Scientific Meeting in Granada, Spain, 21-22 April 2022

The next scientific meeting of SyMat is planned the 21-22 April 2022 in Granada, Spain, and it will be held in hybrid form.

Part of the meeting will be devoted to presentations from invited industrial partners and from participants currently contributing to the Action with STSM and other grants.

During these dates a MC meeting will take place.

Venue:

Granada is a charming city located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, in the Betic Range, the highest in the Iberian Peninsula. Located in eastern Andalusia, in the south of Spain, it enjoys one of the greatest cultural heritages of this country. It is famous for its great examples of medieval architecture dating from the Moorish occupation, in particular La Alhambra. This sprawling hilltop fortress includes royal palaces, courtyards and reflecting pools of the Nasrid dynasty and fountains and orchards in the gardens of the Generalife. In addition to the world-famous Alhambra and the Albaicín quarter, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Granada boasts a Renaissance cathedral surrounded by many other monuments that dot the city at every turn.

Map locations and schedule:

The map of the COST meeting places below shows their location in the city:

Tentative schedule of the meetings:

Thursday 21 AprilFriday 22 April
9-10.40Session9-10.40Session
10.40-11Coffee10.40-11Coffee
11-13:00Session11-13:00Session
13-14Lunch13-14Lunch
14-15.40Session / Core-group meeting14-15.40Session
15.40-16Coffee15.40-16Coffee
16-17.30MC meeting16-17.30Session / Closing
19-21Dinner
21-23.30Alhambra visit

A- Travelling to Granada:

There are two options:

One option is to fly directly to Granada, which has a small airport and most likely it will be necessary to have a stopover in Madrid or Barcelona. This option is typically more expensive and with lower timetable options. From the airport there is a bus to the city that stops near the recommended hotels (below). Buses to Granada City Centre depart from the airport approximately 30 minutes after the arrival of each flight, and have several stops along the city. The tickets are bought at the bus and have a cost of 3€.

The alternative option is to fly to Málaga, which is approx. 120 km from Granada, and it has a lot of international direct flights to many cities in Europe, since it is a very touristic city, and the flight prices are typically the best ones. The trip from Málaga airport to Granada in public transport is mainly by bus: depending on the hours, there are direct buses from the Airport of Málaga to the Bus Station of Granada. The bus company is ALSA, here you can see their bus timetable. If there is no direct bus from the Airport of Malaga to Granada, the alternative option is to take the train from the airport to the Train&Bus Station of Málaga and there the bus to Granada (Also with ALSA). Both the train stop and the bus stop of the Airport of Málaga are outside the main entrance, and the tickets can be bought there.

B- Accommodation:

Granada is plenty of options for accommodation. There are a variety of hotels nearby the COST Meeting place. Some of the options that we recommend are:

Barceló Carmen Granada ****

Meliá Granada ****

Vincci Albayzin ****

Hotel Navas ***

Hotel Monjas del Carmen ***

Hotel Plaza Nueva ***

C- COST Meeting place:

The meeting will be held at the School of Architecture of the University of Granada, in the centre of the city. The School is located in one of the most emblematic districts of Granada, the Barrio del Realejo, very close to the hill of the Alhambra, a historic site of the first magnitude surrounded by a landscape of meadows and mountains that make it a privileged enclave.

The building is located in the Campo del Príncipe, a magnificent operation of reuse and rehabilitation of a former Military Hospital, transformed into a School of Architecture as a result of an international architectural competition, and declared National Architecture Prize in 2015. Having been chosen as the venue for numerous congresses and technical conferences, touring its spaces is a lesson in architecture across its courtyards and nooks and crannies.

D- “Together Dinner” and night visit to “La Alhambra”:

On Thursday evening (19h), It will take place a “Together Dinner” at the Carmen de la Victoria: cocktail at the gardens, with marvellous views of the Alhambra and its quarter. The Carmen de la Victoria is located in the Albaicín neighbourhood of Granada in an area traditionally occupied by these typical houses called “carmen”, from the Arab period, in the old Islamic quarter of Axares. Its origin is due to the aggregation of various properties from the former convent of Nuestra Señora de la Victoria. Carmen de la Victoria is now owned by the University of Granada.

After the cocktail, around 21h, we will continue with a small walk to La Alhambra and a guided night visit to its astonishing Palaces. The history of La Alhambra is linked to the geographical area where it is located. On a rocky hill of difficult access, on the banks of the river Darro, protected by the mountains and surrounded by forest, among the oldest districts of the city, La Alhambra rises like an imposing castle of reddish tones in its walls that hide to the delicate beauty of its interior. Designed as a military zone at the beginning, La Alhambra became the royal residence and court of Granada in the mid-13th century after the establishment of the Nasrid Kingdom and the construction of the first palace by the founding king Mohammed ibn Yusuf Ben Nasr, better known as Alhamar. Throughout the s. XIII, XIV and XV, the fortress becomes a citadel of high walls and defensive towers, which houses two main areas: the military zone or Alcazaba, barracks of the royal guard, and the medina or palatine city, where the famous Nasrid Palaces and the remains of the houses of nobles and plebeians who lived there. The Palace of Carlos V, built after the city was seized in 1492 by the Catholic Monarchs, is also in the medina. The monumental complex also has an independent palace in front of the Alhambra, surrounded by orchards and gardens, which was the solace of the Granadine kings, The Generalife.