Venue

The EmC-ICDSST 2019 Conference will take place in the Rectory Building of the University of Madeira, UMA-Reitoria (Colégio dos Jesuítas) in the center of Funchal, Madeira, Portugal.

All papers presentations, as well as conference lunches and coffee breaks will take place in the facilities of the UMA Rectory complex.

UMA – Rectory, Colégio dos Jesuítas – Rua dos Ferreiros 9000-082 Funchal, Madeira, PT.

The University of Madeira is a public institution, which is young (founded in 1988), dynamic, open and attentive to the needs of the archipelago and the Euro-Atlantic area, aims at preparing its students to be full citizens of the 21st century global society and, through its entrepreneurial nature, the quality of its research and its spirit of service, to contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of Madeira, Portugal and the World (www.uma.pt).

The mission of the University of Madeira is to find appropriate solutions, within a framework of responsibility, equity and sustainability, which contribute to the development and assertion of Madeira and Portugal in a globalized and dynamic world.

(Check the UMA – Student’s Guide).

The Campus of the University of Madeira:

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UMA – Campus Penteada, Caminho da Penteada 9000 – 390 Funchal, Madeira, PT.

What to See and What to Do in Madeira

Avenida Arriaga (Arriaga Avenue)

Explore Funchal on foot starting at this beautiful avenue aligned with jacaranda trees. From here you can easily reach the cathedral and many of this city’s cultural attractions. Don’t miss out on the Adegas de São Francisco (wine cellars) belonging to the Madeira Wine Company, the wonderful Jardins Municipais (gardens) and the monument to Prince Henry the Navigator.


Convento de Santa Clara (Saint Claire’s Convent)

This convent was built for the Santa Clara nuns at the end of the 15th Century. Its walls are decorated with stunning blue tiles (azulejos) from the 17th Century. Rumor has it that João Gonçalves Zarco (Madeira’s discoverer) and his family are buried in the church crypt.

Forte de São Lourenço (Saint Lawrence Fort)

Once part of Funchal’s extensive sea defenses, this 16th Century fort is now used by the Madeira City Council. You can visit the North Bastion where there is a small but interesting exhibition about the history of the fortress.

Mercado dos Lavradores (Farmer’s Market)

A truly sensual feast for the senses is to be had at this colorful market, which sells an array of exotic and mouth-watering fruits, vegetables and some locally grown flowers.

Blandy’s and Palheiro Gardens


Rare and exotic trees, shrubs, plants and flowers from all over the world thrive at these well-tended botanical gardens located 1.9 miles (3 kilometers) east of Funchal on the road to Camacha. The estate has been owned by the famous wine merchant family, the Blandy’s, since 1885.

Quinta do Bom Sucesso Botanical Gardens

These fabulous botanical gardens house some 2,000 species of tropical and sub-tropical plants in an 8.6 acre garden that used to belong to the Reid family who once owned the famous hotel of that name. Take an afternoon out to admire the exotic flowers, enjoy a coffee at the café terrace, admire the panoramic view over the Bay of Funchal from the Belvedere Terrace and finish up by visiting the aviary stocked with exotic and colorful parrots.

Casas de Santana (Santana Typical Houses)

Santana’s typical houses are one of Madeira’s biggest signatures. Spread in numerous promotional posters throughout the world. We estimate that these small-thatched triangular houses, built of wood and thatched with straw, are trace of primitive constructions. As being one of Madeira’s most abundant natural resources, it was easy to find and not expensive.
Cereals, such as corn and rye were part of the population daily menu. They were turned to flour, and afterwards to bread and home-made pasta or noodles. The straw was then put to use to cover the houses. These houses belong essentially to humble people, mainly agricultures with no means to purchase more noble building materials.

The Monte Toboggan Run

Take an exciting ride down to Funchal´s city center on one of the Monte´s “toboggans”!

The Monte Toboggans first originated in the early 19th century as Funchal´s first means of “downhill” public transportation. Presently and for a number of years now, the “Carro de Cesto” is used to transport tourists. Made primarily out of wicker ad two wooden runners, these toboggans are driven by two men (carreiros) dressed in white, with straw hats and black rubber boots that are used as brakes. All this is possible by using ropes and greased up rags to grease the wooden runners.

The ride starts off below the steps of the Nossa Senhora do Monte Church. This is quite a fast 2km long ride down steep and winding roads that will lead you to your finishing point, Livramento, a suburb of Funchal. Visitors consider this ride a thrill and a “must-do” during your visit to Madeira Island.

The Region

The beautiful Funchal town is situated on the wonderful Madeira Island, and is the archipelago capital, nowadays the major touristic, cultural, artistic and politic center in the archipelago.

Filled with history, cosmopolite, culture and a wonderful life, Funchal has much to see and admire, starting on the lovely historical nucleus of São Pedro, Santa Maria or Sé, that invite for pleasant walks.

The Madeira archipelago was once known by Romans and Phoenicians, yet the official discovery was in 1418, first with the Porto Santo island by the navigators João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira, and on the year after the Madeira Island, by João Gonçalves Zarco and Bartolomeu Perestrelo.

The initial plan was about exploring the western coast of Africa, yet due to a storm, the navigators had to shove off the initial route, which lead them to discover the golden Porto Santo Island.

The Funchal’s colonization started already in 1424, receiving this toponym as the first discoverers of the region realized the abundance of fennel, “funcho” in Portuguese.

Funchal charms with its ambiance, not only for the many quality services and quite developed and organized tourist industry, but also for its delightful monuments, history, activities, infrastructures to enjoy the best of one’s leisure moments, a luxuriant nature, and unequal landscapes of great beauty.

