Vaccine Technology VIII

An ECI Conference Series

June 14-19, 2020
Melia Siges Hotel
Sitges, Spain

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Conference Organization

Co-chairs:

Tarit Mukhopadhyay, Merck, USA
Charles Lutsch, Sanofi Pasteur, USA
Linda Lua, University of Queensland, Australia
Francesc Godia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

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Conference Venue

Melia Siges Hotel – Conveniently located in a quiet area of Sitges, the Melia Sitges Hotel is just 3 minutes’ walk from Balmins and Aiguadolç beaches. It offers a spa, a stylish garden with an outdoor 20AA Melia Sitgespool, and a restaurant with a terrace. The Meliá Sitges is 5 minutes’ walk from Aiguadolç Marina and 10 minutes’ walk from the lively and historic town center. It is a 20-minute walk to the train station, which connects you with central Barcelona in just 40 minutes. The air-conditioned rooms at the Meliá feature modern, minimalist decor. Each one has a pillow menu and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Available for a surcharge, the hotel’s YHI spa includes a gym, hydromassage pool, sauna and steam bath. Massage treatments are also available. The Bistrot Saffron restaurant serves modern Mediterranean food. There is also a stylish cocktail bar with seating in the garden.

Sitges is a coastal town in Spain’s Catalonia region, about 35 km southwest of Barcelona, backed by the mountainous Parc Natural del Garraf. It is known for its Mediterranean beaches and seafront20AA Sitges old town promenade lined with grand mansions. A seaside town, Sitges boasts some beautiful beaches right on its doorstep. There are some 13 individually named beaches along a 2.5km promenade.  It has been referred to as the Saint-Tropez of Spain and the Jewel of the Mediterranean. The compact old town and surrounding streets are filled with shops, restaurants, and many nightspots.

Sitges is about a 20-minute drive from Barcelona’s El Prat international airport. It is not necessary to hire a car when staying in Sitges as there are excellent transport links to and from Barcelona airport and into Barcelona city.  For those who wish to spend some time in Barcelona either prior to or after the conference, Barcelona is easily accessible both by train and bus. The region can also be accessed from Reus and Girona airports with low cost airlines flying from many European airports.

The Maricel Museum and Cau Ferrat Museum showcase Catalan and other Spanish art.  The Cau 20AA Maricel Museum SitgesFerrat building was once the home of Catalan artist Santiago Rusiñol, one of the leading figures of the Catalan Modernist movement. Upon his death, the artist bequeathed the house and its contents – including drawings, paintings, ceramics and more – to the town of Sitges on condition that it be opened to the public as a museum.

If the Old Town of Sitges is not particularly large, it is nonetheless worth exploring, in particular the old fishermen’s neighborhood and its white houses with blue borders, as well as the 15th-century Church of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla and its Baroque interior.  Sitges Old Town has typically Spanish narrow streets leading down to a palm tree lined promenade that runs along an open bay with its many beaches.

A wide pedestrian boulevard stretching along the waterfront, the Passeig Maritim is one of the most scenic walks to be enjoyed in Sitges. The walkway is lined with cafés, restaurants and ice cream shops.  The proximity to the sea is reflected in the cuisine of Sitges’ well-regarded traditional restaurants, which can be found along the waterfront and in the Old Town. The gastronomy of Catalonia is rich and varied. Principally it is the typical Mediterranean diet of fish and seafood with fresh vegetables, olives and olive oil rice and pasta.  Restaurants such as La Nansa and El Trull come highly recommended for their fresh fish as well as their hearty seafood rice dishes.

The town has been built on an industry of fishing, commerce and wine, and has been much favored by artists, the bohemian crowd and more recently has developed a large gay community.

If most people associate Bacardí Rum with Cuba, what they ignore is that the story actually begins in Spain – and more precisely Sitges – where founder Facundo Bacardí Massó was born in 1814. Today the Casa Bacardí talks of the brand’s heritage and the process of making rum, as well as offering the guests to try some rather delicious cocktails in the bar at the back.

Sitges is a maritime town. It has a large tourist infrastructure and facilities. With three local marinas, it has more than any other town in Spain. In addition to tourism, there are fishing, shoe-making, and artistic businesses, though the former now consist of smaller workshops. The town was rebuilt in the last century, to accommodate increased tourism. Noted for its outstanding location, the Church of Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla, better known as “La Punta” at the end of the promenade in a bastion above steps and a coastal cliff, has become one of the most recognized icons in Sitges, much photographed and painted. Its structure is quite peculiar, because it has two bell towers, and possesses one of the watch towers that served the population to calculate the time. Its facade is quite simple but the frame where it is located is incomparable. The beautiful parish of San Bartolome and Santa Tecla is certainly the image that symbolizes Sitges. The church, built in the seventeenth century but with many subsequent amendments, is a charming Baroque style and the interior retains several Renaissance and Baroque altars and an organ of 1690.

The word Sitges means “silo” in English and it refers to the underground holes used to store wine. Before the tourist and LGBT boom of the 60s and 70s, Sitges was a wine producing fishing village big in shoemaking and with a thriving artistic and cultural scene.  The name was given by the Sitges family who took over the town in the 12th century. However, the town’s history dates back to thousands of years ago, from the Neanderthal period when it is believed that humans inhabited the caves at either end of the town. A Neanderthal jaw found in the Cova del Gegant in the 1950’s dates back to 53,200 years ago and is one of the oldest human remains in Catalunya.

When the Spanish Civil War started, Sitges, like the rest of Catalunya, entered a dark period when all the artistic appeal and openness of the city was stopped and went into hibernation until the second half of the 20th century when things started to improve.  By the 60s and 70s, especially after Franco’s death, 75% of the population had moved from shoe making to tourism and most of the now famous festivals and cultural events that make the town proud and known were launched.  After Franco’s death in 1975 and the arrival of democracy, Sitges experienced a renewed boom. And the world famous Sitges Carnival, banned during the dictatorship, was re-established.

Melia Siges Hotel-  Joan Salvat Papasseit, 38  Barcelona – Sitges  Tel(34)93 811 0811

 

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