The Open Institute V2 is taking place in Funchal, Madeira island’s capital, Portugal. Madeira offers a compelling combination of all year round warm temperatures, breath-taking scenery, great food, a relaxed lifestyle and rich local colour. The picturesque city of Funchal has a port and promenade, quaint and narrow winding streets, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
Things to do in Madeira
Although Madeira is only 800km2, it has a varied scenery and places of interest dotted around the island. Imagine driving along the rugged coastline, with steep cliffs on your left and crystal clear sea on your right. You can’t help but stop to take a photo of colourful roadside flowers, or an entire hillside covered in banana trees.
For more information on what to explore on the island: www.visitmadeira.pt
You can also visit the Tourist information offices situated on the Promenade and central Funchal:
Gare Marítima da Madeira
Área de desembarque – Piso 1 Porto do Funchal
Avenida Arriaga No. 16,
9004- 519 Funchal
How to get here
Madeira is well connected to the continent with regular short hop flights to Lisbon International Airport, and less frequent direct connections to other major cities in Portugal and to London, Amsterdam, Berlin and other European cities. It has a modern airport 25 km from the center of Funchal, the capital city, and possesses a safe and modern network of highways and tunnels which facilitate rapid travel by car.
Portuguese national carrier is TAP. Funchal also enjoys direct connections to much of Europe and beyond through carriers such as AirBerlin(Germany), Easyjet (UK), Transavia (France) and SATA (Ireland, Denmark, Sweden).
To get to and from the airport you can:
- Take the Shuttle bus airport – you may book it online through the following service: http://www.madeira-airport-transfers.com
- Aerobus (5 euros)
- Take a taxi (around 40 euros)
- Rent a car (around 50 euros/day)
We strongly recommend the Open Institute V2 attendees to fly into Madeira two days before the conference, as due to specific meteorological conditions, flights to the island get canceled or delayed quite often.
All keynote lectures will take place at Colégio dos Jesuítas,
Rua dos Ferreiros
Workshops, unless otherwise specified in the programme, will take place at M-ITI (Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute)
Polo Científico e Tecnológico da Madeira, Piso -2
Caminho da Penteada