XIV European Meeting on Glial Cells in Health and Disease

Set aside the Douro River, Porto – Portugal's second city – is one of the most eclectic destinations in Europe. With its Medieval architecture, it's defining Dom Luis I Bridge (designed by the engineer and disciple of Gustave Eiffel, Teófilo Seyrig) and Art Nouveau cafes, there's something for everyone.

History buffs will fall for it charm – check out the Lello Bookshop with its amazing Neo-Gothic interiors, or head to the São Bento railway station to see the 20,000 tiles that decorate its walls. Foodies will be in their element – from the Mercado do Bolhão food market to the many port wine lodges (on the Gaia side of the river) – this city just keeps giving to those with a serious appetite for culinary finds.

Be inspired how to spend your days in Porto with the help of this
recent article in the United Airlines magazine (April 2019).


The XIV European Glial Meeting will take place in the Alfândega Congress Centre which is located in the historic city centre. The Alfândega Congress Centre is a historical building full of charme (it has been built as a custom house in 1869) and is one of Europe's best meeting & conference centres (awarded in 2014, 2015 and 2017).

Centro de Congressos da Alfândega do Porto
Rua nova da
Edifício da Alfândega
4050-430 Porto

Link to Google Maps

Please find detailed information on how to reach the congress centre here.




From the Alfândega Congress Centre it is only a few minutes walk to the world-famous bridge Ponte Dom Luís I and the historic city centre with its numerous shops, restaurants, museums and hotels.

Find out more about the beautiful city of Porto and the north of Portugal.   


How to get there | Public transportation and travel

Accessibility from Porto Airport to the city centre/venue
Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport, or Porto Airport in short, is located approximately 11 km north of Porto City Center. The airport is well served by an elaborate transport network. The easiest way to get to the venue is by metro or taxi.

By metro
Travel ticket: Z4
Catch the metro “Line E”, Destination “Estádio do Dragão”.
Exit at “Trindade” (duration: 24 min.)
At “Trindade” change to “Line D” – Destination “Santo Ovidio”
and exit at “São Bento” (duration: 4 min.)
Exit the metro station and at the STCP bus stop, catch the “500” bus – Destination “Matosinhos (Mercado)” –
Exit at “Alfândega” bus stop. (duration: 4 minutes)

By taxi
Taxis generally take about 25 minutes.

Accessibility from train stations to the city centre/venue
To travel to the Alfândega Porto Congress Centre by train, there are two possible train stations:

Campanhã Train Station
Travel ticket: Z2
Catch the train/metro to “São Bento” (duration: 4 min.)
Exit the train/metro station and at the STCP bus stop, catch the “500” bus – Destination “Matosinhos (Mercado)” – Exit at “Alfândega” bus stop. (duration: 5 min.)


Catch the Metro “Line A, B, C, E or F” at “Campanhã” and exit at “Trindade”. (duration: 6 min.)
Change to “Line D”, destination “Santo Ovideo” and exit at “São Bento” (duration: 4 min.)

S. Bento Train Station
Travel ticket: Z2
Exit the train/metro station and at the STCP bus stop, catch the “500” bus – Destination “Matosinhos (Mercado)”- Exit at “Alfândega” bus stop. (duration: 5 min.)




Congress photos online

Please find here some impressions from the successful GLIA Meeting 2019.

Current information


  The abstract booklet is available for

  download here.

   Be up to date with the conference

   Download the program booklet 
(PDF 4 MB)

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Important Dates –
Road to Porto

| February 4, 2019 |

Deadline for abstract submission, early registration and stipend application

| April 26, 2019 |
Deadline for registration to ICVS Satellite Meeting in Braga

| May 2019 |
Final program available

| June 17, 2019 |
Deadline for late posters

| June 24, 2019 |
Deadline for online registration

| July 10–13, 2019 |
XIV European Meeting on Glial Cells in Health and Disease

Please find the full list of dates here.

Scientific Secretariat

   XIV European Glial Meeting
    Meino Alexandra Gibson
    Max Delbrück Center for
    Molecular Medicine (MDC)
    Robert-Rössle-Str. 10
    13092 Berlin, Germany


Meeting Secretariat

K.I.T. Group GmbH Dresden
K.I.T. Group GmbH Dresden
Christina Norkus/ Anja Zeun
Bautzner Str. 117–119
01099 Dresden, Germany

  +49 351 4842722