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16th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium 2015

Bilbao, Spain - 23rd to 25th September 2015

17th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium, 2017

Is being organised by Airbus Defence and Space Ltd and will be held in Hertfordhire, United Kingdom - 20th to 22nd September 2017
Full details can be found on the symposium website ESMATS 2017

About Bilbao

Bilbao is the heart of a metropolis where more than a million people live. It is the center of the economic-social development and the main factor of the modernization of the Bay of Biscay. The great architectural and infrastructure projects have been the driving force of the urban and economic regeneration of the city. The city is situated in the area of Bizkaia and is surrounded by a fertile landscape with forests, mountains, beaches and steep coasts. All this makes Bilbao a privileged destination for visitors. The modern transport and network of roads run to locations nearby such as the other capitals of the Basque Country - Vitoria and San Sebastián.

The Bilbao that you can see today is the result of an historic process of renovation and reinvention which was necessary to address the new challenges of the 21st century.

Bilbao has all the equipment, venues and services needed for conferences and meetings. Its urban, warm and personal character encourages any visitor to stay and feel part of the city.

Situated ten kilometers from the city, Bilbao International Airport offers direct flights to other major cities in Spain and Europe, serving more than four million passengers a year.

As well as being located in prime locations in the city, all the hotels are in iconic historic buildings or are examples of the most avant-garde design and architecture. Excellent and high-quality infrastructures, services and customer care are common characteristics of all hotels in Bilbao and its metropolitan area.

Bilbao’s gastronomy offers a wide range of options, from the delights of enjoying the Michelin-Starred restaurants, which are among the best of the restaurant world, to the tempting tapas bars, as well as magnificent traditional restaurants, steakhouses, cider houses and taverns. You can enjoy the taste of the famous Txakoli sparkling dry white wine from Bizkaia.

The Old Quarter is the historic heart of the city. Since its foundation on the 15th June 1300, this spectacular historical and artistic area has hung onto the magic of its medieval era. Its narrow paved streets, lined with mansions and palaces, today vibrate with bustling commercial life complete with countless restaurants, bars and terraces where you can enjoy a moment to relax after visiting one of its spectacular pieces of history, including the Cathedral of Santiago, its gothic and renaissance churches, its museums, the Arriaga Theatre and the Arenal Gardens.


Situated on the northern shore of Spain, Bilbao is easily accessible by road, rail or air from most of the countries within Europe. The nearest major airport is Bilbao Airport, which is less than 10 minutes drive away from Bilbao town centre. If flying into Bilbao Airport we highly recommend using public transport or taxis from the airport to Bilbao. There is a bus service that connects the Bilbao Termibus with the airport with stops in Gran Vía 79, Plaza Moyua and Alameda Recalde 11. The service leaves the airport every 30 minutes and costs less than €2. The stop at Gran Via 79 is a few minutes walk from Euskalduna Jauregia.

A night time taxi fare from the airport to Bilbao town centre is around €28; a day time fare is slightly cheaper, around €26.

Bilbao Airport is served by many of Europe's low cost carriers, linking it to many of Europe's major airports.

esmats Location of ESMATS
ESA Itp, Zamudio - Industrial visit Friday pm
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airports Bilbao Airport
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There are a number of hotels within easy walking distance of Euskalduna Jauregia Conference Centre in Bilbao.

SENER has block booked a number of hotel rooms in the hotels mentioned below for the participants of the conference.

It is delegates' responsibility to arrange bookings with the hotels, mentioning ESMATS at the time of booking to get the preferential rate.

These hotels can be booked using the following link:

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Hotel Melia Bilbao***** Partner Hotels
Hotel NH Villa de Bilbao**** Partner Hotels
Hotel Hesperia Zubialde**** Partner Hotels
Barcelo Hotel Nervion**** Partner Hotels
Hotel Conde Duque Bilbao**** Partner Hotels
Hotel Abba Parque*** Partner Hotels
Silken Grand Hotel Domine Bilbao***** Partner Hotels
Hotel Carlton***** Partner Hotels
Holiday Inn, Bilbao**** Partner Hotels
Hotel Husa Jardines de Albia*** Partner Hotels

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