The Congress will be held from Monday, 19th to Friday 23rd October 2015. All sessions will take place simultaneously in different rooms of the main University Campus at Av. General Rumiñahui S/N, Campo Sangolquí. The campus is located some 12 km southeast of Quito and it can be easily accessed by bus or taxi. The venue boasts modern auditoria and conference rooms, fully equipped with audio-visual facilities.
Three conference rooms, seating up to 200 people, will be at the disposal of the Congress.
As the Congress venue is located in Sangolquí, a suburb of Quito, the capital of Ecuador, both Sangolqui and Quito offer a number of hotels representing variable standards. Special accomodation rates for Congress participants will be posted on the website and included in the second circular.
Altitude and climate
Quito is located at an elevation of 9,350 feet (2,800 meters above sea level). The city and surroundings have a subtropical highland climate. Because of its elevation and its proximity to the equator, Quito has a fairly constant cool climate. The average temperature in October at noon is 25.2 °C (77.4 °F) with a normal night-time as low as 9.5 °C (49.1 °F). Sangolquí is located some 400 meters below Quito in the Valley of the Chillos. Quito as well as its valleys are known to be able to display all four seasons in one single day. Therefore, bring warm and long arm clothes as well as a sun blocker!
The international airport Mariscal Sucre is located 18 km east of Quito and some 24 km north of Sangolquí at an altitude of 2.400 m.a.s.l. Seventeen airlines operate out of the Airport offer nonstop flights to 24 international and 13 major domestic cities.
Obtaining a visa to enter Ecuador
Foreign citizens require no visa to enter Ecuador for a period of 90 days and for tourism purposes (except for special arrangements for Chinese citizens). For more information, please check the official website of the Government of Ecuador (in Spanish):
An official invitation letter will be issued by the ESPE to delegates who require for a visa or scholarship. Please send us a request for a visa invitation prior to May 31st 2015.
Participants should have a valid health insurance for the entire journey. All foreign participants are required to bring with them health insurance contracts, covering the period of the trip, from an insurance company that provides an international insurance policy.
Guest Program and Social events:
The city of Quito and the surrounding areas have numerous interesting places to visit, and the cultural offer of the Ecuadorian capital is extremely rich. The Organising Committee will arrange several attractive tours for participants and accompanying people during the days immediately following the Congress. The congress organisers can also help to coordinate local excursions to suit most interests. Feel free to request information, provide suggestions or share potential interests. Details will be published on the Congress website. A dinner and a farewell party will be offered for all participants (dates to be confirmed).