Social Program


Welcome Reception at Historical CSIC Student´s Residence Gardens, Monday July 23 at 19:00h. (included in the registration fees)

The Residencia de Estudiantes was founded in Madrid in 1910 by the Junta para Ampliación de Estudios. It became the first cultural center of Spain and until 1936 the Residencia remained a vibrant, fruitful hub for scientific and artistic work and exchange in Europe.

The mission of the Residencia was to complement university education by fostering an exciting intellectual and living environment for its students. It strongly encouraged the constant dialogue between Science and the Arts, welcome the avant-garde ideas from abroad, and became the focal point for spreading modernity in Spain

Some of its residents were among the leading figures of Spanish culture in the twentieth century, such as the poet Federico García Lorca, the painter Salvador Dalí, the film maker Luis Buñuel, and the Nobel Prize winner, scientist Severo Ochoa.

Writers and artists such as Miguel de Unamuno, Alfonso Reyes, Manuel de Falla, Juan Ramón Jiménez, José Ortega y Gasset, Pedro Salinas, Blas Cabrera, Eugenio d´Ors and Rafael Alberti were frequent visitors and lodged at the Residencia during their stay in Madrid.

  • Excursion to Segovia, Wednesday, July 25th, (included in the registration fees)
    Picnic included

    Segovia it is famous for its well-preserved roman aqueduct, which is 16 km long. Home of some of the kings of Castile, this city preserves one of the most important medieval group of buildings in Spain. 
    Due to its elegance, the Cathedral of Segovia is considered to be “the Lady of the Cathedrals”, and the Alcazar is the most spectacular castle in the country. We will see the Aqueduct, the Cathedral and the Alcazar.
    a1Segovia, panoramic view
  • Conference Banquet at Pedro Larumbe restaurant, Thursday, July 26th
    (Ticket is required)

    This restaurant is located in the ABC Serrano shopping complex, Madrid´s selected neighbourhoods, in classic, elegant surroundings which can be adapted to the needs of every event. Walking distance from the conference venue.
    The building was built in 1896, and it was the first central office of the famous newspaper “ABC”. Pedro Larumbe is the excellent chef in charge of the restaurant. Speciality: cuisine using market-fresh produce. Select wine list. Professional and personalized service.
  • Information of other optional excursions:


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    Avila, it is a city that preserves the most ancient and complete fortified complex in Spain (XI century). Its 2500 m wall and its 90 fortified towers surround the old city, which houses great part of its monumental treasure including a large number of Romanesque style churches, gothic palaces and a fortified cathedral of the XII century.
    More information available soon!


    Salamanca is known as "La Dorada", or "Golden City", because of the golden glow of its sandstone buildings. This charming town is untouched in its architectural purity. It is one of the five Spanish cities declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Salamanca boasts a student population of almost 35,000 (approximately 6,000 of whom are foreigners) which provides a lively atmosphere and nightlife. The Roman Bridge used to be the main entrance into Salamanca. It was an essential part of the Roman Silver Route (la Ruta de la Plata), which ran from the silver mines in the North, in Astorga, to Mérida. On "El Puente Romano", only the first 15 arches nearest to the city are original, the remainder having been swept away by a flood in 1626. They are made of rustic granite masonry and seated on pillars with cutwaters directed against the river's flow.


    DESCRIPTION: Discover the “City of the Three Cultures”! Located 70 km away from Madrid is Toledo, a beautiful city-museum declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is one of the oldest towns in Europe and has a great artistic beauty and buildings from almost all periods in history (Arabian, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque style). Toledo is called the “City of the Three Cultures”, since Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together. In the XVI century, it was also the place of residence of the great painter El Greco.
    g1Cathedral of Toledo g2Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca
    g3Toledo, panoramic view g4The Burial of the Lord of Orgaz, El Greco