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About barcelona

Barcelona is a vibrant modern welcoming capital of Catalonia. It is a major economic, technological and cultural center of Mediterranean Europe. The capital is not only a charming vacation destination with 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites, but also is acclaimed as one of the best hosting cities for most international conferences and is the first city to be certified by Biosphere Responsible Tourism .

The 19th ERSCP conference location is on the premises of the Campus Nord of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Barcelona Tech (UPC), located in Pedralbes, one of the city's most attractive residential neighborhoods, just next to the Royal Palace of Pedralbes

About upc

Founded in 1971, The UPC is a public university consisted of 21 schools, faculties and colleges of Barcelona province within engineering, architecture, technology and science. The UPC is committed to local society and to change. Its guiding principles are freedom, justice, democracy, solidarity, cooperation, sustainability, efficiency, transparency and social responsibility. The research carried out at UPC leads the field in many areas and is closely linked to the interests of society, and especially to the production sector. The driving force behind the research consists of 42 departments and some university institutes with a growing number of specific research centers and broadly based centers in collaboration with other institutions.

travel information

From Barcelona EL PRAT airport to city centre: You can easily reach the city centre by Metro, Shuttle or Train. Please consult Barcelona Airport website here for details and fares.

Urban transport in Barcelona: Barcelona possesses a well-developed network of bus, metro and tram connections. The same tickets are valid for bus metro and tram. They may be purchased in Barcelona, automatic vending machines as well as from the driver. Different fares are available. Please consult Metro and bus fares on TMB website

UPC can be easily reached directly from Barcelona EL PRAT airport taking the Metro line L9 Sud in approximately 30 minutes. There are stops at Terminal 1 (inside the building) and Terminal 2 (outside the building, next to train station). Stop at the station ‘Zona Universitaria’, a few minutes walking to the conference centre.

Conference venue:

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech
Campus Nord
Plaça d'Eusebi Güell 6, Vertex Building
08034 Barcelona

The UPC is located in Pedralbes district and can be easily reached from the city center and any part of the city by public transport in approximately 30 minutes.

The closest metro station is Palau Reial, L3.

The closest tram stop is Palau Reial for lines T1, T2 and T3.

The nearby bus stops serve for bus lines 7, 33, 63, V5, 78, H6.

The campus has parking facilities and is managed by Interparking


EU citizens should be able to present a passport or an ID card valid for the duration of the stay in Spain. Citizens of other countries must have a valid passport. Non-EU citizens might be required to produce a visa. Please contact your travel agent or the nearest Spanish diplomatic post for further information. Spain is part or the Schengen area, for more information on the visa policy of the Schengen Area see here.

In principle, a visa application should be lodged at least 15 calendar days before the intended visit (as this is the normal processing time) and cannot be lodged earlier than three months before the start of the intended visit.

Who does not need a visa?
A short-stay visa (stay in the Schengen area of up to 90 days) is not required by:

  • 1. Nationals of EU Member States or Contracting Parties to the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement of 14 June 1985;
  • 2. Nationals of third countries listed in Annex II to Council Regulation (EC) No. 539/2011 of 15 March 2001 (Official Journal of the European Union L 81 of 21 March 2001, pp. 1-7) listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (including amendments);
  • 3. Holders of diplomatic, service or special passports of countries with which Spain has signed an agreement on the abolition of visa requirements;
  • 4. Holders of valid Schengen visas (type C) of other Contracting Parties to the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement of 14 June 1985;
  • 5. Holders of valid residence permits issued by Schengen States, provided that these permits are included in the list of residence permits entitling their holders to travel without a visa;

If you are not sure whether you need a visa for coming to Spain, please consult the information on the website of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation or contact your nearest Spanish consulate/embassy.

Where to apply?

The visa should be requested in-person at the Diplomatic Mission or Spanish Consular Office in the place where the applicant legally resides. If there is no Diplomatic Mission or Spanish Consular Office in a specific country, applications can be made at the Diplomatic Mission or Consular Office that represents Spain in said country.

IMPORTANT: ERSCP 2019 will issue an invitation letter only to registered participants that are presenting as well as authors or co-authors of accepted papers and with settled fees. Invitation letters require payment of the registration fees.


Barcelona offers many options of accommodation and the majority of locations are within a 30 minutes range by public transportation. These hotels are close to the venue (10 to 15 minutes walk).

Practical information

Useful information for your stay in Barcelona can be found on the tourist office webpage here (Please consult the web menu PRACTICAL GUIDE).

UPC Vertex Building, where the conference will be held, is accessible for persons with reduced mobility.

Accreditation and certificates: Accreditations will be available at the registration desk of the conference; certificates for participation will be downloadable from the conference website at the end of the conference.

Language: The language of the conference is English.

Climate: Barcelona enjoys pleasant weather even in autumn. Check for more detailed forecast here