An International School Psychology Association Conference is also a place for school psychologist from all over the world to meet and enjoy each other´s company discovering local cultures. This year´s conference will present an extensive and comprehensive social. The various social events will constitute an opportunity to exchange ideas, mingle, and making new friends, but also to develop new work contacts for future professional cooperation.
It is worth noting that this enhanced social program is one of the differences between International School Psychology Association Conferences and other international congresses. The Social program will include activities before, during and after the conference.
There will be a pre-conference tour beginning in Lisbon on July 14th and ending in Porto on July 16th. This pre-conference tour will allow for delegates who fly into Lisbon to have a more pleasant way to travel to Porto. The excursion will focus in Lisbon and Sintra on the first day, on the 2nd day the tour will focus on the visits to Óbidos, Alcobaça and Fátima. On the 3rd day the main visit will be to city of Coimbra, before the arrival to Porto around 8 p.m.
During the conference an extensive optional Social Program will be available. The Social Program will start on July 17th with the Opening Ceremony, followed by the Get Together Party. This party will take place in the São Bento da Vitória Monastery and will be the first moment where the delegates will be able to interact socially with colleagues from all over the world.
On July 18th, after the end of the Scientific Program there will be the first of two possibilities to visit a Porto Wine Cellar, in this case Cálem Cellars. After this visit a bar will be designated as a meeting point (9p.m.) for delegates who wish to have a drink and a conversation.
On July 19th (6.30 p.m.), after the end of the Scientific Program, a walking tour of Porto Downtown and riverfront will be available. Once again, a bar will be designated as a meeting point (9.30 p.m.) for delegates who wish to have a drink and a conversation.
On Saturday morning (July 20th) the social program will be extensive, with 3 alternative excursions: a) the six-bridges boat cruise, covering the 6 bridges to connect Porto to the neighboring city of Vila Nova de Gaia; b) a tram excursion to the riverbed of the Douro River and c) the other possible visit to the Porto Wine Cellars (in this case the Sandeman Wine Cellars at 10 a.m.). However, another highlight of the social program will be the Farewell Party (8 p.m.), in the Magnum Heritage site. This event will include a welcome Porto wine, a dinner with typical northern gastronomy, a small theater play, and several musical pieces (including fado e folklore). The Farewell Party will be a concluding moment for the conference bringing delegates together for a last time. This event will end at approximately midnight.
We would like to remind that the Get Together Party, the Farewell Party, the Walking Tour of Porto and one of the visits to the Porto wine cellars are included in the delegate and accompanying person registration.
For the delegates who wish to extend the social experience of the Conference and to better explore the vast cultural or the natural landscape of the North of Portugal 3 options will be offered for post-conference excursions for the 21st and 22nd of July:
A full day Douro River cruise, including lunch. This cruise will allow delegates to appreciate the beauty of the Douro River and its adjacent wine region;
A full day excursion to the Minho region, focusing in Braga and Guimarães, allowing for a visit of the famous religion related sites of Braga (such as the Bom Jesus sanctuary and the Cathedral), as well as the Ducal Palace in Guimarães. This is an option that will allow to better explore portuguese history and to explore the city who was the European Capital of Culture in 2012;
For those who wish to better explore the city of Porto there will be a guided tour of some of the cultural highlights of Porto. This excursion, named Cultural Porto, will tour the House of Music and the Serralves Foundation.