teachers and all the staff. Being involved in several national and international educational projects, ESFV Board of Direction propels every teacher participation in the school educational directives, this meaning that teachers are directly involved in the school’s major decisions. The fostering of cooperation in and development of international networks is one of the school’s politics students and teachers actively participate in. Another of ESFV key assets is its library, a gathering place for students where learning, sharing and challenging activities happen every day. Visiting this school is getting to know an innovative and involving studying environment in all the several levels of education it embraces: the 3rd cycle of Basic Education, all the secondary (high school)  levels, and the informatics professional course.

For more information, please visit their website.

Planning: Tuesday 22 November 9:00-12:00 (visit including travel time)


University of Aveiro (SOLD OUT)


The University of Aveiro proposes a school visit to CIDTFF – Research Centre Didactics and Technology in Teacher Education, with  a particular focus on the laboratories that support the research activities of this Centre. CIDTFF is a Foundation for Science and Technology Research Unit created in 1994, located at the University of Aveiro (UA), Portugal, organized in four Research Groups (Languages, theories and practices in education and supervision; Science, teaching, learning and society; Communication, media, and digital and virtual environments in education; Policies, organizations, evaluation and leadership)and two Thematic Strands (Intercomprehension, sustainability and societal challenges; Evaluation of the social impact of educational research). The eight laboratories of CIDTFF are transversal to the Research Groups and they promote the connection between research, training and knowledge dissemination activities:

  • LEDUC — Open Laboratory for Science Education
  • LEM@tic — Open Laboratory for Mathematics Education
  • LCD — Laboratory of Digital Contents
  • LALE — Open Laboratory for Foreign Language Learning
  • Lab_SuA — Laboratory for Supervision and Evaluation
  • LEIP — Research Laboratory in Education in Portuguese
  • PAELab — Laboratory for Policies and Educational Administration
  •  LabDCT — Laboratory for Science and Technology Education

Planning: Tuesday 22 November at 12:00-17:30 (visit including travel)


Porto School Hotel



The Porto School Hotel invests in a model of sustained and quality training. It is integrated into the Polytechnic of Porto, which is considered to be an important research, development and innovation centre sustained by the recognized and broad experience of ESEIG (Superior School of Industrial Studies and Management) which has been enriching the hospitality industry by training and placing graduates in Hotel Management. The Porto School Hotel has established itself as a unique and differentiated option, in the Hospitality and Tourism industry. The Porto School Hotel meets the strict requirements of quality and ensures the adequacy of the curriculum to the needs of the market.

The model of Porto School Hotel has as primary concern employability and, therefore, the learning process occurs in integrated and close coordination in Douro Valley Hotel & SPA, based on active and innovative methodologies. We highlight the internship, in the fourth and last semester of the course, as a unique opportunity of acquired skills application and development and integration in the real labour market. The team of Porto School Hotel has designed a training plan which will prepare you for the national and international challenges.

If you visit the Porto School Hotel, you will notice that the learning environment is inspiring. The perfect combination of modern and friendly setting with its natural environment is an essential element for your well-being.

  • Portugal – Great chefs, award-winning hotel units, and worldwide events recognized for the organizational quality… A safe country, with easy access, a unique cuisine, a rich cultural heritage, natural beauty, which combine wisely past and future, with a genuine ability of “knowing how to receive and host”.
  • Oporto and The North – places of singular identity. Soon you will be able to speak another language – Portuguese with the northern accent! People from Oporto are considered to be the happiest people in Europe according to the study of Smart in partnership with the Institute RheinGold (2014), which aimed to discover the cities whose inhabitants are the happiest in Europe.
  • Douro – The people who have already been in Douro know and feel why it was the first demarcated and recognized Region in the world. A unique place which welcomes the Porto School Hotel and differentiates it from the other Schools.

Planning: Tuesday 22 November 12:00-17:30 (visit including travel)


Polytechnic of Porto – School of Engineering (ISEP) is a public polytechnic higher learning and research engineering institute, located in the city of Porto, Portugal. ISEP is divided in 8 departments, with an emphasis on applied science and technology.

During this visit, the participants will be guided through several research labs from ISEP, all of them presenting innovative and remarkable contributions to our society.


BioMark Sensor Research develops (bio)sensors for biomarkers or markers with biological intervention/implications in the fields of health, environment and food. The (bio)sensors are based are able to provide rapid and low-cost measures.
Area of research: Biosensors; chemical sensors; nanotechnology and biomaterials.
Scientific Coordinator: PhD Goreti Sales

  • GILT:

The GILT research group is focused on the analysis, design and development of scientific and technical knowledge in the fields of Virtual Reality, Multimedia, Interaction, and Learning Technologies.
Area of specialization: Serious Games and interaction, virtual and augmented reality, multimedia and communication, multimedia and medicine, learning technologies.
Scientific Coordinator: PhD Paula Escudeiro


Robotics INESC TEC is an R & D unit in the field of robotics and autonomous systems. It develops systems and concepts based on multiple robots aimed to environmental monitoring scenarios, agroforestry management, oceanography, inspection of structures, safety or transportation.
Area of specialization: Coordination and control, distributed navigation, embedded real-time systems, sensors and perception, machine vision, unmanned aircraft, marine and underwater robotics, mobile robotics.
Scientific Coordinator: PhD Eduardo Silva

Planning: Tuesday 22 November at 14:00-17:00 (visit including travel)

 Escola da Ponte (SOLD OUT)


Escola Básica da Ponte is a public school situated in S. Tomé de Negrelos, a small village near the city of Santo Tirso, in the district of Porto, North of Portugal. It has around two hundred students from Preschool to Secondary School (from 3 to 15 years old), organized in three main groups: Beginning Group, Development Group and Higher Development Group.

It is nationally known for its unique Educational Project «Fazer a Ponte» as it offers a pedagogical and organizational model that has no equivalent in the country and distinguishes itself from the traditional educational approaches of other educational systems. It was created in 1976, when José Pacheco and a small group of teachers started a set of innovating educational changes that questioned all that was established in terms of school organization, curriculum approach, teacher and students’ distribution (regarding time and space). The value of our Educational Project «Fazer a Ponte» was later recognized by the Ministry of Education, which led to the signature of an Autonomy Treaty.

This School has an inclusive and cooperative philosophy summed up in the belief that we can all learn with one another and whoever learns, learns their one way practicing citizenship. Every child’s uniqueness is respected and it is our aim to develop their critical mind, their creativity, their sense of democracy, to improve social behaviour, promoting self-involvement, autonomy, solidarity, responsibility and respect towards others, through the experience of living in citizenship and community within the walls of school.

Students work in heterogeneous groups and share learning rooms. They conduct their learning process with gradual autonomy in the tree main groups referred before, through self-planning and self-evaluation, using many other educational devices and through the help of a tutor, besides the teachers associated to curricular areas. The Assembly Meeting is an important moment in the week, as all students gather to discuss and solve problems pointed out by them, in order to make school function better, and to share what they are learning.

Escola Básica da Ponte has no borders, it’s an open school that is always willing to promote learning through the development of projects and enriching partnerships, at a national and international scope.

Planning: Tuesday 22 November at 9:00-12:00 (visit including travel)

For only €35 per visit you are able to take part in one or more of these visits. If you wish to wait for the final programme before ordering a school visit ticket, that is also possible. There will be the opportunity to order a school visit ticket, extra to your conference order, in September.