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This page contains information about travel logistics and other program matters. If you do not see the information you are looking for, please email your question to kegustafson@gmail.com. More information will be added to this page over time.

Who are ISDT students?

We expect approximately 35-40 student participants and 15 faculty members.

ISDT program students come from a wide range of backgrounds.  In past years, they have included master’s degree and doctoral students,  educators, NGO workers, community advocates, and journalists, among others.  Their areas of work and study encompass a number of specialities and perspectives, such as:

Students come to ISDT from around the world. Portugal, the UK, the US, Finland, Belgium, Italy, Indonesia, Spain, and New Zealand are among the countries represented in past sessions.

Travel to 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.

In some cases, it may be less expensive to arrive by plane in Lisbon and then travel by train to Porto. This trip lasts about 2 hour and 45 minutes from the Santa Apolonia station in Lisbon to the Campanha station in Porto, and costs between 21 and 30€ in tourist class.

Information about tickets, reservations, and timetables may be found at the railway’s site.

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

Student Lodging

Participants coming from outside the Porto area will stay at the Eurostars Das Artes at Rua Do Rosario 160-164 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. Most program talks and meetings will be held in the hotel.

Visit the Eurostar website for more information about the hotel.

A full breakfast is available at the hotel. Each night will feature a communal dinner at a nearby restaurant; your regular attendance at these dinners is important.

The program does not include lunch service, but the schedule will allow time for a midday meal. There are several cafes and restaurants within a few blocks of the hotel and faculty and students may organize their own excursions.

Getting around Porto

If you come to Porto by air, you will arrive in the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, about 20 minutes by car from the hotel. There is a taxi queue right outside of the baggage claim area. The ride to the Eurostars Das Artes at Rua Do Rosario 160-164 will cost around 25 euros. You may also consider taking the E (violet) line of the Porto Metro, which has a station right in front of the Arrivals area in the airport. Two of the stations closest to the hotel are Aliados (15 minutes walk from the hotel) and Trindade (20 minutes from the hotel.) The Metro site estimates trip time to these stops between 26-30 minutes, costing 1.5 €.

While the old section of Porto is very enjoyable to explore on foot, there are many 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. The main website of the Metro system may be found here. This site includes timetables, maps, and information about ticketing.

The Metro uses a ticketing system called Andante. Andante cards can be used in the city bus lines (STCP) and on the trams, as well.

A standard Andante card costs 0.5€, and trip costs are organized by geographic zone. Machines to issue and recharge cards are available at metro stations and credit may also be added to the cards at Multibanco ATM terminals.  Tickets must be validated before travel by scanning the Andante in front of the yellow machines located in metro stations.

Guidelines

Although we are very glad that the program is of interest to others, sessions are meant for only faculty members, student participants, and staff. The School is intended to be unlike traditional academic and professional conferences, and is focused on promoting an atmosphere of collegial intimacy, with the intention of fostering lasting professional relationships among faculty and student participants.

During the session, we are very pleased for you to discuss the happenings of the program on Twitter or your blog, but we ask that you observe certain guidelines:

Please use discretion when posting photos—there are some participants who may prefer that their identity remain private. If you are posting a photo easily identifying a student participant or posting a full name, it is recommended to check with him or her first.

Additionally, please do not stream the talk and discussion sessions. This is both for reasons of bandwidth—if multiple people are streaming the proceedings, the network will be badly strained—and because we are concerned that extended streaming and videotaping may change the program’s spontaneous and informal tone.

Summer is a very busy time for most people, but we ask that participants commit to attending the entire program, from the evening of Sunday July 17 to the following Friday night, July 22. If you believe you will need to miss an entire day during the week, we ask that you please give up your space to a waitlisted student.

Special Events

This year, The Gary Chapman International School on Digital Transformation will feature two special cultural events. On Wednesday we will take a trip out of town to Guimarães, and the farewell dinner Friday will take place at Casa da Música.

Guimarães is one of the oldest cities in Portugal and sometimes considered the birthplace of Portuguese nationality. It retains much of its medieval architecture and provides breathtaking mountain views. We will tour the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, a 15th century residence built for the son of King John I of Portugal. We will also have dinner at the palace. Unesco has further information on its World Heritage website.

Casa da Música is one of the pre-eminent concert halls in Europe. Designed by Rem Koolhaas, it was built for Porto’s term as European Capital of Culture and completed in 2005. It provides spaces for conventional orchestra music, electronic dance music, and other styles including jazz and rock. A restaurant sits at the top of the building, and participants will have dinner here. Participants will also have admission covered for a concert that night. You can learn more about Casa da Música at its website.

Emergency Contact

A local coordinator’s telephone number has been distributed via email. If the matter is not of immediate urgency, please contact Karen Gustafson by email at kegustafson@gmail.com. For medical or police emergencies, call 112.


Weather

Porto in July is usually warm and mild with little rain.  Daytime temperatures average around 75°/24° and night temperatures around 59°/15°. During heat waves, however, the temperature may hit highs of 100°/37°  degrees.