Conference venue: Parque de las Ciencias – Granada

The Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) is an interactive museum over 70.000 m2 in size. Located a few minutes on foot from the historic city centre of Granada, it has one of the most varied offers for cultural and scientific leisure in Europe. The consortium managing the Park includes, among others, the University of Granada, the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), the Regional Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Science of the Regional Government of Andalusia and Granada City Hall.

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The recently extended Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) has the following installations:

 Auditorium with capacity for 500 people;
 5 modern, well equipped halls with capacity for 50 – 150 people;
 Meeting room available for AIPEA Council meetings and other restricted meetings of specific commissions;
 Extensive space for installation of 200 posters;
 Area for Congress Secretary’s Office;
 Collection point for material related to presentations;
 Hall equipped with computers and Internet access;
 Wi-Fi throughout the premises;
 Car parking available at visitor rates;
 Cafeteria and restaurant;
 Broad areas available for meetings and exchanges among participants.

Besides the restaurant inside the Conference Venue there are many other restaurants and bars in the surrounding area.


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Conference city: Granada

Research into clays has a long tradition in Spain, this school having been initiated by Juan Luis Martín Vivaldi (Granada) and Dr. José María Serratosa. A large number of researchers in the University of Granada (Departments of Mineralogy and Petrology, Soil Science, and Agricultural Chemistry), as well as the Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra (CSIC-UGR) are at present engaged on different projects related to this field.

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Granada boasts the third university in Spain by number of students, with several campuses, and researchers working in university research institutes, the CSIC and other national research organizations.

University: The University is a vibrant presence in the city of Granada, benefiting from the distinctive beauty of its environment and a privileged geographical location due to its proximity to the Sierra Nevada, an excellent ski resort, and the Mediterranean coast, with several major tourist sites, including Motril, Almuñécar and Salobreña. In Granada, there are four University Campuses, as well as the “Campus Centro”, bringing together all the faculties and institutes spread throughout the historic part of the city. The UGR’s policy of using buildings of historical and cultural value has enriched its heritage, as well as promoting the restoration and maintenance of these buildings. In addition to this emphasis on more traditional elements, the Health Sciences Technological Park, which is still being developed, demonstrates our strong commitment to innovation by promoting interaction with technological bio-health companies and favoring high-quality healthcare and biomedical knowledge. There are two other UGR Campuses in the cities of Ceuta and Melilla, in North Africa.

Over 60,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students study at the UGR, with another 20,000 students taking additional courses, language courses, summer courses etc. The University employs 3650 lecturers and over 2000 administration, technical and maintenance staff. At present, courses for 75 different qualifications are taught in the 28 teaching centers of the UGR. The courses are taught across 116 departments. The Postgraduate School offers 68 master’s courses, 116 doctorate programs and 113 additional courses.

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas: The CSIC has five centres in Granada (Earth Sciences Institute of Andalusia, Zaidín Experimental Station, López Neyra Insitute of Parasitology, Astrophysics Institute of Andalusia and the School of Arabic Studies) totaling over 1000 personnel.

The city

There are few cities in the world with a history as far-reaching, as diverse, and so well reflected in its streets and monuments. As capital of the last Muslim kingdom of the Iberian Peninsula, the city chosen by the Catholic Monarchs to be their final resting place and the temporary residence of the Emperor Carlos V, Granada has enriched its cultural heritage throughout the years, and has become one of the most attractive and magnificent cities in Spain. Its community of museums, imposing monuments, and districts full of local color means that it is impossible to take in everything that Granada has to offer in just one day.

What not to miss in Granada

Alhambra_Löwenhof_mit_Löwenbrunnen_2014Alhambra and the Generalife. World Heritage Site, the complex of the Alhambra and the Generalife is the most emblematic, famous and visited monument of Granada. City, fortress and palace of the kings of the Nasrid dynasty, its rooms and gardens are the highest expression of Muslim art in Europe.

cattedraleCathedral and Royal Chapel. The Cathedral of Granada is considered the first Renaissance church in Spain and one of its finest examples. The main façade is a masterpiece of Baroque art done by Alonso Cano in 1667. The Royal Chapel, resting place of the Catholic Monarchs, parents of Carlos V, is a prime example of late Gothic style in the Renaissance. The main altarpiece and the royal burial tombs sculpted from Carrara marble are particularly impressive.

Albaicin (World Heritage Site) and the Sacromonte neighborhoods, two of the districts with more colour, enchantment and history of the city of Granada. To wonder around the Albaicín is to make a trip to its Morisco roots, as well as a delight for the senses. The Sacromonte neighborhood is famous for its caves, where the gypsies continue to celebrate every night with flamenco song and dance.

alpujarraAlpujarra. Make a trip back in time to find the origins of the Berber tribes who inhabited this area. Constructions of similar characteristics are found in the Riff and other places throughout the Mediterranean arc. Its style adapts to the mountainous surroundings, following the geographic features. The houses have a staggered form, oriented southwards or to the open landscape to take advantage of the good weather.

Tapas and Cuisine from Granada. Little plates of stewed snails, stewed potatoes with green peppers, fried battered fish, fried breadcrumbs (migas) and kebabs (pinchos) are constantly served in the bars and tascas of Granada. The tapas constitute a sample of local food that comes when the clients order a glass of wine or beer. Quite a miniature meal, they represent a tasty and varied alternative for informal suppers or lunches.

Shopping. Granada is an ideal place to go shopping. Wandering through its streets visiting stores and markets is an attractive and colorful way of making contact with its culture and people. A land of craftsmen, the people of Granada are expert in making products like guitars, pottery and marquetry, luxurious woodwork of finely detailed decoration; furniture, boxes or any object with geometric drawings formed by hundreds of very small pieces of bone, silver, and wood.

We are convinced that, should Granada be chosen as the venue for the XVI ICC, the delegates will attend a first class scientific congress and at the same time have the opportunity to experience Granada, a wonderful city in Andalusia.