ECEL Practical Information

Registered participants will receive specific joining instructions two weeks before the conference. In the meantime, we hope you find the following, more general, ECEL Practical Information helpful.

Conference Location

University Portucalense (UPT)

University Information

The University Portucalense

The University Portucalense (UPT) looks forward to welcoming you to ECEL 2024.

Local Information

Known as the capital of the north, Porto is Portugal's second largest city and a thriving industrial centre, successfully blending commercial efficiency with an atmosphere of unpretentious charm. Rich from centuries of trade, modern Porto is as much a cosmopolitan centre as it is a city steeped in the historical events of the past. Magnificently situated on the great gorge of the River Douro, which spills into the Atlantic after its scenic 927 km journey from Spain, the 'granite city' is best known for its striking bridges and the much celebrated Port wine, which is stored and savoured by wine lovers all over the world. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1996, the ancient Ribeira riverside district is a warren of narrow, twisting streets and shadowy arches. The ongoing restoration of this lively quarter is attracting a growing number of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Crossing the spectacular two tiered Dom Luís bridge brings you to Vila Nova da Gaia, the true home of Port wine. Here, visitors can tour the world famous cellars, which bear such familiar household names as Taylor's, Grahams, Cockburns and Sandeman.

The neighbour fishing towns of Matosinhos and Leça da Palmeira to the north of the city boast some of the best fish and seafood restaurants in Portugal.

Porto was designated as the European Best Destination several times

Visit Porto:

Getting to ECEL

By Air

Porto’s Airport – Located 11 km from Porto, in an important commercial and industrial area, Francisco Sá-Carneiro Airport is a modern infrastructure fully equipped to meet the demands of today’s air traffic.

By Train

Train (Portuguese Railway)

Campanhã – Located in the eastern side of Porto, this railway station includes international services, the Alfa Pendular, services between cities and regions, and Regional and Suburban services, which enables the connection to several destinations in the country and abroad.

Bento– Located in the city centre, this railway station includes suburban and regional services, as well as services between regions, which enables the connection to several destinations in the city. It also offers an international service to Vigo.

Metro do Porto – Line D - Hospital de S. João <-> João de Deus: The closest station to UPT  is Hospital de S. João Station. A change of line in Trindade Station (City Centre) is required. After going from the Airport Station to Trindade Station change to line D (Yellow) and take the direction of Hospital de S. João.

By Bus

STCP – Porto Bus Company – Bus lines to the city centre: 601; 87; 76

Taxi Suggestions

Taxi fares from the airport to UTP and to the recommended hotels may range from €17,00 to €23,00 depending on the time of day as well as on the traffic. For more information about the services provided by the company, please click here.

UBER exists in Porto and it is a safe and economic way to travel.

Conference Accommodation

Suggested local hotels can be seen in the table below. The main conference hotel will be highlighted in green.

This is usually the most convenient to the conference venue and is usually where pre-conference drinks are held.


Key Locations

Key locations for the 23rd European Conference on eLearning - ECEL 2024 in Portugal are shown on this google map:


Virtual Presentations

There is an option to present your work virtually. Virtual presentations will take place on Zoom, details of the virtual room links will be sent close to the conference date. There will be a check-in session to test your zoom connection prior to the conference. Virtual Participants will have access to the keynotes and all of the virtual presentations.