From July 12th to July 15th, 2002

  1. Conference packs and registration: Conference packs will be distributed in the lecture room from Friday onwards. Registration and payment of subsidies will be on Friday afternoon before the reception.
  2. Computer facilities: There are a limited number of computer terminals with www and telnet available for the use of participants in room 2.35 (room 35 of the second floor). To use telnet to connect to your home computer:
    1. telnet cafirewall
    2. at the prompt type >c your.home.computer
  3. Transport to and from the airport: Apart from taxis (fare approx. 15 Euros) there is an airport bus (Aerobus) leaving from just outside the terminal, with departures every 30 minutes between 7.45am and 7.15pm.
  4. Important phone numbers: 112 National emergency phone number

  5. Hotel Ipanema Porto (not the Hotel Ipanema Park!) phone: (351)-22 607 50 59
    Hotel Ipanema fax: (351)-22 606 33 39 / 39 31
  6. Currency: The Portuguese currency is the Euro.
  7. Coffee primer: A café is an expresso coffee,meia de leite is expresso with some milk in a bigger cup, galão(or galão de máquina if you want it freshly made) is expresso coffee with a lot of milk in a glass, café cheio is the same amount of ground coffee as café, but with more water (less concentrated), italiana is with less water (more concentrated). Then there are also the decaffeinated varieties which you get by adding the word descafeinado/a at the end.
  8. Bank services: Bank opening hours are normally 8.30 - 15.00, Monday- Friday, though some banks operating in shopping centres or large supermarkets have longer opening hours. Cash dispensing machines take many major credit cards.
  9. Portuguese pronunciation: More or less regular, but there are many rules and some surprising vowel shifts. Ask a Portuguese fellow-participant for a crash course, and don't be surprised if some of the syllables seem to be missing.
  10. Shopping: Shopping hours in ordinary shops are normally until 19.00, frequently with a lunch break, except in shopping centres, which usually have longer hours, staying open until 23.00 or 24.00. There is a fine bookshop diagonally opposite the Faculty, next door to the Bela Torre.
  11. Public Transport: The metro is still being built, so you must use buses. Lines 34 and 35 take you to the centre (see the route maps in the transport section on the conference page).
  12. Telephone numbers: The country code for Portugal is 351, the outgoing code for international calls is 00. All phone numbers in Portugal are now 9 digits long after the recent change, although many phone numbers are still given according to the old system, e.g. an old Porto number given as (02) 208 4151 becomes 22 208 4151, from anywhere in Portugal including Porto. Similarly Lisbon numbers, previously 01 plus 7 digits from outside Lisbon, now become 21 plus the same 7 digits from anywhere in Portugal, including Lisbon.
  13. Phone calls: Public call boxes take coins or credit cards, as well as prepaid cards with 50, 100 etc. units, which can be bought e.g. from post offices and many stationers. There are call boxes on the second floor of the Faculty.
  14. Electricity: The electricity supply is 220 V, 50 Hz, with the type of sockets which are standard in most European countries.
  15. Drinking water: Water from the taps is safe to drink. Mineral water may be bought very inexpensively from supermarkets. In restaurants you must specify what type of water (água) you want: com gás (fizzy/with gas) or sem gás (still/without gas), and natural (room temperature) or fresca (chilled).
  16. Safety: Beware of dangerous and inconsiderate driving, especially when crossing roads. Even if you are on a pedestrian crossing, look carefully before crossing. Portugal is a comparatively safe country as far as crime is concerned, but it is best to take reasonable precautions against pickpockets in crowded areas. When walking to or from the Ribeira area by the river, it is best to stick to the main roads.
  17. Tipping: A simple rule of thumb for foreigners is between 5 and 10 %. (For Portuguese the rule of thumb is 0% to 5%.) For instance, in cafes add on 15 to 20 cents for bills of up to 3 Euros. For a meal of 5 to 10 Euros, round up to the nearest multiple of 50 cents and add an extra 25 to 50 cents if that doesn't seem very much. In a group, if the tip comes to about 50 cents a head that is ok. In taxis tip about 5%. It is advisable to enquire in advance roughly how much the taxi fare will be.
  18. Getting on in Portugal: Be friendly and relaxed, not in a hurry, and people will be very helpful. If written information is scarce (it usually is), ask someone for advice, and if possible get a second and third opinion. Service in restaurants can be slow, especially when it comes to calling for the bill (conta). Avoid praising Lisbon when conversing with people from Porto.
We hope you will have a really enjoyable stay.