conference will be held at the Pavilhão
Atlântico, located in the Parque
das Nações, on the banks of the Tagus River in Lisbon,
Portugal. The Pavilhão
Atlântico is the ideal venue for a vast offering of
sporting and cultural events and private functions. The facility
features all the latest in sophisticated state-of-the-art arena
equipment, just as one would expect of a world-class site. The
Atlantic Pavilion comprises two large auditoriums - the Atlantic
Hall and the Tagus Hall - which can either be used separately
or together, thanks to their fully independent yet compatible
operational and energy systems design. PIMRC 2002 conference
will be held at the Tagus Hall.
Parque das Nações
site was developed for the Last World Exposition of the 20th
and covers 5 km of river front on the Tagus River estuary. Designed
as a public space, it is a self-contained urban whole, with
residential quarters, stores, services, urban infrastructure,
parking facilities and gardens. The fact that all activities
held in this site prior to EXPO'98 were ceased on behalf of
this project meant that urban planning could focus from scratch
on the needs of an ideal city. EXPO'98 was more than just a
chance for improving the environment and urban renewal in that
zone; it was also an opportunity to both modernize and internationalize
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Portugal is located on the west side of the Iberian Peninsula,
along the Atlantic East coast. In its entirety, Portugal occupies
an area of about 92 000 km2, including the islands of Madeira
and Azores, in the Atlantic. Portugal has a population of about
10 million people. The capital is Lisbon
with a population of 1.5 million.
Known for its sunny beaches, Porto wine, or typical Fado music,
Portugal is a chosen destination for many holidaymakers, an
ideal place for practicing water sports and playing golf, offering
modern tourism facilities. A member-country of the European
Union since 1986, it currently enjoys a steady economic growth.
For centuries Portugal has kept this greatest treasure: a renowned
reputation of hospitality that makes the country a haven of
congeniality and safety.
The history of this geographical area is rather long, spanning
from the Palaeolithic period 7000 BC into the dawn of civilization.
At the end of the Neolithic period, starting 1200 BC and for
almost 2500 years, the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Carthaginians,
the Romans, the Visigoths and the Arabs successively invaded
and settled in the Iberian Peninsula. The latter remained in
control until the 11th century when Ferdinand, ruler of the
kingdom of Leon and Castile, conquered much of the territory.
An independent kingdom since 1143, Portugal established its
continental frontiers in 1297 and is one of the oldest nations
in Europe. Portugal became a major player in Europe at the age
of the discoveries in the 15th century, when it developed and
mastered the nautical science and discovered new lands, setting
new trade routes to as far as India and Japan.
The monarchy was overthrown in 1910 by republican forces. A
stable democracy started in 1975.
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information about Portugal and Lisbon.