Conference on Advanced Systems for Public Transport

23-27 July 2012 | The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago, Chile

Organized by Departament of Transport Engineering and Logistics of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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The capital of Chile is emerging as one of the most recommended cities for tourism and for conventions and business trips in South America. In fact, it was selected as N°1 Place to Go in 2011 by The New York Times.
 
It possesses modern facilities, state of the art technology, high quality accommodation, hotels and convention centers with a capacity to lodge up to 7 thousand delegates, and has companies with wide experience in the events industry. A highly developed telecommunications network permits tourists and delegates to maintain close connections with their work and homes.
 
The notable traditions and history of its civic quarter (center) bear witness to the republican life of the country. The history, artistic and civic tradition are spread throughout its museums, art galleries, and artisan centers. The multiple university campuses within the city confirm its leadership as a major seat of higher education in the country.
 
Within the capital, as well as in Valparaiso and Isla Negra (both less than 100 km far from Santiago) tourists can have a first hand experience of the life and work of Pablo Neruda, winner of the 1971 Nobel Proze for Literature, by visiting his various homes, all of which have been converted into museums.
 
Santiago is the main center for domestic and international flights, as well as being the hub of the modern highway system that extends throughout both the North and South of the country. Santiago also lies in the heart of the the Central Valley, nestled between the Coastal Mountain Range and the high Andes mountains, home to the many fertile farms with agriculture crops and vineyards that are the base of internationally renowned Chilean wine production.
 
Santiago is also the capital of the Metropolitan Region, which extends over an area of 6 provinces ranging from the heart of the city to the mountains and valleys that are bathed by the rivers that give rise to pleasure and recreation for its visitors. A must- see experience in the outskirts of the city of Santiago is the famous wine tour that allows tourists to visit famous vineyards located in the outskirts of the city. Other popular tours include the Cajón del Maipo and Pomaire.
 
The Cajon de Maipo is a beautiful Andean valley, ideal for spending a quiet and relaxing day or weekend out of the city , whereas Pomaire boasts some of the finest hand crafted pottery and other handicrafts , as well as being a center of traditional gastronomy, including local dishes such as “empanadas” or “pastel de choclo” (corn pie).
 
Climate: Santiago has a mild Mediterranean climate: relatively hot dry summers (November to March) and humid cold winters (June to August). Mean rainfall is 360 mm per year and is heavily concentrated in the cooler months. During July, maximum daily temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit), and minimums of a few degrees above freezing should be expected. The Andean Mountain, which is an hour away from the city, gives an amazing spectacle during July with its snowy peaks.

Important Dates

27 April 2012 Early registration
15 May 2012 Registration for Technical Visit in Curitiba and Bogota
30 June 2012 Regular registration
23–27 July 2012 Conference

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