Valencia, the place to meet

​​​​It's not just Valencia's rich history that is so appealing. The perfect climate and welcoming local community forms a natural habitat for great networking. Sun-kissed shores, a booming foodie scene and 2.000 years of history make Valencia one of the best cities to visit in Spain. Mix in the perfect climate, friendly locals and a smart urban planning and you might never want to leave!

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Valencia has historically been a cultural crossroads and continues to serve as a meeting point between northern Europe and the Mediterranean countries. Its ongoing relationship with microbiology is demonstrated at a permanent exhibition in place at the University of Valencia and at the CECT - Spain's public Microbial Biological Resource Centre.

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The city is easily accessible via its international airport, which is located just 8 km from the city centre. The airport is connected to 55 destinations around the globe through the 38 international airlines and low cost carriers.

 Valencia is the place to meet!

Historical and Medical Library and the Scientific and Medical Collection of the University of Valencia

At the University of Valencia is the "López Piñero Institute for the History of Science and Medicine", located at a restored palace of the 18th century in the centre of Valencia were it is hosted the Historical and Medical Library and the Scientific and Medical Collection of the University of Valencia. More information here​

The medical-historic part of the exhibition includes a section of Microbiology in which one of the topics covered is the cholera epidemic of 1885 in Valencia and the vaccine that Jaime Ferrán (originary from Catalonia) tested here. In the histology section it is mentioned the presence of Ramón y Cajal for four years at the Faculty of Medicine of Valencia as a professor, moved from Zaragoza and before the took the chair of Barcelona. He opposed the Ferrán vaccine. In addition, some other remarkable Valencian Microbiologists are mentioned such as José Monserrat and Vicente Peset Cervera or Riutort

The Spanish Type Culture Collection

The Spanish Type Culture Collection (CECT, is hosted at the University of Valencia and located very close to the Congress venue at the University of Valencia Science Park ( The CECT is the only public Microbial Biological Resource Centre (mBRC) in Spain, serving as a repository and provider of bacteria, archaea, yeast and filamentous fungi and has more than 50 years history.

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Founded by the Romans (in 138 BC), Valencia has been the home of many cultures over its history: Romans, Visigoths, Moors and the Aragonese all made the city an important cultural and financial centre.

In the year 1094, Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, called El Cid Campeador, conquered Valencia on behalf of the Christians, but the city later fell to the Almoravids in 1102. Following the Moorish domination, it was in 1238 that James I of Aragon finally reconquered the city, and founded the Kingdom of Valencia, with its characteristic legislative privileges (Furs).

During the 15th and 16th centuries, Valencia became one of the major economic powers on the Mediterranean seaboard. It was the time of the Valencian siglo de oro (Golden Age), which was characterized by splendour in the arts at the hands of Joanot Martorell (author of Tirant lo Blanc, the first modern European novel), Ausias March, Roig de Corella, Isabel de Villena, Jordi de Sant Jordi and Jaume Roig, among others.

During the War of Spanish Succession, Valencia sided with archduke Charles of Austria, and after the victory of the Bourbons at the Battle of Almansa (April 1707), Phillip V abolished the local privileges, or fueros. In 1874, Alfonso XII was proclaimed constitutional king at Sagunto, north of Valencia.

When democracy was restored, the Land of Valencia was given its present Autonomous Statutes in 1982. The history of the city, now the capital of the Land of Valencia, is both rich and varied, providing a patrimony that has converted it into one of the major cities in Spain on both cultural and economic levels.​

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