Staff Week


Porto Communication Higher Education Staff Week

About the Event

Fostering Community through integration and communication is fundamental to promoting a cohesive community, encouraging the exchange of ideas and experiences for a world interconnected by shared values. Clear and open communication channels enable individuals to understand each other’s perspectives, exchange ideas, and work towards common goals.

Integration helps fill gaps and build strong relationships within the university community. Likewise, integration enhances communication by creating an environment where individuals feel valued, respected, and included.

When people feel integrated, they are more likely to actively participate, contribute their ideas, and engage in meaningful discussions. This, in turn, leads to better communication and a more vibrant and dynamic university community. Communication and integration are interdependent concepts in a university setting. Effective communication facilitates integration, while integration enhances communication. Both are essential for creating a thriving academic environment that fosters growth, collaboration, and success.

Please feel invited to be part of this journey.


Participants will have the opportunity to learn and debate topics with academics and experts with recognized work in the areas of Communication and Integration. In addition to the plenary sessions, there will be space for unique workshops, visits to the Rectory, and some companies. A visit to some emblematic places in the city of Porto is also planned. This staff week will be an opportunity for staff from different countries and institutions to collaborate, share best practices, and develop new partnerships.


Staff from communication offices: PR Professionals, Media Relations advisors, Corporate Communication staff, Marketing, and International offices dealing directly or indirectly with internationalization issues. We can accept max 2 participants per institution. A minimum of 40 and a maximum of 60 participants is required for the Staff Week to be carried out.


Deadline Pre-registration: 23rd of February

The Pre-registration is an expression of interest in taking part in staff week. If you are among the chosen candidates, the organization will provide you with the link to the registration form.

Fee: € 350  |  Deadline Registration: 5th of April, 2024
(registration payment and international payment fees are not included and depend on the origin of each participant)

The fee includes:

  • Plenary Sessions and Workshops;
  • Job Shadowing
  • Visit the University Facilities & Services;
  • FEUP Campus Tour;
  • 4 Lunchs
  • Coffee Breaks;
  • 1 Welcome drink;
  • 2 Dinners;
  • 1 Walking tour;
  • Certificate of attendance.

Traveling and accommodation costs will be covered by the participants, although the activity is eligible for Erasmus+ funding.  Please contact the Erasmus+ or International Coordinator in your institution for information about grant applications.


Provisional Programme


Leonardo Ortega
Harmonizing Horizons: Cultivating Cohesion through Integration and Communication.
Description: In this dynamic workshop, participants will delve into different practices on both integration and communication that could foster and improve the University enviornment. Through engaging discussions and interactive activities, attendees will explore how effective communication can play an important role in fostering integration and vice versa. The workshop will aim at idenfitying barriers to integration as well as identifying interesting insights that could help build up a cohesive academic community that thrives on collaboration and mutual understanding. By reflecting on our own experiences and perspectives, including the International Estonian experience from different sectors, attendees will leave equipped with practical tools and strategies to enhance integration and communication within their academic spheres.

Leonardo Ortega is the Head of the Work in Estonia, a government led programme that aims at attracting international talent to Estonia. Covering attraction, reception, integration and reputation, Leonardo has worked with different actors at different levels in order to improve the journey for both internationals and their companies, including different ways of how to better adapt and integrate the International talents. Leonardo himself is an international living in Estonia for more than 12 years and working in talent attraction and retention for over 7 years.

Ghislaine Tamisier
“Cultivating Inclusive Campuses: Developing Intercultural Skills for Teaching, Research and Support Staff”
Ghislaine studied languages and anthropology before training and working as a professional translator. Keen to share her interests and build bridges across cultures, Ghislaine has always combined various activities. Translating, teaching and coordinating multicultural academic teams in various French universities has naturally led her to explore interpersonal and intercultural interactions and embrace an intercultural approach. In 2020, Ghislaine graduated from Université de Paris with a university diploma in Conflict Management, Negociation and Mediation. Today Ghislaine works as an intercultural trainer and facilitator, designing bespoke programmes to develop intercultural competence among local and international students and accompanying pedagogical teams. She is also intercultural coordinator at University Paris-Saclay, raising awareness and promoting intercultural intelligence among all categories of staff (teachers, researchers, PhD students, admin and other support staff), delivering workshops and organizing various events to foster inclusivity. Ghislaine is also co-author with Jimena Andino-Dorato & Verónica de la Fuente of L’intelligence interculturelle au service des coachs : regards croisés pour une nouvelle réflexivité ( published by Dunod InterEditions in March 2022.

Vítor Carvalho
“Unlocking opportunities: accessibility and digital inclusion” (Workshop A)
Vítor Carvalho pursues his professional activity at UPdigital and is an Invited Assistant Lecturer at University of Porto (U.Porto). At the same time, he is part of the teams Porto4Ageing (Center for Excellence in Active and Healthy Aging of Porto), and PLACES (Accessibility Platform of U.Porto). He is a PhD student in Digital Media at U.Porto. He has a Master in Multimedia and a Master in Mechanical Engineering from the same University. His research interests are focused on accessibility and usability, which converged in his recent MSc thesis in Multimedia entitled “Conversão de Imagens SVG para Texto e Fala” (Converting SVG images to Text and Speech) (2014).

