ECMR'13 will be held at the Residència d'Investigadors in downtown Barcelona, Spain.
The cradle of Catalan culture, is the second largest city in Spain and has a warm, pleasant climate, meaning that locals and tourists spend a lot of time outdoors. Barcelona has a rich history dating to the Roman empire, and is famous for its modernist architecture. The city’s location on the shores of the Mediterranean allows Barcelona to enjoy 5km of perfectly equipped beaches all year round.
ECMR'13 coincides with La Mercè, Barcelona's oficial holiday. There are hundreds of activities in the days around September 24, including parades, music festivals, street performing arts, human castles, etc, all concluding with superb music-synchronized fireworks on the evening of the 24th. Make sure to book your hotel accommodation in advance not to miss any of La Mercè prior to our conference.
Catalonia has its own language: Catalan. Most of the people who live in Barcelona are bilingual and speak Catalan and Spanish, which is also an official language. Street names and most road and transport signs are in Catalan. Many restaurants, especially those in the city centre, have menus in several languages. But if there's something you don’t understand, don't be afraid to ask, people will be only too happy to help. Many people from Barcelona understand English and French.