Welcome to ER 2017 Welcome to Valencia

On behalf of all the Organizing Team, let me welcome you to the 36th Anniversary of International Conference on Conceptual Modeling in Valencia, from 6th to 9th November. ER, an exciting conference, in Valencia, an exciting city. We have worked hard to conform an attractive program, both technically and socially speaking. We are very proud to have the chance of celebrating this 36th anniversary in our Universitat Politècnica de València.

The city of Valencia has many attractions making it one of the best locations for congresses, tourists and trade in Europe. It is the third largest city in Spain with a population of around 1.000.000 inhabitants. It has a modern transport network comprising the Manises International Airport, extensive road, motorway and railway networks, and one of the best ports in Europe, all providing easy access from any part of the globe.

Thanks to its privileged location in the Mediterranean and a dynamic economy and cultural life, Valencia is enjoying growing prominence amongst other large European cities. In a single day, you can discover pretty towns and beautiful natural landscapes within easy reach of Valencia, practice a wide variety of sports, or enjoy the one hundred kilometers of magnificent beaches which stretch from the city itself along the coast. As night falls, the ‘joie de vivre’ of the night life of Valencia has something for everyone, right through til dawn: this is one of the hottest night spots in the Mediterranean.

Welcome to Valencia, welcome to ER, and we hope that you have an exciting experience in our lovely city. We are ready to assist you. Our goal is to make you feel, at the end of this week, that it was a great choice to come!

The city of Valencia has many attractions making it one of the best locations for congresses, tourists and trade in Europe. Valencia is the third largest city in Spain with a population of around 1.000.000 inhabitants.
It has a modern transport network comprising the Manises International Airport, extensive road, motorway and railway networks, and one of the best ports in Europe, all providing easy access from any part of the globe. Thanks to its privileged location in the Mediterranean and a dynamic economy and cultural life, Valencia is enjoying growing prominence amongst other large European cities.
In a single day, you can discover pretty towns and beautiful natural landscapes within easy reach of Valencia, practice a wide variety of sports, or enjoy the one hundred kilometres of magnificent beaches which stretch from the city itself along the coast. As night falls, Valencia has something for everyone, right through till dawn: this is one of the hottest night spots in the Mediterranean.

How to arrive

ER 2017 is held at the third floor (terrace) of the Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación (CPI) at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV). To access the conference area you must go to the entrance labeled with the four number and get the elevator (or the stairs) to the third floor (terrace). From there the main reception desk is located in the Hall J of the Red Cube.

HOW TO REACH THE CONFERENCE BUILDING:

You can choose several options to arrive to the conference building. By taxi from any city area: 8 Euros (approx.). Specify as destination: Street “Ingeniero Fausto Elio”, “Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación (CPI)”. By bike: There is a service to use public bikes throughout the whole city. This service is called Valenbisi. By car: Street “Ingeniero Fausto Elio”.

Ciudad Politécnica de la Inovación

Ciudad Politécnica de la Inovación

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FROM ANY PART OF THE CITY…
  • By taxi: 6-10 Euros (approx.). Specify as destination: Street “Ingeniero Fausto Elio”, “Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación (CPI)”.
  • By bike: The city is equipped with an extensive network or bike lanes. There is a big number of shops where you can rent a bike and there is also a service to use public bikes throughout the whole city. This service is called Valenbisi and offers a week pass for 13,30 Euros.
  • By car: Street “Ingeniero Fausto Elio”.
  • By underground-tramway: The city center is served by two main underground stations (“Xàtiva” and “Colón”) and one tram station (“Pont de Fusta”). The venue is located next to the “Serreria” tram station, reachable through tram lines 4 and 6. For a more detailed additional information, please click here.
  • From “Pont de Fusta”,
    -take tram line 4 with destination to “Dr. Lluch” or “Serreria”
    -stop in “Serreria (a trip of 10 minutes aprox.)
  • From “Xàtiva” or “Colón” (the two main underground stations in the city center area) stop in “Serreria”,
    -take underground lines 3 or 9 with destination to “Alboraia-Peris Aragó” or “Rafelbunyol”.
    -in the “Benimaclet” station, take either tram line 4 with direction to “Dr. Lluch” or “Serreria” or tram line 6 with direction to “Marítim-Serreria” or “Serreria”.

