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The conference is planned as a fully hybrid event, combining physical participation at UPC Vilanova (one of the schools of engineering of Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech) with high-quality online participation with full technical support before and during the conference. All participants (on-site and online) will have access to the password-protected conference platform, MyEventUPC, where they will be able to access the conference programme and materials. During the registration period, participants can select their participation mode (on-site or online). The conference aims to provide an engaging academic and social experience to all participants. Streaming of live events will facilitate interaction among participants regardless of their participation mode.

About Vilanova i la Geltrú

Vilanova i la Geltrú is a pleasant coastal town, located about 50 kilometres south of Barcelona with a population of around 66,000. Its busy town centre and bustling market are worth a visit just as its old quarter, church and theatre. The beach promenade, lined with coffee shops and bars offers an ideal place to go walking or jogging and the beach itself is the starting point to practice many of the water sports available- sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, etc.

Further information

Town Hall of Vilanova i la Geltrú
Tourism Office of Vilanova I la Geltrú
Tourist map



The conference will take place at UPC Vilanova (one of the schools of engineering of Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech). Conference activities will be held in the main building, next to the train and bus station and centrally located in Vilanova i la Geltrú.



RENFE discount for AELFE-TAPP 2020 participants travelling by train (high-speed/long distance)


The Spanish Railway Network (RENFE) offers a 30% discount for AELFE-TAPP 2020 participants. Only participants who have registered for the conference are eligible for the discount. In order to receive the voucher, please send us an email to indicating "train discount" in the subject line.

Below are the instructions for purchasing your tickets once you have received our authorisation code:

How to get to the School

From Barcelona Airport

You can reach Vilanova from the airport in two different ways, by bus or by train.

There are buses which go to Vilanova i la Geltrú. Check the timetable and prices here. You can take the train from the airport to El Prat de Llobregat, then change trains (at the same track) to Vilanova i la Geltrú. Check the timetable and prices on the Renfe website.

From Girona Airport

You need to take a bus to Barcelona Estació del Nord (single ticket €16). You can find more information on transfer options here.

Then walk to the metro station Arc de Triomf and buy a metro ticket to Passeig de Gracia. Make sure you buy your ticket at the red machine in the back on which it says ´TMB´. Take the metro in the direction Hospital de Belvitge (L1, red line) and get out at Catalunya. There you change to the metro in the direction Trinitat Nova (L3, green line), get out at Passeig de Gracia.

At Passeig de Gracia you can buy a train ticket and take the direct train to Vilanova i la Geltrú.



Early booking is strongly recommended, especially since the conference takes place in the summer (high season). Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona) and its surroundings offer many accommodation options, ranging from family hotels, to hostels and holiday rentals. Selected accommodation options are offered to AELFE-TAPP 2021 conference participants at special rates


Alternatively, participants can also find other options (smaller hotels, apartments). The following website offers a full directory of accommodation options in Vilanova: 


Participants can also search for other options through popular sites (Booking, Airbnb, etc.). In addition to Vilanova, participants can find accommodation in nearby towns that are connected by commuter train to Vilanova (Cubelles or Sitges are only 5 minutes away by train). These are also convenient options as the conference venue is just opposite the train station in Vilanova.

Participants are responsible for making their own arrangements

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