Pazo de Fonseca

The Opening Ceremony of the 12th Micropol and Ecohazard Conference will be held on Monday 6th June 2022 at 19 h in the Pazo de Fonseca, one of the most emblematic buildings of our University, built in the sixteenth century in the Renaissance style, and located in the heart of the historic city, near the Cathedral. The building has the Coffered Ceiling Room de Fonseca which was temporarily the house of the Galician Parliament.

Cloister of the Pazo de Fonseca

Coffered Ceiling Room of the Pazo de Fonseca

Faculty of Law

The preconference workshop (YWP, Monday 6th at 14 h) as well as all the whole sessions of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be held in the Faculty of Law. The origins of this Faculty date back to 1649. Since then and until the present day, it has been exclusively in charge of university legal education in Galicia until the 1990’s, when other faculties with legal education were established in the Galician University System. This Center has an Auditorium with capacity for 350 people that will host the plenary presentations and one of the sessions to be held in parallel with other two rooms with capacities for 150 and 100 persons, respectively. Besides, there is plenty of space with wide corridors open to a central garden, where the posters will be exhibited.

Faculty of Law of the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Auditorium of the Faculty of Law.

Grade meeting room (Faculty of Law).

Location of MICROPOL 2022 conference: auditorium, grade meeting room and lecture room 2
(Faculty of Law).

Travel and Accommodation


Santiago de Compostela Airport offers direct connections to numerous European capitals as well as frequent flights to Madrid and Barcelona. Delegates might consider low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, Air Berlin or Vueling for more economic travel options. Santiago de Compostela airport (SCQ) is at 15 km from the town centre and 10 km from the conference venue. The airport is connected to the town centre by a bus line and taxi fares are around 20 €.

How to get there

Airport of Santiago de Compostela.

Delegates can also fly to A Coruña Airport (LCG, 70 km from Santiago) or Vigo Airport (VGO, 90 km from Santiago) which can be good alternatives for more direct connections. In that case, train and car rental are recommended to reach Santiago de Compostela. Porto Airport (OPO) in Portugal at 200 km can be also a possible alternative in some cases.


Santiago has a historical tradition of hospitality; a good example of this is its range of hotels that provide accommodation for thousands of people, distributed among more than 120 establishments, including small charming hotels in the historical quarter and new hotels belonging to well-known companies, which have come to the city in recent years.

The organizing committee strongly suggests booking accommodation in the recommended hotels (LINK) with special rates for the Conference. In these hotels, delegates will be able to register and collect the conference material.

Santiago de Compostela

Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James, Chemin de Saint Jacques, Jackobsweg, O Caminho de Santiago, Il Cammino di Santiago). The routes leading to Santiago are busier than ever with pilgrims from all over the world, resulting in a fusion of languages, customs and a continuous cultural exchange. Santiago de Compostela old town is unique, harmonious and well preserved and hosts its five-centennial university, one of the most prestigious universities in Europe.

Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the Autonomous Community of Galicia; declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO thanks to its monumental beauty, extraordinary conservation and as the final destination of a thousand-year-old pilgrim route: the Way of St. James, which, since the 9th century, has transformed this finisterrae location into a meeting place of Western faith and thinking.

More information

Pilgrims celebrating at the cathedral.

Pórtico de la Gloria (entrance to the catedral).

Santiago de Compostela is also a contemporary and competitive city. Internationally renowned architects such as Hejduk, Siza or Rossi have left their trace in Santiago. The American architect Peter Eisenman has developed his new project: the City of Culture (Cidade da Cultura), which is a reference of an outstanding cultural and architectonic complex.

Peter Eisenman’s City of Culture.

More information: “Things to do” – “Things to visit”.


Galicia is an autonomous community in northwest Spain, composed of four provinces: A Coruña, Lugo, Ourense and Pontevedra. It is bordered by Portugal to the south, the Spanish autonomous communities of Castilla y León and Asturias to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Bay of Biscay to the north.

Besides its continental territory, Galicia includes Arousa Island, the archipelagos of Cíes and Ons, Sálvora Island, Cortegada Island, Malveiras Islands, Sisargas Islands, and other minor isles and islets. Galicia has roughly 2.79 million inhabitants, with the largest concentration in two coastal areas, from Ferrol to A Coruña in the north-west, and from Vilagarcía to Vigo in the south-west. The capital is Santiago de Compostela, in the province of A Coruña. Vigo, in the province of Pontevedra, is the most populous municipality with aroun 300,000 inhabitants followed by A Coruña with around 245,000 habitants. Both cities are the cores of the two major metropolitan areas of Galicia, with a total population around 900,000.

Two languages are official and widely used in Galicia: Spanish and Galician, a Romance language which, along with Portuguese, descends from medieval Galician-Portuguese.

More information: TurGalicia

View of the main façade of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Interior of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.