Welcome to the website of the 20th International Probabilistic Workshop (IPW 2024), which will take place on May 8-10, 2024, at the University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal. The workshop aims at providing an international forum for the debate on topics such as the resilience, robustness and redundancy of infrastructure systems, risk assessment and management, climate change and loading uncertainties, novel decision-making frameworks, and many other topics related to the fundamentals and application of probabilities.
The IPW series was initiated in 2003 in Dresden, Germany, and since then it was hosted by many other countries, such as Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom and South Africa. It has been an event to bring together experts on different engineering and science fields, and doctoral students looking for broad knowledge. However, the COVID-19 pandemic led the IPW 2020 to be held completely online, disrupting the in person gathering of this great community. Thus, the IPW 2024 appears as a new opportunity to welcome you at Guimarães. Expect a very open and friendly atmosphere, perfect for knowledge exchange, discussion and multidisciplinary collaboration.
The IPW 2024 will be held at the Campus of Azurém of University of Minho in Guimarães. The city of Guimarães is located in the North of Portugal and is 45 minutes away from Porto international airport. It is among the most important historic cities of the country and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. Its many monuments and impressive historic center are associated with a past in which the city played a fundamental role in Portuguese history as the cradle of the nation.
The IPW 2024 will take place in the Noble Auditorium and adjacent amphitheaters, located in the Building 1 of the Campus of Azurém. This Campus is surrounded by green areas and has access to pedestrian and cycle paths, as well as to public transportation. Reaching Guimarães historic city centre from the Campus takes only a 15 minutes walk.
The North of Portugal is a region known by its luxuriant hills, vineyards and beautiful towns, from which the city of Braga stands out, especially because its relation and proximity (about 17 km away) with Guimarães. Despite holding one of the youngest populations from Europe, Braga is one of the oldest Portuguese cities. Founded in Roman times, under the name of Bracara Augusta, it boasts over 2000 years of history as a city. It is also one of the oldest Christian cities in the world.
Porto is located a little further away from Guimarães (about 40 Km), but it is definitively the most popular place to visit in the region, thanks to its winemaking tradition, magnificent Baroque architecture, distinctive local cuisine, stunning scenery and abundance of culture. Porto has been awarded the Best Destination in Europe for four consecutive years, since 2017.
The Douro Valley region is also located in the North of Portugal, pictured by a unique scenery carved by the Douro River as one of the most breathtaking landscapes in Portugal and where the production of Port Wine takes place. In addition to its wine, this region is also known for its high-quality olive oil and almond trees, which fill the valley with colour.
To arrive to Guimarães from the Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport, you can take a shuttle bus provided by GET BUS. The cost is of about 8 € one way and the journey takes approximately 45 minutes. Please check GET BUS website for the timetable and online tickets.
Taxi and Uber are also available with a fare of about 60 €.
Guimarães offers several options for accommodation, such as the examples below. Please visit the webpage of “Turismo de Guimarães” for further information and options.