DEXA 2010 will be held on the Campus of the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain.
University of Deusto
Avda. Universidades, 24.
The conference will be held in the "Engineering Building".
The University of Deusto was inaugurated in 1886. The concerns and cultural interest of the Basque Country in having their own university, as well as the interest of the Jesuits in establishing higher studies in some part of the Spanish State coincided in its conception. Bilbao, a seaport and commercial city which was experimenting considerable industrial growth during that era, was chosen as the ideal location.
Bilbao is the centre of a metropolitan area with more than one million inhabitants, a city traditionally open to Europe. It is, in addition, an important harbour, a commercial and financial centre of the Basque Country at the north of Spain. In September of 1997, the city has undergone a significant transformation under a symbol, an emblematic building, the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. The central headquarters of the University of Deusto is situated on the opposite side of the estuary, facing the Guggenheim Museum.
In 1916, the "Universidad Comercial de Deusto" received the first group of students which would be the first graduates in Economic Sciences in Spain, 25 years before this degree was officially recognised.
In 1963, the Institute of University and Technical Studies of Guipuzcoa in San Sebastian was formed by the integration of three already-existing entities. This institute, years later, would form a part of the University of Deusto. Therefore, the University is located on two campuses, in the two coastal capitals of the Basque Country: Bilbao and San Sebastian.
Beyond individual research and that research work which is co-ordinated from chairs such as Law and the Human Genome, Leisure and Disabilities, there is, in the institutional sphere, a clear option for the social topics of interdependency, distribution of resources, migration, human rights, development, poverty and environment, ethics and society. There are also studies about cultural identity (individual and collective), and European integration processes taking part in various international research groups.
Internationalisation, without excluding other regions, demonstrates a clear commitment to Europe and Latin America, having signed agreements with more than 200 universities.
Deusto also has the first Faculty about Software Engineering (ESIDE) at Spain, more that 25 years ago.
Arrival by plane:
It takes 15 minutes from the airport to the city center, by taxi (around 20 €) or urban bus.
Tube for short distances [http://www.metrobilbao.net/]
Although it is not essential at all, most of distances from the hotels can be done on foot.
Pay attention to Deusto (Deustu Universitatea) station. Two or three stops are enough for visiting the most important places.
Bilbao Metro (for greater Bilbao)
Bilbao, city founded in the XIIIth century by Don Diego López de Haro, is Vizcaya`s capital. Its main industries are siderurgy, metal and ship construction, chemicals (explosives, pneumatics, plastics, etc.) It also has one of the most important ports in Europe. The annexiation of the nearest munucipalities gave origin to what is known as the Gran Bilbao (Great Bilbao), which extends itself along the Nervión mouth into the Bay of Biscay.
Bilbao has "born again" after the opening of the Guggenheim Museum and the Euskalduna Conference Centre and Congress Hall. Still, the charms and attractiveness of the city are not limited to these already emblematic buildings.
The Casco Viejo (Old Town) of Bibao preserves plenty of buildings that make the history of the capital of Vizcaya, as: the Arriaga Theatre, the Stock Exchange building, the Municipal Library, the Ribera market or the City Hall (Ayuntamiento). The area is characterized by the intense comercial activity of its seven main streets (centre) among which you find the Plaza Nueva (Square), the Gothic Cahtedral of Santiago Apóstol, the Basque Ethnographic Museum and the Arenal (Square).
The area of Indautxu is also characterized by its intense comercial activity. It is located in the upper side of Bilbao. It is not only well known for its shops but also for being an area with a high concentration of bars and restaurants. The street Poza, which ends at the Football Stadium of San Mamés and the Bilbao International Exhibition Centre, is one of the most concurred by youths at night during weekends. It is also very popular at midday to taste a snack before lunch. As it was already mentioned, Indautxy is full of barsa and pubs where you can get hold of the famous "pintxos", typical of the Basque gastronomy that are becoming more and more popular in cities like Madrid or Barcelona.
The Ensanche (enlargement) of Bibao cannot be forgotten. On the other side of the estuary, crossing from the Arenal that is an entrance to the Old Town, is one of the most beautiful areas of the botxo (familiar name given to the city). The Ensanche is an area of spacious streets, gardens and parks that are taken well care of. The centre of the Ensanche is Bilbao`s main street, Gran Vía de Don Diego López de Haro, which houses very characteristic buildings and spots of the city: the Diputación Foral de Vizcaya (Vizcaya`s Provincial Government), the Gobierno civil (Civil Government), the Fine Arts Museum (Museo de Bellas Artes), the Guggenheim Museum, the Doña Casilda Park, and the Plaza de Moyúa (Square) among others.
A city that with these and many other things has become worthy of the adjectives of cosmopolitan, open and plural. It must be for some reason that Bibao is considered the city in the South of Europe that is most similar to London.
In May 2010 Bilbao has received the recent Nobel-level Award, the Lee Kuan Yew Prize 2010