Venue and Lodging:

About the conference venue

Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a cosmopolitan city that combines the infrastructures and status as an economic, financial, administrative and service centre, with a large cultural and artistic heritage, a legacy of centuries of exciting history. Madrid has one of the most important historic centres of all the great European cities. The historic centre, also known as the "Madrid of Los Austrias" (in reference to the Hapsburg monarchs), and the spectacular Plaza Mayor square  are a living example of the nascent splendour of the city in the 16th and 17th centuries. Art and culture play a key role in Madrid's cultural life. The capital has over 60 museums which cover every field of human knowledge. Highlights include the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofía National Art Centre, dedicated to contemporary Spanish art. Madrid's extensive and beautifully maintained parks and gardens –like the Retiro park, formerly the recreational estate to the Spanish monarchs, the Casa de Campo and the Juan Carlos I park– offer inhabitants and visitors the chance to enjoy the sunshine, stroll, row on their lakes or feed the squirrels, in one of the greenest capitals in Europe. But if there is one thing that sets Madrid apart, it must be its deep and infectious passion for life that finds its outlet in the friendly and open character of its inhabitants. Concerts, exhibitions, ballets, a select theatre offer, the latest film releases, the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of the best Spanish and international gastronomy, to savour the charms of its bars and taverns... all these are just a few of the leisure options on offer in Madrid. For more information, visit here.

The conference will be held at The Meliá Castilla hotel, which is considered one of the most emblematic hotels in Madrid, with an appealing blend of perfectly balanced classic and contemporary styles, where peace and urban life are accomplices to delight the guests. The excellent location, a few minutes from Paseo de la Castellana, 15 minutes from Barajas airport, near Chamartín train station and the Real Madrid Santiago Bernabéu football stadium, makes the Meliá Castilla the perfect choice for your visit to Madrid.

Booking: Meliá Castilla hotel offers discounts for attendees. To make a reservation, visit here.

You will be redirected to the link to hotel registration once you have completed the conference registration process.

Air travelling

Iberia airlines has bees selected as the as the preferred carrier for GECCO 2015 and offers a 15% discount for all conference attendees. For more information, you can follow this link.


Important Dates:
Conference: July 11-15, 2015

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