Please note that the tram and underground are part or the same network, so a new ticket will not be needed. The tram should be left at “Serreria” and the full trip should take about 20 minutes.

In order to use undergound/tram, you can buy tickets at the stations. The first time you buy a trip, the machine gives you a cardboard ticket. Each cardboard ticket costs 1€.  Once you finish the trip, you can recharge the ticket in any station machine as many times as you need. It is possible to change the type of the ticket. If you buy a ticket for a one-way trip, you can reuse the ticket again charged as any other kind of ticket.

There are several kind of tickets avalaible. However, if you plan to take the underground/tram regularly, we would recommend you to buy a TuiN type card. It costs 10 Euro. Any time you use it you are charged an amount between 0,72 and 2 Euros from these 10 Euros, allowing you to travel across all the net (including the airport) with a cheaper fare.

Before taking the tram you must validate your ticket in the machine you can find at the tram station.

·By bus: The venue can be reached by line 29 and 41 (stops “Tarongers – Aparcament” and “Tarongers-Fausto Elio”) and 1 (stops “Lluís Peixò-Compte Melito” and “Lluís Peixò-Tarongers”). If you don’t have a “bonobús” (cheaper 10 trips reusable cards sold at “Tabacos” or “Newsstands” stores), individual tickets can be bought on the bus to the driver and cost 1,5 Euros. However, underground is usually a faster way to reach the venue.

FROM NH HOTEL CIUDAD DE VALENCIA (MAP):
  • By taxi: 6 Euros (approx.). Specify as destination: Street “Ingeniero Fausto Elio”, “Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación (CPI)”.
  • By bus:
    • To the venue:
      go to “Serradora-Port” bus station, take line 1 until “Lluís Peixò-Compte Melito”
    •  back to the Hotel:
      go to “Lluís Peixò-Tarongers”, take line 1 back until “Serradora-Peanya”.

If you don’t have a “bonobús” (cheaper 10 trips reusable cards sold at “Tabacos” or “Newsstands” stores), individual tickets can be bought on the bus to the driver and cost 1,5 Euros.

HOW TO REACH THE HOTELS FROM THE AIRPORT (generic info):

  • You can reach the city center from the airport (8 Km) by:
    Taxi for 25 Euros.
  • Car taking the A3 (Madrid to Valencia Motorway) and following Av. Del Cid once you are inside the city.
  • Underground, every 7 min you can take the line 3 or 5 the the city center and the beach. To NH Hotel Ciudad de València, you can take underground until “Ayora”. Then you would need to walk for 5-10 minutes.
Valencia Airport

Valencia Airport

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Arriving at the airport:

You can reach the city center from the airport (8 Km) by:

  • Taxi for 25 Euros aprrox.
  • Car taking the A3 (Madrid to Valencia Motorway) and following Av. Del Cid once you are inside the city.
  • Underground, every 10 min you can take the line 3 or 5.
  • Bus taking the 150 line Valencia-Aeropuerto
For more information you can check the following links:   

 

Accomodation

Accomodation info

The General Secretariat of the congress offers the participant’s rooms at special prices during the period of 4-12 November 2017. Participants are advised to book rooms as early as possible, since rooms will be reserved on a first come/first served basis. All prices include breakfast and VAT.

The reservations will be confirmed upon reception of the total stay payment. No reservation will be guaranteed and processed without the payment. You will receive confirmation of the hotel booking indicating the name of the hotel and its address; the confirmation letter must be presented upon arrival at the hotel.

  • 100% payment in advance will be required in order to guarantee the reservation.
  • After November 1st 2017 the availability cannot be guaranteed.
  • Previous days or late departure reservations are subject to hotel availability.
  • Special needs cannot be guaranteed, however Grupo Pacifico will do their best to honour all requests.
  • A confirmation letter will be sent once reservation is confirmed

 

On line hotel accomodation form NH Ciudad de Valencia ***

Double Room

71€

RATES PER NIGHT, BREAKFAST AND VAT INCLUDED

Double Single Use Room

63€

You can book the recomended ER2017 hotel (NH Ciudad de Valencia) on the following link: HERE

Hotel Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations and/or changes should be made in writing exclusively to Grupo Pacifico.
  • No shows will be released automatically by the hotel at 09.00 AM on the following day, and the full payment will not be refundable. The hotel is enabled to charge the total amount of the whole stay.
  • Please note that all appropriate refunds will be made after the Conference
  • For the cancellations received before June 1st, 2017, there will be no cancellation charges less 30,00 € per room cancelled as handling fee.
  • Cancellations received between June 2nd, 2017 and July 30th, 2017 will apply a cancellation fee of 1 night.
  • Any cancellation received after August 1st, 2017 will apply a cancellation fee of 100% of the total of the stay.

