The ESSD2020 Congress secretariat will be located in the lobby with the following schedule.

07h30 – 19h00 - Thursday, 8 October
08h00 – 18h00 - Friday, 9 October
08h00 – 17h00 - Saturday, 10 October

The official language of the congress will be English and simultaneous translation will be provided into Spanish. Other languages can be offered for groups of 25 delegates

Certificates of attendance will be sent after the congress.

The accreditation courses will take place at Hospital de Mataró

Carrer de Cirera, 230
08304 Mataró, Barcelona (Spain)

The 10th European Society for Swallowing Disorders Congress (ESSD 2020)
will take place at Palau de Congressos de Girona

Passeig de la Devesa, 35, 17001 Girona
872 08 07 09
Girona, Spain

The Palau de Congressos de Girona is perfectly connected with the city. Just 10 minutes' walk from the Historic Quarter and the train station (high-speed line), it boasts an unbeatable location in the city that makes it easy for attendees to reach the centre. The building is situated in Devesa Park, the city's green lung and a protected area with over 2,000 hundred-year-old trees.

Inaugurated in 2006, the most important venue of its kind in the province of Girona belongs to the new generation of 21st-century conference centers. Designed by a renowned team of architects, the building is perfect for holding all types of conferences, congresses, conventions, exhibitions, fairs and meetings. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, its event rooms boast natural light and are finished in wood.

Line e11.2 Mataró Nord - Barcelona

Stops in Barcelona: Ronda Universitat 21 and Plaça de Tetuan

Drop off in Ctra de Cirera / C. de Cáceres and walk 10 minutes to Hospital de Mataró.

Girona-Costa Brava Airport has regular flights from cities in Europe and other parts of Spain. The airport is located about 12 km / 7 mi outside Girona, with good road connections to the city centre by car, coach or taxi.
Road access into Girona city is by the N-II main road or the AP-7 motorway. At the airport there are several car hire companies, an official taxi rank, and a coach service into Girona bus station.
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Barcelona-El Prat Airport
Barcelona-El Prat international airport receives regular European and intercontinental flights. Just 110 km / 68 mi away, there is direct access to Girona by motorway, train or coach.

From Barcelona Airport (Terminal 1 or Terminal 2) take the Sagalés bus that goes direct to the Girona bus station and walk 10 minutes to arrive at the Palau de Congressos de Girona.

Adif Girona-Costa Brava railway station, located in the centre of Girona city, offers regional, national and international rail services. As well as the regular lines, Girona station is a stop on the Madrid - Zaragoza - Barcelona - French border high-speed line (AVE), one of the main transport links between Spain and the rest of Europe.

The luggage lockers on the AVE platform are available for use by travellers and non-travellers alike. Opening times are 7 am - 9 pm on weekdays, and 9 am - 9 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

It is 10 minutes walk between Girona train station and Palau de Congressos de Girona.

For further information regarding Renfe timetables and ticket sales.
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Located beside the railway station, Girona bus station offers bus services to urban, regional, national and international destinations.

It is 10 minutes walk between Girona train station and Palau de Congressos de Girona.
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The main access roads to Girona are:
  • AP-7: AP-7 toll motorway Barcelona - France
  • N-II: N-II main road Madrid - Barcelona - France
  • C-25 (Eix Transversal): C-25 dual carriageway Girona - Vic - Lleida

Unbeatable geographical location: 37 minutes from Barcelona and 3.5 hours from Madrid. Girona is extremely well-connected to the rest of Spain and Europe. Just 100 km from Barcelona, 60 km from the French border and only 30 km from the Costa Brava, Girona boasts an unbeatable geographical location. Air, rail and road networks provide excellent transport connections to the city, without the traffic experienced in other more densely populated cities but with all the same advantages. The arrival of the high-speed rail line has completed the transport options, linking Girona with Barcelona in 37 min, Madrid in 3.5 hours and Paris in 5.5 hours.

200 km of coastline, at the foot of the Pyrenees Girona, which is the provincial capital, lies between the sea and the mountains and offers a broad range of different landscapes. Only 30 minutes away from the city, the Costa Brava is home to authentic fishing villages, coves with crystalline waters and stunning natural parks. While, just over an hour away, the Pyrenees offer a unique historic legacy of hermitages, convents, churches and some of Spain's best ski resorts.

Historic city
Wandering Girona's ancient streets is a continuous journey of discovery around its hidden corners, both large and small. The Old Jewish Quarter still retains the magic of the maze of narrow streets found in the city's Historic Quarter, which also boasts many other places steeped in history such as the houses over the River Onyar, the basilica of Sant Fèlix, the old city walls, the Arab Baths, the Romanesque monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants and the Cathedral (14th-17th century), a spectacular building with the widest Gothic nave in the world.

Unique cuisine and the best restaurant in the world The province of Girona is one of the world's most important gastronomic zones and it boasts great culinary innovation and dynamism. There are almost 20 Michelin stars spread across the region. Due to its geographical location, there is a wide variety of fresh, high-quality produce available locally from both the land and the sea. Some of the world's top restaurants are located in the city, such as El Celler de Can Roca, which has three Michelin stars, and Massana, which has one Michelin star. Another culinary reference is Ferran Adrià's El Bulli, which has now closed as a restaurant to become a foundation.