Funchal presents enchanting Monuments such as the Cathedral dated from 1514, with a wonderful ceiling; the 15th century Church and Monastery of Saint Clare; the Nossa Senhora do Monte Church; the 16th century São Lourenço Fortress; the São Pedro Church and Palace; the 18th century Santa Maria Maior Mother Church; the Junta Geral Palace; the Town Hall charming building, symbol of the colonial architecture; the Ilhéu Fort; The Pico Fort, among many other monuments and charming places that one can find on every corner.

Funchal also offers a rich cultural offer, with several museums and cultural sites, such as the Religious Art Museum, the Madeira Wine Museum, the Quinta das Cruzes Museum, the Frederico de Freitas Museum, the Natural History Museum or the lovely Photography Museum, among other quite interesting spaces.

With a luxuriant nature, which led to name the Madeira Island as the “Garden of the Atlantic”, it is worth knowing the amazing green areas in Funchal, with wonderful places like the Botanical Garden, the Tropical Garden Monte Palace or the Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro Estate.

Nothing better than a cable car journey to better observe this town’s true beauty and all the surroundings.

Once in the charming and noble Monte, a ride in the “carro de cesto” is mandatory! “Carro de cesto” or “tobogãs” are wickerwork sledges pushed by two “carreiros“, or sledge drivers, that slide on wooden runners for about 4 km down a steep hill, heading to Funchal city center.

Useful Information

Time Zone

Funchal’s time is in the WET – Western European Time  (GMT/UTC GMT/UTC +1 in summer): Austrália Camberra +10h; Brazil Brasília -3h; France Paris +1h; Germany Bonn +1h; Holland Amsterdam +1h; Italy Rome +1h; Japan Tokyo +9h; Norway Oslo +1h; South Africa Cape Town +2h; Spain Madrid +1h; Sweden Stockholm +1h; UK London = ; USA Chicago -6h; USA Los Angeles -8h; USA New York -5h.

Climate

Funchal has a mild mediterranean climate with even temperatures all year around. The climate can be separated into two main seasons: a rainier and slightly cooler season from October through March with average daily high temperatures ranging from 20 °C (68 °F) to 25 °C (77 °F) and a drier and warmer season from April through September with average daily high temperatures ranging from 21 °C (70 °F) to 26 °C (79 °F). Humidity levels remain constantly high at about 70%. Sea temperatures range from a low of 18 °C (64 °F) in February–March to 24–26 °C (75 °F) in August–October.

Since the city rises from the sea up to altitudes of 800 meters on its northern slopes, it is quite common to experience cloudiness, fog and rain on those northern suburbs while clear skies remain nearer to the sea. Temperatures also tend to be slightly lower at the higher altitudes.

Early summer, especially June, tends to be quite infamous due to a phenomenon where persistent cloudiness covers the entire bay area of Funchal, locally nicknamed “Funchal’s helmet”. The length and severity of the rainy season varies greatly from year to year.

Currency

Since 2002 the sole currency of Portugal and Islands has been the Euro.
Coins: 1cent, 2cent, 5cent, 10cent, 20cent, 50cent, €1, €2.
Banknotes: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500.

Electricity

European type 2 pin sockets with 220 volts AC at 50 cycles are used. The phase 380 volt current is normally available in meeting and exhibition rooms.

To use American-type plugs, a 220-volt transformer should be used together with an adapter plug.

Useful Phone numbers

Country Code: +351
International Call Prefix: 00
Funchal area prefix:  291

National Emergency Number: 112

Information Center: 118

Forestry Protection National Number/ Fire Department: 117
Police Headquarter (PSP):  291 208 400
Forensic Police:  291 215 600
Civil Protection:  291 700 112
SANAS – Lifeguards:  291 230 112
Marine Rescue Center:  291 213 112
Municipal Fireman Brigade:  291 222 122
Funchal Volunteer Fireman Brigade:  291 229 115
Portuguese Red Cross:  291 741 115

Radio Taxis Madeira Services:  291 795 149

Hospitals in Funchal:
Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça
Front desk:  291 705 600
Emergency Service:  291 705 608
Help Line:  808 201 414

Hospital dos Marmeleiros:  291 705 730

Credit Card Offices: Visa / Master Card:  800 811 824
American Express:  707 504 050
SIBS:  808 201 251
Money Exchange
Money can be exchanged at any bank or hotel throughout the Island.

Health Requirements

With the exception of vaccination certificates for persons coming from areas where yellow fever is endemic, there are no special health requirements.

Passport and Visas

A valid passport (or identity card for European Community nationals) is required. Visas are not necessary for citizens of EU countries, the U.S.A., Canada and the majority of countries.
Please contact your local Portuguese Embassy, Consulate or your Travel Agency for further information.

Language

Portuguese is a Romanic Language with 2010 to 2015 million native speakers, usually listed as the sixth or seventh most spoken language in the world.

Some Useful expressions in Portuguese:

Hello: Olá
Nice to meet you!:  Prazer em conhecer-te! (often shortened to ‘Prazer’)
Good Morning:  Bom dia
Good evening:  Boa tarde (in the afternoon)/Boa noite (in the evening and at night)
Good night:  Boa noite
Goodbye:  Adeus
See you soon:  Até logo/ Até à vista
Yes:  Sim
No:  Não
That depends:  Isso depende
I don’t know:  Eu não sei
I think so:  Creio que sim
Where?:  Onde?
When?:  Quando?
Why?:  Porquê?
Who?:  Quem?
How much/ How many?: Quanto/ Quantos?
Please: Por favor
Thank you: Obrigado (for men)/  Obrigada (for women)
Excuse me: Com licença
I’m sorry: Peço desculpa
May I?:  Posso?
Good Luck!:  Boa sorte!
Enjoy your meal!: Bom apetite!
Train station: Estação dos comboios
Bus station: Central rodoviária
Taxi central: Praça de táxis
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