Conference Venue

The ITSC 2023 conference will be held at the Euskalduna Conference Centre located in the center of Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain.

This building is located in one of the most emblematic parts of Bilbao, very close to the Guggenheim Museum and other turistic hotspots. The building was designed by architects Federico Soriano and Dolores Palacios to resemble a vessel permanently under construction surging forth from the docks where the Euskalduna shipyard once stood. It is a tribute to the former steelmaking and shipbuilding tradition scattered along Bilbao’s riverbanks. Euskalduna has a unique design and architecture that make this building an icon of the city and the territory.

Nowadays, this building hosts all kind of social, cultural, academic and scientific events. Due to this, Euskalduna Conference Centre has become in a reference place for the field of events in Bilbao.

 

Hosting City: BILBAO

Bilbao, with the Guggenheim Museum as a great international symbol, is the gateway to the Basque cultural universe. It is a city that is an example of urban transformation at a global level and has maintained a number of hallmarks that make it singular and unique.

Although, curiously, its unique character comes from combining avant-garde with the traditional feel of its old town, full of charming streets and bars offering pintxos, proof that they are passionate about gastronomy around here. All this has earned Bilbao a place of honour on the lists of Spain’s most interesting cities.

 

A visit to this city in the north of Spain could start with the Guggenheim Museum. It is one of the most surprising examples of 20th century architecture as Frank Gehry used 33,000 ultra-thin titanium plates to create its curious curves. Inside, it shares the world’s most important private collection of modern and contemporary art with New York and Venice. Bilbao is home to another of Spain’s most important art museums: the Museum of Fine Arts.The city’s commitment to creating a ground-breaking, imaginative image also includes the Euskalduna Conference CentreNorman Foster’s metro stations, the Isozaki and Pelli towers, the Zubizuri bridge designed by Calatrava or new cultural centres such as La Alhóndiga by Philippe Starck, built over an old wine cellar.On the other hand, it’s impossible to imagine Bilbao without its characteristic old town, with over 700 years of history. It’s a pleasure to stroll around the famous “Seven Streets” and discover iconic buildings such as the Cathedral or the elegant theatre inspired by the Paris Opera House, the Arriaga, and a mix of shops and cafes, from traditional to cool.

The city of Bilbao is proof that gastronomy is an art in the Basque Country – one of the areas with the most Michelin Stars per person in the world. Plaza Nueva and its surrounding streets are full of busy bars serving their famous pintxos: small, delicious bites of food. Here, foodies can find their place among the buzzing bars, family-run restaurants and prestigious chefs. And they will also have the chance to visit the La Ribera Market, a beautiful building where you can have the produce that you purchase cooked for you, or where you can sample as selection of pintxos and Txakoli wine to the beat of live music.

Downloadeable Map of Bilbao (the venue is on Spot #44)

Getting there

You can get to the Euskalduna Congress Centre building by following these instructions:

    • By underground (metro): The nearest stop is San Mamés (exit for Sabino Arana). From the exit, walk down Calle Sabino Arana towards the end of the street. The Euskalduna Conference Centre is in the other side of the roundabout. It is about a ten-minute walk.
    • By tram: The nearest stop is Euskaduna, which is right by the Conference Centre building. It is about a one-minute walk.
    • By bus:
      • Bilbobus: LINES 56, 62 and 28 stop in Gran Via 74/85, close to the Euskalduna Roundabout which is about a three-minute walk).
        Website for Bilbobus
      • Bizkaibus (if coming from other municipalities of Bizkaia): Several lines stop at Bilbao Intermodal Bus station, which is at 8 minute walk from the venue, getting to the Sabino Arana avenue and going downwards.
        Website for Bizkaibus
      • Bizkaibus (coming from the AIRPORT): Line A3247 can be used for getting from the airport to Bilbao City Centre. Buses depart every 20 minutes from the airport (3€ ride) and they stop in city centre (Moyua Square) but they also have stops in Gran Vía 79 (4 minutes from Euskalduna) and Bilbao Intermodal (8 minutes from Euskalduna) Status of the bus can be checked in real time.
    • By car: The congress centre has its own parking
    • By train:
      • Renfe: Abando station has a link to the underground (you should take any underground train from the platform for trains bound for Plentzia) and the Abando tram stop is right near there (take a tram bound for Basurto). Should you wish to walk from this station to the Bizkaia Aretoa building, the journey would take just over 20 minutes.
        Website for Renfe
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      • FEVE: La Concordia Station (also known as ‘Estación de Santander’) is next door to Abando Station, and therefore the same routes mentioned above can be used to reach the Bizkaia Aretoa building from here.
        Website for FEVE

 

    • Arrivals at Bilbao Intermodal: It is possible to walk to the Congress Centre from Bilbao Intermodal in about 10 minutes or else to take the tram bound for Atxuri from the San Mamés tram stop.

Airport Transfers

  • The airport is a short 25-minute drive from the heart of downtown Bilbao.
  • Car rental companies offer on-site pickup options.
  • Taxi service is available at the curb on the terminal just outside of Baggage Claim. The average taxi fare is about €30, although it could be increased on Sundays or night services.
  • Uber and similar services do not operate in Bilbao
  • Regional Bus Line A3247 can be used for getting from the airport to Bilbao City Centre. Buses depart every 20 minutes from the airport (3€ ride, last departure at 0:00, buy tickets in the “Bizkaibus” kiosk inside the terminal) and they stop in city centre (Moyua Square) but they also have stops in Gran Vía 79 (4 minutes from Euskalduna) and Bilbao Intermodal (8 minutes from Euskalduna) Status of the bus can be checked in real time.

Limitation of Liability

The ITSC 2023 reserves the right to cancel ITSC 2023 without notice or compensation in the event of any delay, default, failure or cancellation of implementation of any deliverable to or for the ITSC 2023 which has been caused, directly or indirectly, by any incident of “force majeure”.

For the purposes hereof, the term “force majeure” shall include but not be limited to the following:

  • Any act of nature such as fire, earthquake, hurricane, flood or adverse weather conditions;
  • Any war, conflict, strike, or other action of any kind;
  • Unavoidable breakdown or destruction of facilities or equipment including Power failure;
  • Any failure of the ITSC2023 service provider to fully carry out their obligation towards the ITSC 2023 Organizer;
  • Terrorist attack and/or a Cyber attack;
  • Promulgation of any relevant legislation or regulation by local, state or federal governments;
  • Any occurrence of any nature which renders it reasonably necessary for the ITSC 2023 Organizer to cancel the ITSC 2023 conference.

In such cases, the ITSC 2023 Conference Organizer is freed of all responsibility and shall only be obliged to reimburse the payments received subject to deduction of any costs it has incurred in preparing the event and processing registration fee payments. This limited liability only extends to the payments made directly to the ITSC 2023 and not to payments made by the attendees to the hotel or airlines.