Congress location

The conference will be held in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Beira Interior,Covilhã (Portugal).
On the map below you can check the location and directions will Covilhã.


City of Covilhã


Located on the slopes of Serra da Estrela, facing east, Covilhã offers the visitor a beautiful view of its housing, a majestic amphitheater framed by mountains.

Discover Covilhã is also discovering the history of textile industry in Portugal. The University of Beira Interior is currently implemented in former factory buildings of high historical value, cultural and architectural heritage, which have been converted into modern facilities for teaching and research. Respect for the past has marked the philosophy of the institution, which contributedsignificantly to the rehabilitation of the city and the region, through structures such as the Wool Museum, housed in the Royal Textile Factory, established by the Marquis de Pombal. Located in a mountain town, it has a snowy winter scene unique in Portugal where one can practice all kinds of winter sports, like snowboarding or skiing. The mountain resort of Penhas da Saúde lies at 1500 meters high and offers restaurants, hotel, youth hostel and touristic apartments as leisure and skiing facilities.

The Municipality of Covilhã has an area of over 550 km2 and its population is estimated at 54,506 inhabitants, of whom 49,527 are voters. If we consider that the student population is around 6600 students, we can say that the university is one of the main economic, social and cultural drivers of the city, offering it several activities from the academic community throughout the whole year. UBI also contributes to attracting new investment to the region, contributing to its economic growth, encouraging trade and tourism. In parallel, it reverts the exodus of young people by reversing the fl ow of migration, thus ensuring a young qualifi ed population prepared to meet all the challenges inherent to any society in any city anywhere in the world.


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Department of Electromechanical Engineering
Engineering Faculty
University of Beira Interior
Calçada Fonte do Lameiro
6201-001 Covilhã (Portugal)
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The seat of the county, Covilhã, is the largest town of the Serra da Estrela area and its prosperity has for long been linked to the textile industry, which developed from the wool produced by sheep grazing on the slopes of the mountains. A lively town, as can be seen at its busy and colourful markets and fairs, Covilhã also grew popular among visitors travelling to the heights and resorts of the Serra da Estrela, namely to Penhas da Saúde (once a health spa and now attracting skiers) and to Torre, the highest point, rising to 1993 metres and surrounded by slopes used for skiing and other Winter sports or just to have fun in the snow.
At Covilhã, it is worth strolling along the pretty municipal garden which offers a panoramic view of this pleasant town, or visiting the old Jewish quarter, the former Royal Factory which now lodges the University or the Sant’Iago Church, with its sober Baroque dome. Along the county of Covilhã, typical granite houses and water-mills may still be seen at villages such as Paul and Unhais da Serra.
From Covilhã, visitors may also embark on a gastronomical tour featuring the famous Serra cheese, made from the milk of ewes and prized for its rich flavour, but also delicious home-made bread and sausages and succulent dishes such as a typical red bean soup, roast kid, lamb stew with bread or grilled trout, among many other specialities.
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Hotel Turismo da Covilhã***Sup

Tel.: 275 330 400
Fax.: 275 330 440

Serra da Estrela Hotel ****

Tel.: 275 310 300

Hotel Tryp Dona Maria****

Tel.: 275 310 000
Fax: 275 310 009

Hotel Santa Eufémia**

Tel.: 275 310 210
Fax: 275 310 219

Hotel dos Carqueijais (****)

Tel.: 275 319 120
Fax.: 275 319 124
Rooms: 50
40º17'23" N, 7º31'44" W
Decimais (GPS):

H2Otel Congress & Medical SPA****

Tel.: 275 970 020
Fax: 275 970 029
Rooms: 90
40º15'58" N, 7º37'27" W
Decimais (GPS):

Hotel Solneve ***


Tel.: 275 323 001
Fax: 275 314 773
Rooms: 44
40º16'51" N, 7º30'13" W
Decimais (GPS):

Covilhã Park Hotel **

Tel.: 275 3290320
Fax: 275 329 328
Rooms: 140
N 40° 17′ 9.39'' , W 7° 30′ 36.95"
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