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Conference in honor of Javier Cilleruelo

20th-22nd September 2017, ICMAT

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The conference will take place at the ICMAT, situated in the campus of the Autonomous University of Madrid.

Further instructions on how to get there can be found here.


Madrid is really well connected, train (Cercanías), metro and bus lines are modern and efficient, but remember that it is always nice just to walk around. More information on Madrid's metro network can be found here, bus transport services here, train network map here and timetables here.

Madrid also has its own public bikes service: BiciMAD, Madrid's new public transport service. It is supplied by 100% electric bicycles: clean, healthy and sustainable method of transport. This service is available for all citizens and visitors to the city of Madrid. The service includes 1,560 electric bikes distributed among 123 stations.


Here are some suggestions on how to spend some of your time in Madrid:

Museums: in Madrid there is a wide variety of museums and expositions for those who enjoy art.

  • Museo del Prado: one of the most important art museums in Europe and amongst the best in the world. Its permanent collection is filled with masterpieces of European art (such as The Annunciation by Fra Angelico, Christ washing the Disciples' Feet by Tintoretto, The Descent from the Cross by Rogier van der Weyden, The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymous Bosch, and The Three Graces by Rubens). It also includes key works of Spanish artists such as Las Meninas by Velázquez, Jacob's Dream by Ribera and The Third of May: the Executions on Príncipe Pío by Goya. Entrance is free from 18:00 to 20:00 Monday to Saturday and 17:00 to 19:00 Sundays.
  • Museo Reina Sofía: it is now a treasure-house of contemporary and modern art. Two of the floors are devoted to temporary exhibits, while the other two are for the permanent collection which also covers Abstract, Pop, and Minimal Art movements. The highlight is the 20th century's most famous painting, Picasso's Guernica, but you will also find there pieces from Miró and Dalí. It closes on Tuesdays.
  • Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza: Many critics see this museum as the world's most important private art collection. Assembled by Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and his son Hans Heinrich, it illustrates the history of Western art from the primitive Flemish and Italian painters up to 20th century Pop Art. On Mondays temporary collections are closed but the permanent collection is free 12:00 to 16:00.
  • Museo Sorolla: This is a small, but very charming, museum dedicated to the Spanish painter from the 19th century Joaquin Sorolla. The exhibition is settled in the house of the artist and the collection is modest but very beautiful. Saturdays from 12:00 and Sundays entrance is free. It closes on Mondays.

Retiro's park: This is the most famous park in Madrid, and it looks great in this time of the year. It has a small lake with boats to rent and in weekends it is full of Madrilians (as well as turists) enjoying a nice walk under the sun.

The city centre: There exists a direct train from the university to Sol station. Once you arrive in Sol you must visit the Plaza Mayor (a big square -Castillian style- full of terraces to enjoy a nice beer). It is really nice to walk around this area and not far from there you can find the Royal Palace, La Almudena (Madrid's cathedral) and the Royal Opera Theatre. It is strongly recommended to continue up to Plaza de España, where you can find a nice statue of Don Quijote, but specially because very close to it you will find the best sunset in Madrid: at Debod's Temple (a small Egyptian temple that, surprisingly, stands in Parque del Oeste and from there you can enjoy a really nice view).

Paseo de la Castellana-Cibeles: 5 min from the Colegio Mayor you will find one of the largest and widest streets in Madrid: Paseo de la Castellana. It has a long, but nice, walk up to Cibeles (around 1h downhill). At first you will reach Santiago Bernabeu (Real Madrid’s stadium) and if you continue down the avenue you will meet Nuevos Ministerios and, some time after, Plaza de Colón (with a monumental Spanish flag and a statue of Cristobal Colón) and finally Plaza de Cibeles. From there you have a really nice view of the Palacio de Correos (nowadays City Hall), Puerta de Alcalá and Gran Vía. If you are not up to such a long walk you can always take the bus number 27 at Plaza de Castilla and enjoy the view from the window.