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II Plenary meeting – March 11-15, 2024 – Torre Vila-PuigUniversitat Autònoma de Barcelona

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Time tableMonday, March 11thTuesday, March 12thWednesday, March 13thThursday, March 14thFriday, March 15th
09.00- 10.30

Informal welcome
Preparation (cont.) Mid-term reviewResearch Protocol –
Delphi –
Horizon Scanning

(Rodica Ianole-Calin, Ignacio Fradejas Garcia, José Luis Molina)
Gender & Informality (Alba Valenciano)
11:00-13:30Meeting preparationMeeting with EU officerMid-term reviewResearch Ethics (José Luis Molina)Fieldwork (Regnar Kristensen, Hugo Valenzuela and Miria Gambardella)
LunchLunchGroup LunchLunchLunch
Meeting preparationMid-term review(cont.)Personal Networks Workshop
(Ignacio Fradejas-García)
Fieldwork (Regnar Kristensen, Hugo Valenzuela, Miria Gambardella)
Coffe-breakCoffe-breakTrip to Barcelona Coffe-breakCoffe-break
Fieldwork (Regnar Kristensen, Hugo Valenzuela)Mid-term reviewTouristic visitOpen access
(Abel Polese, José Luis Molina)
Planning and allocation of responsibilities
Light dinner at the Vil·la Light dinner at the Vil·laTapas in Barcelona
Light dinner at the Vil·la

Accommodation: Accommodation can be found at the university campus, where you can either book an apartment or a room in the Hotel Campus ( In case you wish to rent an apartment, please contact with Ania.Torrell ad for a special rate filling this form. There are other hotels close to the campus but they are not connected with public transport. We therefore strongly recommend to either book an accommodation on the campus itself, or in Barcelona city or Sabadell (two stops away from the UAB, see for example the student residence of Sabadell

The best way for getting to the UAB from the center of Barcelona is by train with the “Ferrocarils de la Generalitat de Catalunya, FGC“, lines S2 and S55. There is a train station for the University called “Universitat Autònoma”. From Catalunya Square (at the Centre of Barcelona) the trip takes about 30 minutes. From the station to “Facultat de Lletres” the walk takes about 15 minutes. For getting to the “Vila” (where the accomodation facilities are) it is better to leave the train at the station “Bellaterra” (the stop just before “Universitat Autonoma”), and then walk for 5-10 minutes. You can purchase a T-Casual (1 zone) ticket (approximately 11.35€), which allows you to take 10 trips, sufficient to get to the UAB the five days of the course. This ticket allows the combination of train, metro or bus within one hour and a half after starting the trip.

There is another connection by the national railway company Renfe to the station named “Cerdanyola-Universitat”, but it is a bit far from the Campus, so we strongly recommend you to take the FGC line instead.

How to get to the Airport from Catalonia Square (“Plaça Catalunya”): Take the “Aerobus” shuttle, which you will find in front of El Corte Ingles (a big mall). You will note that there are two separate queues – one for the Aerobus (A1) to Terminal 1 (T1) and one for the Aerobus (A2) to Terminal 2 (T2). The trip takes about 40′.

It is also possible to get the Airport by Metro. Select “airport” fare at the ticket vending machine (4,5€ aproximately ), and take the green Line 3 until “Zona universitària” station where is possible to get the Line 9 until de airport. The trip from Catalonia Square takes about 60′.

Barcelona: Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, has a rich cultural heritage and a relaxed atmosphere. We recommend you to add a few days to your stay, to stroll through the Gothic Quarter with its labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares and churches, to admire some of the highlights of the Modernist architecture (Parc Güell, Sagrada FamiliaPalau de la Música, la Pedrera…), to take a dive in the Mediterranean sea or eat fish with your hands in one of the many seaside restaurants, to take a day trip to the natural park of Montserrat, to taste Spanish “jamón” and other delicacies, perhaps even visit Camp Nou, the home of FC Barcelona, and of course to enjoy Barcelona´s vibrant night life. You can check the tourist information about Barcelona to see the cultural agenda, tips for places to go, shop, eat and sleep.

Climate: The average day temperature is about 7-17 degrees Celsius in March. The chance of rain is relatively low in this month. 

Lunch and dinner time: Please note that lunch and dinner tend to be taken later than in other European countries. Most restaurants open from 1pm to 4pm for lunch, and from 8pm until 11pm for dinner. Do as the locals do and take a little “almuerzo” to survive until lunch and a “merienda” to survive until dinner time. Shops in the city center have long opening hours, usually from 10am to at least 8 or 8.30pm.

A detailed guide with practical information about Barcelona city, accommodation, transport, and the UAB campus can be downloaded here (amendment: the T-Casual 1-zone ticket supersedes the former 2-zones ticket).