Social Events

Thursday 18 October
19.00 – 20.00
Centro Cultural Vila Flor (Grand Auditorium Foyer – Level 1)
A great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and old friends and make new acquaintances.

Tickets to this event are included in the registration fee.


Thursday 18 October
20.00 – 23.00
Vila Flor Old Palace (Outdoor Area)
With support from the Portuguese Tourism Office we will be providing stalls with delicacies and crafts from all over the country. This event is open to all ARTERY 18 delegates and is free of charge. 


Thursday 18 October
21.00 – 24.00
A Medieval – Largo da Oliveira, 4800, Guimarães
A perfect opportunity for new investigators (PhD students, post-docs or clinical research fellows) to mingle with their peers in a welcoming, relaxed environment in one of the most beautiful and vibrant squares of the city.

Tickets to this event are free of charge to Young Investigators under the age of 40. Please speak to a member of staff at the Registration Desk who can advise of availability.


Friday 19 October
Centro Cultural Vila Flor (meeting point at main entrance)
Run through the medieval streets of the historic city of Guimarães during ARTERY18 Running. The running route (2.6 km) covers some of the major interest points of the city. Discover all the charms of Guimarães, the birthplace of Portugal.

This is an easy run and is suitable for all levels of fitness. Feel free to walk if you prefer not to run!

We invite you take photos of the scenic route during the run and upload them to Instagram with #artery18running


Friday 19 October
19.30 – late
Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães – Largo Domingos Leite de Castro, 4810-011, Guimarães
The Pousada Mosteiro Guimarães is a an ancient 12th-century Augustinian Monastery built by the 1st Queen of Portugal, Dona Mafalda. This building is a classified monument of public interest located on the Penha slope with a 9-hectare garden and break-taking views of the city.

The cost of the dinner ticket is €80 and includes a reception drink followed by a three course meal and wine. We are pleased to offer a reduced rate for students at a cost of €40 per ticket. A short awards ceremony will take place during the dinner.

A coach service will be organised to and from the dinner venue.


Saturday 20 October
14.30 (tee off time)
Estela Golf Club – Place of the Rio Alto, Stela 4570-242, Povoa de Varzim
We invite you to the very first “ARTERY Open” Golf Tournament taking place in the Estela Golf Club immediately after the ARTERY 18 Conference. Estela Golf Club is one of the leading golf courses in Portugal and is located by the River Alto near the town of Povoa de Varzim, north of Porto. After the tournament there will be informal drinks and supper in the Estela Golf Course Restaurant. #arterygolf

For more information and to book your place please email

The ARTERY Society would like to thank Johannes Baulmann for organising the ARTERY Open Golf Tournament.