Information for Faculty

Who is in the program

We expect approximately 55 student participants and 21 primary and associate faculty members.

The ISDT program students come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some have doctoral degrees, and many are graduate students, from beginning Master’s degree students to PhD candidates. There are also private and public sector professionals, educators, and a small number of advanced undergraduate students. Admitted students come from Portugal, the US, Brazil, the United Kingdom and the Philippines, among many other countries.

Daily meetings

The talk and discussion sessions will be held three times a day–one in the morning, and two times in the afternoon and evening– at the Reitoria building of the University of Porto (http://sigarra.up.pt/reitoria/web_page.inicial), located on the Praça Gomes Teixeira. A tentative schedule is posted on the website.

Faculty lodging

Reservations for faculty have been made at the Eurostars Das Artes in central Porto, near many shops, restaurants, and art galleries. The Eurostars offers free Internet connections via ethernet in its rooms, and free wifi in the lobby, as well as one public computer for guests. Full breakfast is included. The hotel is a short walk from the Reitoria building where most sessions will be held.

More information on the hotel can be found at http://www.eurostarshotels.com/en/hotels-in-portugal-porto.html

The program has booked each faculty member a room for the night of Sunday, July 19 through the night of Friday, July 24. If you want to arrive early or depart at a later date, please contact the program as soon as possible and we will extend the reservation for you, if the room is available. Faculty members will need to pay personally for the extra nights once they arrive in Porto.

Additionally, please notify us as soon as possible if you will be traveling with someone–this information will need to be conveyed to the hotel well ahead of time.

Travel around Portugal and Porto

Travelers may reach Porto by train or air. The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport receives nonstop services many days of the week from cities including London, Madrid, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Brussels.

The train trip to Lisbon lasts about 2 hours and 45 minutes and departs from the Campanha station in Porto, arriving at the Santa Apolonia station in Lisbon. Economy class tickets are 27.50 euros.

Information about tickets, reservations, and timetables may be found at http://www.cp.pt/

Additionally, a system of bus lines is available. These include:

Santos
http://www.santosviagensturismo.pt/

Rodonorte
http://www.rodonorte.pt/

Getting around Porto

While the old section of Porto is very enjoyable to explore on foot, there are hills and cobblestone streets; please keep this in mind when setting out.

The city of Porto also offers a few different modes of public transportation. The primary system is the Metro do Porto, a light rail line with five major lines, one of which goes to and from the airport. The main website of the Metro system may be found here:
http://metrov1.wiremaze.com/pageGen.asp?SYS_PAGE_ID=873878

And a downloadable system map and timetables may be found here:
http://metrov1.wiremaze.com/pageGen.asp?SYS_PAGE_ID=864044

Information on the city’s bus system may be found at http://www.stcp.pt/ and a good general overview of Porto transportation may be found on Tripadviser.com at http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g189180-s303/Porto:Portugal:Public.Transportation.html

Meals

A full breakfast is available at the hotel.

The Praça Gomes Teixeira is surrounded by a variety of inexpensive cafés serving snacks, coffee, and lunch, and in some cases, offering wireless Internet. No group arrangements for lunch will be made.

On Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, ISDT faculty and students will dine at the Porto e Virgula Restaurant, near the Reitoria building. Dinner is planned to include salad, an entrée, dessert, and beverages, including wine. Please contact us if you are vegetarian, so this information can be given to the restaurant.

Special events

Two special events are scheduled for the week. On Wednesday evening, a cruise on the Douro river is planned, and on Friday, a farewell dinner in one of Porto’s famous wine cellars has been arranged.

Guests and special events

Guests are welcome at these events, but will be asked to pay for themselves. The dinner cruise on the Douro river will be approximately 70 euros and the Friday evening dinner in the wine cellar will be 50 euros. Please let us know as soon as possible if you will be bringing someone to these events–we will need to give final numbers to the restaurants shortly.