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Information for Faculty

Who is in the program?

We expect approximately 25-30 student participants and 13 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 with diverse interests including crowdsourcing, digital storytelling, journalism, development, dance, and digital inclusion. This year, students hail from locales such as Portugal, the US, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Canada.

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.

Student-initiated Sessions: Because of the success of the informal “BarCamp” sessions last year, this year the schedule includes time specifically set aside for student-initiated activities. It’s likely that these will break out into multiple smaller groups, but the organizers would like to see everyone participate during these sessions. Independent meetings: On Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, there are several hours of free time in the middle of the day. The main discussion room at the Reitoria will be available during this time, if participants would like to arrange optional break-out or affinity sessions. Previous ISDT students said that these barcamp-style breakout sessions were among the most meaningful and worthwhile events of the program. The ISDT staff encourages students to develop these sessions in advance.

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

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 Tripadvisor.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.

Weather

According to TripAdvisor.co.uk, Porto is usually mildly warm in late July:

July and August are the warmest months of the year in the area, but they are not uncomfortably warm.  The average high temperature during these months is only approximately eighty five degrees.  These two months are also the lowest in precipitation, so it is unlikely that a visit during this time will be marred by rain.