Joana Bailão
Impactful collaboration: Enhancing community connections through volunteer projects” (Workshop B)

Sara Rodrigues
“Bridging the gap between academia and industry: strategies for effective communication”
Associate Director Portugal Sara Rodrigues has over 26 years of experience in the consulting services industry, where she had the opportunity to experiment various roles and projects, whether in business-oriented services (Audit and Business Consulting practice) as well as in business support areas (HR, IT and Operations efficiency Leadership). For the past 8 years leads the Talent Acquisition team at Deloitte, in which had the privilege to redesign talent acquisition strategy, Employer Branding Strategy and recently, create and implement a Disability & Neurodivergent People Recruitment Strategy aligned with Deloitte’s Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program. She is a results-driven professional, with a pragmatic perspective of Talent Management, mainly supported by her experience in helping clients to pursue organizational transformation programs and also by her own experience at a high-pace, skills-based and performance oriented organization such as Deloitte. Has an Economics degree by ISEG, Universidade de Lisboa, and an Executive MBA by ISCTE. Additionally, has also a post-graduation in Advanced Business Management and a post-graduation in Telecom and Media Industry, both by Católica Lisbon.

Mário Ribeiro
“The University as a hub: collaborative communication for migrant support services”

Isabel Geriante and Catarina Noronha
“Building stronger teams: the role of communication and employer branding”



Fee – €80

Board on a full day tour from Porto and discover the best of Aveiro and Costa Nova.

What It Includes:

  • Porto/Aveiro/Porto Bus
  • Moliceiro/Mercantel Boat Trip on the city’s canals with guide
  • Sweet “ovos moles” Workshop and Tasting
  • Guided Visit to the Salt Pans
  • Oyster and Seafood Lunch
  • Sandy coast line and colorful beach houses of Costa Nova

More info here:


Hosting Institution:  Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto –

Contact person details: Ana Paupério –



The city of Porto, known as Cidade Invicta (invincible city), is the second largest in Portugal, the capital of the Porto district and the country’s northern region. Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centers, and its core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. The historic area is also a National Monument of Portugal. The western part of its urban area extends to the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. Its settlement dates back many centuries when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. Its combined Celtic-Latin name, Portus Cale, has been referred to as the origin of the name Portugal, based on transliteration and oral evolution from Latin. Porto elected Europe’s Leading City Break Destination 2023.


FEUP is located in the Asprela Pole of the University of Porto, an area designated as the Porto Innovation District. Concentrated within one square kilometer, this District is constituted not only by several faculties of the University of Porto and schools of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto but also by private universities, a central teaching hospital, an institute of oncology, and various national and international research institutes. With 50,000 talented people working here, it is primarily a technological location, where the strong presence of engineering technologies, health sciences, and entrepreneurship lend considerable impetus to the process of innovation.

Photo by Francisco Piqueiro


Hotels with an agreement with FEUP.

The prices below are guideline values, being variable, depending on dates and availability. Prices are indicative, please choose the hotel and then confirm directly with the hotel.

Porto Trindade Hotel 4-stars

Located 150 metres from Trindade Metro Station, with a direct metro line to FEUP.

Standard Single 125€ | Standard Double 125€

Included: buffet breakfast

Rua de Camões, 129 / 131 – 4000-144 Porto
Phone + 351 222 061 520 / Fax. + 351 222 061 529

Eurostars Oporto Hotel 4-stars

The Eurostars Oporto Hotel is a modern, newly-built hotel boasting an optimal, strategic location very near the FEUP Campus.

Standard Single 115€ | Standard Double 115€
Included: buffet breakfast

Phone + 351 225072090
Fax. + 351 225072099

Axis Porto Business & Spa Hotel 4-stars

The Oporto Hotel of Axis Group is an option for those seeking a stay of comfort near the Campus FEUP.

Standard Single 95€ | Standard Double 95€

Rua Maria Feliciana, 100 – São Mamede de Infesta
4465-283 Matosinhos – Porto / PORTUGAL
Tel.: +351 229 052 000 / Fax: +351 229 052 009

Other Options

No agreement with FEUP, however, it could be a good option too. Indicative values

5 Stars

Renaissance Porto Lapa Hotel
Standard Single 207€ | Standard Double 229€

Eurostars Aliados
Standard Single 235€ | Standard Double 241€

4 Stars

One Shot Palácio Cedofeita
Standard Single 157€ | Standard Double 177€

Standard Single 180€ | Standard Double 195€

Pur Oporto Boutique Hotel by actahotels
Standard Single 188€ | Standard Double 201€

Catalonia Porto
Standard Single 194€ | Standard Double 212€

Mercure Porto Centro Aliados
Standard Single 196€ | Standard Double 211€

3 Stars

TRYP by Wyndham Porto Centro Hotel
Standard Single 108€ | Standard Double 123€

Stay Hotel Porto Centro Trindade
Standard Single 153€ | Standard Double 166€

ibis Porto Centro Mercado Bolhao
Standard Single 172€ | Standard Double 182€

Grande Hotel do Porto
Standard Single 181€ | Standard Double 181€