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ESA2009 - 9th Conference of European Sociological Association
 
 
 
Social Programme

ESA 2009 Conference Dinner

ESA Evening Event – Let’s give Energy to Sociology!
Friday, 4 September 2009 20:00 - 24:00
EDP Electricity Museum

The Conference Dinner/Get-together will take place in the garden/park of the EDP Electricity Museum, located by the Tejo River.

The Tejo Power Station is one of Lisbon’s architectural landmarks and boasts a façade of undeniable beauty. In its day it was a considerable pioneer in electricity generation. Today, almost a century since it was built, the power station has again taken on innovative projects and established itself as a prominent Electricity Museum. It was re-opened to the public in May 2006, reflecting a more up-to-date concept of a museum, belonging to the EDP Foundation, a private, non-profit-making institution set up by EDP - Energias de Portugal, S.A. in December 2004.
The EDP Electricity Museum is located by the river nearby the Monumental quarter of Belém.

Address: EDP Museu da Electricidade, Avenida de Brasilia, Central Tejo

“Dress code”
Please take into consideration that the museum is located by the river and therefore it can be windy in the late afternoon and evening. A sweater, light jacket or a pashmina may be necessary.

Conference dinner transfer:
Bus transfer will be provided from ISCTE to the conference dinner venue

19:30-19:45 buses depart from ISCTE   (for exact location of the pick up point at ISCTE, please see information placed by the conference secretariat and follow indication by the conference staff)


23:00 buses depart from EDP Electricity museum to drop-off points strategically located close to the official conference hotels (hotels booked via the conference website)
Each bus will carry a sign with the hotels located close by its drop-off point.
 
A very limited number of remaining tickets might be available at the Conference Secretariat & Registration desk. 

 

ESA 2009 Optional Tours

All excursions will depart from and return to the Conference Venue.
Excursions will depart at 09:00.
Tour Service is provided by tourism coaches and English speaking guides.

THURSDAY – 3, SEPTEMBER 2009

01. LISBON CITY TOUR – PANORAMIC (Half Day)


Depart from the Conference Venue by coach in direction of Belém, the monumental part of Lisboa, where the UNESCO world heritage sites of the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery are to be found. Monuments that remind us of the eras of the overseas voyages and discoveries of new worlds … a brief visit to the area before continuing to the heart of Lisboa, on route we will see the beautiful Basílica of Estrela, arriving at the north-side of the Avenida da Liberdade Boulevard. One of the best viewpoints over the city is situated at the top of the Eduardo VII’s Park, where we will make a stop. The coaches drive down the Avenida da Liberdade to the Rossio Square where we leave the coach for a walk along the main pedestrian street - Rua Augusta - which will take us to the Triumphal Arch opening up to the Terreiro do Paço by the river. The royal palace stood in this magnificent square was rebuilt after the earthquake which struck Lisboa in 1755 destroying most of the “down-town” buildings. Coaches will be waiting here for the return transfer to the Conference venue.

02. MEDIEVAL ÓBIDOS (Full Day with lunch) Cancelled due to lack of participants

03. ÉVORA – THE ROYAL CITY (Full Day with lunch)Cancelled due to lack of participants


FRIDAY – 4, SEPTEMBER 2009

04. SINTRA – A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE (Half Day)


We will depart from Lisboa by coach along the highway to the beautiful town of Sintra, at the foot of the mountain range of the same name. Its unique characteristics have led UNESCO to classify it as a World heritage site, taking into account the natural riches as well as the historic buildings in the town and mountains. The luxuriant vegetation surrounds royal palaces, private mansions and romantic hide-away villas. We will visit one of the royal palaces, enjoy some free time to stroll around the narrow lanes and stop for refreshments in royal surroundings. The westernmost point of the European mainland is Cabo da Roca. This is where the mountain ridge dives abruptly into the Atlantic Ocean forming the cliff of Cabo da Roca. This viewpoint offers a 360 º breathtaking view over the Atlantic Ocean. From here we will return to Lisboa and the Conference venue along the scenic road by the river Tagus.

05. UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES, BATALHA & ALCOBAÇA – GOTHIC MASTERPIECES (Full Day with lunch)

We will depart from Lisboa by coach following the highway towards the town of Batalha. This settlement developed alongside the Monastery of Santa Maria de Vitória, constructed in 1386. Like this the Portuguese King Dom João I, kept his vow to the Virgin Mary that he would build a magnificent church if Portugal defeated Castile at the Battle of Aljubarrota on 14th August 1385.
We will visit this masterpiece of Portuguese Gothic, a magnificent piece of architecture that combines various influences from its lengthy period of construction, which lasted several reigns, and where we will find parts left unfinished.

Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, in 1989, Alcobaça is one of the most impressive Cistercian monasteries in Europe. Although built almost 900 years ago (construction started in 1178), the mediaeval buildings are still preserved and the church is the largest primitive Gothic church in Portugal.
The Monastery owned a vast area of land in the valley of the rivers Alcoa and Baça and where the Cistercian Order organised villages and estates, boosting agriculture development by introducing new techniques and agricultural products. This region is still today one of Portugal´s main fruit producers. We will visit the mediaeval buildings, including the refectory, dormitory and chapter room as well as the surprising kitchen.
We will have lunch in Nazaré possibly the most famous fishing town in Portugal.
Return to Lisboa and Conference venue.


SATURDAY – 5, SEPTEMBER 2009

06. LISBOA VINEYARD ON THE SOUTH BANK OF THE RIVER (Half Day)


Depart from the Conference Venue by coach crossing the river Tagus through the 25th of April bridge build in the 1960’s by the US Steel Company, a “sister bridge” to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Just across the bridge on the Setúbal Peninsula we find the closest vineyards to Lisboa, famous for its fortified dessert wine “Moscatel” as well as the table wines produced in the area. We will pay a visit to one of the modern Wine cellars for a guided tour and a tasting. Return to Lisboa and the official Conference hotels this time crossing the river Tagus via the Vasco da Gama Bridge, built for the world exhibition held in Lisboa in 1998, at the time of its construction this was the longest bridge in Europe. Refreshments included during this visit. Return to Lisboa and the Conference venue by coach.

01. LISBON CITY TOUR – PANORAMIC (Half Day), same as Thursday 3, September


Depart from the Conference Venue by coach in direction of Belém, the monumental part of Lisboa, where the UNESCO world heritage sites of the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery are to be found. Monuments that remind us of the eras of the overseas voyages and discoveries of new worlds … a brief visit to the area before continuing to the heart of Lisboa, on route we will see the beautiful Basílica of Estrela, arriving at the north-side of the Avenida da Liberdade Boulevard. One of the best viewpoints over the city is situated at the top of the Eduardo VII’s Park, where we will make a stop. The coaches drive down the Avenida da Liberdade to the Rossio Square where we leave the coach for a walk along the main pedestrian street - Rua Augusta - which will take us to the Triumphal Arch opening up to the Terreiro do Paço by the river. The royal palace stood in this magnificent square was rebuilt after the earthquake which struck Lisboa in 1755 destroying most of the “down-town” buildings. Coaches will be waiting here for the return transfer to the Conference venue.

 

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