If you prefer to book another hotel, there are many accommodation options in Valencia to choose from. Here we suggest you the most attractive areas, touristic and culturally speaking, where you may be interested in staying.

  • Old town (most left area in the map below): This is one of the most popular areas of the city since it meets history and modern life. While it gathers Gothic and Baroque architectonic jewels such as Quart and Serrano Towers, the Plaza de la Virgen and the Cathedral quarter, the Silk Exchange or the Central Market, if offers also much of Valencia’s night life.
  • City of Arts and Sciences (bottom area in the map): This area gathers the most impressive examples of modern architecture designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. These include the Opera house and performing arts center, the Imax cinema, the Science museum and the Open-air aquarium park. All of them placed at the dry river bed of the now diverted River Turia, a relaxing place to walk and do sports.
  • Malvarrosa beach (right area in the map below): In this area you will find an excellent urban beach with a length of 1 kilometre and an average width of 135 metres. It is a wide and open beach with fine sand, bordered by the promenade where you can enjoy a walk, roller-skating, jogging, sun bathing or stop off at one of the restaurants for a delicious paella or a fresh fish stew.

All these areas are well connected via bus (Map), metro and tram (Map) to get to the venue conference.

If you prefer to book antother hotel, we recommend to use the following link. Otherwise, below you will find an image linking to our second recomendation.

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Points of Interest

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Tourism

Beach

Just a few meters away the conference you can find the beach of La Malvarrosa. We suggest you taste a delicious paella in one of the seafront restaurants, or have a drink in one of the bars. The climate in June is around 25 degrees, perfect to get a suntan and swimming in the Mediterranean. On 23st June (summer solstice) Valencia celebrates San Juan’s night.  People go to the beach to light a bonfire and dance to the irresistible music. A firework is let off at 12:00 (midnight). In this moment people get to the beach and they have a quick dip or jump on the waves making a wish, which can be fulfilled only in summer. This magical and charming celebration offers a warm welcome to the summer, opening the door to a new future. At the San Juan celebrations you can live great stories, fantastic legends while the mind and thoughts blow away.

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© Brennan Paezold
© Brennan Paezold

City Center

The ancient winding streets of the Barrio del Carmen contain buildings dating to Roman and Arabic times. The Cathedral, built between the 13th and 15th centuries, is primarily of Gothic style but contains elements of Baroque and Romanesque architecture. Beside the Cathedral is the Gothic Basilica of the Virgin (Basílica De La Virgen De Los Desamparados). The 15th century Serrano and Quart towers are part of what was once the wall surrounding the city.

Here you will find a map of the old town.

City of Arts and Sciences

The City of Arts and Sciences is a cultural entertainment centre with stunning architecture and great capacity to entertain, teach and excite by promoting public participation.
Situated along almost two kilometres of what was formerly the bed of the River Turia, with a surface area of 350,000 square metres, the City of Arts and Sciences is a huge open space. Offering cultural and intellectual leisure, it has given Valencia the best centre of this type in Europe.
The City of Arts and Sciences complex includes four buildings: L’Hemisferic is a Laserium, Planetarium and IMAX cinema, the Science Museum is one of those museums where it is forbidden not to touch, L’ Oceanographic is a giant marine park or aquarium and the Palau de les Arts is an Opera House. An architectural collection of exceptional beauty, harmonising the outer structure with the content.

© hector Milla
© hector Milla

 More Information

For information about tourism in Valencia, please consult Turisvalencia (http://www.turisvalencia.es/), created and published by the Valencia Tourism Foundation (http://www.turisvalencia.es/en/valencia-tourism-convention-bureau).