The 34th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2012) wiil be held in Barcelona, specifically in one of the campuses of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF): Ciutadella campus (Ramon Trias Fargas Street, 25-27, 08005 Barcelona). This campus is located at 20 minutes walking distance from the city centre, and it is next to the metro station (Ciutadella Vila Olmpica, Line 4/Yellow Line). The main venue of the conference will be the Auditorium, a room of size 596 m2 which can accommodate up to 350 delegates.
Barcelona has much to offer to its visitors. The city has over 50 museums, showcasing permanent collections of works by artists such as Picasso, Joan Mir and Antoni Tàpies. Great architecture and design are characteristics of Barcelona and may be seen in its streets, squares, bars and restaurants as well as landmark buildings by Gaudi and other celebrated architects.
Barcelona has countless restaurants and bars to delight every taste and budget, going from the Catalan cuisine to world-class international dining. The city also offers exceptional shopping, especially for fashion and stylish contemporary design.
In spring, Barcelona enjoys excellent weather, with sunny days that are especially appropriate for sightseeing. Moving Around Barcelona using Public Transportation Barcelona city centre is very well connected by public transportation, including six metro lines and an extensive fleet of public buses. The organisers would recommend the use of public transportation and even when coming to the city by car. The best choice is to leave vehicles in a car park and enjoy the visit by bus or metro. For in-depth information on the Barcelona transportation system.