The conference will be held at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), which is one of the top research-led universities in Brazil. Recognized as one of the most important doctoral research centers in the country, PUC-Rio is a private non-profit Catholic University founded in 1940 with the aim of developing knowledge based on humanistic values. The university now has about 20,000 students who come from a variety of religious, ethnic and social backgrounds.

PUC-Rio is located in Gávea, a charming neighbourhood surrounded by a forest and beaches of the southern (Zona Sul) area of Rio de Janeiro. It has a complete infrastructure to host events, catering, comfortable conference rooms and Internet access. Its campus is beautifully situated next to the Tijuca National Forest, surrounded by lush trees and with a small stream running through it. The campus also offers restaurants, cafeterias and is close to Gávea Shopping Center.


Gávea is an affluent residential neighborhood located in the southern area of Rio. It is famous for its high concentration of artists and intellectuals, and bohemian atmosphere. Gávea is surrounded by the Tijuca National Forest, the world’s largest urban forest, and is close to the Botanic Garden. The neighbourhood has many restaurants and bars, bakeries, pharmacies and art galleries. It also has a modern and sophisticated shopping center called Gávea Shopping Center with cinemas, theatres, art galleries, high-street stores and restaurants, and a racing course at the Jockey club. The closest hotels are in Leblon within 500m-1km.

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