Conference location

The University of Jaén is a public higher education institution that, through teaching, research and knowledge transfer, combines the comprehensive training of a critical, professional citizenry committed to the sustainability of its environment and adapted to the needs of a changing society through the generation, development and transmission of science, technology and culture; It presents as unique features a staff committed to the orientation to continuous improvement in the development of all its activities, a high degree of social commitment, and a balance between the universal projection and the transversal internationalization of all its activity, exercising, in turn, leadership in the socioeconomic and cultural development of the province of Jaén.

UJA buildings

How to get to UJA:

From the airport(s): The nearest airport to Jaen is Granada (GRX) Airport, 65 km away. Other nearby airports include Malaga (AGP) (136.4 km), Almeria (LEI) (161.9 km) and Seville (SVQ) (189.8 km).

By train: The fastest journey by train between Madrid – Atocha Cercanías and Jaén takes 3 hours and 29 minutes. The average journey time from Sevilla Santa Justa to Jaén by train is 4 hours 15 minutes, with about 10 trains per day covering a distance of 197 km.

By bus, car or taxi: There are 4 ways to get from Seville  and  5 ways to get there from Madrid to Jaen by train, bus,  shared car, car or plane.

The Escuela Politécnica Superior de Jaén (EPSJ) is a university center of the highest level, both academically and in research, with more than 100 years of experience in engineering training. It is a great School, with nearly 2,000 students and in which around 300 people work, including teachers and researchers and administration and services staff. In addition, it has modern facilities, well equipped and adapted to the new teaching and research methodologies, providing quality training in a stimulating and close environment.

About Jaén

Jaén is a Spanish city and municipality in the autonomous community of Andalusia, capital of the homonymous province. It holds the title of “Very Noble and Very Loyal City of Jaén, Guard and Defense of the Kingdoms of Castilla” and is known as the “capital of the Holy Kingdom”.1 It has in 2021 a population of 111,932 inhabitants according to the INE   53,799 men and 58,133 women. The city is part of the metropolitan area of Jaén of which it is the head, and absorbs a sixth of the total population of the province of Jaén. Its surface is 424.30 km². It is also the seat of the judicial district number 1 of the province and of the diocese of the same name.It stands at the foot of the Santa Catalina hill, with steep streets and steep slopes that define its urbanism, widening towards the flatter and wider areas of the new neighborhoods and boulevards. In its surroundings, fertile farmlands abound, and extensive olive groves that cover a large part of its term. To the south and southeast are the Jaén and Jabalcuz mountain ranges, and to the north the plain of the Guadalbullón River opens up, which passes a very short distance from the city. Due to its location, Jaén has had great strategic importance, having found several of the oldest human settlements in Europe in its urban core. In the same way, it had great importance in the history of al-Andalus and the Kingdom of Castilla.

The most important economic activity in the province of Jaén is the production of olive oil, being the largest producer in the world, which is evident under the motto that the city receives, as “World Capital of Olive Oil”.2 In this Since 1983, the city has hosted Expoliva biennially, an international fair of world reference dedicated to the olive oil sector and related industries, currently held at the Jaén Fair Institution.13 However, the economy is also based on the service sector, administration, the agricultural and food industry, construction, and an incipient cultural tourism.

Among its historical-artistic heritage, it is worth mentioning the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, the castle with its three fortresses, the Arab Baths, the International Museum of Iberian Art and the emblematic Monument to the Battles, located in the central Plaza de las Batallas , which commemorates the battle of Las Navas de Tolosa and the battle of Bailén, both of which took place in the province of Jaén.

The most representative popular festivals in Jaén are the “Lumbres de San Antón”[citation needed], which are held on the night of January 16-17. During that night, the San Antón International Night Race is run. In October the fair of San Lucas is celebrated. Its origin dates from the fourteenth century, its big day being October 18. Holy Week in Jaén has a special mention, declared a Festival of National Tourist Interest,14 with great expectation for the procession of “El Abuelo”, during the early hours of Good Friday.

Accommodation suggestions (Estimated prices subject to change)

Parador de Jaén

Hotel Condestable Iranzo

Hotel HO Jaén

Hotel Infanta Cristina

Hotel Europa Jaén

Hotel Xauen